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For the Love of Mike

(Molly Murphy #3)

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Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook.

Then two business o
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 30th 2004 by St. Martin's (first published November 30th 2003)
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Phrynne
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
Book three of this series and Molly is still scrabbling to make an income as a private investigator and build a life as a new Irish immigrant in America.

Perhaps choosing a career in a man's world was not her best idea but in For the Love of Mike we find out how bad it was for women trying to find suitable paid employment. Molly takes a case which requires her to work in a 'sweat shop' making garments, and conditions just could not be worse.

Things are looking up a bit for Molly though. She at l
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Ingrid
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars I just love Molly Murphy and her adventures.
Aoife
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Narrated by Lara Hutchinson.

This is the third book in the Molly Murphy Mystery series and follows Molly, a young Irish woman in New York, as she takes on some new commissions in her new job as a PI. This time around Molly goes undercover at a garment factory to find a spy stealing designs but ends up getting involved in the worker's fight for better conditions. At the same time, Molly is also looking for the daughter of a wealthy man who ran away from Ireland with an employee of her father's est
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Wing Kee
Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A wishy washy detective annoyed but I delighted in the look at turn of the century New York.

World: The world building is solid, this time around we get to look at womens sweat shops and labor conditions of the era and it’s a fresh and interesting place to have this story. I am liking this series as I don’t have a lot of knowledge in turn of the century America so it’s a delightful world to read about.

Story: The mystery is quite interesting this time around as it involves not a body until the en
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Johnny
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I feel like a real turkey for entering yet another series of novels in medias res. Although I erroneously thought I was grabbing the first in the series, For Love of Mike proved to be number three in the series of Molly Murphy novels and, apparently, a lot had happened before. In For Love of Mike, there is great tension between Molly and her former suitor, Daniel Sullivan (a powerful police officer). There is also a lot of unresolved frustration about the loss of Molly’s former employer and ment ...more
Lauren
For the Love of Mike
3.5 Stars

Hired to investigate a case of industrial espionage, Molly Murphy soon finds herself ensconced in a sweatshop facing the tyranny of the overseers, the threats of street gangs and the workings of union organizers. When a friend is murdered, Molly must sort out who amongst her enemies and allies is the killer.

The mystery in this installment is relatively minor and takes a back seat to the focus on the plight of the garment workers in turn of the century New York. The
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Gloria Feit
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Molly Murphy fled Ireland a year before the action in this entry in the series, fearful of arrest for the murder of her employer’s son. She came to New York City in 1909, made friends, met Captain Dan Sullivan of the Police Department in a somewhat romantic way and opened a detective agency. So much for the beginnings of the 14 novels in this delightful series. In this novel, the third installment, now published in trade paperback, Molly begins to develop her chosen activity as an investigator, ...more
Kathy
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this third book of the Molly Murphy series, Molly has finally received two solid commissions for her struggling detective agency. One involves the type of work that she originally set out to do, find missing persons, or connect people from one side of the pond to the other. After placing an ad in a Dublin newspaper, Molly receives a letter from a Dublin aristocrat searching for his runaway daughter who has fled to New York City. The other case that Molly undertakes places her in the hard knoc ...more
Mary
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
For the Love of Mike is the third book in the 'Molly Murphy' series and is the best so far. There is more character development and some new, intriguing characters. Molly takes on two investigations in this book and both have surprising endings. Daniel Sullivan appears several times and continues to string Molly along. But he does have competition now with the new character Jacob.

I will continue reading this series. I am curious about where it will go. The info about early 20th century New York
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Carol
This series is back on track
diemmi147
Apr 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fresh out of Riley's closed case, Daniel expected to see Molly intimidated by all the dangers she had experienced. Like he said, her nine cat lives were rapidly being used up. Molly, notwithstanding, still determined to continue on this line of work.

Tired of all the ludicrous divorce cases, Molly decided to go back to her original intention to find lost relatives. Hence, she advertised her trade on a newspaper and immediately got an assignment for finding an eloped couple from Ireland and anothe
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Bonnie
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Molly Murphy is determined to be a private investigator, but finds many people in New York don't think that line of work is proper for women. Then two business opportunities turn up: An aristocratic family in Dublin hire her to locate their daughter whom they fear has fled with her unsavory boyfriend to New York and asked by a garment owner to work uncover to find the person who had committed industrial espionage by stealing designs and selling the to a competitor.

Daniel has kept in contact wit
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Betty
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The series get better as I read. This book is from my library. The characters are well developed and new ones are added. The research of time is outstanding. In Molly quest to be a professional investor continues she finds that many avenues are not open to women. Some of them are even dangerous. She is about ready to find another job when she gets a couple of new tasks. One will take her into the garment industry sweatshops of the time. She horrified of the conditions that she finds and soon fin ...more
Andrea Corley
This definitely isn't the normal type of mystery book that I read, which is why it's been so long between books, but I was in the mood for something different and Molly Murphy did the trick!

I enjoy that she is such a strong and formidable female character, especially for the time frame in which the book was set...America in the 1900's.

I am interested to see where Molly goes with her two love interests and hope to see that she follows through with her being an investigator. Although all the men
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Luffy
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
On the brink of ending this tedious story, I thought about Ultimate Soccer manager. It was a turn based football game that came out in the nineties. Very addicting and fun. Unlike this book. Anyway half the fun of that game was to invent names for the manager character. My favorite was 'Joui de la Putana'. It was hilarious when I got the boot from the job and the game served up the picture(like I said it was turn-based) of a man clearing his desk with his face in his hands. Party hardy equals s ...more
Kirsty Leishman
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly gets her first cases on her own merit, one of which requires her to go undercover in a sweatshop. All the hazards of turn of the century exploitation are in full view. Depressingly, some are still an issue in the textile and garment industries--and not only in developing countries. This instalment in the Molly Murphy Mysteries has more than its fair share of high-wire, death-defying feats; a New York landmark during its construction; and some bruised and broken hearts for good measure. Ove ...more
Mary
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a Molly Murphy series book I missed, glad I went back and caught up. This was set before her and Daniel were married. Very fast paced, Molly is still working on being a private investigator, and secures a case that has her working incognito as a poor immigrant in a garment factory, enduring all the mistreatment that it includes, but she, of course can not sit by and keep quiet during this unfair treatment. The wide range of characters come alive and I love them all, as Molly goes from o ...more
Laura
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I'm giving up on this series. I really enjoyed the first Molly Murphy book, but Daniel has become such an annoying character. He's clearly set up to be the one Molly ends up with, but I find him quite unlikable and find myself rooting against him. This entry in the series also suffered from the fact the the mystery was really a secondary plot.
Elecia
May 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Dithering heroine keeps diving into certain-death situations, becoming TSTL.
Becky
First sentence: Actually I had been guessing at the time.

Premise/plot: Molly Murphy is determined to be a private investigator. In this third book in the series, she is working on two cases at the same time. One case has her going undercover at a garment factory. Another case has her looking for a missing person--a runaway daughter. Will she be able to solve both cases and collect her fees? Or will these cases prove too challenging and dangerous? Could Molly Murphy lose her life in the attempt t
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Wendy
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland, myst-cozy
Molly goes undercover in the garment district

Molly is on assignment as a garment worker. Historically accurate, conditions are harsh and unfair. She takes on a second case by searching for a wayward rich English heiress.
I was aware of the poor conditions in our factories, construction and sweatshops. It did not occur to me the owners of these sweatshops were of Jewish decent. It made me squirm a bit because I am of Jewish decent, my distant relative coming from Tzar Russia.
Molly continues to ge
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Doris Ware
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good mystery series.
TJ
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This installment in the delightful Molly Murphy mysteries stretches the believability factor but it is still wonderful fun following Molly as she bumbles along trying to be a real private detective.
Hannah
Jan 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Erin Lee
This one dragged a bit for me. I understand how the story needed to be set up so the reader could grasp the injustices in the Garment District, but it seemed like a lot of characters were introduced that could've been omitted. As usual, Molly gets into scrapes, Daniel gets pissed, and mayhem ensues. I still love Molly Murphy and am looking forward to seeing what happens to her in the next installment.
John
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rhys-bowen
Third book in the series. Molly has found a place to live and has two cases which she is investigating. A woman who eloped from Ireland and stolen fashion designs. She works undercover at a sweatshop and crises path with a gang. There is also introduced another love interest, Jacob.

An enjoyable read if a bit far fetched. The style is excellent and the details of New York City life interesting.
Linda Cunningham
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Molly Murphy was ahead of her times.
Faythe Shattuck
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's a woman and that means that in many places in turn-of-the-century New York City she is not welcome. Then she has two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. A father in Dublin fears his daughter Katherine has fled to New York with her unsavory boyfriend Mike, and he hires Molly to track them down and send his daughter back ...more
Agnesxnitt
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I discovered Miss Molly Murphy a couple of years ago and enjoyed both 'Murphy's Law' and 'Death of Riley' but events and other books took my attention and I lost sight of her. Having bought 3 more of her adventures in recent thrifting raids locally (this novel, In Like Flynn and Oh Danny Boy) I am pleased to make her acquaintance again!
Molly is the sole owner/operator of JP Riley and Associates Detective Agency after the death of her mentor in the previous novel. In this brave new world of New
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Beachreader
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the third book in the series, and Molly still hasn't shown any personal growth. She is still the same impetuous, irresponsible young woman who makes bad decisions and endangers the lives of others. I actually dislike Molly now.

There were two mysteries in this book and the characters from previous stories made appearances. A new male character was introduced who wants a future with Molly. The author definitely needs to give Molly a love interest other than Daniel Sullivan, the police cap
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