It's Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: She and Daniel have a baby son, and 12-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl huddled in a doorway, singing "Away in a Manger". Bridie is touched by the girl's ragged clothes and wants to help her out if they can. They give her a quarter only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. But Molly discovers the boy is the girl's older brother. They've come from England, and their mother has disappeared, and they're living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly. Molly quickly realizes that these children are not the usual city waifs. They are well spoken and clearly used to better things. So who are they? And what's happened to their mother?
As Molly looks for a way to help the children and for the answers to these questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society. This is another compelling and richly drawn mystery from New York Times best seller Rhys Bowen.
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Exactly what I wanted and expected: yet another fun, interesting, intriguing, and enjoyable adventure with Molly. If you are a fan of this series I am sure you will love it.
If you are new to Molly's escapades, my advice is stop right now and start with Book 1 - it's totally worth it.
Can't wait for book 16 in March!
A world without books is a world without life.
I would listen, It was July when I heard the book, but I could imagine the scenes quite well.
The scene when the children are found on the street. The bone chilling cold was quite realistically described.
The voice of an angel
I had such a hard time with this story because Nicola Barber's performance of Molly is this breathy, nasally little-girl voice that makes this strong character sound, well, childish. (She is the reason I got away from this series.)
But I could look past that (or listen past it) if this particular story hadn't depended too much on coincidence. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I will say that the only way this story resolves to a happy ending (and it IS a Christmas story so that can't be a spoiler) is if Molly is the beneficiary of some extremely good luck, fortunate timing and neat coincidences.
It's OK. I won't listen to it again.
The Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen is wonderful! I don't know how an author writes book after book each better than the last.....but she does. And, the narration of these books is outstanding!
Touching, entertaining, interesting
Molly, because of the reliance and stubbornness she shows.
A little of both
I true enjoy every book in this series and continue to listen to them over and over
Having read all the books in the series I found that this one was not one of the best written. The trip from Greenwich Village to her destination on Long Island was a bit of a stretch in a driving snow storm as it still is today. Coming from New York and having made that trip both by car railway it's not an easy trip Eleanor, Fayetteville NC.
It is so much fun to hear the book red with an Irish accent. I feel like I really know Molly. It is also fun to hear the names of places in NYC that I remember from my childhood.
Old, tired member of the sandwich generation. Waiting to just get to heaven!!
I hate to read books out of order and this was the first book I read of the series. It was a bit confusing as I didn't know who was who or what was what. but it is a nice story. I love how the lost kids get taken care of, I love that the mother in law softens a bit and I love that Molly is a free standing woman. So many women in that era were dependent on men and she wasn't. It was a refreshing read.
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