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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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.
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.
I have loved every single book in this series. The characters are well developed and interesting. I enjoy being immersed in the historical aspects of another timer period.
As always a great listening experience. There were so many characters and so many twists and turns it was impossible to determine who the villain was until the end. Love Molly Murphy. Eleanor
All of these stories have been great. This however is my favorite. Molly more mature and the story didn't lag.
On her honeymoon with Daniel, Molly stumbles into another mystery (two mysteries actually). This book was a pleasant surprise. While I always enjoy the Molly Murphy mysteries the last couple have been a little repetitive. This book was a breath of fresh air. Out of New York and ready for a peaceful honeymoon Molly and Daniel become entangled with a family hiding more than a few skeletons in their closet. Molly in her typical head strong straight forward fashion is on the case to figure out who done it.
Molly Murphy us one of the most delightful stories abd seried I have ever gotten into and fell in love with. Her character is full of entertainment and her friends are colorful. Her plots are interesting and the 1900 era is also a bit fun to explore along with her in my imagination. Knowing we had grandparents born during that time, it is fun to think of them living in those times. Having hears them talk of their lives, it brings back fond memories. But Molly adds a little history, a little fluff, a lot if inaginatiion, mystery. a little suspense, some laughter, and even allows us to imagine what strong women may have been like. I tend to believe that not all women were wall flowers and married for love. There were some Molly Murphy's in the world. At any rate, the series takes me away from the hum drum of life every day with her lighted hearted spin on life of the 1900's. The Iris Lilt is music compared to what I am used to hearing every day. And what is considered as cursing is so mild I am never insulted, and my ears are never burned by the "sex talk." No embarrassment there. It is all good. So ehat can I say but keep on writing.
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