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Oh Danny Boy (Molly Murphy Mysteries #5)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,923 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Irish immigrant-turned-private detective Molly Murphy comes to the aid of handsome NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan, who has been arrested for accepting bribes, as she sets out to prove that he has been framed, while also being drawn into the case of a serial..
Paperback, 338 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published March 6th 2006)
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I didn't enjoy this book. I managed for force myself to read about half of it, and finally gave it up.

In my opinion, this author has little talent. I'm amazed she is so successful -- perhaps I picked a poor example of her work. To me, this read like a second-rate television mystery show; it makes "Murder, She Wrote" look more like "Masterpiece Theatre". The characters are shallow and typey, and similarly the language is canned goods as caviar. The story was predictable.

No good news on this one
I think in the series so far this was my favorite mystery Molly has had to solve. Molly is actually trying to solve multiple mysteries and the further she delves into each of them, the more she discovers they are connected.

I enjoyed her various explorations in New York and Coney Island. I also like the fact that Molly seems to be making connections in the police and gangs along the way just through her tenacious nature.

I think the two things that still stand out most are the way the City is bro
Oh Danny Boy is the fifth installment in the Molly Murphy mystery series set in early twentieth century New York City. One of the strongest elements in these books is how Rhys Bowen so clearly ensconces the reader into the time frame of this city full of immigrants. It is the Irish immigrants with whom we gain familiarity most, as Molly is an Irish young woman with all the sauce and temperament of the red-haired Irish lass. She is determined to make her own way in a male-dominated city and profe ...more
I liked this story. Not always happy with Molly and her decisions in this installment, but overall a decent story. I wonder if any of the new characters will make appearances in future installments. I enjoy reading about NYC and the surrounding area in the late 1800's. I also liked the addition of 2 REAL people into the story - Police Matron Goodwin and Police Commissioner Patridge - even if we didn't know they were real until the postscript at the end of the book. Anxious to read Mystery #6.
Miz Lizzie
May 16, 2009 Miz Lizzie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults
Not quite as strong as the previous Molly Murphy entries, this adventure is both darker and duller with Molly overlooking the obvious villain for far too long in the narrative. Then, again, Molly is a little preoccupied with an unexpected pregnancy and her on-again-off-again beau, Captain Daniel Sullivan, behind bars. A Jack the Ripper-like case is the backbone of the mystery though there are several other red herring cases thrown in as well. Sabella Goodwin, an actual historical character who w ...more
Love this series, look forward to more. Molly is an 17th century would be private investigator and the love of her life is in prison and needs her help. He boldness and wit get her into dangerous situations and with the help of her friends she keeps pushing buttons and asking questions until something pops.
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Molly Murphy investigates bribery & corruption charges against Police Captain Daniel Sullivan.... To do so she must step on the toes of Daniel's former fiance (her rival), the Police Commissioner, the Mob Boss, Daniel's uninterested attorney, and several other people.

With as much as she has on her plate, Molly is also trying to locate the best friend of Daniel's former fiancee, locate the murderer of prostitutes and young women, and investigate the killing of a racehorse at Coney Island. Not
I think this has been my favorite in the series. Molly's former beau, Captain Daniel Sullivan, finds himself wrongly accused of taking bribes and is not only kicked off the police force but imprisoned. As Molly desperately tries to clear his name, she also deals with the repercussions of an unwanted and unexpected pregnancy. This book is definitely darker and more morose than some of the former offerings, but as always the glimpses into turn of the century New York and the hardships of being a w ...more
Mark Baker
Molly's sometimes boyfriend Daniel is arrested for police corruption, which is crazy despite the evidence against him. Molly, naturally, tries to clear his name. This book is great for characters development of both Molly and Daniel not to mention a great mystery.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Sian Jones
I learned that I'm very much over the romantic plot of this series. Danny Boy is a ... how do I put this politely? A douche. I'm sorry to use such formal language, but there we are. Is it wrong of me to want Molly to meet a nice friend of Sid and Gus's and settle down?
A mutual and passionate encounter with Danile one night, sadly, did no improvement on Molly's opinions about Daniel. She, in fact, was utterly dissappointed by him and determined to have nothing more to do with that despicable, cowardice creature. Thus, she cut short all contact from him. All letters from this Deceiver automatically was sent flying straight into the wastebin. Only that later she found out Daniel was actually in trouble, already deposited into the Tomb and had been trying diligen ...more
Okay, Molly is redeeming herself in my eyes. I liked Molly from the beginning, but as I read more in the series, I realized I liked her despite her shortcomings, which were wearing on me. She styles herself as a woman detective, in an era when woman were only mothers or ... and the police force was corrupt and not really respected - though getting there. (Don't even comment on how things haven't really changed in this day and age. I don't even want to go there. People are only human as they say. ...more

Irish immigrant and new P.I. Molly Murphy has a lot on her mind these days. Her former love interest, police officer Daniel Sullivan, is in jail. Daniel’s been accused of taking a bribe from a gang member, organizing a prize fight (banned by the city a year earlier in 1901) and to have tipped off the gang about a police raid, which resulted in an officer’s death. Daniel’s colleagues have turned against him, so his only help is from Molly and a brain-rattled prize fighter.

Molly believes Daniel’s
#5 Molly Murphy mystery, set in 1902 New York. Molly is still struggling along as a private detective, but not doing very well. Her two young charges and their father are presently in the country where Bridie is at a camp recovering from the typhoid fever, so although she is grateful that she doesn't have to worry about feeding more mouths when she doesn't have much income, Molly is somewhat at loose ends.

She's been studiously refusing to even open the letters she has been getting from police C
Oct 01, 2007 Echo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of history and mystery
I had never been a reader of mystery books until I encountered the first Molly Murphy novel. My fascination with Victorian New York and Ireland made the book appeal to me, and Rhys Bowen's wonderful writing style has kept me reading each book since the first one. I enjoyed Oh Danny Boy every bit as much as the others in the series.

Bowen continues to impress with her wonderful depictions of turn of the century New York City, really making the period and city come alive. The plot drew me along an
Teresa in Ohio
I would give the first half of the book 3 stars and the second half five stars. In this installment we find Molly frustrated with city life in the summer and missing her family. She is thinking of leaving her independent life behind and becoming a school teacher in Nebraska. Then she recieves word that Daniel is in serious trouble and needs her help. This is where the fiesty Molly disappears as she rushes to his defense after all he has done to her. She becomes the typical female trying to prove ...more
A lot darker than the previous books in the series, this is a turning point for Molly.

Daniel is in serious trouble and Molly is in well over her head trying to help him. To add insult to injury, (view spoiler). I was a little annoyed with her indecision during this part of her adventure, but considering the circumstances I suppose her reactions are understandable.

A couple of new colorful c
As the title suggests Daniel is somewhat the focus here. He has been arrested for taking bribes and sits in jail for most of the book. Molly is his only hope for getting out, but as usual this involves Molly ignoring his advice and putting herself in quite dangerous situations. I like Molly missed the OConners in this book, but did enjoy her new friend. Did not see the ending coming at all. What a villain!
I like Molly a lot. I also like Bowen's attention to historical detail. But good gods, I am so over Daniel Sullivan, to the point that my dislike of his character interferes with my enjoyment of an otherwise fun read. Am I the only one who secretly was hoping he'd die in jail before she could get him out? Because...that would be okay.
Jeff Dickison
Another good entry in the Molly Murphy series. In this one her stud muffin, Daniel, has been arrested for corruption. While trying to clear him she runs afoul of the East Side Ripper. Molly, as always, manages to save the day. Recommended to early 20th century mysteries.
Luffy Monkey D.
Books are starting to feel as empty as films as far as I'm concerned. I'm missing too much wordplay and repartee and I'm not able to extract the most of the books that I chose. Take the title 'Death Of Riley' for example. It's derived from an expression 'life of Riley'. I didn't know that until I read Oh Danny Boy, which is itself a referencing title to a song. Yet again, take the example of the Ryan O'Hare character, who is a flaming bisexual metrosexual ahead of his time. He's supposed to be ...more
I'm conflicted about this installment of the Molly Murphy mysteries. I found the crime solving itself to be very exciting, definitely one of my favorites so far. That being said, I guessed part of the ending about halfway through the book. I also found Molly herself to be a little more annoying than usual. Every time she met a new character, she had to explain in detail why she was looking into murder and crime for Daniel. It seemed to be very repetitive...I had been paying attention, I didn't n ...more
Hatton gave me the first Molly Murphy mystery to read on the plane back from Alaska,and I really enjoyed it. It was a good read, fun characters, a little romance, and a dash of Tammany Hall thrown in to boot - what's not to love. I'd finished it by the time I got to Seattle, so I needed another fix. Unfortunately, the bookstore only had #5 in the series, but I bought it anyway. It wasn't too hard to figure out the main character and plot elements that I'd missed in the other 3 books and the myst ...more
"Oh Danny Boy" is my favorite of the Molly Murphy series, thus far. In this book, Ms. Bowen creates a more credible protagonist and fleshes out the secondary characters. Molly, a recent Irish immigrant, continues in her unlikely choice of career, as a detective in New York. Her adventures in this novel are well crafted and there are many twists and turns in her latest investigation. Molly, as a single working woman, continues to be faced with the prejudices of the male-dominated society of the t ...more
J. Lynne

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This one really features Molly and Daniel. Daniel's in trouble, and it's Molly to the rescue. No matter how much she's smarting from his past treatment of her; she's still in love with him. No matter that she's in a spot of female trouble, and there's a serial killer loose on the streets; Molly won't back down.

It should be interesting to see where her and Daniel's relationship goes in the following books. I hope it grows in a directio
this series started as a little fun mystery story but this one was much more involved and serious. really liked where author is going with characters and story lines
A little bit long-winded and repetitive with all the questioning, but I suppose that's actually true to task for a PI. I was getting a little annoyed with Molly's constant "whoa is to me, I am just an amateur with no skill and all luck, whatever shall I do" routine by the end, but she's rather grown on me as a character anyway. I've enjoyed watching her circle of friends grow; nice that Molly has now added a lady cop to her group of friends. And I'm looking forward to seeing how her relationship ...more
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This one was pretty exciting, because Dan Sullivan was in jail and therefore couldn't bail Molly out when she got into trouble--it was the other way round. These are fun, light historical mysteries.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Molly Murphy Mysteries (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1)
  • Death of Riley (Molly Murphy Mysteries #2)
  • For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy Mysteries #3)
  • In Like Flynn (Molly Murphy Mysteries #4)
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Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1) A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #2) Royal Blood (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #4) Royal Flush (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #3) Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1)

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