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- Audible.com Release Date: December 17, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CDOCPWM
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Oh Danny Boy picks up several weeks after the events of the previous book, In Like Flynn. Molly is trying to return to her normal life, but she has not had much success in finding cases for her fledgling detective business. She is also busy ignoring the letters from Captain Daniel Sullivan of the New York Police; he was a bit of a cad in the last book.
Molly learns that Daniel has been attempting to contact her because he has been arrested on charges of fraud and collaborating with a gang. Daniel insists that he is innocent, and that Molly is the only person that can help him because the force has turned against him. As Molly probes into the events that led up to the arrest, she begins to wonder if the perpetrator needed to silence Daniel. Could there be a connection between Daniel’s predicament and a killer who is targeting prostitutes.
This was quite the thrilling mystery. Molly has a tendency to find herself in peril when she gets close to solving a case, but this felt extra perilous. Molly’s friends Sid and Gus played a smaller role in this book than some of the previous entries, but I was amused by their attempts at amateur sleuthing. I also enjoyed seeing Molly team up with a partner, whose insight into criminology helps Molly be a more professional detective.
I would recommend Oh Danny Boy. Bowen includes enough background information at the beginning of each of the Molly Murphy books for them to function as standalones, but there is something satisfying about reading the series in order. I am looking forward to reading more of the Molly Murphy mysteries in the future, as well as anything else that Rhys Bowen can come up with!
This mystery has multiple strands, some exciting new characters, and plenty of plot twists and energy. (I particularly liked the scenes in Coney Island, probably because of our family outings there every summer; some of the rides had changed but the density of beach-goers and the humid heat seem just the same.)
Then she finds out rather dramatically that Daniel has been arrested and is being held in the notorious Tombs prison. He's been accused of accepting a bribe, and the new police commissioner just happened to be on the scene to witness it. Of course, the charge is laughable. Daniel is one of the few people on the police force who would never accept a bribe. With most of the force turned against him, his only hope of proving his innocence is Molly. She reluctantly takes the case.
After several false starts, Molly begins to suspect that it might be related to one of two cases he was working at the time. The first involves a doped horse at the racetrack on Coney Island. The second is far more dangerous and involves a serial killer murdering prostitutes in the East Side. Either case is sure to put Molly in grave danger. Will she find the proof she needs? Will she live to free Daniel?
As if this weren't enough, Molly is having some health problems. And Daniel's ex-fiancee shows up requesting a favor from Molly. What's Arabella up to?
My biggest frustration with these books has been the fact that Molly sometimes seems to stumble on the answer with little more then luck. I couldn't help but laugh as Molly herself discusses this fact several times over the course of the book.
This is easily the best entry in the series. Several storylines weave together to form a logical conclusion. I only pieced everything together a couple pages before Molly did, and she did an excellent job of piecing things together herself. Even friends Sid and Gus get into the act. As always these neighbors provide some wonderful comic and tender moments. They continue to show their love for Molly, and it easily endears them to the reader.
The other characters in the novel are well drawn as well. New characters like Gentlemen Jack and Sabella Goodwin not only provide the needed story points, but also help recreate Molly's world. The scenes with the Arabella are especially good; I wouldn't mind seeing her character again.
The city itself plays a large roll in the story. Rhys Bowen brings the New York City of 1902 to vivid life. The sights, sounds, and smells made me feel like I was in the muggy summer weather right along side Molly.
This series has only gotten stronger with each entry. Don't hesitate to pick up this great book to be transported to another time and place.
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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Molly kinda stumbles around but she eventually figures out the villain.