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Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1)

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From the creator of the much-loved Constable Evan Evans mysteries comes a colorful new series set in turn-of-the-century New York City. When spirited redhead Molly Murphy was growing up a peasant on the coast of Ireland she always imagined there was something more in store for her. She couldn't have known how right she was until the day she became a murderer, albeit in sel ...more
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Published April 1st 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published October 12th 2001)
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Brendan
My wife has been on a kick of late 19th century or early 20th century mysteries lately, often focusing on impetuous, clever, brave ladies solving mysteries in a world where women were supposed to be none of those things. Bowen's Molly Murphy series seems to be one of these. We read Murphy's Law together and it was an enjoyable romp.

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
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Felicia
Another entry into my historical mystery jag, this one was VERY similar to the other series I read, but for some reason I enjoyed it a bit less, which surprised me because I like this author's other historical series set in the 20's a lot.

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
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Kathy
I have been meaning to read the Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen for quite a while. Finally, I have read the first book in the series, Murphy's Law, and I can't believe I waited so long. I love the character of Molly Murphy, an Irish young woman who unexpectedly finds herself running from the English police and on a boat to America. She makes a deal with another young woman who is trying to get her children to New York City to be with their father. Molly agrees to escort the children when the w ...more
Hannah
3.5 stars. I expected a lot from this series, as a huge fan of Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series as well as her Constable Evans books. I’m glad to say that I wasn’t disappointed. Murphy’s Law is set in a really interesting time period, and it’s obvious that considerable effort was put into research since the book is wonderfully rich in historical detail. Ms. Bowen has a talent for making the reader feel like they’re right there walking alongside the characters; the setting and characterization ...more
Melliott
Someone (don't remember who) recommended this series to me, and then I got an offer of a free e-book for my Kindle when I bought something else, so I tried it out. I liked it! The heroine, Molly Murphy, reminded me in spirit, if not in fact, of another Molly--the unsinkable Molly Brown--for the way she manages to get herself into and out of all kinds of trouble with a combination of sneakiness, luck, and sheer bravado. The historical details are great, the characters are well thought out, and ge ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire
[these comments are out of context from a mailing list discussion and contain spoilers]

[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

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Madonna
I like Rhys Bowen's writing style--I'm also a fan of her Lady G. series. I read this for a goodreads group and I'm glad we started with the first one since this series was new to me.
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
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Laurel
I enjoyed this book immensely! It is the first in a series to feature Molly Murphy, a beautiful young Irish girl who comes to New York, under desperate circumstances. She has fled Ireland because she accidentally killed a wealthy Irish land owner when he tried to rape her. She defended herself, and he fell, hit his head, and expired. So, her adventure begins. Molly is very likeable, and has a flair for getting into scrapes, but more importantly- she uses her wit, considerable intellect, and spun ...more
Jeni
Molly Murphy is a strong female character who I believe is at least a little anachronistic. She stands up for herself, she goes places where no respectable woman of her time would go, she deceives and spies and infiltrates. And she's completely likeable. In fact, she comes across not as a conniver or instigator, but as an advocate and supporter. Set in the early 1900s Murphy's Law tells the story of Ms. Murphy after she flees her native Ireland to live in New York City. This books fits in the ge ...more
Charlotte
A mystery series set in immigrant rich NYC at the beginning of the twentieth century with a feisty female straight off the boat heroine. Who wouldn't want to read this??? I think that the only bad thing I have to say about the book is that it was predictable and the writing a tad bit juvenile (in other words, not great "literature.") However, that said, it was a fun read, and I intend to read the rest of the series. Obviously from my "read" list, I like anything Irish;I love reading about the Ir ...more
Karen
Molly Murphy comes to NYC in the early 1900s and immediately becomes involved in a murder on Ellis Island. She's not Maisie Dobbs, but she is pretty cute.
Brenda
I'd give it between 3 and 4 stars. A quick read. Fun but a bit unrealistic. I'll get the next in the series when it comes to Kindle though.
Nell
I like Bowen's Her Royal Spyness series, so tried this. No snarkiness here; it's more serious in tone and touches on issues, such as political corruption and the difficult lives of new immigrants to turn-of-the-century New York, but the plot hinges on more coincidences and lucky breaks than I found plausible. Let's face it, the whole conceit is implausible: a just-off-the-boat Irish immigrant with no money and nowhere to stay postpones looking for a job to do some detecting. Sounds like I need a ...more
Ed
#1 in the Molly Murphy series. Winner of the 2001 Agatha Award for Best Novel. In 1901, Molly is a 23 year old, red-headed Irish country girl fleeing after accidently killing the would be rapist son of her landlord. Circumstances bring her to New York City where she is a person of interest in the murder of a fellow passenger on Ellis Island.
Molly virtually trips over coincidences, but the atmosphere of turn of last century NYC is a treat. I hope that the coincidences were merely a plot device to
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Emily
I picked this up because I have a serious soft spot for Bowen's Royal Spyness series; they're so much fun. As I'm fond of saying, I'm usually having such a good time with Georgie that I'm always a bit disappointed when the body shows up and the detecting must begin. This one starts with a dead body, and it's all downhill from there. If I could substitute one word for the "fun" descriptor above it would be "dreary." Points to Bowen for all the historical research I'm sure went into to creating he ...more
Janice
I liked the characters, especially the spunky and independent Molly Murphy, in this first book in a series. Overall the story, set in the very early 1900's just as Ellis Island has opened, was entertaining, and it was a fast and easy read. The coincidences happened a little too often, and too neatly, which detracted somewhat, but did not completely spoil the book for me. I will plan to read more of this series.
Michelle
Probably more of a 3.5, but I felt it rated more than 3. After enjoying the Royal Spyness series, I wanted to give some of Bowen's previous work a chance. I will say that so far, I like Molly a bit better. She has more spunk and more drive.

I also found the overall mystery more satisfying. Most of the Georgie books are telegraphed and ridiculously easy to figure out. This was not. You were given just enough to make sense but not enough to realize who dun it 20% into the book.

My one beef (which i
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Hannah
3.75. Very interesting character in Molly Murphy, and great chemistry between her and "her" detective.
The little romance with him was sweet, with just the right amount of balance between that and the mystery itself. However, there was one part in content that I would take exception to: (view spoiler)
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Simone
I love Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series, so I was curious to see if I’d like her Molly Murphy series too. It was enjoyable, I’m in for more and thankfully there are lots! Both series are light yet interesting, and the installments are short and enjoyable… an excellent formula for when I just want to be entertained.

They both center around a plucky, adventurous-for-her-times-yet-still-naïve, murder-mystery-solving heroine and the plots remind me a bit of Agatha Christie novels (“the murderer is s
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Pam
3 1/2 stars. The beginning of a mystery series set in the early 1900's. I enjoyed the immigrant's experience through Ellis Island and early New York, as well as the heroine herself, a poor but spunky Irish girl who has her share of problems, and a murder mystery to solve.
Celia Hall
This book started out good with an entertaining character and an interesting conflict, but the plot lost direction once the mystery really got started. Too many wild hairs, too many impossibly lucky escapes, and Molly Murphy has no intuition for solving mysteries. Her bold personality that captures the reader at the start just gets in the way of her developing as a character and as a person. The romance was fun, but turned into something silly towards the end of book one and even more so in book ...more
Debbie
My sister told me about this series. I really liked it. I liked the setting (1900 New York) and the main character Molly. It reminds me of Maisie Dobbs. Young woman fending for herself and solving mysteries. I plan to read more of the series.
Kate
Book 1 in the Molly Murphy series (recommended by Amazon for my literary tastes). Similar outline to the Victoria Thompson Sarah Brandt/Frank Malloy mysteries. Molly Murphy is a tempestuous Irish redhead using her wit, stubbornness, and bravery to make her way in New York upon fleeing Ireland. Paired with a bit of luck, she makes it to Ellis Island, only to be suspected of a murder that takes place while she is there. She cannot help but try to learn more and solve the murder to clear her name a ...more
Corinne Severn
I listened to a couple of the Rhys Bowen Royal Spyness books. I enjoyed them, but thought that the character in this series, Molly Murphy, sounded intriguing. After a particularly slow story recently completed (other author), this also seemed like a welcome follow-up.

The book was very enjoyable. I liked the character of Molly Murphy and the narrator was excellent. The story had a great rhythm and flow, which made me keen to listen often. The only drawback was the author's need to include a roman
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Mum
This is one of those occasions when I rate a book based on what I expect it to be for its genre or maybe not just that, but where in the genre it is supposed to land. I never believe that Bowen's books are meant to be the most complex or demanding action/mystery novels, but I do enter each one knowing that I will meet characters that are likable and that I will get to follow throughout many books, which I love, and that there will be a decent enough story to keep my interest. Am I entertained? y ...more
Brittany
when i first read these books, i read them completely out of order....(not the brightest crayon) anywho, i still really enjoyed them :)
Kathy Davie
Turn-of-the-century New York murder mystery with a stubborn woman detective. Very good. Has that "homey" quality I like.
Deb
I was disappointed -- I was hoping for sly silliness as in her Royal Spyness series, but this was just silly.
Sandy Vaughan
Great! A new series by Rhys Bowen

Murphy's Law is a perfect title as anything that can go amiss for Molly Murphy, does to this listener's enjoyment as I awaited her escapes and new predicaments as she bewitches a young police captain (second generation Irish lad...of course) and solves the crime. As I like a feisty, bright, inquiring heroine involved in murder mysteries, this was a good fit.

Nicola Barber's narration also worked for me as she brought all the characters to life.

What's also grand
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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.
I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set
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Her Royal Spyness (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #1) A Royal Pain (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #2) Royal Blood (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #4) Royal Flush (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #3) Naughty in Nice (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries, #5)

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