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Hush Now, Don't You Cry (Molly Murphy Mysteries) Hardcover – March 13, 2012

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Book 11 of 15 in the Molly Murphy Mysteries Series

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Molly's compassion and pluck should attract more readers to this consistently solid historical series. (Publishers Weekly on Bless the Bride)

This historical mystery delivers a top-notch, detail-rich story full of intriguing characters. Fans of the 1920s private detective Maisie Dobbs should give this series a try. (Booklist on The Last Illusion)

About the Author

Mystery Author 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

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Product Details

  • Series: Molly Murphy Mysteries (Book 11)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312628110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312628116
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In 1903, newlyweds Molly Murphy and NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan arrive in Newport for their honeymoon during a terrible storm. The couple is staying at the cottage of New York City alderman Brian Hannan, but they find the gates locked. As they are about to leave, Molly notices a hysterically laughing child in a window of the main house; as apparently their host failed to tell his family of the Sullivan couple staying at the estate. Soon afterward, Hannan is found dead at the nearby bottom of a cliff and the Newport police deem the two New Yorkers are the only suspects though they declare an accident occurred.

The victim's family wants the pair to leave, but Daniel is ill suffering from pneumonia. Though Molly promises not to investigate, she cannot prevent herself from making inquiries when she rejects the coincidence that an accident occurred as she learns Brian's granddaughter died in the same way at the same spot.

The latest Molly Murphy historical mystery (see Bless the Bride) is a great entry with a strong solution as the location provides a fresh look at early twentieth century America. The unsinkable Molly seeks the motive, which she assumes is money in what she believes are two homicides done by a family member while her frustrated ailing spouse is bedridden. Fans of the Murphy amateur sleuth saga will relish this particularly excellent whodunit.

Harriet Klausner
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tricia on March 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As with all of the Molly Murphy mysteries, the latest in the series is a page turner, features a stronge female character who is charismatic and witty, and was a joy to read. Set in the early 1900's, Hush Now Don't You Cry begins with the newlywed Molly Murphy and her husband NY police captain Daniel Sullivan arriving in Newport for a past due honeymoon. Molly soon learns that Daniel has arranged for them to stay in a cottage owned by teamster Brian, who is a suspect in one of Daniel's cases, and has asked Daniel for a favor.
Not happy that Daniel has brought work along on their honeymoon, soon Molly is using her own profession as a PI when Brian is murdered and Daniel broadsided with a life threatening case of pneumonia.
I was thrilled to learn that marriage has not sidelined our Molly, and that she is as busy as ever!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kim Overstreet on March 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This historical cozy is sure to appeal to readers (like me) who are already fans of spunky Irish immigrant, Molly Murphy, but it will work well too as a stand alone introduction to the series for new readers. With a vivid sense of atmosphere, this murder mystery is set in Newport Beach early in the 20th century. There are enough twists and turns of plot to keep even seasoned mystery buffs guessing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Beth Scovil on March 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of Rhys Bowen I always get very excited when a new book is on it's way. Especially, when that book takes me on an historical adventure with one of my favorite sleuths, Molly Murphy (now Sullivan).

"Hush Now, Don't You Cry", the eleventh book in the Molly Murphy Mystery series does not fail to please. Bowen, in her usual style, transports the reader, in an almost visual way, to the early 20th Century. The reader is filled with twists and turns and doesn't disappoint for those who feared Molly would disappear after she married Captain Daniel Sullivan. Instead, fellow readers, we find ourselves out of New York City and in Newport Beach, for Daniel and Molly's already postponed honeymoon. Needless to say Molly is up to her old tricks and if you, like I are a lover of cozy mysteries, you will not be able to put this one down.

I have felt in the past, the more Bowen writes the stronger her writing gets and this feeling only increases with the enjoyment of "Hush Now, Don't You Cry"! Happy Reading to my fellow cozy mystery lovers. May we all eagerly await Molly's next adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Davie on June 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Eleventh in the Molly Murphy mystery series set in the early 20th century. This story is set in the spring of 1904 in Newport, Rhode Island.

My Take
Between Daniel's job and Molly's proclivities, I doubt the two of them will ever experience a vacation without drama.

Interesting to read about fingerprints still being a novelty and aspirin one of those newfangled medicines!
Bowen has set up a series of complex layers that all intertwine and play off each other and still be a surface read. A few surprises, but most of the events are expected. No, I don't mean clichéd, simply nothing too out of the ordinary.

A fun read, but no real depth.

The Story
Molly and her captain are have a honeymoon. This one is courtesy of Alderman Hannan with an invitation to spend time at a guest cottage on the grounds of his Newport cottage. And it seems that Hannan has an ulterior motive for this invite.

But fate steps in and continues to prevent that honeymoon when Daniel gets deathly sick and there's a murder. One that may be connected to Brian Hannan's granddaughter's death years earlier.

It's ghosts and irate family members desperate to kick Molly and Daniel off the estate even as Molly snoops and sneaks her way about uncovering secrets that should never have been hidden.

The Characters
Molly Murphy is recently wed to her love, but they are a couple still in a state of negotiation whether they acknowledge it or not. Detecting is in Molly's blood and I can't imagine that Daniel will be able to scrub it out! Captain Daniel Sullivan is with the New York Police Department and one of those rare cops (in that time period) who is clean. He's a typical cop. Has to have visible proof before he will believe.
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