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For the Love of Mike | [Rhys Bowen]

For the Love of Mike

Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook. Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home.
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Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook.

Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home. Before she has time to consider her good luck, she's asked to go undercover as a piece worker in the garment business and investigate a potential case of industrial espionage. Now if she can only solve both cases without the help of Daniel Sullivan, the police captain who claims he loves her but who is engaged to someone else....

Full of the rich detail of New York's teeming immigrant community and the colorful historical personalities of the age, For the Love of Mike is the triumphant third installment in Rhys Bowen's Agatha Award-winning series.

©2003 Rhys Bowen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 05-11-14
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 05-11-14 Member Since 2006

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    "The Best Yet!"

    This third instalment of the series is the best one so far.

    Perhaps it’s because the plot in this book was better than in the 2 previous books? or maybe (by now) I feel as though I know the characters better, and have begun to like them more and more?

    Although it’s all ever so slightly over the top, that’s part of its charm; it never seemed preposterous or silly to me because I was so wrapped up in the adventures.

    I love the setting in the Turn of the Century New York City and Molly is becoming quite sympathetic to me. I look forward to her continuing evolution in future instalments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Besendorfer Books LLC South Carolina 04-27-14
    Besendorfer Books LLC South Carolina 04-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Light and repetitive read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Things to change:

    1. There is a lot of repetition. For example, The leading male character is always yelling at the heroine. When he does this he says the same thing over and over again. These incidents occure several times in every book. Then the main character reviews these conversations in her head several more times. The gist of these conversations are as follows:

    Male lead: I am drawn to you because your spirit and bravery. And now stop being so spirited and brave because you will get hurt.

    Female lead: I'm going to tell you that I'm not going to be spirited or brave anymore, but we both know that in the next 50 to 100 pages I will do something stupid and end up back at police headquarters to be lectured by you once again.

    2. Maybe use some more Irish terminology in the main character's dialogue. Throwing in the word "blarney" in several times in each book followed by the word's definition (ever single time) just isn't enough.

    3. Authentic details would go a long way in these books to creating a believable setting.
    The majority of the details are common knowledge.

    4. Does the main character have to almost get raped in every book?

    5. Maybe the harsh world of turn of the century America is not the best time period for a light hearted romp.


    What could Rhys Bowen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would be nice if the author could add some more authentic and complex details to the book that would set it more firmly in history.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader does a passable Irish accent. The voices of main characters are fairly distinguishable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julia virginia Beach, VA, USA 01-01-14
    Julia virginia Beach, VA, USA 01-01-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The Third Installment is as Good as the First!"
    Where does For the Love of Mike rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would give this series a 4.5/5. It is not epic, but the books have a continuity that binds them all together and progresses the series. The stories themselves are entertaining, solid, and the protagonist is a strong woman, but not without vulnerabilities. Mrs. Bowen portrays turn-of-the century New York with great detail and accuracy. The narrator is adept at all of the accents and definitely adds to the story. Though not the most compelling book I have ever listened to, it is worth the credit and is on par with the author's other works-- it is a classic mystery with an enjoyable story line and well defined characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    twinsmom Chicago, IL 06-11-14
    twinsmom Chicago, IL 06-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, middle of the road performance"

    Another enjoyable installment in the series. Nicola Barber does a fine job as Molly, but I'm not all that keen on her male voices or any of her American voices- they all tend to sound the same. While it's not bad narration, it's not particularly special, I'm not sure it's worth a full credit. The whisper synch price might make it more worthwhile.

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    Ashleigh Monroe, NC, United States 01-13-14
    Ashleigh Monroe, NC, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of For the Love of Mike to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    What other book might you compare For the Love of Mike to and why?

    a female Sherlock Holmes


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    Great voices and story telling


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me excited to see what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the entire series. Can't wait to read the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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