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Death of Riley: A Molly Murphy Mystery Hardcover – December 1, 2002

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In this second series title (after Murphy's Law), Irish immigrant Molly becomes an apprentice P.I. Unfortunately, she's soon investigating the murder of her boss-with a little help from a likable police detective. An authentic historical about New York in the early 1900s.
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In Bowen's second Molly Murphy cozy historical, which follows the Agatha Award-winning Murphy's Law (2001), Molly reluctantly accepts a job as a companion to Miss Van Woekem in order to pay the bills. Intrigued with a man who is apparently investigating a neighbor of Van Woekem's, Molly tracks down Paddy Riley and convinces him to let her work in his office. To Molly's chagrin, he does not allow her to do any investigating, only light cleaning. However, one day when Molly reports to work, she finds Riley near death and glimpses his murderer leaving the scene. Molly decides to solve the murder on her own and perhaps even continue to run Riley's business. Her investigation leads to new skills and experiences with the intellectual crowd, and she unmasks the killer in a rather far-fetched denouement. However, Molly is a smart, feisty, independent heroine, and turn-of-the-century New York City is realistically portrayed, along with the Irish immigrant experience, in this appealing series by the author who also writes the Evan Evans mystery series. Sue O'Brien
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Product Details

  • Series: Molly Murphy Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (December 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312282117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312282110
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Molly Murphy has decided after many failed attempts at employment to be an investigator. Since this is the early 1900's in NYC many find this announcement nonsense and dismiss it as foolish behavior. Well she meets Paddy and convinces him to give her a job cleaning his office. She bothers him everday about his
cases and ask question after question. Upon coming to work one day, she discovers a robbery in progress and her world is turned upside down. Molly manages to irritate everyone with her determination to find the criminal. Her actions place in her danger and it is up to Daniel Sullivan to rescue her from her
shortcomings. This sequel is not as tightly written as the debut novel. I found myself skimming the last third of the book as Molly actions were just over the top where the plot was headed. Bowen does manage to reel Molly in and the conclusion of the story was solid yet murky. Rating 7
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It's been several months since Molly arrived in America, and she's still trying to find her nitch in New York City. Her strong will and sharp tongue have gotten in the way of several jobs. She has her heart set on becoming a PI to hunt lost relatives. After much persuasion, she starts to assist Paddy Riley with his PI business. But she hasn't been there too long before she walks into the office one day to find her new boss dead. Why was he murdered? Molly's determined to find out. Meanwhile, her relationship with Daniel hits a major snag. And her living situation gets very sticky when Seamus's relatives keep showing up.
I enjoyed the second in this historical fiction series. The author has done her research, and it shows. The detail is fantastic, and I was drawn into the world of 100 years ago. The plot moves better here then in the first in the series, and the subplots add the right mixture to the overall storyline. Molly's really grown on me, too. She's the right mix of stubbornness and the naiveté that would come from her previous life in a small Irish village. The historical aspect of this is done right as well, mixing real life people into the fictitious story.
I've recently been rediscovering my love of historical fiction, and this book is a perfect fit in that genre. Ms. Bowen seamlessly mixes history and mystery into an engrossing story.
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Each and every Molly mystery is filled with historical information, which is fed ever so lightly and creates a realistic flavor. The characters are well developed, the stories well plotted and each a treasure in its own right. I read these 9 books in just 3 weeks. Once started, I couldn't stop! I am happy I read them in order, and you may want to consider this as well. Since many of them have been awarded mysteries top writing awards, I have created a list for you to read which book received which award, and placed them in order according to publication date in case you too would like to read them in order:
Murphy's Law (2001)
2001 Agatha Award for Best Novel
Finalist 2002 Mary Higgins Clark Award

Death of Riley (2002)
Finalist 2002 Agatha Award for Best Novel

For the Love of Mike (2003)
2004 Anthony Award for Best Historical Novel
Finalist 2004 Macavity Award for Best Novel

In Like Flynn (2005)
Finalist 2006 Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel

Oh Danny Boy (2006)
2007 Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel
Finalist 2007 Barry Award for Best Novel

In Dublin's Fair City (2007)

Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (2008)
Finalist 2009 Bruce Alexander Award

In a Gilded Cage (2009)
Finalist 2010 Bruce Alexander Award

The Last Illusion (2010)

I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did!!
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Best series I've ever read ~ suspense wrapped in a well-researched historical setting! Mysteries and heroine's dilemmas are all solved in different ways, so the endings are not predictable. These novels are real page-turners ~ there is a subsequent novel (14 or 15 to date) to continue the main character's experiences, so you don't feel a letdown as you get to the conclusion of each novel ~ just start reading the next one in the series.
I would recommend reading these novels in order to get a smooth understanding and background of what happened previously to the main character.
"Murphy's Law" is the first novel in this suspenseful series! ENJOY!
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This is an enjoyable cozy mystery series featuring twenty-three year old Molly Murphy, a recent immigrant to America's shores sometime at the turn of the twentieth century. This is the second book in that series.

Fans of the first book will not be disappointed with this offering, in which the very independent Molly seeks her way to secure the American dream. After a brief stint as a lady's companion, she decides to become a private investigator, an unheard of occupation for a woman in the early nineteen hundreds. She becomes an assistant to Paddy Riley, a private investigator with a seamy reputation, and before long, he ends up dead.

This leads Molly on her own private quest to find his killer. Of course, Captain Daniel Sullivan of the New York City Police Department, with whom Mollie is in love, is in the picture, though complications have arisen in the romance department. With very little help and guidance, Molly has many adventures in her search for the killer, a killer who will stop at nothing to keep Molly from becoming successful in her quest for justice.

This is a lively, fun series of cozy mysteries that are well-written and offer interesting plots, as well as well-developed characters. The series is replete with historical detail evocative of a by-gone era. Those who enjoy the historical cozy mystery genre will definitely enjoy this entertaining series.
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