Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy #1)
Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, and her identity, for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in new York and sees the welcoming prom ...more
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I have been wanting to read this series for awhile now. I absolutely love the Royal Spyness novels by Rhys Bowen! So I couldn't wait to read her Molly Murphy books. Of course, I've waited a long time but I FINALLY got to the first one! I can honestly say I am not disappointed at all! I love RB's writing. She makes me want to read all her books. I adored Molly--she was a spunky, independent, red headed Irish lass. I also enjoyed Daniel Sullivan.... I can't wait to see where their relat ...more
This was just...not good. Maybe it's first book syndrome or maybe this was the author's first ever published book but whatever the case may be, it felt like it could have been written by a high school senior. The heroine, fleeing from the law in Ireland, manages to make her way to New York, in what I can only surmise is the late 1800s or early 1900s, through a series of highly (and totally unrealistic) fortuitous events. And that pretty much sums up Molly's experiences throughout t ...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
In Murphy's Law Molly Murphy accidentally kills a man and because of her circumstances she must flee Ireland. She soon finds herself on a boat to America c ...more
Spunky finesse - A quaintly entertaining whodunit.
Bowen has written a lovely, gentle mystery wrapped in historical fiction - hued with serendipitous shades - and with a dash of endgame romance. She does a lovely job exploring the Irish immigrant experience coming to America during the early nineteenth century; painting an emblematic portrait of the daunting process maneuvering through Ellis Island and on to the tempestuous streets and cramped tenement housing of Tammany-corrupt New York City.
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
I listened to this book. The narration was enjoyable. Molly was, sometimes, a bit overly clueless - the incident where she is nearly trapped into prostitution is silly. No one is that stupid. The love interest sounds adorable, but has little a ...more
As for the mystery, everything relating to that felt a little too coincidental. I didn't really believe that so many things could align just right to ...more
On the run from the law, Molly Murphy escapes her native Ireland for the promise of 19th century New York. Unfortunately, trouble follows in Molly’s footsteps when a man with whom she had an altercation onboard ship is murdered at Ellis Island and she must use her sharp wits and Irish charm to clear her name.
The excellent historical background and vivacious heroine make up for the rather lackluster who-dun-it.
Despite its potential the mystery is underdeveloped. There are too ...more
It can be challenging to find good genre fiction set during this time, so when I do I tend to try to read it.
I had good luck with The Nell Sweeney Historical Mysteries: A Six-Book Boxed Set Series so when these came across my radar, I d ...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...more
This takes place in New York around the start of the 20th century and I think the author does a great job of capturing the sense of that time, the crowding, the smells, the good folks and the not so good.
Molly is smart and educated more that would have been common for her time and place, bu ...more
Molly Murphy accidently killed a man after he attacked her it was self-defense but she ran away and ran all the way to America under an assumed name. While waiting to get through Ellis Island another man is murdered and Molly was seen arguing with him hours ...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 has left Ireland before she could be arrested and hanged for murder. She is now in New York City trying to find her way. In order to make the trip she poses as the mother of two children who need to be renunited with their father, while their mother stayed in Ireland dying of comsumption.
As luck would have it Molly is the only witness to a murder on Ellis Island. When she discovers that her only friend from the tri ...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 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