In the latest in Rhys Bowen's award-winning historical series, Molly Murphy is supposed to give up sleuthing now that she’s married, but the murder of an alderman puts her on the trail of a killer.
Molly Murphy, now Molly Sullivan, and her husband Daniel, a captain in the New York Police department, have been invited to spend their honeymoon on the Newport, RI, estate of Alderman Brian Hannan in the spring of 1904. Molly doesn’t entirely trust the offer. Hannan - an ambitious man - has his eye on a senate seat and intentions of taking Tammany Hall to get it.
When Hannan is found dead at the base of the cliffs that overlook the Atlantic, Molly’s suspicions are quickly justified, and as much as she wants to keep her promise to Daniel that she won’t do any more sleuthing now, there isn’t much she can do once the chase is on. Rhys Bowen’s brilliant wit and charm are on full display in Hush Now, Don’t You Cry, another outstanding addition to her Agatha and Anthony award-winning historical series.
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I know this series has received rave reviews and I can understand it. But I am done with Molly Murphy. Too bad, because I really liked many of the characters in the series. I have also enjoyed the audio performance by Nicola Barber. This disappointment has nothing to do with her.
The main frustration for me has been the "evolving" relationship between Molly and Daniel. I almost gave up the series at "Oh Danny Boy" . However, I plugged on believing it might get better or Molly would come to her senses. No such luck. I'm sure men were much more like Daniel back then. However, fictional men for fictional heroines don't have to be. Here is a strong willed feisty heroine in love with a guy who doesn't seem to have any good qualities except a good job. Her increasingly simpering responses to the big Mama's boy are just not in character with her other qualities. The endless forced confrontations between the two, which always start with him yelling "Molly...", are tiresome. Her responses to him have made me think less of her as a heroine, not more. I have to say, I was disappointed in this book that Daniel actually recovered from pneumonia! I was hoping Bowen might give her a fresh start. I did initially purchase the next book in the series (In the Family Way) as I thought I'd come this far, I should finish the series. However, I returned it after listening for a couple chapters. No more.
Having said all this, Bowen's other series, Royal Spyness, is still delightfully refreshing and funny after seven books. The hero and heroine in that series are much better matched and believable. I hope it continues that way and I'd recommend that series. But as for Molly Murphy, I've enjoyed her wit and the various areas she has taken us to (sweatshops, suffragettes, Ireland, etc.), but I'm done. Her best adventures were without Daniel.
The boyfriend now husband Daniel is so consistently overbearing that it detracts from this series. It would be so much better without his overbearing comments.
These books are a good series but the love interest detracts from the series.
Molly. She is strong and smart. I also love that she is such a well developed character throughout the series.
Her accents are the best.
I loved the way the different locations in the story are described. It makes you feel like you are there.
Best story that I've heard yet in the series. just keeps getting better. It has at least two very moving scenes in which life and death hangs in the balance. I enjoy any series with a historical perspective.
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I didn’t like this one as much as the others, but it doesn’t matter. I'm still enjoying the series very much, and although I found there was something lacking in this instalment I am still a big Molly Murphy fan.
Not usually looking out for historical fiction relating to New York, but Irish immigration interests me a lot, especially because it came at different times creating a strata in NYC of old and new, powerful and disadvantaged. But they were all spirited and passionatly political. Enter Molly Murphy and my favorite historical subject, women challenging the status quo and I'm in for the duration- consuming every book- and always left wanting more. Rhys Bowen had done it again...
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