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 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 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
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
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 really liked the character of Molly-I thought it was nice to see a spunky young woman who still in many ways tried to do the right thing, but often ended up finding trouble.
This book had a lot of secondary characters-some more developed and more interesting than others and I thought the mystery itself was good although in some ways not the part that entertained me the most. I think I found myself far more interested in how Molly escaped from Ireland and found h...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