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Bless the Bride (Molly Murphy #10)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  2,305 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
With Molly Murphy’s wedding to NYPD Captain Daniel Sullivan quickly approaching, the Irish sleuth heads to the Westchester County countryside, where his mother can lend her a hand and advise her on a bride’s proper place. And shockingly, Molly seems to be agreeing. She has already promised that she’ll close up her PI business and settle down after marrying, but she isn’t a ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Jul 21, 2014 Luffy rated it really liked it
Sometimes I underestimate the tightrope that authors of historical fiction have to tread. So many expressions that are off limits. I was made aware of this when Molly Murphy made use of the word 'shock', meaning 'culture shock'. Yet that expression wasn't part of the vernacular in 1903. The author, Rhys Bowen, draws inspiration from actual events and real persons that were alive back then. Sometimes the resulting book is mediocre, but that doesn't apply to Bless the Bride. Rhys Bowen has got he ...more
Kathy Davie
Jun 26, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, history
Tenth in the Molly Murphy historical suspense series in the early 1900s in New York City.

Our Molly has only been in America a few years. After fleeing Ireland and trying a variety of the usual jobs, Molly dove into private investigation in the course of which she met Captain Daniel Sullivan. A good thing too as Capt. Sullivan has managed to bail Molly out of a few situations. But now, they are getting married at last and Molly will be retiring from that dangerous life…or, at least, that's what M
Judith Starkston
Bless the Bride, Rhys Bowen’s latest Molly Murphy mystery, finds Molly sewing her trousseau with her future mother-in-law out in peaceful Westchester County. To anyone who knows Molly from the previous books in this excellent series (she’s a ground-breaking private detective in 1903), it comes as no surprise when Molly leaps at the opportunity to leave this bucolic torture and head back to the city where a case will mire her in Chinatown, a world completely new to her. As she sifts through layer ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Molly is, once again, making foolish decisions. She is almost lying to Daniel. She makes promises she doesn't keep and she doesn't feel guilty about that. I'm getting rather fed up with her. If I were Daniel, I'd call the wedding off.

I admit to being disappointed in this book. The culprit was rather predicatable because this character was over described. I figured it out by page 53 and no murder had yet taken place. Rather disappointing.
In Molly Murphy mystery #10, Rhys Bowen uses her historical storytelling skills to bring readers yet another fascinating part of New York City in the early Twentieth Century. New York City's Chinatown in 1903 was a mysterious, dangerous place where even the police tread carefully. Of course, that's exactly where Molly Murphy ends up.

Molly has spent ten days with her soon-to-be mother-in-law in Westchester County, sewing her wedding trousseau and meeting Daniel's upper crust friends cultivated by
Sep 22, 2014 Andi rated it it was ok
So here's the deal: I saw Molly Murphy #13 at my library, was interested, but felt I needed to read the prior books first. As a result, I have been steadily making my way through the series, bringing me to book 10, in which Molly is getting ready for her wedding while investigating one last case -- a missing bride in 1900s New York's Chinatown.

The series as a whole has, to me, been suffering from stilted dialogue, implausible events, and an overplayed storyline about Molly's desire for independe
May 03, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok
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May 02, 2014 Kristin rated it liked it
Finally, Molly seems to be drawing some boundaries with Daniel that leave me room to hope she will not lose herself in the marriage. Not that I’m a fan (still want him to go away), but he at least became bearable by the end, and a marriage between them seems less a plot contrivance than it did before. As to the mystery, I thought this was an interesting premise that captures some aspects of the brutal oppression of the Chinese after the Exclusion Act was passed, but I felt many of the Chinese ch ...more
Oct 14, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Molly is about to be married and living with her Mother-in-law difficult as sewing, garden partes are not for. Sid and Gus recused her by planning a pre-wedding party. While back in NYC Molly becomes involve with the Chinese Community by helping a Chinese bride escape from her husband. Daniel doesn't know about involvement. Molly must answers before Daniel finds out of her involvement.

Feb 18, 2016 Kim rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Jun 07, 2017 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads, mystery
It's quite a coincidence that I should read Bless the Bride right after reading Victoria Thompson's Murder in Chinatown. The historical facts provided by each were identical. I almost felt that the two had collaborated on their stories. I liked Rhys Bowen's better.
Comparing books, in both stories the female leads Molly Murphy and Sarah Brandt had promised their policeman boyfriends that they would not get involved in any investigations, but both did.
I was relieved that this author didn't mudd
Erin Navarette
May 27, 2017 Erin Navarette rated it liked it
I knew who the murderer was like 1/4 way through the book that it was annoying how obvious it was.

BUT Daniel and Molly had the best banter in this book and I am glad they finally married!
Jun 05, 2017 Judy rated it it was ok
Maybe if I read this series in order it would make more sense to me. You can read this as a stand alone.
Mar 21, 2017 Cdee rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Mar 13, 2017 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Oh my Molly!

Having been sent to work on her wedding with her soon-to-be mother-in-law, Molly is thrilled to be rescued by her dear friends Sid and Gus for a wedding party on her behalf.

In true Molly fashion, curiosity begs her attention as she apprehensively takes on one last seemingly innocent case to find a jade necklace for a very powerful Chinese man. Of course, nothing is ever cut and dry for Molly, and she finds herself torn between what is best for her safety and doing the job she was hi
Rebecca Douglass
May 25, 2013 Rebecca Douglass rated it really liked it
Brief Summary: In this tenth book in Ms. Bowen's Molly Murphy series, we enter the world of early 20th-Century New York, and delve into the politics of Chinatown as Molly tries to track down a missing bride while adjusting her relationship with NYPD Captain Daniel Sullivan in the last days before their wedding.

Review: As always, Bowen does an incredible job of creating the setting. She has done her research and it shows. Sometimes maybe it shows too much, but I appreciate that I know that what s
Mar 08, 2011 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-2011
Bless the Bride by Rhys Bowen
Minotaur, 2011
260 pages
Mystery; Historical; Series
4/5 stars

Source: Library

The tenth book in the Molly Murphy series, this time featuring Irish immigrant Molly's last (?) case before her marriage to New York police detective Daniel Sullivan. Molly is requested to find an exquisite jade piece by a wealthy Chinese man, later discovering that she is actually meant to find his new (illegal immigrant) bride and return the girl to his domain. Molly has to figure out the who
Feb 21, 2017 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Finally!!!! That's all I will say. I loved this mystery
Jan 21, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Molly and Daniel have finally set a date for their wedding and Molly has gone to Westchester County to sew her trousseau and plan the wedding. As it turns out Molly is terrible at sewing and restless; she has promised to give up her PI business, but she's not married yet, so as soon as she gets a letter offering her a job, she sneaks back into the city to squeeze in a little more sleuthing before the final bell(wedding, that is).

A wealthy Chinese immigrant wants her to find his missing bride, b
Jul 20, 2014 Thenia rated it really liked it
Molly is restless after a few days in the country with Daniel's mother, doing needlework and feeling inadequate and returns to the city with the excuse of attending a party her good friends want to throw for her.

Another reason for her return is her curiosity over a curious message she received about a case someone wants her to undertake and despite Daniel's wishes, she figures it will be her last case before she retires to wedded life and that what he doesn't know can't hurt him.

Of course things
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
I see to be in the mood for historical mysteries lately. This one takes place at the turn of the century in New York City, in and around both Greenwich Village and Chinatown. Private Investigator Molly Murphy is on the brink of marriage to Police Captain Daniel Sullivan. He seems to think she will give up her detective work once they marry. But Molly is sick of trying to sew her trousseau and making nice to her future mother-in-law. So she picks up what looks like a quick case involving a missin ...more
Mar 03, 2011 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: molly-murphy
The problem with these books are that they are too short. I'd like to prolong the pleasure. Maybe I could try it without my reading glasses, but that would be painful. Anyway, this installment takes the reader with Molly to New York City Chinatown, quite a different place than the one of today. We learn about the exclusionary act that prevented Chinese men from bringing their wives over and a time when even American born children of mixed parentage could not have citizenship. There were also qui ...more
Barb Klein
Aug 27, 2015 Barb Klein rated it really liked it
“Bless the Bride” by Rhys Bowen is the tenth book in the “Molly Murphy Mystery Series”. I have really enjoyed all of the books in this series that I’ve been able to read so far. My goal is to read them all. Molly has finally captured her police captain and they are to be married in a few weeks. Daniel has forbidden Molly to carry on her investigative business after their marriage, but Molly figures that one more little escapade can’t hurt.

She is called to a very wealthy and influential member of
Jan 13, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#10 in the Molly Murphy series. The Irish immigrant PI finds a case in the Chinatown of 1903 NYC. In a Historical Note, author Bowen emphasizes that the conditions and attitudes shown in the novel are historically accurate. In a case of history repeating itself, the fears of Irish and Italian immigrants toward a newer wave of Chinese immigrants seems uncannily like the 2016 fears of Republican conservatives toward Muslim immigrants.

#10 - Molly Murphy series - Set in 1903, the maverick New York C
Jo Ellen
Jul 31, 2012 Jo Ellen rated it really liked it
Rhys Bowen does a great job of including history in her mysteries. In this one, Molly Murphy becomes involved in the investigating a disappearance in Chinatown in NYC in 1903. The Exclusion Act of 1884 which ensures that no Chinese person will ever be a citizen and that no Chinese women can come to the US is only the beginning of the outrageous acts and attitudes committed against that people. The book also moves forward the relationships Molly has with Sid and Gus and towards her marriage with ...more
Jul 18, 2012 Mayda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
With just a couple of weeks until her wedding and at the urging of her intended to give up her practice, private investigator Molly Murphy decides to take one last case, despite the fact that she knows her fiancé would disapprove of her actions. She soon finds herself ensnared in a case involving a missing bride who is thought of as property by a powerful and wealthy Chinese landowner. Soon the case is complicated by murder. Molly’s fiancé, a police detective, accidentally discovers Molly at the ...more
With her wedding looming, Molly Murphy takes on one last case before settling down to be the proper wife of Daniel Sullivan when a wealthy Chinese businessman hires her to find his missing bride. But the more Molly searches, the more she comes to believe all is not as it seems, especially after the businessman is murdered.

I like strong female characters. There is a difference between strong as exhibited by Molly, who constantly stands up to Daniel in an age where women were expected to obey thei
Katie Sholty
Aug 27, 2016 Katie Sholty rated it liked it
Shelves: drugs, immigrants, racism
The Land of the Free always comes with restrictions, and in this period of time one of the restrictions was known as The Chinese Exclusion Act. From 1882 until 1943, this act enforced a head tax for incoming immigrants, created wide spread human trafficking, they were not allowed to become U.S. citizens, and it forbade men from bringing their wives over.

Bless the Bride acts as summarized history lesson into Chinatown, New York. You get a water-down version of The Tong Wars, the opium trade, Pap
Several months ago I read Rhys Bowen’s recent series about a young woman in the 1930’s, 34th in line to the English throne, who finds herself in the midst of somewhat playful, diplomatic intrigues.
The Molly Murphy series is more serious, grounded in history, the stories of Irish immigrants in the early 1900’s, struggling to escape their past and become established in America. The details of Molly’s arrival in New York, her traveling companions, her new acquaintances and experiences reflect the h
Jun 14, 2011 Brett rated it liked it
Molly Murphy's marriage to Daniel Sullivan is very imminent, & with it her promise to give up her dangerous career as a private investigator. But she's got a week before the actual wedding, so that should allow her to squeeze in one more case without his hearing about it, right? The case in question takes her into the heart of an area of the city she's not familiar with at all - Chinatown. A rich merchant hires her to find a precious object, which turns out to be the wife he recently had sen ...more
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