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In Like Flynn (Molly Murphy #4)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  3,441 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
A woman private eye in a man's world, Molly Murphy is having a hard time succeeding as a New York shamus. That's why she agrees to go undercover for the NYPD to expose a pair of spiritualist sisters as con-artists even though the offer comes from police captain Daniel Sullivan. Sullivan had once won Molly's heart--until she discovered he already had a socialite fiancé and ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2005)
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This mystery, the fourth in the series, neatly ties off a thread from the first book about Molly's circumstances when she fled to America. The murder mystery itself was not difficult to puzzle out. Molly's angsty relationship with Daniel doesn't have me thinking very well of him, and I can see from the series title list that there's a lot more angst ahead.

The drumbeat message of "you're a woman, you can't do that, and I forbid you to do so" is played heavily to evoke indignation among a female
Feb 13, 2017 Aoife rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic, irish, audiobook
Audio narration: 2 stars
Story 3-3.5 stars

This is the fourth book in the Molly Murphy Mystery series by Rhys Bowen and in this book, Molly is actually employed by the NYPD (aka Daniel O'Sullivan - the man she's trying not to love) to go undercover in a senator's house where he is hosting a pair of sisters who claim thy are clairvoyant and can help the senator's wife talk to their son who died following a tragic kidnapping years ago. Naturally, Molly jumps head first, while also trying to figure o
Sep 13, 2016 Hermien rated it really liked it
Another delightful Molly Murphy mystery.
May 20, 2015 Nolan rated it really liked it
This is part of an excellent series about a young Irish imigrant woman who makes her way to New York, finds and loses love, and despite lots of odds against her, becomes a private investigator.

In this installment, she is asked by her former lover and current heart throb Daniel Sullivan of the New York City police department to take a job as a maid in the home of a New York state senator. The senator's wife, stricken with grief at the kidnapping and presumed death of her son some years earlier,
Jun 25, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing
Molly accepts an assignment from Daniel Sullivan to find out how two spiritualist are creating their seances. She goes undercover as a cousin to Senator Flynn. The house Adare is situated in remote of the state with only one road to it and you must the river to reach it. Molly feels the tension in the house but she welcome. Sone after arrival she learns about the kidnapping of the Senator's years earlier. As Teresa, his wife want contract him in a seance. On a visit with neighbors Molly is surpr ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Molly travels to an island in up state NY to check out some Psychic sisters that Captain Daniel believes are fake and preying on the rich who have lost loved ones. She, of course runs into another whole investigation about a boy who was kidnapped and never seen again.
May 27, 2016 Cdee rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the themes in this novel.
Jul 18, 2016 A.M. rated it really liked it
With kidnapping, spiritualists and murder, this is the most engaging Molly Murphy novel yet!
Feb 21, 2017 Aurelie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this serie <3. Absolutly, the best enquiry. I can hardly stop turn the pages..I'm already reading the next!
Fred Carrico
This is a light-weight mystery -- but with that stipulated, an enjoyable read.
Mar 18, 2017 Erin rated it it was amazing
This one has been the best in the series so far! Murder, seances, kidnapping, and Molly's very much alive Justin Hartley from Ireland.

I will say in the copy of the book I had there were a ton of errors. I was surprised at the lack of editing but it didn't take away from the story.
Sep 11, 2016 Juanita rated it liked it
Molly finds herself in a bit of danger after identifying a pickpocket in a local grocery store who turns out to be very well connected to a dangerous gang. Daniel decides the best thing for her is to get out of town for a while and asks her to work a case for him, although he doesn't first reveal his primary motivation for giving her the case is to keep her safe. Molly leaves New York, going undercover to Senator Flynn's house, pretending to be one of his many cousins from Ireland. About six yea ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Toni rated it really liked it
Reading this next installment of the Molly Murphy Mystery series at the same time as the Jonbenet Ramsey case is being reexamined really made for an eery atmosphere. But despite the goosebumps that sometimes rose on my arms while reading the book, no one need fear that In Like Flynn is anything close to a horror novel. On the contrary, it is yet another display of Rhys Bowen's deftness at writing flushed-out characters with rich backgrounds, intriguing mysteries, and even more engrossing investi ...more
Apr 14, 2011 diemmi147 rated it it was amazing
Having had enough his share of all the thrills and frenzy Molly Murphy had positioned in his life, what with having his heart assaulted every moment he saw her, having to worry sick about her using up her cat lives so quickly, and having his whole life jeorpadised by her, Daniel conceived it was high time to send Molly away from the city of crimes to somewhere more tranquil, also to prevent her from stumbling into some unsavory neighborhoods and ending up catching the typhoids that were raging t ...more
Maureen Lubitz
Apr 19, 2016 Maureen Lubitz rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

I have been a fan of Rhys Bowen’s book for a couple of years. I first discovered her Royal Spyness series, but I also enjoy her Molly Murphy mysteries. I have read all of the Royal Spyness books and most of the more recently published Molly Murphy mysteries, so now I am going back and reading more some of the earlier Molly Murphy books.

Molly Murphy is a young Irish immigrant living in New York City in the early 1900s. She has decided to be a private
Cynthia Larson
Feb 16, 2017 Cynthia Larson rated it really liked it
Enjoyable series.
The endings are not obvious and Molly is innocently fun!
Sep 25, 2007 Spuddie rated it really liked it
#4 Molly Murphy historical mystery set in New York in the early 1900's. Molly, trying hard to be a private investigator and finding the going tough, accepts a timely case from none other than Daniel Sullivan, her policeman "friend." It's timely for a couple of reasons--she's just had a falling out with her current beau, and also there's a typhoid outbreak in the city and this assignment would take her to a manse in the country to investigate a couple of spiritualists that Sullivan believes are f ...more
Jan 17, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
This has been my favorite Molly Murphy mystery. Rhys Bowen has created a wonderful character in Molly, a daring, brave, and capable private investigator. Captain Daniel Sullivan, Captain of the New York Police Department, sends Molly on an undercover assignment to the Hudson River Valley to the home of Senator Barney Flynn. She is supposed to investigate two women staying there who give séances. Theresa Flynn has become the latest devotee of the spiritualists known as the Sorensen Sisters and ho ...more
Dec 01, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
#4 in the Molly Murphy series. Finalist 2006 Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel. A most enjoyable series sharing the flavor of the Irish immigrant experience in New York City around the turn of the 20th century. All of the books in the series have an historical hook - in this case the typhoid epidemic of 1902 and the spiritualist movement started in the late 19th century.

Molly Murphy's former beau, policeman Daniel Sullivan, arranges for Molly to leave New York City (and the rapidly spread
Gloria Feit
Jan 17, 2016 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
The Molly Murphy series now numbers 14 and is still going strong. This novel was published a decade ago, and is now offered as a reprint in paperback form. As in other stories centering on the young Irish immigrant aspiring to be a detective, this one starts innocently enough but quickly evolves into a more complicated plot. With the turn of 20th Century lil’ Old New York in the throes of a typhoid epidemic, Captain Daniel Sullivan schemes to get Molly away from the crowded city by asking her to ...more
Kimberly Ann
Jan 15, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1900s-mystery

★ ★ ★ 1/2

Molly is sent undercover by NYPD Detective Daniel to the home of a Senator whose wife is now in the company of two Spiritualist Sisters... The couple lost their child to a kidnapping scheme gone bad years back and the wife is distraught and looking to find solace by contacting the spirit of her dead infant. Molly is there as the Senator's cousin from Limerick, to debunk the sisters....

Meanwhile, she happens upon another murder, that of the wife's former nurse. There is friction between
Apr 30, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it
I have to copy (and credit) another reviewer, Waverly, for this perfect summation of my own feelings about the Daniel angst this far:

"The drumbeat message of 'you're a woman, you can't do that, and I forbid you to do so' is played heavily to evoke indignation among a female readership today from a twenty-first century perspective. I'm supposed to get fed up with it, but that also means being fed up with reading the books."

Precisely. I'm very aware of the realities for women in the 19th and 20th
Donna LaValley
Jul 09, 2013 Donna LaValley rated it liked it
This is #4 of the series. I've gotten them out of order a bit.

Daniel Sullivan doesn't want Molly to keep endangering herself as a Private Detective, of course. It's dangerous, demeaning to him when she solves crimes faster than the police, and embarrassing to him when he has to bail her out. She has a nose for danger. So, Daniel dreams up a soft assignment for her in the Hudson Valley, in a lovely country estate, where she'll be safe. He asks her to look into a spiritualist duo of sisters, who
Oct 13, 2013 Luffy rated it liked it
Reading this book had me comparing it to another cozy mystery, A Bitter Truth, by Charles Todd, the mother and son duo of writers. Clearly, Rhys Murphy is at least a lesser writer than them, as far as her ability to tug at the readers' heartstrings is concerned. The tragedy of the early death of a child is often used as a device in less cerebral books.

Rhys Bowen is, however, at the top of her game here. That's because she is able to move her characters around like a skilled gamer. The change
Mar 22, 2011 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is #4 in the Molly Murphy historical mystery series. It is set in New York in the early 1900's. Molly has decided that being a private investigator is a better job than working in a sweatshop or one of the few other jobs available to women. She accepts a case from Daniel Sullivan, her policeman on again off again boyfriend that sends her up to the Mid-Hudson Valley. It's a good time to get away to the suburbs because there's a typhoid outbreak in New York City. Going undercover as the Irish ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Susie rated it really liked it
What a fun read. I picked this up thinking it was the first and not realizing it was book 4 until I was already a couple of chapters in. However, not knowing the previous stories didn't seem to matter as the author gives you enough back story to get the gist.

Irish immigrant Molly Murphy is trying to be a private detective in early 1900s New York City and having a hard time at it. Desperate for money, she jumps at the chance for work when her former beau offers her a chance to spy on a pair of "s
Mar 26, 2013 Gail rated it really liked it
In early 20th century New York City, Molly Murphy is a unique figure--a woman detective, though she is having a hard time getting jobs or gettting clients to take her seriously. She's hired by the police to go undercover in a rich man's mansion to expose two psychics. She disguises as the Senator's Irish cousin and finds more than two fake spiritualists.

The family is haunted by the kidnapping of the Senator's son a few years before and there are many undercurrents. Molly works to uncover the my
Mar 09, 2013 Denise rated it liked it
Recommends it for: cozy mystery fans
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is a cozy mystery that is the 4th book in the Molly Murphy Mystery series. I have not read the first three books so I have to treat this as a stand-alone book. I think that the book would probably have been better had I read the first three books in the series first. I do intend to go back and start at the beginning.

The date for the setting of the book isn't stated but seems to be in the early 1900s New York City. I particularly like this time period and especially set in New York City.

Jan 31, 2017 Shannon rated it it was amazing
In an attempt to keep Molly safe, Daniel hires her for an undercover job at home of Senator and Mrs. Flynn. On the surface, the job seems fairly cut and dry, determine if the Misses Sorensons are con artists. But, in true Molly fashion, she quickly becomes entangled in a much more sinister and dangerous plot. Did the butler kidnap and kill baby Flynn five years ago?

Molly becomes very ill, only to discover that she is being poisoned. Can Daniel get to Molly before it's too late? When Mrs. Flynn
Dec 04, 2008 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Still enjoying this series featuring the clever, intrepid Molly Murphy. This one moves out of New York City to the inner workings of an up-and-coming Irish politician, his society wife and their isolated estate on the Hudson. Add in an unsolved child kidnapping and a pair of spiritualist sisters spinning their seances and possibly a little fraud, and you have the basic set-up.

The main story was good and Molly seemed to make the adjustment to "society" although her nosiness probably should've ra
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