Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1)
[on historical novels in general]
I'm not a big reader of historical novels full stop, whether mysteries or otherwise. This is odd because many of my favourite books as a child were historical now I come to think of it and also because when I do read something historical I generally enjoy the change.
My expectations for a historical mystery are that they will be fact laden, boring and tediously correct and my w...more
Molly is your typical flame-haired Irish lass at the turn of the last century who, having accidentally killed the son of her "landlord" while fighting off his none-too-subtle advances, has fled her homeland for the wilds of early t...more
Molly is a smart and strong young woman, and I like her. She needed to be strong in Ireland--taking care of an all-male household has helped her become strong, I think. She needs to be strong in America since she's had a rocky start.
Bowen has great timing in Molly's meeting the policeman, finding reasons to talk wit...more
Molly Murphy is on the run from Ireland when she stumbles into a way across the ocean, impersonating someone else on the boat trip to America. When they arrive in El...more
Molly is a young woman who has accidentally killed the son of the manor house where her family works and lives, when she resisted his advances, and pushed him back. He fell and hit his head on the stove, and was killed instantly. When the book opens, she is running away, hoping...more
I absolutely adored every facet of this first book. I instantly connected with the characters. Molly is suitably sparky. Her compassion, spunk, and stubbornness are the perfect combination. Daniel has wonderful potential. Yes, he does bear a similar resemblance to...more
The pace of this books is swift and there was never a dull moment. I enjoyed the descriptions of New York and what it must of been...more
I did think, however, that there were a few things that seemed a bit unrealistic, and perhaps some of the story elements were a little too sketchy. Since you find out right away that the title character, Molly Murphy, escapes from Ireland in 1901 af...more
The parts that didn't work for me were the bit...more
MURPHY'S LAW is the first in the Molly Murphy series - and it does not disappoint. Forced to flee Ireland after (accidentally) killing the English landowner's son, Molly takes an assumed name to accompany two children across the Atlant...more
When she was ten her refusal to hold her tongue nearly got her family thrown out of their cottage, and just before she turned 23 she was on the run, wanted for murder.
Despite her mouth, and inability to be humble, Molly has a good heart and when a fellow passenger is arrested wrongly for a murder at Ellis Island. Molly is determined to see justice do...more
Molly runs from Ireland in 1901, thinking she has killed her aristocratic attacker. She makes it to New York, to struggle for survival there. I like the historic features more than the characters i...more
Taking place at the turn of the century New York City, Molly is fresh off the boat and running from the law. While still on Ellis Island waiting to be processed into Americ...more
I found that the story moved along quite nicely and kept the reader hanging in all the right spots in order to necessitate the desire to never put the book down until it's finished. However, it was a ve...more
Molly Murphy is a young Irishwoman of quick mind and open mouth. She flees her home village after accidently killing the young Lord of the Estate, defending herself from his proposed rape. She lands o...more
Basically it started out really well, the heroine's journey to America, but for some reason after that she was a BIT too perfect and spunky for my tastes. And the love interest was really thinly drawn, which is probably my biggest criticism.
There's some intere...more
Rhys gives you a few clues to try and guess who the murder was but you are really unable to figure it out until...more
I also write the bestselling 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 this year.
I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set in North Wales, and for my aw...more