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The Family Way | [Rhys Bowen]

The Family Way

Molly Murphy - now Molly Sullivan - is a year into her marriage, expecting her first child, and confined to the life of a housewife. She’s restless and irritable in the enforced idleness of pregnancy and the heat of a New York summer in 1905. So when a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly figures it couldn’t hurt to at least ask around, despite her promise to Daniel to give up her old career as a detective. On the same day, Molly learns that five babies have been kidnapped in the past month.
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Publisher's Summary

Molly Murphy - now Molly Sullivan - is a year into her marriage, expecting her first child, and confined to the life of a housewife. She’s restless and irritable in the enforced idleness of pregnancy and the heat of a New York summer in 1905. So when a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly figures it couldn’t hurt to at least ask around, despite her promise to Daniel to give up her old career as a detective. On the same day, Molly learns that five babies have been kidnapped in the past month.

Refusing to let Molly help with the kidnapping investigation, Daniel sends her away to spend the summer with his mother. But even in the quiet, leafy suburbs, Molly’s own pending motherhood makes her unable to ignore these missing children. What she uncovers will lead her on a terrifying journey through all levels of society, putting her life - and that of her baby - in danger.

The Family Way, the latest entry in Rhys Bowen’s best-selling Molly Murphy series, will delight fans and win over newcomers with its elegantly plotted mystery, atmospheric historical detail, and vivid characters.

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

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    Alice 04-01-14
    Alice 04-01-14 Member Since 2011

    I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.

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    "Anyone else finding Daniel insufferable?"
    What was most disappointing about Rhys Bowen’s story?

    I am only halfway through and Molly and Daniel's relationship is driving me into rages. He is acting like an insufferable, tyrannical parent and she is acting like a sneaky pre-teen. She agrees to his controlling ultimatums and then goes out and takes stupid risks. The talk past each other. I don't think "that's how it was then" is a good enough excuse. Shakespeare, Dickens, and Austen, among many others, portray healthy, balanced marital partnerships.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lilr3dstar Chattanooga, TN, United States 03-29-14
    lilr3dstar Chattanooga, TN, United States 03-29-14
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    "Read Royal Spyness instead"
    Would you try another book from Rhys Bowen and/or Nicola Barber?

    Yes, the Royal Spyness series is better overall.


    Has The Family Way turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No but it made me regret starting this series.


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    She was great and I like her accents. I don't know how accurate they are but her delivery is good.


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

    Based on the sample reading, I started this series instead of Royal Spyness and I wished I had stopped at the 3rd book in this series. I was thinking she would stay independent, headstrong, and witty. Instead of pretending to be submissive to appease her husband, I think she becomes submissive with each book. I also find Molly's relationship with Daniel a bit unhealthy/abusive.


    Any additional comments?

    In the end, the amazing coincidences, the lack of common sense, and icky love story has made me stop with this series. However, I am so glad that I started Royal Spyness because I think Ms. Bowen can create great characters.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Terri 09-18-14
    Terri 09-18-14
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    "Great book, great story but bad noise edits."

    I've never heard pages turned or the narrator taking a drink of water in any other

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 09-04-14
    Terry Clermont, FL, United States 09-04-14
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    "Not her best"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was tiresome and somewhat silly. Not up to Rhys usual standards.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    it was tiresome.


    What three words best describe Nicola Barber’s performance?

    not pleasent


    Could you see The Family Way being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    not by a long shot


    Any additional comments?

    was disappointed with the story. I expect much more from the author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 12-19-14
    Simone 12-19-14 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Daniel is getting tedious"

    I enjoyed this installment much more than the past few, but I have to say I am getting sick and tired of Daniel.

    Perhaps his attitude is appropriate for the times, but I am staring to find him insufferable! Ironically, I think I agree with him regarding this particular caper, but overall it’s time for him to change his tune.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Southold, NY, USA 11-23-14
    Judy Southold, NY, USA 11-23-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Read - Molly Settles Into Married Life"

    I was surprised at the relatively harsh review of this installment. While not the author's strongest work in the series, it rather accurately depicts the conflicts newly married (and expectant) couples face.

    Because of the reviews, I considered not downloading this one, but Molly and Daniel (and
    Sid and Gus) are now like relatives of the early 20th Century who send me lively letters every so often. I simply must know what is going on in their lives. So despite the lackluster response of other reviewers, I took the listen, and was glad I did.

    Yes there are some moments where Molly is more naive than usual, and Daniel plays the overbearing husband a bit too much, but I think that is the author's attempt to remind the reader of the time period in which the story is set.

    If you are a fan of the series--go for it. It's a good read, if not the best of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ReluctantReader 02-28-14
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    "Convoluted to say the least..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would stick to one very well thought out and presented storyline


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm leaving the Molly Murphy series, I think I'll stick with Her Royal Spyness


    What about Nicola Barber’s performance did you like?

    She is a fantastic Narrator, she made a difficult book a bit easier to stomach!


    Was The Family Way worth the listening time?

    Well that completely depends on the listener. It didn't take me long to listen to, so it was not an utter waste of my time.


    Any additional comments?

    Tackling at least 3 different storylines- missing girl, strange convent, hero brother - was entirely too much. I'd rather a simple delicious meal, than a bland feast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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