Away in a Manger

Molly Murphy Mysteries
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Series: Molly Murphy Mysteries, Book 15
Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (679 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: She and Daniel have a baby son, and 12-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl huddled in a doorway, singing "Away in a Manger". Bridie is touched by the girl's ragged clothes and wants to help her out if they can. They give her a quarter only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. But Molly discovers the boy is the girl's older brother. They've come from England, and their mother has disappeared, and they're living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly. Molly quickly realizes that these children are not the usual city waifs. They are well spoken and clearly used to better things. So who are they? And what's happened to their mother?

As Molly looks for a way to help the children and for the answers to these questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society. This is another compelling and richly drawn mystery from New York Times best seller Rhys Bowen.

©2015 Rhys Bowen (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Lovely to listen to at Christmas time!

This is a book in Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy series, which takes place around the end of the 1900’s in New York. Molly has been an Irish immigrant, turned detective, now married and living with her husband Daniel (a policeman), son Liam and their ward Bridie.

In this touching story, Molly and the kids are out on a cold and snowy day before Christmas, and notice a tiny child, freezing in a doorstep, and later her brother. They become intrigued about why they don’t seem to have a place to go each day, so the old detective urges in Molly kick in, and they (and their neighbors) all work together to find what has happened to their family. Daniel finds himself unable to assist, so this time it is mostly Molly doing the work, with the help of the kids and her friends, and even her mother-in-law.

This story has a Dickensian tone about it, and it might be that I’d find it less interesting at other times of the year, but it was lovely just here at Christmas time. The narration is not the best, but it is definitely “listenable.” Just one thing—if you plan to hear others in the series that preceded this book, you better do that first, because the author does that frustrating thing of referring to events from previous stories. I’m starting to mark down a star for that, because readers don’t always get books in order. And knowing what happens in advance is surely a spoiler. Recommend.

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PERFECT!

Exactly what I wanted and expected: yet another fun, interesting, intriguing, and enjoyable adventure with Molly. If you are a fan of this series I am sure you will love it.

If you are new to Molly's escapades, my advice is stop right now and start with Book 1 - it's totally worth it.

Can't wait for book 16 in March!

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Disappointing

I had such a hard time with this story because Nicola Barber's performance of Molly is this breathy, nasally little-girl voice that makes this strong character sound, well, childish. (She is the reason I got away from this series.)

But I could look past that (or listen past it) if this particular story hadn't depended too much on coincidence. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I will say that the only way this story resolves to a happy ending (and it IS a Christmas story so that can't be a spoiler) is if Molly is the beneficiary of some extremely good luck, fortunate timing and neat coincidences.

It's OK. I won't listen to it again.

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Rhys Bowen never dissapoints!

If you only have time to read one holiday mystery this year, let it be this one! I was so let down by my previous audiobook, so this was a real treat! This I my first Molly Murphy mystery and it won’t be my last. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, Molly—a feisty red-headed Irish lassie—and her detective husband are preparing for a cozy Christmas at home with their two little kiddos. But, alas, their holiday plans go awry when the big-hearted Molly finds two orphaned kids on the street in need of their missing mother. Though homeless kids are often ignored on the harsh streets of New York, she can’t bring herself to leave them in the lurch and go about her business. This is a fabulous little Christmas mystery with all the sentiments of the season. I’m excited to pick up the first book of the series so I can watch the love story unfold between Molly and her husband.

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Enjoyed all 17 in the series!!

I have enjoyed the Molly Murphy mystery series ever since the first book. I was hooked and not a single one has disappointed.
Nicola Barber is an amazing narrator and has done the stories well. I am sad to be finished but it was certainly an enjoyable ride.

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A sweet story from my favorite author.

A short story from Rhys. This was a sweet story with a bit of a Christmas there.

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Wow!

Fabulous all around. Ms. Bowen kept me on the edge of my ears. loved it!

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Wonderful story

Each of the books in this series is unique and compelling, inserting you into the lives of Molly Murphy Sullivan and her family. This one is no different. The narration is fantastic and easily understood as the voices of each character is unique to itself. One would think that the plot lines would begin to sound the same in each successive book, but they are also original and not predictable. I can’t wait for the next one.

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enjoyable Christmas Tale

this was an enjoyable Christmas Story excellently read with memorable characters. it gives insight into the historical.

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Great!

Loved it! As always anything Rhys Bowen writes is entertaining. I enjoy following Molly through her life and career.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 02-16-20

Away in a Manger

This is a great feastive detective story where she stumbles across the clues. Read brilliantly by Nicole Barbara.

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  • J M WALKER
  • 12-06-17

A lovely story, set at Christmas time In a snowy New York

An intriguing Who-done-it. Molly tries to unite two young street children with their family. Lots of interesting and generous characters and only a few villains.
I have read and enjoyed the whole Molly Murphy Mysteries series but I think this is the best. I read it first as a library book, then bought the Audio edition. It is very well read and I loved listening to it.
Thank you Rhys Bowen

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  • Pensive
  • 05-15-19

Fantastic

Loved this story. Narrator is excellent. So easy to listen too, maybe my favourite Molly Murphy book in the series. Plot was not over complicated and Daniel was less overbearing than usual. I enjoyed having Daniels mother in the book and the development of her character. My old favourites Gus and Sid made many appearances. I will be listening to this book again.