- Series: Molly Murphy Mysteries (Book 12)
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (February 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250042240
- ISBN-13: 978-1250042248
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 133 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Highly entertaining…[Molly] pieces together a complicated mystery set against a rich historical backdrop.” ―RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)
“[A] well-paced 12th mystery featuring feisty and endearing Molly Murphy…The usual full-blooded characters will keep readers engaged.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Feisty Molly unravels another knotty case while providing insight into life just after the turn of that other century.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
RHYS BOWEN is the author of the Anthony and Agatha Award–winning Molly Murphy mysteries, the Edgar Award-nominated Evan Evans series, and the Royal Spyness series. Born in England, she lives in San Rafael, California.
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Although she has promised to give up her private investigation career now that she is married and pregnant, the arrival of a letter to the firm gives her an important (and seemingly safe) task of finding the whereabouts of a young Irish woman who landed in New York, found a servant job, and then disappeared. In trying to track down the missing woman, she witnesses the theft of a baby from a stroller, giving her another task.
My sense of the books in this series is that they are improving, and that from a quite enjoyable and competent level. The characters seem authentic: they have conflicts, they find themselves in trouble, and they develop. There is certainly a cadre of interesting and engaging cast of supporting characters. And I am really pleased with the details about New York City's history and conflicts--particularly, I suppose because both of my families had arrived there by the time of these novels.
I am always of two minds about recommendations for books in a series: if you are new to the series, there is nothing that won't work well as a historical mystery; on the other hand, since the prior books are also quite fine, you might want to try them in order. Either way you're in for a pleasant experience.
While looking to find a servant for when the baby comes, Molly almost witnesses a woman's baby kidnapped on a busy New York City street.
But the case that really consumes her is a case she gets quite by accident. Her old detective agency receives a request from the relatives of a young woman who had immigrated to America and then vanished. With the barest of clues to go on, she begins the hunt. Will she be able to find the woman or will she put herself and her baby in danger?
A visit to Molly is always a good trip back to the past, and this book was no exception. I did find some irritants, like Daniel and his attitude toward Molly. Then again, he often does have a point, something Molly admits once or twice. The plot could have held together a bit better, but Molly did a good job of piecing together clues at the end. She's certainly come a long way from the Molly in the first book.
And that was one thing I liked. She is resourceful when she needs to be and is very determined. The characters are strong, and the series regulars are as charming as ever.
While not the strongest entry in the series, it is still a good trip back in time. Fans of Molly will delight to be in her presence again.