Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries #1)
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
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
[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 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 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 ...more
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 ...more
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)[ when he rescues her and takes her to his house to warm her from her near-drowning, he's very ready to have his way with her, but stops when he realizes she's not the married woman she was masquera ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more