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Published by Minotaur Books, 31 May 2016. ISBN:
Molly Murphy fled Ireland two
years before the action in this entry in the series, fearful of arrest for the
murder of her employer’s son. She came to New York City in 1909, made
friends, met Captain Dan Sullivan of the Police Department in a somewhat
romantic way and opened a detective agency. So much for the previous five
novels in this series.
In this book she meets a rich show producer at a
party atop the original Madison Square Garden. He offers her an
assignment to return to Ireland to discover whether his baby sister, left
behind because she was ill when the family fled the Emerald Isle during the
potato famine, survived. The producer is a very rich man with no real
heirs, and his finding her would benefit the sister if she still exists.
With trepidation, Molly accepts the job.
However, as she puts it: She doesn’t seek trouble, but it has a way of
finding her. And it does. Molly begins her assignment with a second
class passage on a transatlantic steamer. Before she can even unpack, she
is summoned to the first class cabin of a famous actress, who she also met at
the party, asking her to switch cabins and identities, including a maid, so the
actress could avoid attention. On the last day of the voyage, Molly
discovers the maid dead in “her” bed, suffocated. Suspicion is cast on
Molly when it is found that the actress left the ship before it departed,
leaving five trunks behind.
Upon arriving in Ireland, Molly finds the trunks in
her hotel room. She begins her investigation and learns that the young
girl she seeks indeed survived, but each lead turns out to be a dead end.
Meanwhile she receives instructions to forward the trunks to a hotel in Dublin,
where Molly eventually visits. There she inspects the trunks and sees
rifles, presumably for the Irish Brotherhood. At this point the plot
becomes omplicated. When a few men come to remove the trunks, one of them
is Molly’s brother. Because of her recognition of him as he flees, she is
kidnapped by the Brotherhood and learns that her older brother is in jail
awaiting execution. Molly volunteers to assist the Brotherhood in attacking
the jail in the hopes of freeing her brother and other prisoners.
Meanwhile she is being stalked by someone for some unknown purpose. And
she still fears that the police suspect her of various crimes. It all
comes to an exciting end, perhaps the most unusual in the series to this point,
and one you shouldn’t miss. It is, obviously, recommended.
Rhys Bowennow lives in California, although she was born in
Bath, but her mother's family comes from Wales. Hence her first mystery series
featured a Welsh police constable (the Constable Evans Mysteries of which there
are 10. She currently write two series: The Molly Murphy mysteries set in 1900s
New York City, featuring an Irish immigrant woman, and the lighter Royal
Spyness Mysteries about a minor royal in 1930s England. She's Lady Georgiana,
34th in line to the throne, but completely penniless. These have been described
by Booklist as "a smashing romp." Rhys won 9 awards including Agatha, Anthony
When not writing Rhys loves to travel, hike, sing, play her Celtic harp and
generally enjoy lie.
Ted and Gloria Feit
live in Long Beach, NY,
a few miles outside New York City.
For 26 years, Gloria was the manager of a medium-sized litigation firm in
Her husband, Ted, is an attorney and former stock analyst, publicist and
writer/editor for, over the years, several daily, weekly and monthly
publications. Having always been avid mystery readers, and since they're
now retired, they're able to indulge that passion. Their reviews appear
online as well as in three print publications in the UK and US. On a more personal
note: both having been widowed, Gloria and Ted have five children and nine
grandchildren between them.