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Publisher's Summary

Molly Murphy has finally begun to forget the unpleasant murder of a would-be rapist back in Ireland, not to mention her investigation into the murder of a fellow recent Irish immigrant, and is finally free to begin her life in New York City. Given her experiences so far in the New World, Molly has decided that her first order of business is to become a private investigator, a people finder of sorts, working for families in Europe who've lost touch with relatives in America. Not only might this put some food on her table, but her second order of business is to hook the handsome NYPD police captain Daniel Sullivan, and she envisions lots of opportunities to "seek his counsel" in her new profession. Paddy Riley is a tough old Cockney P.I. who specializes in divorce work, and with a little persuasion he's ready to take on Molly as an apprentice. It's not exactly what she imagined, but she plans to make the most of it. That is, until she comes in to work one day to find her new world turned upside down and all expectations for her professional life suddenly up in the air.

Before long, Molly has set off on a journey that will take her through the back alleys of Manhattan and into the bars and lounges of the literary scene, where she spends time with writers, actors, poets, and musicians. It's quite an eye-opening turn for innocent young Molly, but she's resolute in her decision to find out exactly what happened that day in the office of Paddy Riley. Armed with nothing more than her fiery will and matching wild red hair, Molly has no idea of the danger her pursuit may bring in this fascinating, well-researched, and suspenseful second novel in Rhys Bowen's Agatha-award winning series.

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Enjoyable historical cozy mystery series

I enjoyed this second book in the series just as much as the first. This one was more mystery and less history. Molly's naïveté can be frustrating sometimes but she is so delightful that it doesn't bother me as much as it might in a different character. Nicola Barber does a very good job narrating the audiobook despite the fact that her American accents are not the best and all American men basically sound the same. Her voice for Molly is great as are her voices for all the immigrant characters. All in all, a solid performance and an enjoyable series.

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Delightfully fun series

Just finished this and Murphy's Law (#1) can't wait to keep going. The narrator I already loved from The Rose Garden (check it out!!--I've listened to it twice and my daughter loved it too.) The narrator makes this character completely believable. If you liked Nancy Drew once upon a time, think of this as Nancy-Drew-for-grown-ups except without the unbridled confidence and worldly-wise-ness of Nancy (which was always annoying anyway--so this character is far more believable than Nancy). Light and relaxed adventure/detective/romance. I always looked forward to turning it back on. Just enjoy them. (I've gotten the whole series.)

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Great Story. LONG Story

This story was good. not as good as the first one. it was just dragged out for too long and the connection to the Historical event was too unlikely and not very believable. otherwise I enjoyed it. Will continue to listen to the series.

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Mystery resolved but big loose end left hanging

Would you listen to Death of Riley again? Why?

No. I love Molly but the mystery wasn't a very good one, although following her as she tried to solve the murder was very interesting. Leaving the big personal issue unresolved left me very unhappy. It was just lucky for Audible I had bought books 2 & 3 of the series at the same time so could go right on. The last book that tricked me like this - Joanne Fluke's Blackberry Pie Murder - made me so mad that I wouldn't buy the sequel even when it was on sale cheap (even tho Blackbeerry Pie left the plot hanging with Hannah about to be tried for homicide); I washed my hands of the whole series, which had been going downhill for a while--the in-medias-res ending was the last straw.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Dissatisfaction because the personal issue was left unresolved.

Which scene was your favorite?

Daniel's timely arrival in the carriage is a candidate. Loved when Sid & Gus joined the fray to help save Molly from the intruder.
Also happy when they invited Molly to move in & her subsequent habitation with them Molly's visit to Emma Goldman was interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I like saving these books as a treat for the evening before bed. They're relaxing and I love the narrator's voice with her lovely Irish lilt. They're to be savored over several days, a treat.

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Mystery at the Turn

What made the experience of listening to Death of Riley the most enjoyable?

Nicola Barber does a fine job of bring the colorful characters within Rhys Bowen's book. I love the setting of New York city during the first of the 1900s. What an exciting time to live, with so many new ideas and beginnings.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Death of Riley?

Molly meeting anarchists and free thinking liberals within the pubs, as she searches for the killer, was so much fun.

Have you listened to any of Nicola Barber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Rhys Bowen's first Molly Murphy's book, was the first time I had the enjoyment of listening to Nicola Barber's narrations. She put the paint onto Bowen's canvas, which brings Molly and the others alive.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A new century and new to New York, a young woman invents herself a life of a private eye.

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Spunky Irish Woman, Great mysteries

If you could sum up Death of Riley in three words, what would they be?

Fun, Rich

What did you like best about this story?

Molly is a newly arrived Irish immigrant. The mysteries themselves are not exactly the most baffling, I found that I had part of it solved before Molly caught up, but that's part of the strategy. However, I'm addicted to these. Rminiscent of the Royal Spyness series, yet completely different, but just as entertaining. They beg to be devoured. Every woman will identiy with Molly's spunk, frustration as being seen as less because she is a woman, and her perseverance in defying societal standards.

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A mystery series at its best! Best narrator!

Fun series of mystery With Molly Murphy! I will keep these books for for future listens again and again. Molly’s endeavors to master being her own private investigator in the 1900’s gives readers historical insights in the most charming way in a modern sort story telling. The reader is drawn in the experience right along with the character. Most delightful Clean, fun & pinch of romantic interest. Luv Rhys Bowen way of writing!

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The storyline is the best part

Sometimes the main character does such stupid things I want to quit reading but quickly the storyline or details of what’s going on grab my attention again. I’m not real thrilled with Daniel, possibly because of the narrator’s rendition of his voice but more likely because of his behavior. But I like it eel enough so far for 5 stars.

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Sigh ...

I wish I could give this a good rating because I so adored Murphy’s Law. Nicola Barber is enchanting and I hung on her every word. She does the same astonishing job in this book, but Rhys Bowen seems to of spun this book from one mere thought. This one idea has been stretched for the duration of this book. I found myself actually saying out loud, get on with it already. Your waiting for this big scene that is going to grip you but instead your simply failing an endless trail. I am going to try book three, however if they keep at this pace... which is possible because I’ve already scanned the reviews, then sadly I will have to end this series.

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Easy listening

Molly is somebody you would like to meet. A bit predictable but overall enjoyable series.