Meet Molly Murphy, a resourceful young woman who lives by her own set of laws. Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother had predicted. So when she commits murder in self-defence, she flees her cherished Ireland for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom ...
Meet Molly Murphy, a resourceful young woman who lives by her own set of laws. Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother had predicted. So when she commits murder in self-defence, she flees her cherished Ireland for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe a little easier. But then a man is murdered on Ellis Island. a man last seen arguing with Molly - so she becomes the prime suspect in the crime. Escaping Ellis Island, she sets out to find the killer on her own, pounding the notorious streets of Hell's Kitchen on New York's Lower East Side in a bid to clear her name before her deadly past comes back to haunt her new future.
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Didn't hold my interest. With limited reading time, this bk wasn't how I wanted to use spend that time.
Aug 27, 2009
If you start on this book, be prepared to read all the sequels. You won't be able to put them down! The historical information is accurate and well-researched. Rhys Bowen truly does her homework and makes New York, Ellis Island, and Molly Murphy come alive. Enjoy!
Jun 24, 2009
Good Beginning to series
The story begins with a woman from Ireland fleeing after an attempted rape and subsequent murder. Once she arrives in NY another murder occurs and she is again a suspect. The story is entertaining and the main character is certainly likeable. The only problem I had was the somewhat predictable way in which the novel wrapped up.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-11-18 In Bowen's second Molly Murphy adventure (after 2001's Agatha-winning Murphy's Law), the spirited Irish immigrant is determined to bring a killer to justice and, in doing so, break all the rules for proper young ladies amid 1901 New York City society. As Molly's beau, Daniel Sullivan, New York's youngest police captain, informs her, "women do not become investigators." Molly attempts to follow Daniel's advice rather than her own desires by taking a more appropriate position as companion to an elderly lady friend of the Sullivan family. The job is short-lived when Molly learns that her Daniel is already engaged to the old lady's niece. But the fury of the woman scorned spurs her to pursue her own dream, and she lands a job with PI Paddy Riley. Also short-lived is her new employer, as Molly barely escapes death when she interrupts Paddy's murderer searching his office. The police show little interest in solving the case, making Molly doubly committed to solving the crime on her own. Molly's hunt leads her to Greenwich Village's artsy community and results in her posing as a nude model. Bowen nicely blends history and fiction as she whisks Molly into a plot involving anarchists and even the assassination of President McKinley. This light romantic mystery should please most cozy fans. (Dec. 16) FYI: Bowen is also the author of Evans to Betsy (Forecasts, Feb. 18) and five other novels in her mystery series featuring Welsh constable Evan Evans. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2001-09-03 The prolific Bowen, creator of Welsh constable Evan Evans (Evan Can Wait; Evan and Elle; etc.), relies a bit too much on coincidence but conveys a nice sense of place and period in this debut of a new historical series with its spunky, 19th-century Irish heroine, Molly Murphy. Defending herself from the unwelcome advances of the local landowner's son, Molly accidentally kills him and flees her village to escape hanging. She heads for the anonymity of London, where a twist of fate introduces her to Kathleen O'Connor. Kathleen has two small children and tickets for a ship to America, where she plans to join her husband. But knowing they won't let her on the ship because of her tuberculosis, Kathleen persuades the desperate Molly to take her children to America. On board, Molly attracts the loud attentions of a crude, boisterous type named O'Malley. Her public argument with him comes back to haunt her when he is found murdered on Ellis Island; Molly becomes a prime suspect, along with a young man she befriended. The handsome young policeman investigating the case, Daniel Sullivan, appears to believe Molly's protestations of innocence, but Molly decides her she'd better investigate on her own behalf and that of her friend. Wending her way through a vivid, Tammany Hall-era New York, Molly struggles to prove her innocence, aided by one coincidence after another. (Oct. 15) Forecast: Bowen's solid reputation will generate strong sales for this series debut, though Constable Evans fans should beware that the gentle humor of those novels is lacking here. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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