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Bless the Bride (Molly Murphy #10)

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With Molly Murphy’s wedding to NYPD Captain Daniel Sullivanquickly approaching, the Irish sleuth heads to the Westchester County countryside,where his mother can lend her a hand and advise her onabride’s proper place. And shockingly, Mollyseems to be agreeing. Shehas already promised that she’llclose up her PI business and settle downafter marrying, butshe isn’t a married ...more
Hardcover, 261 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Minotaur Books
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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
Kathy Davie
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
Luffy Monkey D.
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
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
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
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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
(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
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
I always enjoy Rhys Bowen's writing. This is the first of the Molly Murphy series that I have read, but even after missing the earlier books I still found this a good read. The atmosphere of Chinatown in New York seemed very real when compared to historical readings of Chinatown in the early 1900s.

I found Molly a bit of a weak character at first when it seemed like she was always giving in to what her fiance wanted without concern for what would make her happy, but by the end of the book she ha
I love feisty Molly Murphy and her courage to do the right thing. Captain Sullivan has asked Molly not to pursue her detecting now that they are getting married, Molly's not so sure that she wants to stop. She takes a commission just 2 weeks before her marriage date. She thinks she's looking for a piece of jade but in reality it's much much more. But as always she gets into serious trouble but she never gives up. And the very end of the book she and Daniel are finally married!! Now what will she ...more
Since this is #10 in the series, I guess I missed a few, but it didn't seem to matter. The series is about a young Irish immigrant living in NYC at the turn of the century, working as a private detective. She is resourceful and clever, but is always getting in trouble on her cases. In this one she is planning her wedding to handsome police captain Daniel Sullivan, but is also involved in a case in Chinatown. I knew a lot about the Chinese in America at this time (maybe from Lisa See's books?), b ...more
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
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
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
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
Rebecca Douglass
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
Jo Ellen
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
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
I hadn't read any Molly Murphy books for years, so perhaps my tastes have changed, because I found Daniel to be annoyingly self righteous. I kept wondering why Molly would want to marry him if he wanted her to quit investigating and she worried so much about angering him. I admit I read the first 3 books in the series and none since, so perhaps I missed something that would explain his attitude. It took away any enjoyment of their wedding. I did learn something new though. I never realized that ...more
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
A good mystery! Set in 1903, focusing on crime in Chinatown. Very interesting historical trivia and a writing style that brings you up close to the characters' lives. And very satisfying when the villain is caught.
It included a few adult comments or allusions, but nothing graphic and the language was mostly clean. Nice! Nothing too gory or sensual, which was a nice treat. For me it was a pretty quick read.
Definitely worth finding on the bargain table for $4.50!!
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
This is the 10th book in the Molly Murphy series. Molly is up in Westchester County staying with her soon to be mother-in-law and working on her wedding trousseau. Molly struggles to hold her tongue while her future mother-in-law scolds her for her lack of sewing skill and jumps at the chance to head back to New York City to visit with her friends Sid and Gus. While she is there, she decides to take on just one more case. She has promised Daniel that she will stop working as a private investigat ...more
This book, like all the others in this series, is a really fun read. As usual Molly manages to get in to more than she bargains for when she accepts what seems like a harmless but difficult assignment from an elderly Chinese. This initial assignment turns out to be the prelude to one more dangerous. The story is an interesting one partly because it is based on how Chinese immigrants were treated during this time.
As Molly prepares for her wedding day to handsome cop Daniel Sullivan, she has some of the last minute jitters and second-thoughts-itis that plagues most brides. Back in Molly's time period of course it was much more realistic to worry about losing ones identity and individuality and independence when getting married than it is now.

Even though she's promised Daniel not to get involved in any more cases, she ends up on a case in Chinatown, summoned there by a powerful member of the community who
Set in 1903, Bowen's engaging 10th Molly Murphy mystery (after 2010's The Last Illusion) finds the maverick New York City PI at a major personal turning point. Her impending marriage to Capt. Daniel Sullivan of the NYPD will, at his insistence, mark an end to her sleuthing career, but she can't resist taking on one last case. After a powerful and affluent Chinatown businessman, Lee Sing Tai, asks her to locate a missing piece of valuable jade jewelry, Murphy soon ascertains that the less than fo ...more
Molly Murphy Books have turned into default reads for me, which is good and bad.

Good – well, because the stories are good! I know in advance I will like them and can reach for the next installment of the series with confidence knowing I won’t be disappointed.

Bad – because I am running out of available titles!! This was Book 10 so I only have 11, 12 and 13 left (which I will blow through in no time) and then I will have to wait until the titles are released before reading more. Book 14 is only du
Eleanor Kuhns
Loved this entry in the Molly Murphy books. I guessed the murderer and his secret but that in no way affected my enjoyment of this book. The setting was fascinating and I am captivated by Molly's choice: obey Daniel of try to live a fulfilling and satisfying life of her own.
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