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City of Darkness and Light (Molly Murphy #13)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,331 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
Molly and Daniel Sullivan are settling happily into the new routines of parenthood, but their domestic bliss is shattered the night a gang retaliates against Daniel for making a big arrest. Daniel wants his family safely out of New York City as soon as possible. In shock and grieving, but knowing she needs to protect their infant son Liam, Molly agrees to take him on the l ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Mar 28, 2014 Heather rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Dear author:

Please spell Dreyfusard correctly. There should be a y every time, not just some of the time.
Please be consistent with character names i.e. in the same conversation the housekeeper should not refer to Reynold Bryce as M. Bryce, Mr. Bryce and Monsieur Bryce. Pick one and stick with it.
The Dreyfus affair began in 1894, and exploded in 1898 with the acquittal of Esterhazy and Zola's J'accuse, and continued with the 1899 retrial. In 1905 it was still divisive, but not exactly the front p
Be prepared to be wowed by lucky #13 in the Molly Murphy mystery series. It is the second of the series to take place primarily outside of New York City, in another country. The country this time is France, and the city is Paris in its heyday of cutting edge artists and intellectuals. The year is 1905, and major cities, such as New York and Paris, are bursting with history and change upon which the twentieth century will be built. Rhys Bowen once again seamlessly weaves the fiction of Molly's ex ...more
It's always great fun to spend some time with Molly Murphy, now known as Mrs. Molly Sullivan. The story was great, loved that Sid and Gus had a bigger part in this book. And also, loved that Molly got to spend time in another country and town. My reason, why I gave this book a three star rating was. I felt in places, the story just kept going in circles. I didn't really feel, any growth in Molly as a character even though now, she is a mother. I didn't really care that much for Daniel in this bo ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
I saw this book in my local library and was captured by the front cover art and the jacket blurb.

This is the first Molly Murphy mystery I have read, and it takes the heroine to Paris in the earliest days of the modern art movement. Sent to visit her friends while her police officer husband deals with a gang that has threatened the family, Molly believes she will be safe.

Until she arrives in Paris and discovers that her friends have disappeared.

The book is rich in detail, peopled with historical
Apr 06, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
This novel is the thirteenth in the Molly Murphy series, but certainly is not bad luck. Rhys Bowen continues her saga of Molly and her husband Daniel, a New York policeman. Now, they have a son and a new home; all is going well until an Italian gang sends a bomb hurtling through the front door. Liam is upstairs with the maid who covers the baby with her body.

Daniel's reaction is to send Mollie and Liam to Paris to stay with her friends Sid and Gus. Arriving in Paris, Molly discovers that her tw
Apr 01, 2014 Pam rated it did not like it
The only reason I picked this book up was: Mystery! Plucky girl Detective! Paris!

Alas, I am not going to add this author to my list of must-reads.

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I also could NOT believe that she walked across the street, bought a bagette, and asked the baker's wife to BABYSIT HER 9 MONTH OLD SON, so she could wander the streets
Mark Baker
Mar 04, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, mystery
When a case Daniel is working on turns dangerous, Molly and Liam leave New York to join Sid and Gus in Paris. But when her reception is not what she expected, is Molly in more danger now than she was before?

More than any other book in the series, I felt this one had a large number of real people popping up in Molly's fictional world. The plot was good with some twists I didn't expect and the characters are so real by this point I just love visiting them. All told, it was a great trip back to 190
Mar 30, 2014 Kathleen rated it it was ok
The latest book in the Molly Murphy series finds Molly with her eight month old son, Liam, seeking a safe haven in Paris. New York is under siege with the dreaded Cosa Nostra terrorizing citizens and frustrating police efforts to curtail the violence; Molly and Daniel’s house has been destroyed by a bomb and their beloved Nanny killed trying to protect their baby. Since her friends, Sid and Gus, are living in Paris honing their artistic and literary skills, immersed in Gertrude Stein’s salon and ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Connie rated it liked it
I love Molly Murphy Mysteries. They are fast moving,clever mysteries. I also love the historical facts that are included. But what happened to Josette. I was hoping Gus and Sid would save her.
Jun 25, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
A bomb explores in the Sullivan's home burning it and killing the maid as she protected Liam. Daniel decides to send Molly and Liam to Paris to keep them safe. After a voyage Molly arrives in Paris to Sid and Gus missing. Looking for them Molly encounters the Paris police when trying to question a person who might know where they have gone. Molly begins to wonder if they are safe.
Cece Cope
Nov 15, 2015 Cece Cope rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vintage Mollie Murphy but set in Gertrude Stein's Paris

On the short leash that the role of nursing mother allows, Mollie's quest first for the missing Sid and Gus and later for the murderer that has put them into hiding has her risking her safety or her freedom almost every time she leaves her new baby.
May 18, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Molly goes to Paris after her house she shares w/ her, now husband, Captain Daniel Sullivan, is bombed and burned, and the maid is killed saving their son. Her long time friends Sid and Gus are in Paris and invited her to come for a visit, Daniel feels she will be safe there until he has completed his case against the leader of the Costa Nostra mob. Molly arrives to find Sid and Gus missing and her first order of business is to find them.
This book was not as engaging as prior entries. It was much slower paced and seemed to drag. Plus there was too much ‘touring’ around Paris.

This was a ‘Let’s meet famous people’ book as well. Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Mary Cassatt, and Booth Tarkington all make an appearance. While it is possible to run into celebrities, I always find it hard to buy into it happening in a novel because it seems forced. Realistically, what are the odds of an average person crossing paths with four famous peo
Apr 06, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
Not my favorite in the Molly Murphy series. It took quite awhile to get to the nitty gritty. It also seemed to wrap up very quickly. It just didn't seem "right."
As for my thoughts on Daniel, thankfully he wasn't in this much although I realize his character must be the way he is due to the era the series is set in. That being said, something happens near the beginning making me think something was going to happen but of course Rhys Bowen is too nice for that :). If you read it, you'll know what
Melissa Nyboer
Jun 02, 2014 Melissa Nyboer rated it really liked it
This is just a good mystery, the kind that you like to read sitting on the porch on a summer afternoon.
May 08, 2014 Susie rated it really liked it
I love this series and this one was great - I had no idea who the killer was! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I felt that ending was a bit rushed, but I still enjoyed it.
Aug 17, 2014 Luffy rated it liked it
I have read some of the less glowing reviews here and then decided to read the book. I feared that I would be influenced but this mystery impressed me enough. For more knowledgeable people this book had warts and all, but I can only relay what I felt. Had I not had my spoilers I would have had more praise for this Parisian whodunit.

During the first fifth of the story I couldn't gloss over the boorishness of Molly's husband. Married life is fraught with desensitization, compromise, or rebellion
Mar 16, 2014 Deb rated it really liked it
How could I not enjoy this book? Although the reason for Molly's trip to Paris is a bit contrived - she and her husband are threatened by the Cosa Nostra and Daniel wants her to be safely away until the gang is pacified - the story of her time there is right up my alley. Molly's friends Sid and Gus have taken an apartment in the Place Pigalle area to be close to the Modernist artists they so admire. It is 1905 and the area is fairly crawling with Fauves and proto-Cubists and various experimental ...more
Lucy Burdette
Feb 15, 2014 Lucy Burdette rated it it was amazing
A delightful visit to early 19th century Paris with Rhys Bowen's delightful, smart, spunky heroine Molly Murphy. Bowen is a master with historical whodunnits, producing lively characters, a fascinating setting, and a clever mystery.
Feb 25, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series. Although I'm not a great fan of historical fiction in general, this series is one of the few that I consistently enjoy reading. The principal character has a lot of spunk, and the author has managed to weave other larger than life characters into virtually all of the stories in the series. While some readers might find it frustrating that the author likes to insert actual historical characters into the story, I actually find this form of creative license to be enjoya ...more
Jul 24, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Molly is one of my favorite historical mystery characters. She is spunky, resourceful and lives in early 20th Century New York City. It seems like trouble always finds Molly. In this case she and her young son have gone to Paris to lay low for a while after the mafia firebombed her home and to visit her rich neighbors who have gone to Paris. However, things don't go as planned and Molly ends up searching for her friends who have disappeared. Along the way she encounters a murder. Although she ha ...more
Dee Renee  Chesnut
May 04, 2014 Dee Renee Chesnut rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I eagerly anticipated the release of City of Darkness and Light, and I highly recommend it to fans of the Molly Murphy series.

There were just a few things that bothered me about my dear fictional friend this time around. I have enjoyed Molly coming into contact with historical characters during her investigations; but, this time there seemed to be more name-dropping than usual. I know a cable was sent to Gus and Sid saying that Molly and Liam would accept their invitation to stay in Paris with
Apr 22, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical
This is the latest of the Molly Murphy mysteries and I liked it better than the previous one. Molly and her son Lima (9-10 months old) have to leave New York because her husband (a NYC detective) and his family have been targeted by the Cosa Nostra, a new Italian gang. Their house is firebombed and their young servant dies while trying to protect he baby. Molly and Liam head to Paris to spend time with their neighbors Sid and Gus (women), who have gone there so that Gus can study painting. This ...more
Susan Williams
May 02, 2015 Susan Williams rated it liked it
I enjoy all of the Molly Murphy mysteries, some more than others. The City of Darkness and Light is the thirteenth in the series and finds our heroine, Molly, married with a young baby.

After their home is bombed by gangsters as a threat to her police chief husband, Molly and son Liam flee to Paris to join her unconventional friends, Gus and Sid. Molly survives violent sea sickness only to find that her friends are missing when she arrives. Networking with the Paris artist community, she uncovers
Apr 27, 2014 Corinne rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, irish
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Apr 06, 2014 Cyndie rated it really liked it
I was sure I had the killer figured out and was pretty disappointed that it was so easy. I was wrong, although I did suspect the actual killer too, I just wasn't sure what their motive was.
Apr 05, 2014 PoligirlReads rated it liked it
This was an improvement over the last book, the Family Way. Bowen found her way out of the corner she had written Molly into (wants to solve cases but her husband doesn't allow it) by shipping her off to Paris. It's not a read-in-one-sitting book, but it's a nice and leisurely mystery. I was surprised by the killer. Not surprising at all? The circumstances surrounding the young woman that looks all too much like a Bryce painting. There is an anticlimatic return of one of Molly's enemies that did ...more
Laura Carter
Apr 01, 2014 Laura Carter rated it really liked it
This wasn't my favorite Molly Murphy book. Some of the actions by the characters were out of character, and some things were a stretch. For instance, Sid and Gus would not hide out without contacting Molly in some way for four days. Molly figuring out the postcards was pure luck. Also, Justin Hartley (or something like that) was mentioned for apparently no reason. There was no need for added stress and I felt it was distracting. The plot twist with Ellie being the painter's real daughter was tot ...more
Deborah Wilson
Jul 15, 2015 Deborah Wilson rated it it was amazing
I have been binge reading the Molly Murphy mysteries this summer. With just one more to go, i am proclaiming this the best yet. "the City of Darkness an Light" embodies a more mature her new role as a mother she is thinking through her decisions a little more clearly. But, it is the setting of early twentieth century Paris that makes this read so enticing. As in her other books, Bowen gently reminds the reader of the historical figures that encompassed this era. She is a master o time ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Sandy rated it liked it
Molly and Daniel's house are destroyed in a retribution hit by the Italians after Daniel imprisons to mob boss. So Molly heads to Paris with Liam to meet Sid and Gus until the trouble blows over.

It takes too long for Molly to reach Paris. Her journey needed a map a la Indiana Jones to magic her across the ocean. Then she hoofs it all over Paris, leaving Liam in the care of the baker's wife (my 21st century mom senses needed to keep checking the historical fiction box to stop from being horrified
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"I'm a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.

I also write the Agatha-winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s. It's lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire. It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year.
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