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In Like Flynn (Molly Murphy #4)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,625 Ratings  ·  211 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
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2005)
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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
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful Molly Murphy mystery.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic, irish, audiobook
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
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the themes in this novel.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With kidnapping, spiritualists and murder, this is the most engaging Molly Murphy novel yet!
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathleen O'Nan
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
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
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Allison Terfloth
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.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the best Molly Murphy yet! Intrigue and mystery at every turn - Molly goes undercover and ends up solving many a crime, but she has to fight off unwanted advances and confrontation from a man from her past.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Molly Murphy mystery yet! Thus one had more depth to it.
Lavender Dreamer
I can't stop reading this series. I'm happy for Open Library for making so many of them available online!
Jen Pietersz
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, it's always a bad idea to read reviews before you read a book. I enjoyed this even after reading several negative reviews. It was great. Read it regardless of the reviews below.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying Molly Murphy's adventures as a fledgeling detective and her on again off again romance with Daniel Sullivan. Looking forward to the next book!
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love these, so easy and fun. These are my go to when I need a bit of a book hug.k
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this serie <3. Absolutly, the best enquiry. I can hardly stop turn the pages..I'm already reading the next!
Fred Carrico
This is a light-weight mystery -- but with that stipulated, an enjoyable read.
Erin Navarette
This one has been the best in the series so far! Murder, seances, kidnapping, and Molly's very much alive Justin Hartley from Ireland.

I will say in the copy of the book I had there were a ton of errors. I was surprised at the lack of editing but it didn't take away from the story.
Molly finds herself in a bit of danger after identifying a pickpocket in a local grocery store who turns out to be very well connected to a dangerous gang. Daniel decides the best thing for her is to get out of town for a while and asks her to work a case for him, although he doesn't first reveal his primary motivation for giving her the case is to keep her safe. Molly leaves New York, going undercover to Senator Flynn's house, pretending to be one of his many cousins from Ireland. About six yea ...more
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this next installment of the Molly Murphy Mystery series at the same time as the Jonbenet Ramsey case is being reexamined really made for an eery atmosphere. But despite the goosebumps that sometimes rose on my arms while reading the book, no one need fear that In Like Flynn is anything close to a horror novel. On the contrary, it is yet another display of Rhys Bowen's deftness at writing flushed-out characters with rich backgrounds, intriguing mysteries, and even more engrossing investi ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having had enough his share of all the thrills and frenzy Molly Murphy had positioned in his life, what with having his heart assaulted every moment he saw her, having to worry sick about her using up her cat lives so quickly, and having his whole life jeorpadised by her, Daniel conceived it was high time to send Molly away from the city of crimes to somewhere more tranquil, also to prevent her from stumbling into some unsavory neighborhoods and ending up catching the typhoids that were raging t ...more
Maureen Lubitz
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on You Have Your Hands Full

I have been a fan of Rhys Bowen’s book for a couple of years. I first discovered her Royal Spyness series, but I also enjoy her Molly Murphy mysteries. I have read all of the Royal Spyness books and most of the more recently published Molly Murphy mysteries, so now I am going back and reading more some of the earlier Molly Murphy books.

Molly Murphy is a young Irish immigrant living in New York City in the early 1900s. She has decided to be a private
Cynthia Larson
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable series.
The endings are not obvious and Molly is innocently fun!
Sep 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#4 Molly Murphy historical mystery set in New York in the early 1900's. Molly, trying hard to be a private investigator and finding the going tough, accepts a timely case from none other than Daniel Sullivan, her policeman "friend." It's timely for a couple of reasons--she's just had a falling out with her current beau, and also there's a typhoid outbreak in the city and this assignment would take her to a manse in the country to investigate a couple of spiritualists that Sullivan believes are f ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been my favorite Molly Murphy mystery. Rhys Bowen has created a wonderful character in Molly, a daring, brave, and capable private investigator. Captain Daniel Sullivan, Captain of the New York Police Department, sends Molly on an undercover assignment to the Hudson River Valley to the home of Senator Barney Flynn. She is supposed to investigate two women staying there who give séances. Theresa Flynn has become the latest devotee of the spiritualists known as the Sorensen Sisters and ho ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#4 in the Molly Murphy series. Finalist 2006 Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel. A most enjoyable series sharing the flavor of the Irish immigrant experience in New York City around the turn of the 20th century. All of the books in the series have an historical hook - in this case the typhoid epidemic of 1902 and the spiritualist movement started in the late 19th century.

Molly Murphy's former beau, policeman Daniel Sullivan, arranges for Molly to leave New York City (and the rapidly spread
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"I'm a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.

I also write the Agatha-winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s. It's lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire. It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year.
I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set
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