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Murphy's Law: A Molly Murphy Mystery (Molly Murphy Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – December 15, 2002
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But although the right background is there, I kept getting thrown out of the story. For a girl just off the boat, she uses a lot of American slang I can't see how she'd know. Her opinions of most things are 21st century American, not rural nineteenth century Irish. (She doesn't go to church and it's not an issue for her community, she knows no Irish except the people she came over with; she wants to help the cops from the moment she lands; she thinks counties in Ireland are different just because of their accents- heck my father came over in the 1920s and he was still griping about the thick headed Galway men & gombeen men of Mayo.) She's a fun American girl- she doesn't feel very Irish or very 19th century.
And she's a perils of Pauline kind of heroine.
I liked it well enough to try the second one but I'm still getting jerked out of the story. And I like a heroine who starts to learn something rather than falling from one disaster to another.
The series is set at the turn of the century and Rhys Bowen does a good job of describing the streets of New York of the time period. Molly also has a fiery independence which makes life difficult between she and prospective suitor, Daniel Sullivan, a police captain. With each book, I'm rooting for Molly not to relinquish her independence. All in all, good mysteries, researched historical facts and a wonderful storyline following Molly's personal life.
trip. She has had some interesting things happen to her, she leaves Ireland and she fnds a way to get to come to the states. Molly starts out in the right place at the right time, but she is going to bring two children with her that are not hers. Molly must travel in the bottom of the ship because she is not rich. While traveling along she has bad experiences, Molly tries hard to keep herself and the two children safe. Molly must keep a secret all through her travels even know she meets a
young boy who be friends her. They encounter a not so friendly man on
the ship who likes to cause problems. Molly tries hard to stay away from
the man. They arrive in Ellis Island and must to through the proper channels to be let into the states. During this time something bad happens and Molly is questioned by the police.
She finally is allowed into the States and she must live with some people she does not like staying with. She is questioned by the police
several times and so she decides she needs to solve the problem herself.
Molly is trying to find a job and at the same time solve the murder.