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The Amersham Rubies (Molly Murphy 0.5)

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,530 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
A delightful short story featuring turn-of-the-century private investigator Molly Murphy

Before Molly Murphy crossed the Atlantic or even had an inkling that she might someday become a much sought after private investigator in New York City, young Molly lived in Ireland in a small cottage with her father, brothers and little else.

While keeping herself and her home together,
ebook, 32 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Carol ♔Type, Oh Queen!♕

While on holiday I couldn't settle to anything "heavy" so I thought it was time I tried out something by Rhys Bowen.

& for a kindle freebie it was quite good. Bowen managed to give Molly some good character development (no doubt helped by this prequel being written after some of the Molly Murphy books) & I enjoyed Bowen's writing style. It is just that the (weak) ending was on you before you knew it, leaving me with a slightly unsatisfied feeling. But it was just good enough that I wi
Gary Sundell
A nice little short story preceeding the Molly Murphy novels set in Ireland before Molly heads to the US.
The problem with this "prequel" is not that it is short (although it's much shorter than anticipated,) but that it is stupid. The young, poor, put-upon heroine figures out a deep and complicated mystery, from a mark, a bruise (that shouldn't be showing yet,) and a passing sentence. It was just a little too Encyclopedia Brown. Not only that, but on the sheer strength of her character (as a poor working class servant,) threatens and shames the wealthy upper class into admitting their crimes.

Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-in-2017
This was very short, too short really to form a strong opinion either way as to whether I really like it. But what I read was enjoyable and I would like to read more in this series of mysteries. The main character, Molly Murphy, came across quite well too, even in this short read.
Just a sad excuse for a short teaser story and an introduction to the Molly Murphy series. The young girl makes these ridiculous jumps to conclusions that the reader can't even begin to understand due to the lack of evidence. How the character made her assumptions, that she believed to be right and to solve the "mystery" is not made very clear. And given the mediocre writing, I'm not sure had it been much longer of a story that the writer could have accomplished showing how the character made he ...more
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very short story.

Pleasant enough read, but a little too short. I would be interested to read more in the series, I think.
The Amersham Rubies is a (very) short story prequel to the Molly Murphy series that gives readers just the tiniest glimpse into Molly's life prior to hopping on a ship and crossing the Atlantic.

Aside from it being "okay," there isn't really much else to say about it, since it was over before I even got into the story. A flash of action, the crime occurs and then Molly's figured it out and unmasked the criminal - all before readers have even been given the clues. Since we were given none of the d
Good short anecdote about Molly before New York. However, it was much too short and it felt anticlimactic.
graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
I honestly don't understand the need for this prequel "story." It doesn't add to the character or series, it's over in a flash as it only takes about five minutes to read, and is rather ridiculous. Plus, there's a character who apparently doesn't remember Molly at all when they meet in the fourth book, In Like Flynn, which was odd. While it was short (and free), The Amersham Rubies was just unnecessary and pointless.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I would have rated this higher but at 14 pages there is not enough room for me to decide how good it actually is. I liked the young heroine and I think this series has potential but I'll need to read more to decide.

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Cheryl Necessary
Jun 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This really didn't add anything worthwhile to the Molly Murphy series. It was too short to advance the story.
Main Character:
Molly Murphy - A young Irish woman helping out at a ball

Before Molly Murphy crossed the Atlantic or even had an inkling that she might someday become a much sought after private investigator in New York City, young Molly lived in Ireland in a small cottage with her father, brothers and little else.

While keeping herself and her home together, Molly receives a request from Lady Hartley—the lady of the country estate where Molly lives, and the family that employs Molly’s fat
Kat LeMaster
Jan 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors
Very (surprisingly) quick "prequel" mystery to the Molly Murphy series (in fact only 34% is the short story, the rest is passages from Bless the Bride). But even with it's few pages, it seemed off. I read this after reading the first eight books. She seems a lot smarter and observant at 18 than she is at age twenty something after living in New York on her own for two years. As it said in one of the books, she solves her mysteries mostly on luck, not deducing actual evidence. Evidence can be scr ...more
May 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
At first I thought this was a great idea: Write a short story and offer it as a free ebook, hooking people into an existing series of books. If I read a short story and loved it, I would totally look for other books by the author. Unfortunately, this story is way too simple, boring, and doesn't provide enough character detail to get you hooked and make you want more. If I wasn't already a fan of the Molly Murphy mysteries, I certainly wouldn't have started reading them after reading this story. ...more
♥Robin ♥
Apr 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
This was a very short story that leads up to the full length novels about Molly Murphy. This was so short that it actually should have been included in the first novel. There was not really anything to this story and the tone certainly didn't match the time frame of the book. The characters were undeveloped and the story pretty much went nowhere. So the buck stops here as this story doesn't encourage me to move any further into the series. Pretty much a waste of time. Thank goodness is was free! ...more
Alexis Villery
The Amersham Rubies started off pretty interesting. I was drawn in and my curiosity was piqued. Unfortunately, the conflict wasn't resolved in a realistic fashion and I found the resolution too abrupt. This is another one that is meant to draw the reader into the series and not necessarily this story. Does this technique work? I love historical fiction mysteries but this novella didn't draw me in. There was little character development but it was adequate for the short story mystery presented. I ...more
Samantha Simoneau
Nov 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly Written

This book - or rather, short story - has a fair premise, but the format felt too brief to be a satisfying read. I think it might have been better if it was fleshed out into a whole novel. Also, it could use more editing in the area of punctuation. I did not read the included excerpt from a subsequent book, so I can't comment on that.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first read by this author and though I really wanted to be impressed I just wasn't. I think my teenager has written better developed short stories! The whole thing felt too rushed and assumed. Bleh
I was not aware that this was a short ... Really short story! Molly murphy is a chapter you want to get to know more! I felt the author should have wore this in a feel book and not just teased his audience!
Enjoyable short mystery story. This is a prequel to the Molly Murphy series and would probably be more fun for someone who is already familiar with the series. But it did leave me wanting to read more...
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was interesting, but hardly more than a short story about a peasant girl who thwarted a high-born folks' crime.
Kirsten **Be A Dragon**
An nice little prologue to the Molly Murphy mysteries. Not really enough to judge but I liked it.
The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen introduces Molly Murphy, a young woman in 1890s Ireland, in a prequel to the Molly Murphy series set in New York City. Molly lives in a tenant-farmer cottage with her father and brothers. She was educated along with the Hartley daughters in the big manor house. Molly’s peers in other cottages are content to marry local boys and raise families. Molly dreams of escaping her simple rural life to experience adventure and independence in a big city. When the Lady Har ...more
#0.5 in the Molly Murphy series chronologically (#9.5 in publication order). A lightweight mystery involving some missing jewels. Molly's first case and she hasn't left Ireland yet, but she seems as self assured as she would be as an experienced detective in NYC some years later. Although the e-book was free, it's not fair to call it a novella; it shares the volume with the first three chapters of Bless the Bride (2011) and takes up only 30% of the e-book.

#0.5 - Molly Murphy series novella - Pre
Andrea Corley
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I was traveling and in the mood for something short and sweet, and that's exactly what I got with this gem! I previously read Murphy's Law, which is Book 1 of the Molly Murphy series, about a year ago, and have been meaning to continue on with the series for awhile now, but just haven't made time for it! This short story was just enough to rewet my tongue and remind me why I enjoyed this series so much the first time around.

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Katie Sholty
This short story is about Molly Murphy as a girl before the incident that drove her to flee Ireland. YES!!!! And it was free, which made me SQUEEEE even louder. (I was in church when I found this out, which is another issue entirely.)

My squeeing only lasted about 15 pages, which is when the theft took place, and the entire manor began to dissolve in hysterics. Enter Molly, the unbeknowst Lady Sherlock Holmes. This was the worst deduction I have ever ever read or seen. Clue, a movie about a board
Dee Renee  Chesnut
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a free selection from Barnes and Noble Nook shop. It contains a short story from Molly Murphy's youth in Ireland (13 pages long) and the remainder of the 37 pages are an except from Blessed is the Bride.
I read all the Molly Murphy books and I found them to be entertaining. These 13 pages read more like a synopsis of an uncompleted work than a short story which is supposed to be read in one sitting and remembered for a lifetime. It turned out to be a superficial introduction for readers
Although I've been hearing praise of Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series for years, somehow I had yet to read one until this short story appeared for a nominal fee on my Kindle. Since I like to read series from the beginning, it's nice that The Amersham Rubies is listed as "Molly Murphy 0.5." While most of the stories take place in turn-of-the-century New York, this one takes us back to Molly's beginnings in Ireland. We get a little of her backstory and an inkling of the keen observer and detective ...more
Dharia Scarab
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

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Molly Murphy (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Murphy's Law (Molly Murphy Mysteries, #1)
  • Death of Riley (Molly Murphy Mysteries, #2)
  • For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy Mysteries, #3)
  • In Like Flynn (Molly Murphy Mysteries, #4)
  • Oh Danny Boy (Molly Murphy Mysteries, #5)
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