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Tell Me, Pretty Maiden

(Molly Murphy #7)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  3,737 ratings  ·  255 reviews
It’s wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Irish immigrant Molly Murphy started her early-twentieth-century detective agency, she is completely snowed in with work. While she’s proving to be quite the entrepreneur and is very much in demand by some of Broadway’s brightest stars and Fifth Avenue’s richest families, she has to grudgingly admit that if she’s go ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Minotaur Books
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Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 5000-2020
The best part of the Molly Murphy books is the history of New York, which they all contain in abundance. In Tell Me, Pretty Maiden there is a lot of interesting fact about Sigmund Freud and the way doctors were only just coming to grips with problems of the mind. The asylum for the insane was horrible.

Molly herself blundered around like she always does making herself a nuisance and then needing to be rescued by one or other of her friends. Actually her final venture in the last few chapters put
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although this one was quite far fetched I still enjoyed it very much. Somehow Molly Murphy can make me forget the world around me.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed a lot about this book and will certainly continue with the series. However, I had a few complaints. The mysteries were so obvious in this one. I don't usually make much effort to figure out the solutions to mysteries as I read, preferring to just let the author carry me along. But these ones were pretty apparent. Which then made Molly seem SO STUPID. I know it's part of her character to foolishly rush into situations without thinking, and that's fine, but this book was full of really o ...more
A stage-door Johnny, a famous aging actress, an alienist colleague of Sigmund Freud, a traumatized mute young woman found in a snowdrift in Central Park, a prospective bridegroom, and a missing Yale student suspected of robbery and murder. You will find them all in this delightful mystery set in New York City in 1902. Oh, and by the way, Nellie Bly pops in to spice up the plotline! I recommend this Molly Murphy mystery by Rhys Bowen. I recommend you at least read the first one Murphy's Law. ...more
Diana Conner-Marks
This is the 7th book in the Molly Murphy series which I adore. I started this book on May 5th which is coincidental because it was Nellie Bly's 151st birthday and she is a historical character in the book! I even posted on facebook yesterday and emailed my bookclub to check out Nellie Bly's story as she was a fascinating woman that helped change things for the needy and for women in early 20th century. ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Molly is busy working a number of cases. Daniel has not been reinstated when on a skating adventure; Molly finds a young girl buried in the snow. The girl has no memory and family. Molly takes her into her home much to the dismay of Daniel and friends. The story changes its path several times as Molly and Daniel pursue the various cases. A Molly Murphy story is always a relaxing read.
Sue Smith
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Let me preface this review by acknowledging that this book wasn't that bad. It had some great parts actually - especially once she was into solving her latest mystery.

What I will say is that I really feel - uh .... disappointed? pissy? - that I picked up a book in the middle of a series. There is a definite feeling of nudge,nudge, wink, wink ... secret story behind this part that you don't know .. and boy, that was fun before, remember? Bah. It's like picking up Harry Potter at book 7. It made m
Nov 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
This is a Molly Murphy Mystery and there are at least six books preceeding this one. This book reminds me of a Red Skelton movie wherein Mr. Skelton portrayed a mystery writer. In one scene the mystery writer was dictating three different stories simultaneously and put the hero of one book into an inescapable situation where the chapter ended (The situation was something like a fiery explosion in a falling elevator). Rather than rework the story, Mr. Skelton's character started the next chapter ...more
Sarah Poss
Rhys Bowen is my go-to for winding down at the end of the day. I’ve enjoyed several of her books, although they’re somewhat cliche. After all, they are cozy mysteries. But this last novel seemed to stall and I finally skimmed through the last few chapters. I’ve noticed that about several of the Molly Murphy series, so I’m not sure I’ll read any more. Still, I’ve enjoyed the look at turn of the century New York. It certainly is a captivating time period.
Of her two series, I prefer Her Royal Spyn
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rhys-bowen
Another Molly Murphy mystery completed. This time a missing girl found in the snow unconscious in Central Park. A ghost trying to kill someone before a musical opens at a theatre. Molly goes undercover. An investigation into whether someone will make a reputable husband and a robbery, murder with the mafia. Throw in an insane asylum and the tension between Daniel and Molly of their relationship and Daniel working for Molly.

It all ties nicely together maybe to nicely. I am going to read one more
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
As time goes on, the previous Molly Murphy books fade into the mysterious and the unknown, forget that I do about them. The series of books, is in essence, something unique in its making. I've never seen a disparity and an unevenness in the writing prowess of the author. The result is a jagged writing style, as if the meaning of the prose has being written during an earthquake.

Rhys Bowen probably needs to keep adding ingredients to the mixture. She wants to overload us with information. She mi
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
#7 in the Molly Murphy series. Finalist 2009 Bruce Alexander Award.
Another fine entry in this cozy series that captures the flavor of turn of the 20th-Century New York City. A cameo appearance by reporter Nelly Bly and mentions of actress Sarah Bernhardt and alienist Sigmund Freud add to the period flavor, as does reference to that new invention the automobile.

Molly Murphy series - In December 1902, Molly and her beau, suspended New York City police captain Daniel Sullivan, stumble on a near-dea
Wing Kee
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Another solid cozy read.

World: The world building is solid and sets up a different scenario for Molly Murphy, this time with the theatre an later an asylum. I would have thought that more time would have been spent with the asylum portion but the theatre section was quite fun.

Story: Solid cozy mystery with a new coat of paint in the form of a new setting and theme. This time it’s the theatre and Molly finding a unresponsive woman which also deals with mental illness of the era. I love how Bowen
Sarah Coller
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really struggled to get into this one. There are several story lines going on at once and it seemed weird and very coincidental for them all to converge at the end. This one features Molly and Daniel teaming up---which actually took some fun out of it for me. Mostly because I am SO SICK of Daniel constantly running her down for wanting to follow her passion for detecting. He's really an idiot. Hope he shapes up soon. ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed seeing Nellie Bly as a character in the book & the info about the understanding (or misunderstanding) & study of mental health at the time.
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another great story with several intertwined mysteries. Nice to see Molly and Daniel working together.
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the historical aspect of the novel, a look into NYC life at the turn of the last century. The main character Molly Murphy is fine, but I thought she should've been able to piece together the mystery a bit quicker. This novel, the 7th in a series, also referred to previous adventures a bit, and I didn't know what was going on (I chose this randomly at the library). Molly investigates a young Jewish man to see if he's okay to marry for the young woman's family; she investigates gh ...more
Tony Hisgett
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have now read seven books in this series and although they are OK I keep finding myself disappointed. Molly is an interesting character and has the potential to be great kickass heroine, but every time I think this is what is happening the author makes her do something stupid and out of character.
For example in this book Molly rescues a young woman from the snow then from being interned in an asylum, she takes her into her own home and pays for her care. Then the author wants us to believe she
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
I'm just not enjoying this series. The cases aren't that interesting. I find the heroine to be naive and foolish with moments of likability. I just plain don't like the male lead. He has no real respect for Molly and has such a condescending attitude toward her and her friends. The friends are actually the best characters and should have a larger role. I've one more already purchased and will finish it but that is probably it. ...more
Erin Lee
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Ms. Bowen's books, both in this series and the Her Royal Spyness series. The heroines of both are plucky, resourceful and have minds of their own. In this book Molly has several cases going at once, all three of which are interesting. ...more
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
This has all the makings of a good period mystery and yet the elements didn't come together for me. It seemed wooden and the mystery wasn't mysterious at all. ...more
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, historical
I was disappointed. Having read the Royal Spyness series, I expected more from this one. There wasn't much of a mystery and I wasn't impressed with the main characters. ...more
Nancy H
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great series, and this is good and intriguing entry in it.
Faythe Shattuck
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Molly Murphy started her detective agency, she's completely snowed in with work. While she’s proving to be quite the entrepreneur and is very much in demand by some of Broadway’s brightest stars and Fifth Avenue’s richest families, she has to admit that if she’s going to work more than one case at a time, then she’s going to need some help. Molly’s beau, the wrongly suspended police captain Daniel Sullivan, would make the ideal associate, ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Four mysteries to solve simultaneously is too much for our young, spunky New York detective, so she enlists the help of ex policeman and semi-fiancee Daniel and the police matron whom she met in an earlier book. Of course, all mysteries are solved and two pairs of them so conveniently enterwine.

I have several problems with this series. Molly continues to make impulsive, poor decisions. This is the 7th book. It is time for the author to allow Molly to grow in confidence and ability. At least she
An interesting turn of events where her beau is sort of employed by his Love, Molly. Awkwardness ensues.
What I find interesting with the Molly Murphy series, is despite being an unconventional and unusual woman for her time - she is not willing to abandon all convention and she really really wants to do something else other than be a lady detective.
Molly is still really not that good of a detective.... she just has a lot of dumb luck. Coincidentally, Rhy Bowen's other cozy protagonist in Wales a
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this one. I started to suspect the ending of one of the mysteries but it was wonderful to be able to see how all of the stories unfolded and interconnected. It was chilling to read of Molly's harrowing experience in the insane asylum. I had already read Nelly Bly's depiction of the same (she was also a character in this book!) but even being somewhat prepared for the conditions, I was still appalled. We've come a long way from throwing people in an institution and injecting them with dis ...more
Carol Fillmore
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
very good read! it's been awhile since I've read Rhys Bowen. She's an author that does not disappoint, at least for me, she doesn't. Very well written as always. Main character Molly Murphy is quite a woman with an unusual job for the times she's living in and that's always a good thing in my books. She does tend to get overly involved in her cases which leads her into harrowing situations on occasion. That was the case in this book and it could have gone very badly: thankfully, it didn't. Situa ...more
Pyrate Queen
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Molly's beau, Daniel Sullivan, is still on leave from the NYPD, so he'd doing some undercover work for Molly in her detective agency, which is a good thing, because she's bitten off way more than she can handle this time around. Ironically, though, many of the cases end up linked together.

The book starts out with Molly's investigations of a young gentleman to see if he is financially secure but she soon discovers that he like to hang out by the backstage doors of the local theater where she is w
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