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.
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.
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.
It was tiresome and somewhat silly. Not up to Rhys usual standards.
it was tiresome.
not by a long shot
was disappointed with the story. I expect much more from the author
Yes, the Royal Spyness series is better overall.
No but it made me regret starting this series.
She was great and I like her accents. I don't know how accurate they are but her delivery is good.
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.
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.
I love the Molly Murphy stories because she is an example of a strong, independent woman. Sadly, this book has her making the same stupid mistakes as she has previously made. The character is not this stupid and if she was I would not have listened past book one.
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Nicola would take great pauses mid sentence and then breath loudly and continue. it happens like 6 Times in the middle. I think it's more of a editing and production problem then her performance
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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.
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.
I don't look anything like that figurine, just love the fact that she's holding a book like that.
I would stick to one very well thought out and presented storyline
I'm leaving the Molly Murphy series, I think I'll stick with Her Royal Spyness
She is a fantastic Narrator, she made a difficult book a bit easier to stomach!
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.
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.
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