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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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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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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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One of her best

Rhys Bowen tells a great tale. The life of poor children on the streets of New York is the focus But the pleasures of the Christmas in the city provide a welcome contrast

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Molly Murphy is the best!!

The setting in early NYC is great, and the stories always very exciting, love these books!

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great series

I have read all of the books in this series. This is one of the best

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interesting storyline

This a further development of the charachter of Molly Murphy Sullivan. It is written such that one can feel present in the life of a now maturing young woman -Molly. Definitely woth reading/hearing...

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Another wonderful story.

I love the way the characters are developed throughout this series of stories. It makes them so believable.

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Perfect Christmas Mystery

The accents are delightful, and I love historical settings. The plot is just tricky enough to get me thinking.

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Beautiful to listen to just before Christmas

The reader's voice and interpretation was lovely.

The characters , especially Molly, were well drawn. The story was thrilling, and I could hardly put it down. Thank you.

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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