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The Family Way (Molly Murphy #12)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  1,600 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
Molly Murphy—now Molly Sullivan—is a year into her marriage, expecting her first child, and confined to the life of a housewife. She's restless and irritable in the enforced idleness of pregnancy and the heat of a New York summer in 1905. So when a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving mai ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Minotaur Books (first published 2013)
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I think I might be done with the Molly Murphy series. This series has not aged well, and this book was only slightly better than Bowen's previous offering of "Hush Now Don't You Cry."
The plot was good, the villain convincing, but the main characters were not enjoyable. Daniel has lost any charm he might have had. Her friends come off as jerks (when previously Sid and Gus were a great duo), and Molly...well, she was not nearly as endearing as she was at the start of the series. You know things a
Apr 15, 2013 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm trying to figure out why the author wrote this book. I loved the previous books about Molly, the recent Irish immigrant who becomes a private detective. But now it is 1904 and Molly is married to Daniel and expecting their baby. Daniel wants her to stay home, even when she is asked to investigate a missing young woman. Interactions between the two of them for the rest of the book are Daniel telling her not to do stuff, and Molly doing it anyway.

What was the point of this? Is the author tryi
Kathleen Schilling
Had significant issues with the dangers Molly puts herself in while pregnant. There were not needed risks - felt that she was foolhardy. Truthfully, it soured her on me a bit.
Jun 21, 2015 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
A historical mystery featuring Molly Sullivan is full of suspense and surprises.Molly is expecting her first child. She finally agrees to spent the summer with her mother - in - law because she has decided to continue look for a missing Irish girl she knows about. I enjoyed this book although I find it rather predictable. I wonder why manages to get herself in so many problems. The ending was a surprise.
Dec 07, 2014 Dagny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bowen-rhys, read-2014
At the beginning of The Family Way, I feared it might not be one of the best in the Molly Murphy series. It started a bit slow and with Molly seven months pregnant, how much trouble could she manage to get into? Wrong! Usually when Molly is in physical danger, it is relatively swift, but this time the danger lasted quite a while and I couldn't stop reading. It was breathless.
May 31, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're reading this, you've probably read the book or are at least familiar with the characters, so I'm not going to bore you with a synopsis. I've read all of the Molly Murphy novels and found this one, like most, to be a fun enough read; I think Bowen's weakest was "Bless the Bride." However, is every novel from now on going to be about Molly going behind Daniel's back to solve a case? And is he going to blow up at her because he hears a half-truth, without waiting for her side of the story ...more
Cheryl A
May 26, 2013 Cheryl A rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-cozy
Poor Molly Murphy. She's obtained her hearts desire and is now married to Daniel Sullivan, NYC police detective, and expecting their first child. The bad news is that she's bored and restless - her independent nature isn't quite suited for domestic bliss.

Despite her promise to Daniel to set her investigating aside, Molly looks into a missing young woman from Ireland. While beginning a search for a maid, Molly also witnesses a kidnapping in the Lower Eastside, the fifth kidnapping in the area in
Mar 13, 2013 Corinne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic adventure with Molly. Rhys' books are always a relaxing read and I look forward to each one. This book was nice in that we saw a little more Sid, Gus, and Daniel development. The only thing unnerving was that there was something eerily familiar with Maureen's case, but perhaps that is because this is the 30th Rhys Bowen book I have read! Very predictable. Since Molly is with child I often was frustrated with her riding horses, drinking wine, and plain old putting her life in th ...more
Sharon Bengel
Ms. Bowen has GOT to find a way to reconcile Molly's intelligence and modernity with her married and maternal state. So sick of the arguing!! Why did she marry him? And then when Molly puts her baby in danger - which was entirely predictable- I wondered why Daniel married her! The more I think about it the less I like this book. Bridie should be in Molly's household. Sid and Gus don't need to be everywhere. Molly has plenty of ways to stay occupied and get involved in mysteries without constantl ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
I knew the plot from the moment I met the pertinent characters. It was then just a question of forcing myself to read the book to basically see to the end what I already knew. There were a few tiny surprises, but overall it was vastly predictable. Things could have been worse for Molly. I suspected there would be more drama than actually happened, but her "foolish girl" personality is getting tired and annoying. I was hoping this book would end her series, as she is set to have a child, but inst ...more
Apr 21, 2013 Deshay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book but I didn't "love" it. My major problem was that I just could not believe that a pregnant Molly would be doing the things she was - not in that place and time. I'm worried that future books are going to be some variation of this theme. She will have a baby but will put herself and the baby in risk because she MUST still be a detective! Don't see how that is going to work.
Mar 27, 2013 Eleon397 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much faster plot with more tension and adventure than bless the bride. Well told. Hard to understand why the author decided to have Molly get married as she has no real relationship with her husband. Perhaps they will eventually become a detective duo. Let's hope so. Having him be the disapproving after figure with Molly hiding her exploits from him is not entirely satisfactory.
Jul 25, 2016 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Molly Murphy mystery series is a pleasant cosy mystery. I enjoy it more for the characters and the setting than for the actual murder. The Family Way finds Molly pregnant and bored having to stay at home. But as usual she has a mystery land in her lap and she pursues it to the end. This was a fun story that sent her fromNYC to upstate to her mother-in-law's and to a convent.

You will enjoy this.
Rita	 Marie
I love the Molly Murphy series. Molly and her now husband are two strong characters with a lot of interest. The location and time period are a wonderful choice, taking advantage of all the social change and conflict in the transition from Victorian to modern times.

But this book brings the series to a difficult turning point. Molly is pregnant, so not such an agile detective, and she and hubby are having the same arguments over and over. Perhaps this is true to the era, but some more substantial
I do like Molly Murphy, but I do not recall a time where I wish a terrible misfortune to befall a beloved character.

If something were to happen to Daniel, I would not shed a tear.

I find it hard to believe that even in 1904, a man would love a woman with such an independent spirit and want to absolutely control her after being married, particularly in such a boorish manner.

I enjoyed the mystery, although I pieced it together before Molly did. It's not a common occurrence for me to do that, which
Apr 10, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy reading about Molly Murphy now Molly Murphy Sullivan and her exploits. The Family way is no exception. Molly and Daniel have been married about a year and now Molly is expecting their first child. New York City is oppressively hot and Molly is torn between going to visit Daniel's mother and staying home for her husband. Just as she is about to agree, she receives a letter from Ireland addressed to her old detective agency that she gave up (somewhat unwilling) when she married. The ...more
Jun 17, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#12 in the Molly Murphy series. Now it's 1904 and Molly Murphy Sullivan has certainly been busy since arriving in NYC and meeting Daniel Sullivan in 1901 - Murphy's Law (2001). Author Bowen does a wonderful job of evoking the NYC and Hudson River valley of the period.

Molly Murphy series - 1904 finds Molly unable to resist taking on a missing persons case, despite her promise to her new husband, NYPD Capt. Daniel Sullivan, to give up detecting now that their first baby is on the way. Molly receiv
Apr 12, 2013 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly's in "the family way" and this case revolves around babies. Her husband Daniel refuses to let her work as a detective anymore but Molly finds a way to work around him when she receives a letter from Ireland asking help in locating a young Irish girl who seemingly vanished after arriving in NYC at the turn of the century.
A pleasing addition to the Molly Murphy series.
I must say that I have reached my limit with this series. Molly has become too headstrong and strains credibility. A pregnant Molly has too much time on her hands? I wonder when her husband will tire of her? The Family Way (Molly Murphy, #12) by Rhys Bowen
Have I really read 12 of these? Molly took some weird risks in this one that were somewhat out of character. Yes, it was a bit predictable, but there were still some surprises. I know Daniel is worried, but his controlling behavior made it hard for me to sympathize with him. All the hints about him maybe going into politics doesn't look good for this marriage.
Apr 28, 2013 Maren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is really going downhill. I still enjoy reading the books. I like the time period and the mysteries are interesting. The problem is with the main characters. Daniel has become a really prideful, close-minded jerk. Molly has become deceitful and recklessly impulsive. Can these characters be saved?
Aug 06, 2014 Luffy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rhys Bowen is a one trick pony, she puts all of her eggs in one basket. She puts her heroine through all sorts of trial and blackmails her readers to bond fiercely with her. When that ploy works the books are a delicacy. Here, however, I wasn't buying into her 'blarney'. Molly is a serial investigator. She is forbidden to solve crimes, something which she does like clockwork. I have no empathy or sympathy for Molly as from this book. She keeps asking for trouble. Courting disaster and surviving ...more
Laura Lee
Mar 15, 2013 Laura Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
St Patrick's Day gift from a friend, how cool is that? I love Molly. I've said it before. Author is good all the time, can't go wrong with a Molly book. Read in one sitting. Hope Molly doesn't let a baby slow her down!
Amy Paget
Sometimes you need a break from serious reading…I do, when I am exceptionally busy, ill, or when the sun is out! I grabbed The Family Way by Rhys Bowen from TCPL’s new mystery book area. It’s a Molly Murphy mystery-- Molly being a ‘retired to marriage’ private detective living in New York City in the early 1900s. While not nearly as fully developed as some of Anne Perry’s historical mysteries, the 11 titles in the Molly Brown mysteries provide an interesting look at turn of the century New York, ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, historical
This was a decent read. The main character is now married and expecting her first baby so her movements are even more restricted. (This books follows the one in which she and her police captain husband honeymoon in Newport and just happen to solve another mystery.) She receives a letter from strangers in Ireland who are seeking a family member in New York who has stopped communicating with them. The crux of the problem is a convent that takes in young, unwed mothers and then finds homes (or the ...more
Jul 04, 2014 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and entertaining mystery, although as usual, luck and coincidence rule the day a little too much to make it a great mystery. What downgrades this from say, a four-star rating, to a three-star rating or perhaps even a two-star rating, is the character of Daniel. Simply put, Daniel has become incredibly odious over the course of these books. I am sick and tired of his Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde persona. One moment he's hurling abusive, illogical accusations at Molly, and the next moment he ...more
Jul 25, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Has Molly lost all common sense? Is she daft? Why would she do some of the things she did in this book? Why would she risk herself and her unborn child for a woman she never knew? Once again, Molly defies all logic. She doesn't think about her actions and how they affect others, namely her husband and unborn child.

Molly claims to want a partner in Daniel, but she refuses to be one herself. She repeatedly breaks her promises to Daniel and does whatever she wants despite his objections. If I were
Apr 07, 2014 Quiltyknitwit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Molly, now married and hugely pregnant, decides to respond to a letter from Ireland asking for help in locating a young woman who immigrated. She stumbles into a web of baby kidnapping and an anarchy plot, putting herself in grave danger (again). Molly and her friends are fun and likeable, but the arguments between her and her police chief husband about her detective work are tiresome and endless. Also, the book wasn't edited very well - I noticed some repetition in paragraphs and dialogue. Stil ...more
While this was a good mystery, I found it incredulous that Molly just happened upon a mystery plot surrounding pregnant women while she is expecting herself. And she decides it is perfectly fine for her to go undercover while seven months pregnant in a nunnery where she suspects foul-play? Really? Molly's lack of good judgement really irritated me and detracted from my enjoyment of this otherwise good mystery set in 1900s New York. This was my first Molly Murphy mystery and I will try another be ...more
Mar 11, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing story. I loved it!
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“At last he said, “I’ve been fourteen years on the police force. I’ve learned from seasoned veterans. I’ve handled all types of criminal cases. But my wife, newly arrived from the backwoods of Ireland, manages to tie up all my unsolved cases for me with apparently no effort at all. I should just quit my job and stay home looking after the babies while you go out to work for us.” 1 likes
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