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.
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I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
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.)
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.
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.
I read this one first and thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the entire series. Not one dull moment.
Immigrant settles in
The main character, Molly Murphy, is a hoot. I love the accent and the flow of the story keeps me interested. This is my 2nd Rhys Bowen book (I read Murphy's Law as well) and I will be ordering the 3rd in the series from Audible.
There were several parts that made me stop and think about how Irish immigrants felt in the new land. I can imagine my grandparents going thru some of the same struggles and learning curves.
Immigrants learn their way in turn-of-the-century New York City.
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