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In Dublin's Fair City

(Molly Murphy #6)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,684 ratings  ·  249 reviews
Molly Murphy is sent by aging well-off NYC theatrical impresario Tommy Burke to find baby sister left with parish priest when they fled famine. But even before the ship lands, Broadway's leading actress, Oona Sheehan, vanishes, and her maid is found dead in her cabin.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Minotaur Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2019
And we are back in Ireland which makes a nice change and gives us a little respite from some of those New York city characters, particularly Daniel! Molly appears to miss him occasionally but not excessively.

The main story is exciting, set as it is in the 'troubles' in Dublin. Molly gets caught up in murder, gun running and blowing up a prison. Never let it be said that she has a boring life! (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read, as usual. I loved the Irish history.
Outstanding! The Molly Murphy mysteries continue to bring thrilling stories with fascinating historical background. I wasn't sure how I would like Molly traveling to Ireland on an assignment and leaving behind familiar characters that I've come to enjoy. Sid, Gus, and Daniel were back in New York City, with Daniel getting ready to go to trial for bribery and setting up a prize fight. I should have known that Rhys Bowen wouldn't let me down. In Dublin's Fair City might even be my favorite one so ...more
Wing Kee
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Deeper than I had expected.

World: The world building is solid, we get to visit Ireland this time around and we get not only locales of Dublin but also the history and the political climate of the time. I did not expect the amount of depth in the terms of the politics and the English/Irish tension of the time so wow, good job! The new pieces of the world for this story were well done and fit into the world nicely, there are some tried and true characters and pieces that show up in the
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Here's an excerpt from In Like Flynn (Molly Murphy Mysteries #4) In all, it's been a good read, and I was entertained and rewarded in persevering with this series. But there's something about the latter which makes me compelled to keep reading the books, even if I rate them a 1.

This book would be the third one consecutively to notch 3 stars. There's something unhealthy and unwholesome about this series, and who knows, this very writer. But the latter's novels are addicting as hell. Much
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I started out loving this series. I was convinced I had finally found another mystery-thriller pile of books that I could really sink my teeth in to. I'm not so sure this is the case anymore, unfortunately. It's amazing how much my enthusiasm for this series has waned.

I still adore Molly. She is one of the most endearing ch
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was a little worried about this one, since I knew Daniel wouldn't be in it much what with Molly in Ireland and all. But of course there was no need for that, because I loved it. Might've helped that I had the handsome, charismatic Cullen Quinlan to crush on while Molly was abroad. Lucky girl. (Never mind that she's forever stumbling across dead bodies, being put in harm's way, and under suspicion for some crime or another. She has all these handsome Irishmen who like her!)

Er . . .
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rhys-bowen
Another good yarn. Molly returns to Dublin to find a missing person. On her way she swaps places with a star and the stars maid is murdered. Once in Ireland she looks for the missing person and manages to get untwined in a plot to disrupt British rule. The added complication of finding her brother and avoiding the man she thought she murdered throws another spanned in the works. Add Yeats and James Joyce also adds a bit of color. Overall a good story.
Katie Sholty
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
The 6th installment in the Molly Murphy Mysteries floundered. There was almost too much going on in the plot: Oona Sheehan's mysterious disappearance, the murder of Oona's young maid, finding Tommy Burke's lost sister, anarchists, and the random popping up James Joyce (yes, the writer). Joyce didn't add anything to the story line. What bothered me more, was Molly's serendipitous meeting with her younger brothers who just happened to be in Dublin. It fell into place all too nicely. I sorely misse ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books
In the sixth edition of Molly Murphy series. Molly accepts an assignment to find a sister of a well known Irish Producer who was left in Ireland when the family arrived in America on a famine ship. The Producer did not know about the sister until his Mother died. Molly feels she is save enough to return to Ireland. Difficulties began before the ship sails. Molly find a murder girl in her cabin and encounters Scotland Yard on the trip over. Molly traces the baby starting at the church to Dublin. ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved the story and the historical setting.
Jul 01, 2009 rated it liked it
This was probably my least favorite out of the whole series. I felt like it just skimmed over the plot. It was one of the shortest books in the series, but it could have been one of the longest. I didn't feel satisfied at all with the ending because I felt like it left so much left undone. I had really gotten into the characters in the first five books and really thought that she should have tied these all together. It was entertaining enough, but not my favorite.
First sentence: "Be careful what you wish for." That was another of my mother's favorite sayings--one of the few in her wealth of warnings that didn't predict a bad end, hell fire, and eternal damnation.

Premise/plot: In Dublin's Fair City is the sixth Molly Murphy mystery. Molly Murphy gets a couple of paying jobs in this one. First, she's hired by a playwright (Tommy Burke) to go to Ireland and search for his long-lost "baby" sister, Mary Ann Burke. This search will take her--you guessed it--
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reading
This book is what I consider to be a “light read”; amusing, entertaining and perfect for in-between series. But somehow, in the course of this series, Molly Murphy has succeeded at pulling me in completely and I can easily give this book five full stars! Why? A likeable, independent, female character and an unanticipated, pulse-quickening ending, mixed with well researched (I’m actually not the best judge of that, but it seems very authentic) history around NYC in the 1900 with current topics, m ...more
Sarah Coller
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This one wasn't nearly as light-hearted as the ones before it. Molly is sent on a seemingly innocent assignment to Ireland but finds herself mixed up in the beginnings of civil war. There was a lot of great historical details in this story---much of which was new to me. Molly was able to wrap up some loose ends at home and gained a new appreciation for Daniel. All in all, a pretty good story.
Dan Dixon
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-reads
Once again I had a bad narrator for the cartridge so I did not care for the book.
Nancy Haddock
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another rousing winner in the Molly Murphy series! Molly gets herself into and out of predicaments in a story line that twists, but always satisfies!
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I enjoyed the previous books in this series but not this one. The story seemed a real departure from Bowen's previous stories. Most of the story is set in Ireland and Molly gets mixed up with some questionable people. This plot is so convoluted and contrived. Many of the characters just happen to conveniently cross paths with Molly. This one just doesn't solidify. There is more violence in this story and the ending was the most contrived of all.

Molly is now truly a criminal and shoul
Fourth book I've now read in this series and I'd say I liked this one the least and probably won't read any more. In this one particularly there was much less focus on the 'mystery' part and more on other goings on. There are also things at the end that don't seem quite tied up - ~I've had that before where some bits are picked up at the beginning of the new book, but it means that these don't stand alone very well. Yes, it's good to read a series, but if someone picks up in the middle this make ...more
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Molly Murphy goes back to Ireland and finds herself involved it the political issues of the early 1900s. A good mixture of history and mystery. Molly survives, of course, and gives us something to think about on the voyage home.
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I really liked the insights into Irish history and the fact that everything wasn't wrapped up in a pretty bow. There were realistic losses. Good story.
Jan 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I've read all the preceding Molly Murphy mysteries as well as this one and enjoyed all of them. The characters are interesting and there are enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The last of the four Molly Murphy novels I thrifted.
This one was a little convoluted but still a good read, though I did think that the complicated Irish political situation and history was rather scooted over, but to be fair, if you were interested in learning more about that period of history there are legions of non-fiction books on the subject.
Molly is hired by a theatre impressario to track down the sister he never knew he had, left behind when his parents emigrated when he himself w
Faythe Shattuck
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Molly Murphy, a plucky P.I. in 1903 New York, sails back to her native Ireland on a case searching for the sister of Irish impresario Tommy Burke. The woman was too sick to travel and was left behind when the family took a famine ship to New York fifty years ago, and now the man wants to settle his fortune on her. While on the ship actress Oona Sheehan asks her to switch cabins so she can get away from her adoring fans and get some rest. Before Molly's ship reaches Ireland, Oona's maid is found ...more
Kathleen O'Nan
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Any student of the 1916 Easter Rebellion should be delighted to read this slightly earlier account of revolutionary politics in Dublin. Molly Murphy, in the 6th of the series which features her, receives an assignment through her fledgling New York detective agency that takes her back to Ireland, both to her delight and her trepidation. Delight because she's always dreamt of seeing Dublin, trepidation because she's fearful that a warrant for her arrest for "attacking" a member of the gentry (in ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book, but it was sad. Molly is in Ireland to track what happened decades ago to a baby left behind in the potato famine when what was left of the Burke family emigrated to New York. Not only is this a desperate, disgraceful period in Irish history when starving Catholic families were run out of their cottages by Protestant landlords (See the early part of the Tom Cruise film Far and Away for context), but the current period lands her in Dublin in the beginnings of the Irish revoluti ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This one took a surprisingly dark turn! There was intrigue and danger on almost every page. I liked seeing Molly do some good, old-fashioned detective work and to see that work produce results. It was also compelling to see the workings of the future IRA develop across the pages, as well as to see a glimpse of turn-of-the-century Ireland. The story itself was mostly heartbreaking and I would have loved to receive more conclusion at the end of it. Yes, Molly survived everything, but how was she r ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book # 6 was quite interesting with Molly taking a detective job to find someone's lost relative in Ireland. The ship was not even out of the port when actress Oona Sheehan asks her to trade her 2nd class cabin for a first class one. Her story was that she did not want all her admirers following her.
Her maid was included in this swap.

At some point, Rose the maid, dressed in a red wig for a costume party is killed and the plot comes tumbling out. Much of it carries into Ireland where
Stephen Terrell
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The indomitable Molly Murphy is at it again -- this time returning to her home country of Ireland. The sixth installment of Rhys Bowen's series about a young Irish immigrant in turn-of-the-century New York City is another hit.

This time, Molly is hired to return to her native Ireland to find the lost heir of an Irish immigrant who made his fortune in America. But once on board ship, she is recruited by an Irish star actress to change places. But the night before the boat docks, the ac
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