May 282016

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I am excited to welcome Victoria Thompson back to Escape With Dollycas!

By Victoria Thompson

(Guest Post provided by publicist.)

Have you ever heard of a Boston Marriage? In Nineteenth Century America, unmarried professional women (teachers, social workers) often shared living quarters. Part of this was an economic necessity because, just like today, women were paid less than men. The other part of it was social. Women developed close friendships with their peers and enjoyed each other’s company. The author Henry James (you probably studied him in high school) wrote about one of these relationships in his classic novel The Bostonians. Although the phrase “Boston Marriage” never appears in his novel, people started calling these relationships between professional women who lived together Boston Marriages, no matter what city they lived in. This is the part I love most about writing historical—learning all this trivia!

murder at morningside

In MURDER IN MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, my protagonists Frank and Sarah Malloy have just opened a private detective agency. They are hired to find out who killed a young woman who taught at a women’s college and lived with two of the female professors who had a Boston Marriage. They learn all kinds of fascinating things about life in a women’s college. They also learn some dangerous secrets, one of which got an unfortunate young woman murdered.

My fans have been thrilled that Frank and Sarah are finally married (after 18 books!), although one fan expressed concern that starting a detective agency would mean Sarah couldn’t participate in solving the crimes anymore. Don’t worry about that! Sarah is thoroughly involved in this investigation, along with Gino and even Maeve. And, as always, you’ll learn things you didn’t know about Old New York.

You can find Victoria at Follow her on Facebook at Victoria Thompson.Author or on Twitter @gaslightvt.

About Victoria Thompson
Edgar® and Agatha Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest, MURDER IN MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, is a May 2016 release from Berkley Prime Crime. She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook MANY GENRES/ONE CRAFT. Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master’s program in writing popular fiction. She lives in Indiana with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.

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murder at morningside

Murder in Morningside Heights
(A Gaslight Mystery)

19th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New York
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (May 3, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101987087
E-Book ASIN: B013Q70C4C

In the latest from the bestselling author of Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue, former police sergeant Frank Malloy and his wife adjust to life in New York high society as they investigate a death in the field of higher learning…

After spending his first few weeks as a private detective by investigating infidelities of the wealthy, Frank has a more serious case at hand.

Abigail Northrup of Tarrytown, New York, was her parents’ pride and joy. After graduating from a prestigious women’s college in Morningside Heights, she took a job there as an instructor. She also joined the ranks of the New Women, ladies planning for a life without a husband in which they make their own decisions and make a difference in the world. Unfortunately, her murder ended all that.

When the police declare the incident a random attack and refuse to investigate further, Abigail’s parents request Frank’s help. Of course, he’ll need Sarah’s assistance as she’s more familiar with the world of academia, and it will be far easier for her to interview the lady professors. Yet difficulties arise as they learn that although Miss Northrup may have been an exemplary student and teacher, she lived in a world of secrets and lies…

Thanks to the people at Penguin I have 1 copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

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  24 Responses to “Special Guest – Victoria Thompson – Author of MURDER IN MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS – #Giveaway”

  1. I’ve been reading this series since it began. Each book is always enjoyable.

  2. Have added this series to my to read list

  3. A captivating and fascinating series. Thanks for this feature and giveaway.

  4. I love Victoria Thompson’s covers and the settings are right in my line of interest. This series has been on my list and I look forward to each new book.

  5. Yes, I’ve been reading reviews and I’m in with this book and series! Is it easy or hard to write about an era you’ve never lived in? What kind of research do you do to feel prepared to do so? Thank you.

  6. I love her books. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this one.

  7. Love a good mystery.

  8. I love the Gaslight Mysteries, it is definitely one of my favorite series. I would love to win a copy of Murder in Morningside Heights–thanks so much for the giveaway!

  9. This looks like a real good mystery to me and since you are a new author to me I have added this to my TBR list. I love finding new authors and their books!!

    Judy Cox

  10. This sounds like a really interesting series – don’t know how I’ve missed it – will be adding it to my GR list. I enjoyed the guest post and finding out about the “Boston Marriage” – thanks!

  11. Murder, secrets, and lies–sounds very intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. This sounds like a marvelous setting.

  13. So many books in this great series. Thanks for the chance to win another one.

  14. I had heard the phrase Boston Marriage before, it’s great to finally know where it came from, thanks.

  15. The use of proper language sounds so much better than the slang of today. If more people used their language skills there would be less aggression in the world.

  16. Love books from by-gone ears. this one sounds interesting.
    Would love to try it.
    I follow you on FB.

  17. This is a great series. Looking forward to reading “Murder in Morningside Heights”.

  18. Love this series and the progression that the author made.

  19. Looking forward to reading a new author! Liked, followed and posted on FB. Posted on G+. Pinned to Winner Winner board. Thanx for an opportunity

  20. How have I missed this series when I so enjoy a good historical mystery? Thanks for the review and contest.

  21. I enjoy this series. Thank you for the chance to win.

  22. I love these books! I’ve read about 4 of them so far. So many books, so little time! This one sounds just as great!

  23. Thanks so much for offering this! I would love to win it!!

  24. The covers are lovely! Thanks for writing and having the giveaway!

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