In Dublin's Fair City (Molly Murphy Mysteries, #6)
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In Dublin's Fair City (Molly Murphy Mysteries #6)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,539 ratings  ·  111 reviews
When New York theatre impresario Tommy Burke asks Molly to help him take care of some family business back in Ireland, Molly is happy to oblige. Tempted by the prospect of going home for the first time in years (and putting her fledging detective agency on firm financial ground), Molly throws caution to the wind and climbs aboard the White Start Liner Majestic with hopes o...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Outstanding! The Molly Murphy mysteries continue to bring thrilling stories with fascinating historical background. I wasn't sure how I would like Molly traveling to Ireland on an assignment and leaving behind familiar characters that I've come to enjoy. Sid, Gus, and Daniel were back in New York City, with Daniel getting ready to go to trial for bribery and setting up a prize fight. I should have known that Rhys Bowen wouldn't let me down. In Dublin's Fair City might even be my favorite one so...more
I was a little worried about this one, since I knew Daniel wouldn't be in it much what with Molly in Ireland and all. But of course there was no need for that, because I loved it. Might've helped that I had the handsome, charismatic Cullen Quinlan to crush on while Molly was abroad. Lucky girl. (Never mind that she's forever stumbling across dead bodies, being put in harm's way, and under suspicion for some crime or another. She has all these handsome Irishmen who like her!)

Er . . . wait, I'm su...more
Molly Murphy, a New York based detective and Irish immigrant, seizes the chance to revisit the old sod on an all-expense paid trip back to Ireland on business for a wealthy theater mogul intent on discovering the fate of a sister left behind during the exodus from the Potato Famine decades ago. The novel is set in the first years of the twentieth century.

This particular story departs from the others in that it doesn't harp on the fact that Molly, as a woman, is being kept down unjustly by the M...more
This was probably my least favorite out of the whole series. I felt like it just skimmed over the plot. It was one of the shortest books in the series, but it could have been one of the longest. I didn't feel satisfied at all with the ending because I felt like it left so much left undone. I had really gotten into the characters in the first five books and really thought that she should have tied these all together. It was entertaining enough, but not my favorite.
Molly was hired to find Mr. Burke's sister, Mary Ann in Ireland. Not an easy task since Molly escaped from Ireland for murder. And, murder always seems to follow Molly and it did during her travel. Her "pretend" maid was found murder and Molly was pretty much a suspect. Turns out the murderer was Mr. Burke's nephew--nephew thought the maid was Molly. He just wanted to stop Molly from finding Mary Ann otherwise he'll lose out on his inheritance. Molly met up with her brothers, Joseph and Liam, an...more
molly got herself into a few adventures this time. she was commissioned by a famous actor to search for his long lost sister in ireland. what more could molly asked? a commission and a chance to visit her home country, plus getting away from daniel's grumpy self (due to his suspension as police captain).
while on her journey to ireland, she got herself another commission (view spoiler), changing places with a famous actress....more
Molly meets New York City's renowned theatrical impresario who has an unusual request for her: Sail to Ireland and locate his baby sister who had been left behind when the family sailed for America during the great famine. Tommy Burke had amassed a fortune and wants to bestow his wealth on a last surviving family member. He offers to pay for her passage on the White Star Liner Majestic, pay for all her expenses, and give her a hundred dollars. So, of course, she agrees.

When she boards the ship a...more
I've read all the preceding Molly Murphy mysteries as well as this one and enjoyed all of them. The characters are interesting and there are enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing.
Upon reflection, I'd say this is more like 3.5 stars. The plot had a little too much going on, and it felt like it took odd turns. I'm not sure I liked where things ended up, and it felt like there were too many loose ends when I was done. Perhaps they will be tied up in future books?

I still really like the series, am enjoying them as audiobooks. In general, I put the whole series at 4 stars. Not great enough books to hit the 5 star mark but certainly better than 3. (I seldom give a 2 star or lo...more
Mark Baker
Irish immigrant Molly Murphy returns to Ireland on a job to find a missing relative. Unfortunately, she gets involved with a murder on board the boat taking her back to her native country. I normally love this historical series, but this one was up to par. The mystery was sacrificed in favor of the historical plot, which was good enough to redeem the book.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Alas, Never have I expected anything dramatic to occur in Bowen's books. But it did and it stirred my heart a flutter. A fleeting love story between our dear Molly and a freedom-fighter Irish man. So charming, so sweet and so sad. Poor Daniel was sitting back home, glooming and moping. Oh, don't worry. It has nothing to do with cheating and such. Like I said, as "fleeting " as the wind goes by, carrying with it the fragrance of sweet flowers, giving us a nostalgic and somehow melancholic feeling...more
J. Lynne
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I started out loving this series. I was convinced I had finally found another mystery-thriller pile of books that I could really sink my teeth in to. I'm not so sure this is the case anymore, unfortunately. It's amazing how much my enthusiasm for this series has waned.

I still adore Molly. She is one of the most endearing characters I've encountered. Her spunk and perseverance are truly spectacular. Her character is wo...more
Luffy Monkey D.
Here's an excerpt from In Like Flynn (Molly Murphy Mysteries #4) In all, it's been a good read, and I was entertained and rewarded in persevering with this series. But there's something about the latter which makes me compelled to keep reading the books, even if I rate them a 1.

This book would be the third one consecutively to notch 3 stars. There's something unhealthy and unwholesome about this series, and who knows, this very writer. But the latter's novels are addicting as hell. Much as I'm...more
#6 in the Molly Murphy historical series set in early 1900's New York. This episode takes Molly back across the sea to her homeland, having been hired by a rich theatre producer to see if she can trace his long-lost sister. He hadn't known of her existence until his mother confessed on her deathbed that she had left the baby, who had become ill, in the care of a priest. There's little hope of finding the now-fifty-year-old woman, but the man is paying well, and Molly needs the money.

She also ne...more
This book was all over the place, and not in a good way. I felt like the story was so out of character and random. New characters kept coming and going, but yet didn't stick around long enough for me to care about them. Definintely didn't enjoy this as much as some others.
Benay P Stringer
Light reading but interesting

Light reading but interesting

Being of Irish ancestery, I enjoyed the historical aspects of this book as told by Mollie. Easy-to-read, the Molly series is an interesting and lighthearted read.
Molly Murphy is a nice heroine. I think Rhys Bowen has done extensive research to hit this time period on the head as she does. Molly Murphy is definitely ready for a whirlwind of activity and whatever life throws her way. Makes for a great story
Apr 30, 2009 Jenny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes mysteries/detective stories and/or historical settings
I am really loving this series. I have always like strong female heroines (think Buffy and Samantha from Bewitched!) and Molly Murphy fits the bill. She is even Irish to boot! Set in the early 1900s in New York, she is a amateur detective trying to make a living. In this book, she heads back to Ireland to find the missing sister of a wealthy New York man, and she finds herself caught up in a murder as well as Irish revolutionaries. These books are fun and easy to read, not terribly fast paced, b...more
Another excellent historical mystery. I love how each entry in this series focuses on a particular aspect of that time-in this case it's the Irish fight for independence.
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Donna LaValley
Molly takes an "easy" case going back to Ireland, and meets a Broadway star on board. They switch places at the star's request for privacy, and Molly will get an additional $100. Back home, Daniel is out on bail awaiting trial and this trip will help her recover from what has gone one before, she thinks.

In Dublin she becomes involved with some of the first skirmishes of Ireland's revolution, fighting for independence from England. She finds 2 of her brothers involved there. I give this 4 stars f...more
This is the first book I have read by this author and it did make me want to read more of her books. It also made me want even more to experience Dublin.
Molly Murphy is an engaging young woman who gets into one scrape after another on a trip back home to Ireland and somehow manages to come through it all with her skin intact. She even manages to find the person she was seeking in the first place, after many twists and turns in the plot.
The part about the attempted break-in at Kilmainham Gao...more
Donald Stevens
It had everything that I enjoy reading about. I am not Irish but I enjoy reading about their struggles. I have read many stories about the struggles of the Irish. A neat story and with many twists. I will have to check out some more of Rhys Bowen's stories.
Chrissy Ellison
I love her series. Always intriguing and excited to find out what is going to happen next!
Arlene Allen
I really enjoyed this historical mystery - haven't read a Molly Murphy in years, and this recalled what I was missing. I loved the beginning voyage on the White Star Line, Majestic. Being a lifelong Titanic geek, I could picture the ship she was on quite vividly. I love that Molly got to go back home - although not quite resolve things, as least bring us up to date about her family and native land. Molly's voice is better than ever and her love him/love him not struggles with Daniel ring quite t...more
This book was definitely very exciting and jammed with adventure.
Molly Murphy returns to Ireland in her capacity as a private investigator for a very well-written & entertaining book. I especially enjoyed the first half, depicting the steamship voyage necessary to visiting Europe in those days. The change of location also allows the introduction of some new characters, which is nice in a series, although it ends with Molly seeming unable to ever return to Ireland. Continues the previous feel of the series with a touch of the serious this time involving th...more
Miz Lizzie
Jun 07, 2009 Miz Lizzie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults, adults
Leaving Daniel (out of jail but still trying to prove his innocence) and her friends in New York, Molly heads back to Ireland on a missing person case and gets entangled with mistaken identity, murder, and the IRA. The mystery comes to the forefront while the Molly's relationship with Daniel is put on hold. The early days of the fight for Irish independence get spotlighted as Molly has one last opportunity to connect with her family before taking steps that ensure that this time she really will...more
There were a couple inconsistencies from the previous novels, but mentioned so briefly that it almost made no difference; however, I do like it when a series runs smoothly. I am also getting a bit frustrated over Molly's refusal to share some of her major experience's with her beau. She keeps feeling like their relationship might not work out, but she keeps so much from him, it's no wonder they aren't growing closer. Hopefully things will look up though. And I enjoyed the character Cullen--he wa...more
Deirdre S.
I'd give this one 4.5 if I had the option. Fairly implausible involvement in the Irish republican struggle on Molly's part, but a realistic look at how seat-of-the-pants that resistance movement actually was. Her return to the 'old country' and brief and ill-starred reunion with two of her brothers is combined with a murder-at-sea plot. Glad to see her returning to NY when she might easily have gotten killed, or been arrested for a crime she didn't commit, or for that matter, for more than one t...more
I have to say that while I love this series, I didn't like this book as much as the others. First, since it took mostly place in Dublin, all of the wacky NY characters were barely in it, not to mention the main love interest. Second, it felt like some of the actions taken by Molly, the main character, were out of character for her. It seemed like the plot line and characterizations were a bit tortured to bring in historical events into the story. Hopefully the next book in the series is more lik...more
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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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