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Death of Riley | [Rhys Bowen]

Death of Riley

Molly Murphy has finally begun to forget the unpleasant murder of a would-be rapist back in Ireland, not to mention her investigation into the murder of a fellow recent Irish immigrant, and is finally free to begin her life in New York City. Given her experiences so far in the New World, Molly has decided that her first order of business is to become a private investigator, a people finder of sorts, working for families in Europe who've lost touch with relatives in America.
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Publisher's Summary

Molly Murphy has finally begun to forget the unpleasant murder of a would-be rapist back in Ireland, not to mention her investigation into the murder of a fellow recent Irish immigrant, and is finally free to begin her life in New York City. Given her experiences so far in the New World, Molly has decided that her first order of business is to become a private investigator, a people finder of sorts, working for families in Europe who've lost touch with relatives in America. Not only might this put some food on her table, but her second order of business is to hook the handsome NYPD police captain Daniel Sullivan, and she envisions lots of opportunities to "seek his counsel" in her new profession. Paddy Riley is a tough old Cockney P.I. who specializes in divorce work, and with a little persuasion he's ready to take on Molly as an apprentice. It's not exactly what she imagined, but she plans to make the most of it. That is, until she comes in to work one day to find her new world turned upside down and all expectations for her professional life suddenly up in the air.

Before long, Molly has set off on a journey that will take her through the back alleys of Manhattan and into the bars and lounges of the literary scene, where she spends time with writers, actors, poets, and musicians. It's quite an eye-opening turn for innocent young Molly, but she's resolute in her decision to find out exactly what happened that day in the office of Paddy Riley. Armed with nothing more than her fiery will and matching wild red hair, Molly has no idea of the danger her pursuit may bring in this fascinating, well-researched, and suspenseful second novel in Rhys Bowen's Agatha-award winning series.

©2002 Rhys Bowen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Robert 01-12-14
    Robert 01-12-14

    I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction

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    "Delightfully fun series"

    Just finished this and Murphy's Law (#1) can't wait to keep going. The narrator I already loved from The Rose Garden (check it out!!--I've listened to it twice and my daughter loved it too.) The narrator makes this character completely believable. If you liked Nancy Drew once upon a time, think of this as Nancy-Drew-for-grown-ups except without the unbridled confidence and worldly-wise-ness of Nancy (which was always annoying anyway--so this character is far more believable than Nancy). Light and relaxed adventure/detective/romance. I always looked forward to turning it back on. Just enjoy them. (I've gotten the whole series.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    twinsmom 01-09-14
    twinsmom 01-09-14
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    "Enjoyable historical cozy mystery series"

    I enjoyed this second book in the series just as much as the first. This one was more mystery and less history. Molly's naïveté can be frustrating sometimes but she is so delightful that it doesn't bother me as much as it might in a different character. Nicola Barber does a very good job narrating the audiobook despite the fact that her American accents are not the best and all American men basically sound the same. Her voice for Molly is great as are her voices for all the immigrant characters. All in all, a solid performance and an enjoyable series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary perth amboy, NJ, United States 12-24-13
    mary perth amboy, NJ, United States 12-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Spunky Irish Woman, Great mysteries"
    If you could sum up Death of Riley in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Rich


    What did you like best about this story?

    Molly is a newly arrived Irish immigrant. The mysteries themselves are not exactly the most baffling, I found that I had part of it solved before Molly caught up, but that's part of the strategy. However, I'm addicted to these. Rminiscent of the Royal Spyness series, yet completely different, but just as entertaining. They beg to be devoured. Every woman will identiy with Molly's spunk, frustration as being seen as less because she is a woman, and her perseverance in defying societal standards.


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    Alvin LUBBOCK, TX, United States 07-29-15
    Alvin LUBBOCK, TX, United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Entertaining"

    Amusing, suspenseful, and clever! Our would investigator is persistent and far less than perfect. Enjoyably light!

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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 07-06-15
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 07-06-15 Member Since 2014

    I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.

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    "Mystery at the Turn"
    What made the experience of listening to Death of Riley the most enjoyable?

    Nicola Barber does a fine job of bring the colorful characters within Rhys Bowen's book. I love the setting of New York city during the first of the 1900s. What an exciting time to live, with so many new ideas and beginnings.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death of Riley?

    Molly meeting anarchists and free thinking liberals within the pubs, as she searches for the killer, was so much fun.


    Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Rhys Bowen's first Molly Murphy's book, was the first time I had the enjoyment of listening to Nicola Barber's narrations. She put the paint onto Bowen's canvas, which brings Molly and the others alive.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A new century and new to New York, a young woman invents herself a life of a private eye.


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    Vickie Ford Oklahoma 05-05-15
    Vickie Ford Oklahoma 05-05-15 Member Since 2014

    picky reader

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    "Lighthearted, entertaining, historical , romantic"

    I love the historical nature of this lighthearted, entertaining , romantic mystery. It addresses some of the difficult issues of the time, both for men and women. What must it have been like to emigrate to the United States during this time? The strength and determination of the heroine is admirable. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a clean ,lighthearted, entertaining, audio listen.

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    Vicki Nathan 04-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not sure I want to continue the series"

    After finishing the Royal Spyness series I thought I'd give this one a try. Actually the first book was pretty good, but by the time I finished the second I couldn't stand the narrators voice of Daniel and many of the other male voices. So flat and almost automated sounding and sometimes angry. I may try reading the paper book or a kindle version.

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    Kathleen 04-08-15
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    "3.5"

    Love to listen to the brogue and am entertained by Molly's spunk!
    The storyline isn't as strong as the first in the series but the characters (both new to the series and existing) are rich and come to life.

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    Katherine I. Sholty illinois 01-26-15
    Katherine I. Sholty illinois 01-26-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Molly Murphy P.I."
    What did you love best about Death of Riley?

    Molly still needs a job. Daniel wants her to be a companion to an elderly woman. A nice safe job. Molly agrees until she can no longer hold her tongue, when she finds out just how Daniel Sullivan knows her employer, forcing her to strike out on her own and onto Patty Riley, a private investigator.

    Molly's tenacity shines through in her second adventure, as she is pull into the Broadway Theater scene, cheating spouses, and dangerous anarchists.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death of Riley?

    The introduction of Sid and Gus. I love Rhys Bowen has done with these characters. They truly are my favorite characters.


    Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber – was your favorite?

    Nicola Barber has quickly become my favorite narrator. She's a delight to listen too.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I'm not a damsel in distress.


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    mike franklin, tn, United States 03-13-14
    mike franklin, tn, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2015

    Frist off my name is Cynthia. My husband is Mike, but he has never been a member.

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    "Not a strong Series."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think anyone that likes to read series would enjoy. Murphy is a cute character.


    Has Death of Riley turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The Death of Riley didn't turn me off from this type of book.
    I think Nora Roberts and Danielle Steele turned me off from
    this type of method writting.


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy Nicola Barber's voice she is one of the best narrators at Audible.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, but I know that other listener may enjoy it.


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