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In Like Flynn

(Molly Murphy #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  4,299 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Fledgling private investigator Molly Murphy's latest assignment gives her the opportunity to escape the typhoid epidemic sweeping across New York City in the summer of 1902 for the lush Hudson River Valley. And it comes from an unlikely source-Captain Daniel Sullivan, a New York City police detective and erstwhile beau of Molly's. She has vowed to keep him at arm's length ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2005)
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Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful Molly Murphy mystery. I had to read on and on as much as I could. I know it's light reading, but I'm enjoying it immensely.
This mystery, the fourth in the series, neatly ties off a thread from the first book about Molly's circumstances when she fled to America. The murder mystery itself was not difficult to puzzle out. Molly's angsty relationship with Daniel doesn't have me thinking very well of him, and I can see from the series title list that there's a lot more angst ahead.

The drumbeat message of "you're a woman, you can't do that, and I forbid you to do so" is played heavily to evoke indignation among a female
Wing Kee
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting change of locale makes for a different tone.

World: The world building is interesting, it's a change in locale that is the main reason. We've had three books set in New York and Bowen paints a beautiful picture of the turn of the century New York and now a look at rural and rich areas and it's quite pleasant. The book which has not really been that coze from the previous books suddenly does become what it is, I liked the change.

Story: The story was interesting, the red herring was
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A change of location near West Point. I have been to Peekskill so the book connected to me with memories of the river and countryside. Albeit mightily changed now.

Molly is hired by Daniel to investigating two spiritualists. She plays the role of an Irish senators long list cousin newly arrived from Ireland. Molly is drawn into the kidnapping of the senators son a few years ago which resulted in death of the kidnapper and disappearance of the son presumed dead.

The story has poisoning, murders a
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is part of an excellent series about a young Irish imigrant woman who makes her way to New York, finds and loses love, and despite lots of odds against her, becomes a private investigator.

In this installment, she is asked by her former lover and current heart throb Daniel Sullivan of the New York City police department to take a job as a maid in the home of a New York state senator. The senator's wife, stricken with grief at the kidnapping and presumed death of her son some years earlier,
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another delightful Molly Murphy mystery.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, historic, irish
Audio narration: 2 stars
Story 3-3.5 stars

This is the fourth book in the Molly Murphy Mystery series by Rhys Bowen and in this book, Molly is actually employed by the NYPD (aka Daniel O'Sullivan - the man she's trying not to love) to go undercover in a senator's house where he is hosting a pair of sisters who claim thy are clairvoyant and can help the senator's wife talk to their son who died following a tragic kidnapping years ago. Naturally, Molly jumps head first, while also trying to figure o
Faythe Shattuck
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Female private investigator Molly Murphy's latest assignment gives her an opportunity to escape the typhoid epidemic that's sweeping across New York City during the summer of 1902 for the Hudson River Valley. The case comes from a very unlikely source Captain Daniel Sullivan, a New York City police detective and erstwhile beau of Molly's. She's vowed to keep him at arm's length since he's still engaged, but she can't pass up the opportunity to take advantage of his offer of a real detective job. ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Molly accepts an assignment from Daniel Sullivan to find out how two spiritualist are creating their seances. She goes undercover as a cousin to Senator Flynn. The house Adare is situated in remote of the state with only one road to it and you must the river to reach it. Molly feels the tension in the house but she welcome. Sone after arrival she learns about the kidnapping of the Senator's years earlier. As Teresa, his wife want contract him in a seance. On a visit with neighbors Molly is surpr ...more
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Molly travels to an island in up state NY to check out some Psychic sisters that Captain Daniel believes are fake and preying on the rich who have lost loved ones. She, of course runs into another whole investigation about a boy who was kidnapped and never seen again.
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the themes in this novel.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
With kidnapping, spiritualists and murder, this is the most engaging Molly Murphy novel yet!
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am becoming quite addicted to Ms Bowen’s books. I had read “Murphy’s Law” when it came out years ago and then got pulled into other reads.

This mystery was as good as the previous one where Molly took two cases: as a spy in a garment sweatshop and to find a young English woman from a good family who ran off with an Irish thug to New York. It was a very good read with a story outlining the terrible conditions of turn of the century sweat shops, the fate of women at that time, esp poor ones, and
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In Like Flynn by Rhys Bowen is book 4 of the Molly Murphy historical mystery series set in turn-of-the-20th-century New York. Summer of 1902: residents of New York City suffer in high heat with high humidity, and a typhoid epidemic. NYPD detective Daniel Sullivan asks Molly if she is willing to work for him upstate, as a paid investigator on a case. Molly is absolutely thrilled. Money is very scarce since Seamus lost his job, her PI business is floundering, her romantic interest Jacob Singer has ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I think this is the best book so far in the Molly Murphy mystery series. It seemed more realistic than the previous books which were all set in NYC.

Molly is hired by Capt Daniel Sullivan to investigate two women who hold seances in the homes of wealthy people who are desperate to communicate with the dead. While at a US senator's family estate on the Hudson River, she also investigates the kidnapping of the host family's two year old son.

The kidnapping mystery takes prominance and it is well plo
Trudy Pomerantz
This is the fourth book of the series (I have actually been organized enough to read them in order apart from #0.5) that I have read in the past couple of months. What do I like about them? I enjoy the historic detail though sometimes it seems a little forced particularly for an author who seems to have won a number of awards. It feels like "I have learned this interesting little tidbit of history therefore I will include it in this novel so you can learn it too or so I can display all the histo ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Molly Murphy adventure 4!
Miss Molly Murphy is struggling to make ends meet in her detective work when she is approached by her former suitor, Captain Daniel Sullivan, to investigate a pair of sisters who claim to be Successful Mediums. The police are convinced the sisters are frauds, and Daniel wants Molly to go undercover on their latest 'booking' which is to the home of a local and upcoming politican, Flynn. He and his wife lost their little boy at the age of 2 years old and Mrs Flynn has neve
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars The setting is very interesting - gets Molly out of New York City, trying to fit in with a family - supposedly relatives - who have made it rich, but dealt in tragedy.
I enjoyed Molly's attempts to be a detective while also relating to the family and neighbors (and a surprise guest!) as people.
But, Molly's on-again-off-again relationship with Daniel seemed to get in the way of the ending of the book. Did Molly finish her assignment and get paid? Did the family, other than the father,
Sarah Coller
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This one was ok with a bit of a gothic flair. Molly finds herself on a "police sanctioned" assignment and ends up solving all kinds of mysteries that weren't actually a part of that assignment. She has a bit of a character hiccup at the end which disappointed me and I still don't get why she's hanging on to Daniel. Besides the fact that he's too wussy to break things off with his fiance, he's really a jerk to her in the beginning and doesn't respect her passion for detecting. For me, that would ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fun Molly Murphy mystery and getting closer to the later parts of the series that I enjoy most- when Molly and Daniel Sullivan are married. My sister sent me books #1-6 and I am reading them now..lucky me. I reviewed other books in the series which are more developed.

Some good things happened for Molly in this one- the big one is that she was able to find out that Senator Flynn's kidnapped son was alive although sent on a "Orphan Train " out West. Molly was there impersonating his cousin
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Holy cow, this family was so dysfunctional! The Flynn family was a hot mess and poor Molly was thrust into the thick of it to uncover a mystery that she essentially failed at. I liked all the interwoven mysteries that brought her closer to uncovering the whole thing, and I liked that she was able to work her way through every revelation based on her own cleverness. It was refreshing to see her come out of there relatively unscathed given that she was almost killed several times during the course ...more
Kathleen O'Nan
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This is number 4 of 16 books in the Molly Murphy series, a somewhat lightweight but nonetheless enjoyable series about a young Irish woman who has fled to New York and, through a remarkable set of circumstances has become a private investigator, or at least a private-investigator-in-training. And that's mostly self-training! This book was as fun as the previous ones. The facts of what had led her to flee Ireland become clear but I'm afraid not cleared-up. Molly's love for the unavailable Daniel ...more
Rachel Burke
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read

I love these. And In Like Flynn is another good Rhys Bowen mystery. Molly is sent up the Hudson to out a pair of spiritualist frauds, and stumbles into cases of poisoning, murder, and kidnapping. With obvious allusions to the Lindbergh kidnapping, Ryhs Bowen carefully crafts a set of mysteries just for Molly (Sullivan is a heart breakfasts by secondary character in this one.) In the end and through her (less than subtle) sleuthing Molly sets the world right in the end while achieving
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up as I normally enjoy a good Victorian ghost story. It was a lot more light hearted than I expected and had a more comedic than spiritual feeling. It's an entertaining book with lots of twists but the ending felt rushed. The main "antagonists" of the book are never resolved and the ending resolves an entirely different mystery that isn't focused on throughout the book. Overall a fun story that's gets a little confused at times
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This was below average for her books, but that's not why I'm writing this. For years, I've had a great non-fiction book on my shelves. If any reader is interested in the time and the sisters around which Bowen created a story, read "Other Powers" by Barbara Goldsmith. It's about Victoria Woodhull, and her sister Tennie. It's a fantastic look at the Gilded Age and a woman who ran for President before women could vote.
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I am reading my way through this series and another one by Rhys Bowen. Her research about the time periods and locations enhance interesting storylines with numerous clues as well as enough red herrings to satisfy the mystery reader. In particular, the setting of early 20th century New York City is illuminating for someone whose (Irish) immigrant grandfather and first-generation America-born grandmother lived in the City at that time.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't get enough of Molly. This times, she travels in Upstate New York to prove that two seance sisters are fake. Of course, there is another mystery she devotes her time to - the missing son of a Senator who everyone thought was dead. But is he? I just love all these adventures and the romance and unromance of Molly and Captain Sullivan.
Whew boy will Daniel EVER extricate himself from Arabella? And is Molly going to live long enough to be happy? (Truth is that I read the 15th in this series first, so I know all of the answers, but ... yeah.) This one involved spiritualists and a kidnapping and a LOT of murders, poisonings, sexual assaults, and soooo much more. Molly! She goes through so much.
Allison Terfloth
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The 4th book in the Molly Murphy series. This book had a much more complex plot than the previous ones. Molly inevitably finds her way I to situations that make you laugh and hold your breath. The characters are well thought out and likable. I often find myself reading the words in the different accents. I look forward to book 5.
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