Guest Post wtih Giveaway ~ Murder On Amsterdam Avenue by Victoria Thompson


Murder on Amsterdam Avenue is the Gaslight Mystery readers have been waiting for!  Frank and Sarah finally get married. Of course they solve a mystery first and it’s a dandy, but then they finally do tie the knot.

 What took them so long?  The answer is that I had been a romance writer for 20 books before I switched to mystery.  When I switched, everyone told me (and told me!) that mystery readers don’t like romance in their mysteries.  My editor and my agent and other mystery writers all warned me.  This is why I put so many barriers between Frank and Sarah. They could never get together, so I made it impossible for them to get together.

Then a strange thing happened. I started getting fan letters.  They would say something nice about the book and oh, by the way, when are Frank and Sarah going to get together?”  Everyone wanted to know about a romance between Frank and Sarah.  So obviously, mystery readers don’t mind a little romance in their mysteries at all!  And after fifteen years of keeping them apart, the fans were getting angry!  So I knew something had to happen. The problem was that I’d put up so many barriers between them, I couldn’t figure out how to get them married without ruining the series.  Fortunately, one of my writer friends, who had never read a single one of the books, came up with the perfect solution, which I won’t mention in case somebody hasn’t read that book yet.

Fans are already asking if this is the end of the series, and the answer is:  Not at all!  In fact, the next two books are already written, and I’m contracted for at least one more after that. Frank and Sarah will keep solving mysteries as along as readers keep buying the books.  What I want to know now is, were all those people right or wrong to warn me against putting a romance in my mysteries?  Tell me your opinions.

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amsterdamSeries: Gaslight Mystery (Book 17)

Hardcover: 304 pages

Publisher: Berkley (May 5, 2015)

Genre: Cozy Mystery

ISBN-10: 042526047X

ISBN-13: 978-0425260470
Pre-Order: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


In this Gaslight Mystery from the national bestselling author of Murder in Murray Hill, midwife Sarah Brandt and Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy investigate foul play in the secretive high-society world of nineteenth-century New York City…

In the midst of Sarah and Frank’s wedding preparations, Sarah accompanies her mother on a condolence call to the Upper West Side, where Charles Fairfax, the son of family friends, has died unexpectedly after suffering from a mysterious disease. It is a tragic and all too common story—or so it seems. Charles’s father asks to speak with Sarah privately. He believes his son was poisoned and would like Sarah and Frank to look into the matter with the utmost discretion.

Putting their own personal affairs on hold, Sarah and Frank soon learn that not everyone wants to know more about Charles’s death, particularly if he was murdered. As they unravel secrets that reach back to the War Between the States, they also discover that they are in the company of a very present danger…

post-divider rightThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Murder on Amsterdam Avenue to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on June 12th

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Winner will have 48 hours, from the time of notification to confirm their win or another winner will be chosen.

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victoriaVICTORIA THOMPSON is the author of the Gaslight Mystery Series featuring Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy, which was nominated for a 2001 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. The most recent book in the series is MURDER ON WAVERLY PLACE (Berkley PrimeCrime, June 2009) In her previous life, she published 20 historical romances. A popular speaker, Victoria has taught at Penn State University and currently teaches in the Seton Hill University master’s program in writing popular fiction. She is a cofounder and past president of Pennwriters and New Jersey Romance Writers, and past president of Novelists, Inc.

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  1. Karen H says:

    I am so far behind in my reading of your Gaslight Mystery series.  That said, I have loved every story I've read so far.  Now to answer your question…by all means, yes!  They need to get it on!  Look at Castle and Beckett or Vaughn and Sydney or even Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David.  That was a sly hook-up…so sly, I missed it.  I'm rewatching NCIS now to find the time and place that couple got together.  Couldn't have been too long before Ziva left because she had his baby and he didn't know about it.  That's good for a whole new story line.  And the most famous hook-up ever was Fox Mulder and Dana Sculley in X-Files. Those 2 characters heat practically melted eyeballs for 8 years before finallly getting it on.

    Of course all of the couples I've sited are TV characters, but wheather the characters are in books or TV, the same principles hold true.  If there is chemistry, something needs to be done about it.  Don't leave the readers hanging….at least not for too long! 

  2. johnna smith says:

    Romance in a mystery is okay as long as it doesnt dominate the story. But, Please…..if sex scenes are included which are not related to the mystery, have it take place behind closed doors. We have wonderful memories and know what happens…..but I dont want to read it in my mystery books.

  3. Della Williamson says:

    New to me.  Looks like a great read.  Like the cover.  As for romance in a mystery.  Not really.  If I want romance I'll go to harlequin.  I don't mind if it's basically alluded to.  Like a quick kiss.  A hug.  A wedding.  A reception.  But questionable language, graphic violence and steamy sex really turn me off.  They detract from a story, cheapen it.  My sister loves that kind of stuff.  Has subscribed to harlequin for years.  Cannon fodder for the brain.  But a whodunit?  That's a whole new ball game.  Sometimes been surprised.  sometimes not.  But love to figure out where it's going next.  And how they are developed

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