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- Listening Length: 7 hours and 32 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: December 17, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H7JI5OU
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Set in the early 1900s, the book portrays a New York that consists of enclaves established along ethnic lines, with most immigrants living in poverty as they try to get ahead. The characters in this book are vivid and engaging. The plot is active. With constantly evolving twists and turns. Definitely run to read!
(And no, I am not just prejudiced because my family nickname was Murphy.)
The book is well written and the authors descriptions of the historical settings makes me imagine the carriage filled, gaslight lit streets of New York City, over a century ago. The little details made the story come alive and the protagonist was a realistic, flawed person,a strong female characters.
First of all, I had lots of time on my hands due to Chinese New Year and wanted to read something quick and entertaining between some bigger projects.
Then, I have always been reading and watching lots of Irish stuff, such as recently Boardwalk Empire or Hugo Hamilton's memories.
Then, the book's title is suggesting something that the book doesn't quite deliver: the link to what is generally known as 'Murphy's Law' is not a strong one. In fact, the book's heroine benefits from some lucky coincidences that are quite the opposite of what the 'law' would suggest.
Finally, a friend had recommended it. In this case, I am not fully with him (while other recommendations from him have worked well for me).
The story: a young, self-confident Irish woman in the year 1901 (the 'old queen' has just died, to dancing in the streets of Dublin) tells us how she had to run from home. She manages to get to New York, where a murder on Ellis Island, among her shipmates, causes some problems for her, considering that she is an illegal under false identity. Active person that she is, she takes the initiative and helps the police solving the mystery. In the process she has a romantic entanglement with the police captain and learns all about Tammany corruption. The story has strong phases: the humiliations of the Atlantic crossing and Ellis Island, the misery of living conditions in the slums of New York... The mystery itself is rather lame though, and the flirt with the captain classifies the book as chick lit, in my eyes.
Three stars and a half.
When Molly arrives in America, she immediately comes under the scrutiny of law enforcement, as a fellow passenger, with whom she had had a public argument, is murdered on Ellis Island. She meets Captain Daniel Sullivan in the process, and her Irish charm makes an indelible impression upon him.
Molly manages to leave Ellis Island under her own steam but, wary that she might be a suspect, she is determined to find the killer on her own. Her search takes her through various New York neighborhoods, all with a flavor of their own. She also gets to know Captain Daniel Sullivan a bit better, and the sparks fly.
This book certainly held my interest and made me want to read the other books in this series. With a well-plotted storyline, a host of interesting characters, and a plucky, intelligent heroine, this appears to be a promising series of books. Molly Murphy is a character that is here to stay.