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For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy #3)

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Molly Murphy finds turn-of-the-century New York City unwelcoming to women. Now Dublin aristocrats want their daughter back from the New World and her unsavory boyfriend. And in the garment industry, Molly goes undercover for industrial espionage. Can she solve both cases without Daniel Sullivan, the police captain who loves her but is already engaged?
ebook, 320 pages
Published December 9th 2003 by Minotaur Books (first published November 30th 2003)
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Feb 03, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the Love of Mike is the third book in the 'Molly Murphy' series and is the best so far. There is more character development and some new, intriguing characters. Molly takes on two investigations in this book and both have surprising endings. Daniel Sullivan appears several times and continues to string Molly along. But he does have competition now with the new character Jacob.

I will continue reading this series. I am curious about where it will go. The info about early 20th century New York
Jan 17, 2017 Aoife rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narrated by Lara Hutchinson.

This is the third book in the Molly Murphy Mystery series and follows Molly, a young Irish woman in New York, as she takes on some new commissions in her new job as a PI. This time around Molly goes undercover at a garment factory to find a spy stealing designs but ends up getting involved in the worker's fight for better conditions. At the same time, Molly is also looking for the daughter of a wealthy man who ran away from Ireland with an employee of her father's est
I feel like a real turkey for entering yet another series of novels in medias res. Although I erroneously thought I was grabbing the first in the series, For Love of Mike proved to be number three in the series of Molly Murphy novels and, apparently, a lot had happened before. In For Love of Mike, there is great tension between Molly and her former suitor, Daniel Sullivan (a powerful police officer). There is also a lot of unresolved frustration about the loss of Molly’s former employer and ment ...more
Apr 13, 2011 diemmi147 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fresh out of Riley's closed case, Daniel expected to see Molly intimidated by all the dangers she had experienced. Like he said, her nine cat lives were rapidly being used up. Molly, notwithstanding, still determined to continue on this line of work.

Tired of all the ludicrous divorce cases, Molly decided to go back to her original intention to find lost relatives. Hence, she advertised her trade on a newspaper and immediately got an assignment for finding an eloped couple from Ireland and anothe
Gloria Feit
Jun 18, 2016 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly Murphy fled Ireland a year before the action in this entry in the series, fearful of arrest for the murder of her employer’s son. She came to New York City in 1909, made friends, met Captain Dan Sullivan of the Police Department in a somewhat romantic way and opened a detective agency. So much for the beginnings of the 14 novels in this delightful series. In this novel, the third installment, now published in trade paperback, Molly begins to develop her chosen activity as an investigator, ...more
In this third book of the Molly Murphy series, Molly has finally received two solid commissions for her struggling detective agency. One involves the type of work that she originally set out to do, find missing persons, or connect people from one side of the pond to the other. After placing an ad in a Dublin newspaper, Molly receives a letter from a Dublin aristocrat searching for his runaway daughter who has fled to New York City. The other case that Molly undertakes places her in the hard knoc ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Molly Murphy is determined to be a private investigator, but finds many people in New York don't think that line of work is proper for women. Then two business opportunities turn up: An aristocratic family in Dublin hire her to locate their daughter whom they fear has fled with her unsavory boyfriend to New York and asked by a garment owner to work uncover to find the person who had committed industrial espionage by stealing designs and selling the to a competitor.

Daniel has kept in contact wit
Jul 15, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The series get better as I read. This book is from my library. The characters are well developed and new ones are added. The research of time is outstanding. In Molly quest to be a professional investor continues she finds that many avenues are not open to women. Some of them are even dangerous. She is about ready to find another job when she gets a couple of new tasks. One will take her into the garment industry sweatshops of the time. She horrified of the conditions that she finds and soon fin ...more
Linda Cunningham
Molly Murphy was ahead of her times.
Jan 27, 2017 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me awhile to complete this mystery, not because it was horrible, but because life got too busy with the holidays.

In this novel, Molly is trying to find Katherine Kelley with the hopes of connecting her with her parents. As Molly digs deeper into the mystery, she puts her own life and others at risk.

With Daniel betrothed to another, Molly finds companionship when she least expects it with Jacob Singer. Is it possible that Molly can move on? When Jacob and Molly discover their friend, Ne
Oct 26, 2016 Darlis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize that this was part of a series when I picked this out at the library. But, no worries, there's enough detail so that it can stand alone. Nice story about a plucky young woman who is stepping into her boss's private detective agency. I liked the undercover case where she gets involved in organizing women in a sweatshop to form a union, which goes along with one of her cases. I might look for some more in the series.
Jan 09, 2017 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, historical
Another good entry in the Molly Murphy series. Molly is trying to become a female detective in 1901. In this story she end up with two cases - finding out who is stealing dress designs from a garment factory to a rival sweatshop and a missing person case. Along the way she is always having close calls - a number of nights in jail, running into rough gang members, surviving a fire and nearly being thrown from a bridge under construction!
Feb 07, 2017 Aurelie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 stars. I'm looking forward to read the next. I really appreciate Molly and Daniel. With this book, you are a vivid picture of 1900s New York !
This wasn't my favourite Molly Murphy mystery, but it was a good adventure nonetheless and introduces some interesting characters.
Jan 20, 2017 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story in this one!
Dec 14, 2016 kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I love the pace of these books. The action starts from page one and doesn't stop.
C.J. Corbin
Oct 05, 2016 C.J. Corbin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Molly Murphy, the intrepid Irish detective takes on the garment industry. Author Rhys Bowen absolutely captures the feel of New York at the turn of the twentieth century. This story is a bit darker and more serious than the two previous books, though Bowen keeps the pacing strong and moves the story along. She has me hooked now. I listened to the audio version of the book and the narrator, Nicola Barber does an excellent job with Molly’s voice.
Sep 18, 2016 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Private investigator Molly Murphy is tired of handling divorce cases in her fledging business. It simply isn't her cup of tea, and after her latest assignment ends in embarrassment, she reaffirms her belief and decides to pursue the cases she originally intended to: helping people find lost relatives. In the mean time, she is given an assignment by a sweatshop owner who wants her to go undercover and discover a spy amongst his workers. Not long after she begins the case, she receives a letter fr ...more
Jan 08, 2017 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining read

An engaging story and likable characters. I have been enjoying the series when I want something easy to read. - Sheila
Maureen Lubitz
Mar 31, 2016 Maureen Lubitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

I have been enjoying Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy mystery series for a couple of years. These books follow young Irish immigrant Molly Murphy who works as a detective in turn of the century New York City. I started reading this series after discovering the Royal Spyness books, which are one of Bowen’s other series. I’ve been reading the books out of order; I’ve read all of the recent ones, and now I’m going back to the beginning of the series.

For The Lo
Sep 23, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light read, fun to read about the different cultures in early NYC.
For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen is the third book of the Molly Murphy mystery series set in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City. Molly Murphy is a recent immigrant from Ireland. She worked briefly for a private investigator, and after his murder she decided to continue on with his business. She is in love with Homicide Detective Daniel Sullivan, but he is engaged to a high-society young lady. He had promised to break off his engagement, but months have passed and he has not done so. He is ...more
Barb Klein
Aug 24, 2015 Barb Klein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“For the Love of Mike” by Rhys Bowen is a Molly Murphy Mystery. This is the third book in the series and I really wish I had started with the first one. Although this is a stand-alone book, I would like to have read about Molly before. She has taken over her deceased boss’s business as a private investigator, back when women were not generally found doing this type of work, and to the chagrin of her police captain ex-boyfriend. She is asked to go undercover in the garment industry to find someon ...more
Farhana Sufi
The changes of early 20th century New York, the New World is interesting. The struggle of immigrants from different class and backgrounds gathered from around the globe, the factory workers to upper class politicians, the street life of gangs to the artists all shown through the stubborn freewilled lady detective Molly a fresh immigrant herself is a great theme.

But three books down the series I find this to be Bowen's rather poor quality of work. Molly herself fails to captivate me, she is too
Sep 12, 2016 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I love Molly she has such spunk! The characters of Sid and Gus are wonderful, but Daniel could get killed, imo.
Oct 03, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Molly Murphy series. Author Bowen continues with the saga of Irish immigrant Molly Murphy in this flavorful period piece of turn of last-century New York City. Told with a touch of humor, this series provides a taste of the immigrant experience. Recommended.

Molly Murphy series - Molly Murphy is determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome. Then two busin
Mar 10, 2013 Eed99 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my favorite in the series so far.

I liked the fact that Molly had two cases to work and in the end found them both somewhat intertwined.

One again more than anything I think the setting is what makes the story. Bowen just seems to bring the period and city to life in her writing.

I think this is the first book in the series where some of the twists in the mystery were challenging and Bowen presented some red herrings.

I also liked the fact that while the villains were villains, they
Apr 16, 2014 Thenia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly Murphy's life gets worse and better at the same time.

She realizes that life is no less unfair and corrupt in her new country as it is anywhere else and does not like it one bit. She also gets a couple of new cases to work on and she gives her all into completing them.

Her romantic life gets even more complicated with the addition of a new viable romantic interest when things remain strained between her and Daniel. I'm curious to see how things will turn out in that front, while at the sam
Tired of divorce cases and the sordid details of society marriages, Molly decides to try her original plan of hunting relatives in the new world for people still back in Europe. While working her first case in that direction and trying to locate a society daughter that ran off with a groom, she also goes undercover as a garment worker in a factory to try to ferret out who is stealing designs for a competing company.

I will admit to getting a bit dragged down in this one. The way the two cases fi
Katie Sholty
The audio book is superb. For the Love of Mike is read by Nicola Barber. I am addicted to this series. Rhys Bowen paints 20th century New York so vividly by having Molly Murphy meet the social issues of that era head on. Nicola Barber's reading is crisp and engaging, bringing Bowen's words to life. Rhys Bowen's writing grabs a hold of me and doesn't let go until the very last page. That's in large part due to her main protagonist, Molly Murphy. Molly is an independent woman living in a time, whe ...more
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