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Bless the Bride (Molly Murphy #10)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,449 Ratings  ·  176 Reviews
With Molly Murphy's wedding to NYPD Captain Daniel Sullivan quickly approaching, the Irish sleuth heads to the Westchester County countryside, where his mother can lend her a hand and advise her on a bride's proper place. And shockingly, Molly seems to be agreeing. She has already promised that she'll close up her PI business and settle down after marrying, but she isn't a ...more
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Published March 1st 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I underestimate the tightrope that authors of historical fiction have to tread. So many expressions that are off limits. I was made aware of this when Molly Murphy made use of the word 'shock', meaning 'culture shock'. Yet that expression wasn't part of the vernacular in 1903. The author, Rhys Bowen, draws inspiration from actual events and real persons that were alive back then. Sometimes the resulting book is mediocre, but that doesn't apply to Bless the Bride. Rhys Bowen has got he ...more
Kathy Davie
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, history
Tenth in the Molly Murphy historical suspense series in the early 1900s in New York City.

Our Molly has only been in America a few years. After fleeing Ireland and trying a variety of the usual jobs, Molly dove into private investigation in the course of which she met Captain Daniel Sullivan. A good thing too as Capt. Sullivan has managed to bail Molly out of a few situations. But now, they are getting married at last and Molly will be retiring from that dangerous life…or, at least, that's what M
Judith Starkston
Bless the Bride, Rhys Bowen’s latest Molly Murphy mystery, finds Molly sewing her trousseau with her future mother-in-law out in peaceful Westchester County. To anyone who knows Molly from the previous books in this excellent series (she’s a ground-breaking private detective in 1903), it comes as no surprise when Molly leaps at the opportunity to leave this bucolic torture and head back to the city where a case will mire her in Chinatown, a world completely new to her. As she sifts through layer ...more
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly is, once again, making foolish decisions. She is almost lying to Daniel. She makes promises she doesn't keep and she doesn't feel guilty about that. I'm getting rather fed up with her. If I were Daniel, I'd call the wedding off.

I admit to being disappointed in this book. The culprit was rather predicatable because this character was over described. I figured it out by page 53 and no murder had yet taken place. Rather disappointing.
In Molly Murphy mystery #10, Rhys Bowen uses her historical storytelling skills to bring readers yet another fascinating part of New York City in the early Twentieth Century. New York City's Chinatown in 1903 was a mysterious, dangerous place where even the police tread carefully. Of course, that's exactly where Molly Murphy ends up.

Molly has spent ten days with her soon-to-be mother-in-law in Westchester County, sewing her wedding trousseau and meeting Daniel's upper crust friends cultivated by
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So here's the deal: I saw Molly Murphy #13 at my library, was interested, but felt I needed to read the prior books first. As a result, I have been steadily making my way through the series, bringing me to book 10, in which Molly is getting ready for her wedding while investigating one last case -- a missing bride in 1900s New York's Chinatown.

The series as a whole has, to me, been suffering from stilted dialogue, implausible events, and an overplayed storyline about Molly's desire for independe
May 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Finally, Molly seems to be drawing some boundaries with Daniel that leave me room to hope she will not lose herself in the marriage. Not that I’m a fan (still want him to go away), but he at least became bearable by the end, and a marriage between them seems less a plot contrivance than it did before. As to the mystery, I thought this was an interesting premise that captures some aspects of the brutal oppression of the Chinese after the Exclusion Act was passed, but I felt many of the Chinese ch ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Molly is about to be married and living with her Mother-in-law difficult as sewing, garden partes are not for. Sid and Gus recused her by planning a pre-wedding party. While back in NYC Molly becomes involve with the Chinese Community by helping a Chinese bride escape from her husband. Daniel doesn't know about involvement. Molly must answers before Daniel finds out of her involvement.

Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
I really enjoyed the mystery in this one, and honestly, I learned some things I didn't know about the history of our country. The way the Chinese immigrants were treated, the prejudice and segregation between races in early 1900's New York...all of this was well-written and so interesting.

I have really liked the Molly Murphy books, but there is one part that continues to bother me as I read each one...Molly Murphy. I like her strength and independence, and she is certainly a well-drawn characte
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's quite a coincidence that I should read Bless the Bride right after reading Victoria Thompson's Murder in Chinatown. The historical facts provided by each were identical. I almost felt that the two had collaborated on their stories. I liked Rhys Bowen's better.
Comparing books, in both stories the female leads Molly Murphy and Sarah Brandt had promised their policeman boyfriends that they would not get involved in any investigations, but both did.
I was relieved that this author didn't mudd
I liked it. Historically accurate and interesting, I learned a lot of things about Chinese emigrants that I never knew. I appreciated getting to see Sid and Gus become even closer with Molly and I loved attending Molly's wedding. It was also really enjoyable to see Daniel get to play the role he was meant to have: the authoritative, capable detective. I liked him getting to close a couple of his cases. I totally guessed the murderer pretty early on in this book, which was a first for me with thi ...more
Maggie Kiely
Rhys Bowen is a 'nom de plume' used by Janet Quin-Harkin who has written many other books under her own and assumed names. This is the tenth book in 'Molly Murphy Mysteries'.
This is an easy to read crime series without any major nastiness. However the relationship between Molly and her new husband is so so annoying. Will continue with the series and would recommend.
Diana Turner
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how other characters in these books often mirror the struggles that Molly faces in her life. It is always interesting to read about life in the early part of the 1900s in NYC. In some ways life has changed so much, in others not so much.
Lavender Dreamer
This is SO good! A series I will probably start over again when I finish the last book.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Captivating and delightful! Loads of twists and turns. A mystery until the end! No spoilers to reveal the intricacies of plot.
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This might be my favorite! I really enjoyed learning about the Chinese culture in the 1900s. Fascinating read!
Erin Navarette
I knew who the murderer was like 1/4 way through the book that it was annoying how obvious it was.

BUT Daniel and Molly had the best banter in this book and I am glad they finally married!
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe if I read this series in order it would make more sense to me. You can read this as a stand alone.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly and her Captain finally get married! Now we shall see if she continues her detective business when she promised Daniel no more dangerous assignments..
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my Molly!

Having been sent to work on her wedding with her soon-to-be mother-in-law, Molly is thrilled to be rescued by her dear friends Sid and Gus for a wedding party on her behalf.

In true Molly fashion, curiosity begs her attention as she apprehensively takes on one last seemingly innocent case to find a jade necklace for a very powerful Chinese man. Of course, nothing is ever cut and dry for Molly, and she finds herself torn between what is best for her safety and doing the job she was hi
Rebecca Douglass
Brief Summary: In this tenth book in Ms. Bowen's Molly Murphy series, we enter the world of early 20th-Century New York, and delve into the politics of Chinatown as Molly tries to track down a missing bride while adjusting her relationship with NYPD Captain Daniel Sullivan in the last days before their wedding.

Review: As always, Bowen does an incredible job of creating the setting. She has done her research and it shows. Sometimes maybe it shows too much, but I appreciate that I know that what s
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-2011
Bless the Bride by Rhys Bowen
Minotaur, 2011
260 pages
Mystery; Historical; Series
4/5 stars

Source: Library

The tenth book in the Molly Murphy series, this time featuring Irish immigrant Molly's last (?) case before her marriage to New York police detective Daniel Sullivan. Molly is requested to find an exquisite jade piece by a wealthy Chinese man, later discovering that she is actually meant to find his new (illegal immigrant) bride and return the girl to his domain. Molly has to figure out the who
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally!!!! That's all I will say. I loved this mystery
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Molly and Daniel have finally set a date for their wedding and Molly has gone to Westchester County to sew her trousseau and plan the wedding. As it turns out Molly is terrible at sewing and restless; she has promised to give up her PI business, but she's not married yet, so as soon as she gets a letter offering her a job, she sneaks back into the city to squeeze in a little more sleuthing before the final bell(wedding, that is).

A wealthy Chinese immigrant wants her to find his missing bride, b
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly is restless after a few days in the country with Daniel's mother, doing needlework and feeling inadequate and returns to the city with the excuse of attending a party her good friends want to throw for her.

Another reason for her return is her curiosity over a curious message she received about a case someone wants her to undertake and despite Daniel's wishes, she figures it will be her last case before she retires to wedded life and that what he doesn't know can't hurt him.

Of course things
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
I see to be in the mood for historical mysteries lately. This one takes place at the turn of the century in New York City, in and around both Greenwich Village and Chinatown. Private Investigator Molly Murphy is on the brink of marriage to Police Captain Daniel Sullivan. He seems to think she will give up her detective work once they marry. But Molly is sick of trying to sew her trousseau and making nice to her future mother-in-law. So she picks up what looks like a quick case involving a missin ...more
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: molly-murphy
The problem with these books are that they are too short. I'd like to prolong the pleasure. Maybe I could try it without my reading glasses, but that would be painful. Anyway, this installment takes the reader with Molly to New York City Chinatown, quite a different place than the one of today. We learn about the exclusionary act that prevented Chinese men from bringing their wives over and a time when even American born children of mixed parentage could not have citizenship. There were also qui ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Oct 23, 2015 11:26AM  
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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.
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