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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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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
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
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
Kirsty Leishman
Mar 08, 2017 Kirsty Leishman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Molly gets her first cases on her own merit, one of which requires her to go undercover in a sweatshop. All the hazards of turn of the century exploitation are in full view. Depressingly, some are still an issue in the textile and garment industries--and not only in developing countries. This instalment in the Molly Murphy Mysteries has more than its fair share of high-wire, death-defying feats; a New York landmark during its construction; and some bruised and broken hearts for good measure. Ove ...more
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
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
On the brink of ending this tedious story, I thought about Ultimate Soccer manager. It was a turn based football game that came out in the nineties. Very addicting and fun. Unlike this book. Anyway half the fun of that game was to invent names for the manager character. My favorite was 'Joui de la Putana'. It was hilarious when I got the boot from the job and the game served up the picture(like I said it was turn-based) of a man clearing his desk with his face in his hands. Party hardy equals s ...more
Linda Cunningham
Molly Murphy was ahead of her times.
Jun 14, 2017 Agnesxnitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Miss Molly Murphy a couple of years ago and enjoyed both 'Murphy's Law' and 'Death of Riley' but events and other books took my attention and I lost sight of her. Having bought 3 more of her adventures in recent thrifting raids locally (this novel, In Like Flynn and Oh Danny Boy) I am pleased to make her acquaintance again!
Molly is the sole owner/operator of JP Riley and Associates Detective Agency after the death of her mentor in the previous novel. In this brave new world of New
Jun 09, 2017 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the best yet in this series. It was an intriguing story, fascinating mystery, tense situations and, again, a fascinating look into the times - specifically this time the lives of textile workers - all female, all paid starvation wages which could be docked on the spot by the foreman - no documentation needed, just his 'twenty-five cents off your pay' for such infractions as using the (unheated unlit uncleaned) bathroom too often, or whispering to a neighbor even if the work didn't stop. ...more
Kathleen O'Nan
Book #3 in the Molly Murphy series. Molly is beginning to make a go of her adopted profession as a private investigator and her wannabe sweetheart, police captain Daniel O'Sullivan, finds he has some competition with union organizer, Jacob. Most interesting is the description of the sweatshops and the terrible working conditions of the the times, including a fire that was surely based, in part at least, on the infamous Triangle Shirt Factory fire of 1911.
The historical accuracies make the series
Jen Pietersz
Jun 26, 2017 Jen Pietersz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the love of Mike gets 5 stars why?! Well it's been a while since I read a book in 24 hours. Listened to this on #BorrowBox for #free which makes it doubly awesome. Great job Rhys Bowen! Liked the fantastic plot twists and turns and definitely don't let those boys get the girl! (That's not really a spoiler is it? 😉)
Margaret Winson
Mar 25, 2017 Margaret Winson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

While still an enjoyable, fast-paced adventure in a Manhattan of the past, this Molly story plunges the reader into further sociak problems of early 20th century New York, thIs time expising the sweatshop lifestyle.
May 08, 2017 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read.
Jul 09, 2017 Cathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fun continues ... as Molly goes undercover in a garmet factory. Love the suspense and the humor!
Erin Navarette
This one was very straight forward and didn't seem to drag.

I like that they've introduced a love triangle I just wish (Much like Darcy O'Mara) that we would see more of Daniel. I love their banter.

Looking forward to In like Flynn!
Marla Shin
Mar 04, 2017 Marla Shin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man, this one was twisty! Molly continues trying to start her detective business, and lands 2 jobs at once. Either one could wind up killing her.
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
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
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
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
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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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