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In a Gilded Cage (Molly Murphy Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – March 2, 2010

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From Publishers Weekly

Near the start of Anthony-winner Bowen's delightful eighth Molly Murphy mystery (after 2008's Tell Me, Pretty Maiden), two Vasser alum friends persuade the Irish-born detective to march for women's rights with the VWVW (Vassar Wants Votes for Women) in New York City's annual Easter parade. On Fifth Avenue that Sunday morning, Molly meets Emily Boswell and other West Side socialites, all of whom wind up getting arrested for disturbing the peace. Molly's intended, police captain Daniel Sullivan, rescues the women from jail, but is wholly unsympathetic to their mission. The down-on-her-luck Emily, who works in a drugstore, hires Molly to find out the truth about her missionary parents' deaths and her loss of inheritance. Another Vasser grad has a philandering husband to track. As ever, Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early 20th-century New York and bringing to life its warm and human inhabitants. (Mar.)
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Eighth in the Molly Murphy mystery series, following Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (2008), this installment outshines the others in character development and plot complexity. Details of Molly’s new cases are knit together with the accoutrements of 1918 New York City life—automobiles, women’s rights, social climbers, and the flu epidemic—bringing a visceral reality to the story. Conflicted over a potentially inequitable marriage to her fiancé, Captain Daniel Sullivan, and enjoying the company of Sid and Gus, her outré lesbian friends, Molly carries her own, compelling internal struggle to her work. She’s hired by her friend Emily to investigate a family mystery that has caused a miserable childhood and an uncertain financial future. Simultaneously, Molly is employed by a wealthy acquaintance to determine her husband’s fidelity or lack thereof. When the acquaintance dies suddenly, supposedly from flu, followed by another woman in her circle, Molly suspects murder. Don’t miss this great period puzzler reminiscent of Dame Agatha’s mysteries and Gillian Linscott’s Nell Bray series. --Jen Baker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Molly Murphy Mysteries (Book 8)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312381700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312381707
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 ninth book in the series, Malice at the Palace was published August 2015 and the previous book, Queen of Hearts, just won the Agatha award for best historical mystery.
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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Another turn 'round old New York with Molly Murphy in this eighth entry in the series finds the intrepid immigrant PI looking into a case involving the suspicious death of a young lady involved in a women's suffrage march during the Easter Parade. A tragic death, the official story reads, from a sudden bout of influenza--not too uncommon in those days, especially not during an epidemic of it striking the city. But then more members of the womens' circle soon fall victim, and Miss Murphy smells a rat...

Of course, murder and mayhem aren't the only troubles on her plate. Having patched things up with her on-again off-again beau, Daniel Sullivan, who's been reinstated to his former status as Captain in the NYPD, the two settle into a less sharp relationship. The question of "Will they or won't they?" has apparently been resolved, but tension still exists as the happy couple experience their share of conflict. A grand romance still doesn't mean that two people can't clash over various aspects of their two lives coming together, and Molly and Daniel continue to stubbornly disagree over aspects of their mutual future. It's a nice touch to see that the removal of their former external romantic obstacles doesn't mean settling into a cloyingly perfect state of things between them.

I do like the aspect that since they met in "Murphy's Law", the first book of the series, Molly typically doesn't happen to be involved in Daniel's police cases like we see with many couples in mysteries, conveniently forcing the two of them to interact and work together.
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This book, In A Gilded Cage, is the eighth entry into the Molly Murphy series.

Set in the early 1900's, Molly owns her own private detective agency, of which she is the sole employee. This in itself is rare for that time period, as most women were raised to marry well and have a lot of children, and encouraged to stay at home to raise them.

Molly is very independent, curious and maddening to her police detective fiance, Daniel Sullivan. She puts herself in harm's way more than once in order to solve her cases. He can't resist her, though, as she makes friends easily and has a heart of gold.

I just adore Molly, and count myself blessed by the women that have gone before us, as Molly and her friends do not even have the right to vote yet. An education is considered frivolous, and a woman alone is considered suspicious.

This series is one that just keeps getting better and better, and is a quick, delightful read. Get ready for some surprising twists, and some good news for Molly. I can't wait for the next one!
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Molly has just recovered from a strain of the influenza epidemic that is sweeping New York City in the spring of 1903. But she doesn't let that stop her from joining Sid, Gus, and some of their Vassar friends in marching for women's suffrage. While that effort ends with them in jail, it also provides Molly with two new clients.

First is Emily, a young woman left to fend for herself after her miserly uncle kicked her out. Emily wants to know more about her dead parents. Then Fanny hires Molly to prove her husband is cheating on her. Things are progressing on both cases when someone dies. Was it a bad case of the flu or was it murder?

As always, this book was a great trip back in time. The set up is steeped in history. When the cases start, the book picks up. I actually found both of them quite interesting and puzzling.

Molly has really grown as a detective, and that is evident here as she actually pulls off solving both cases. Her growing ability is actually quite fun to watch. And she continues to be an interesting character I love to spend time around.

The cases her also provide Molly a good chance to think about her future as the potential wife of Captain Daniel Sullivan. As always, I was both hot and cold to him, but I seem to soften with every book.

These books aren't typical mysteries but as much about life a century ago as the case at hand. And I love them for it. If you want a glimpse of another time and place, pick up this series today.
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In the early 1900's, New York City continues its struggle as the melting pot of the world in Bowen's 8th mystery featuring Irish immigrant Molly Murphy, a female private investigator. We have followed Molly's struggles to stay on her feet as she landed on Ellis Island and into the arms of Capt. Daniel Sullivan as murder suspect number one, running from her past in Ireland like many of her shipmates. But now Molly is settled into her house and running her own business, her life her own. And since Daniel was back in the good graces of the police department she hardly saw him anymore since crime rates were astronomical lately - the epidemic of influenza that even Molly had succumbed to was driving the populace to drastic measures. But with her lungs barely recovered from her recent bout with the flu, Molly finds herself in a cell again after a parade march for women's suffrage -not the best way to catch Daniel's attention!

Luckily word passes to Daniel quickly about the incident and all of the Vassar women from the march are released - but Molly's networking has been accomplished. Despite her slight flu relapse, she does pick up the case of Emily Boswell, a pharmacist's assistant (handy for dispensing prescription aspirin!), who asks Molly to investigate the death of her Protestant missionary parents and find out the truth about Emily's past. Emily suspects that her uncle hasn't been forthright with her and maybe withholding her inheritance, but simply wants to know the facts.
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