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The Amersham Rubies (Molly Murphy Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

Rhys Bowen
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Before Molly Murphy crossed the Atlantic or even had an inkling that she might someday become a much sought after private investigator in New York City, young Molly lived in Ireland in a small cottage with her father, brothers and little else.

While keeping herself and her home together, Molly receives a request from Lady Hartley—the lady of the country estate where Molly lives, and the family that employs Molly’s father and brothers. The Hartleys are hosting a ball at their manor house, and there will be so many fine gentlemen and ladies in attendance that Lady Hartley needs Molly to help some of her guests prepare for the ball.

Beautiful debutantes, dresses of the finest fabrics, and sparkling chandeliers are all on display, as are heirloom jewels like the Amersham rubies—a stunning and priceless ruby necklace that has been in the Amersham family for generations. When the rubies go inexplicably missing from Lady Amersham’s neck in the middle of the party, the high-spirited Molly must rely on her wits to solve her first case in Rhys Bowen’s charming prequel to her beloved Anthony and Agatha Award–winning historical mystery series.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for the Novels of Rhys Bowen

“Engaging… Molly's compassion and pluck should attract more readers to this consistently solid historical series.”

---Publishers Weekly on Bless the Bride

“Winning… The gutsy Molly, who’s no prim Edwardian miss, will appeal to fans of contemporary female detectives.”
---Publishers Weekly on The Last Illusion

“This installment outshines the others…. Don’t miss this great period puzzler, reminiscent of Dame Agatha’s mysteries and Gillian Linscott’s Nell Bray series.”
---Booklist on In a Gilded Cage

“Molly is an indomitable creature.… The book bounces along in the hands of Ms. Bowen and her Molly, and there is no doubt that she will be back causing trouble.”
---Washington Times on In Dublin’s Fair City

“Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters.… This book is a keeper.”
---Tampa Tribune on In Dublin’s Fair City

“Its enjoyable charm and wit will appeal to a cross section of mystery fans.”
---Baltimore Sun on Oh Danny Boy

About the Author

Rhys Bowen is the Bestselling Author of the Royal Spyness Series, Molly Murphy Mysteries, and Constable Evans.  Awarded the Agatha Best Novel Award and nominated for the Edgar Best Novel Rhys's titles have received rave reviews around the globe.

Rhys Bowen is a transplanted Brit who now divides her time between California and Arizona. She currently writes two mystery series, the Molly Murphy novels, about an Irish immigrant in 1900s New York City and the lighter Royal Spyness mysteries about a penniless minor royal in 1930s Britain. Her books made bestseller lists, garnered many awards, nominations, and starred reviews.

Product Details

  • File Size: 180 KB
  • Print Length: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VMV476
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,060 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the free sample! May 11, 2011
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I knew beforehand that this wasn't a full length novel. I loved reading more about Molly while waiting to read the new Rhys Bowen books that are coming out in the next year.

Complaining about a short free book is like going to the store for a free sample and then complaining that they didn't give you the whole meal.

An author makes money from writing books and the fact that she offered a free book, even if is short, is something she didn't have to do. Thanks Rhys for the book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a short story May 11, 2011
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I was so pleased to receive this short story FOR FREE!!! Anything Rhys writes in worth its weight in gold and this is no exception. Loved the way the characters were introduced and followed up. I couldn't believe how fast it sucked me in. It is a wonderful beginning to a fantastic series.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely short by Rhys Bowen May 11, 2011
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This prequel is absolutely a wonderful short read full of background and colour ~ for those that complain, they are missing the point entirely by thinking they are getting a full-length novel. Please remember that Ms. Bowen generously provided us with this free of charge and as a prequel - and a wonderful story it is! I highly recommend this little morsel for any fan ! Utterly enjoyable !
Thank you, Rhys !
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amersham Rubies May 11, 2011
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What a delightful FREE introduction to a charming character. Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy is a spunky turn-of-the-twentieth century character that was previously unknown to me. Thanks, Rhys, for this great little sampler of your heroine, Molly. I will be ordering soon!! It would have been nice if Amazon would have identified the story better, telling us what it is, a prequel. But I am not one bit disappointed. Plus, I loved the peek into the new book at the end of the story.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on people, it's a SHORT STORY May 11, 2011
By Danica
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All the complaints are absurd. "The Amersham Rubies" was described as a short story prequel, and "A Molly Bowen Story" is printed on the cover. Besides, it was free!

Don't be so quick to grab a freebie. Take a minute to read the details about what you will get. And for heaven's sake get over the idea that Amazon owes you something. Prices are determined by publishers.

I gave it five stars because it's just fine for what it is.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable June 7, 2012
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This snippet (don't blink, you'll miss it) does not even come close to short story. It SHOULD be noted somewhere that this is NOT a book, but it is not indicated. The description lays out a case that set miss Molly on her career. So, one expects the case, its paces (some clever work and some things that confound a new "detective") so we can endear the character to us and see how /why the lass becomes what she becomes. So we want to read more books with this detective. It was misleading to read the snippet as a case. But, say one is willing to forgive the length and the questionable mislead. Fine. Move on to other issues then...

The tale itself has errors. Unless it was typed on an ipod or kindle or some android device - there is no excuse for errors. A work this short should be scrubbed clean of punctuation and /or grammar errors.

Miss Marples, Sherlock Holmes, heck Sonny Crockett have to be jealous of the ability this Molly has at solving a crime and the determining the culprits without one single hitch. Elmer Fuddled wants to hire Molly to catch "that pesky wabbit" he has been chasing for decades.

It is just totally an unbelievable tale /case from beginning to end (including the 10 paragraphs in the middle) .

No mystery, no thrill. It is quite a bad advert for a mystery series.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Short Story May 11, 2011
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Another delightful short story from Amazon has introduced me to yet another author I will follow. To those surprised this was a short story, there are keywords to watch for in the descriptions: "...Rhys Bowen's charming prequel..." I confess I enjoy a good story, whatever the length, and I love getting to read the parts of a story that are not in the novels! Rhys Bowen's prequel did not disappoint.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This prequel helps May 11, 2011
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I've met Ms. Bowen and she is charming and intelligent. Obviously she can tell a good story. Thank you, Rhys, for giving us this prequel. It was quite generous of you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth reading or reading
Seriously...This is maybe 10 pages. Molly solves a mystery during her childhood in Ireland. Not much of a mystery when you don't know any characters. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Table4two
2.0 out of 5 stars What is this?
It had an interesting start but I don't know what happened to the flow. It could have been an interesting novel but it is an unfinished short story.
Published 10 days ago by M dy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Too short. Have to read whole series
Published 1 month ago by Joanne L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Back home with Molly Murphy
Do you think Molly was only clever when she got to New York? If you answer yes you'd be wrong. Read this short story about an adventure back home in Ireland and see that she was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Published 1 month ago by Roxanne Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Short but Enjoyable
Amersham Rubies was short and sweet, about 38 pages with humor and crafty sleuthing. It was well written. The excerpt that followed it was longer than Amersham Rubies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by anotherbibliophile
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Love Molly Murphy series but was unaware this was a short story.
Published 2 months ago by DB Rose
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Do Not read novellas or other short stories or part one of a series.
Published 4 months ago by April Azary Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not really enjoy it.
It is just a short read about the main character in her home land, but not much more. Did not really enjoy it.
Published 4 months ago by JVolsH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was an entertaining story and good introduction to the series.
Published 4 months ago by F. S.
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More About the Author

Rhys Bowen's books have been nominated for every major mystery award and she has won thirteen of them to date. She currently writes two historical mystery series, each very different in tone. The Molly Murphy mysteries feature an Irish immigrant woman in turn-of-the-century New York City. These books are multi-layered, complex stories with a strong sense of time and place and have won many awards including Agatha and Anthony. There are 13 book so far in this series plus two Kindle stories, The Amersham Rubies and The Face in the Mirror--a great way to introduce new readers to Molly's spunky personality.

Then there is Lady Georgie, Rhys's latest,and very popular, heroine. She's 35th in line to the throne of England, but she's flat broke and struggling to survive in the Great Depression. These books are lighter and funnier than Molly's adventures. They poke gentle fun at the British class system--about which Rhys knows a lot, having married into an upper class family rather like Georgie's, with cousins with silly nicknames,family ghosts and stately homes. The seventh book is called Heirs and Graces, and on November 5th The Twelve Clues of Christmas comes out in paperback, perfect timing for the holidays.
The series received the Readers Choice Award for favorite mystery series and Rhys was nominated for career achievement.

Rhys was born in Bath, England but spent time during her childhood with relatives in Wales. Those childhood experiences colored her first mystery series, about Constable Evans in the mountains of Snowdonia. 10 books including the Edgar nominee Evan's Gate. She has lived in Austria, Germany and Australia, but has called California her home for many years. She now escapes to a condo in Arizona during those cold California winters. When she's not writing she loves to travel, sing, hike, paint and play the Celtic harp.

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