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Murphy's Law: A Molly Murphy Mystery [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Rhys Bowen
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May 2003 Beeler Mysteries
Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, and her identity, for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in new York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

Using her Irish charm and sharp wit, Molly escapes Ellis Island and sets out to find the wily killer on her own. Pounding the notorious streets of Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side, Molly make sit her desperate mission to clear her name before her deadly past comes back to haunt her new future.
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The prolific Bowen, creator of Welsh constable Evan Evans (Evan Can Wait; Evan and Elle; etc.), relies a bit too much on coincidence but conveys a nice sense of place and period in this debut of a new historical series with its spunky, 19th-century Irish heroine, Molly Murphy. Defending herself from the unwelcome advances of the local landowner's son, Molly accidentally kills him and flees her village to escape hanging. She heads for the anonymity of London, where a twist of fate introduces her to Kathleen O'Connor. Kathleen has two small children and tickets for a ship to America, where she plans to join her husband. But knowing they won't let her on the ship because of her tuberculosis, Kathleen persuades the desperate Molly to take her children to America. On board, Molly attracts the loud attentions of a crude, boisterous type named O'Malley. Her public argument with him comes back to haunt her when he is found murdered on Ellis Island; Molly becomes a prime suspect, along with a young man she befriended. The handsome young policeman investigating the case, Daniel Sullivan, appears to believe Molly's protestations of innocence, but Molly decides her she'd better investigate on her own behalf and that of her friend. Wending her way through a vivid, Tammany Hall-era New York, Molly struggles to prove her innocence, aided by one coincidence after another. (Oct. 15)Forecast: Bowen's solid reputation will generate strong sales for this series debut, though Constable Evans fans should beware that the gentle humor of those novels is lacking here.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Nimble of plot and fleet in the telling, Bowen's latest begins a new series starring the plucky Molly Murphy. Hiding her fiery red hair but not her audacious ways, Molly escapes from her Irish village after inadvertently causing the death of the young laird who tried to rape her. She finds herself in possession of a steerage ticket to New York and the custody of two small children when the kids' consumptive mother begs her to deliver the youngsters to their father in New York. The passage to America and the tumultuous events of Ellis Island, where another murder takes place, are vividly described, as is Molly's negotiation of the Cherry Street Irish ghetto, Hell's Kitchen, and the children's overwhelmed Da and his unsavory relatives. Run-ins with the police and Tammany Hall are only a few of Molly's adventures. The murder is solved in unorthodox ways, Molly finds love and work, and there's promise of more adventures. History-mystery fans should add Molly to their lists of characters to follow. GraceAnne DeCandido
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay Jan. 18 2014
By snooks
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Would only recommend this book for very light reading. Not long on common sense. I lost interest after a while.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING... Jan. 3 2011
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first in a series of period mysteries introducing Molly Murphy, an enterprising, turn of the twentieth century Irish woman who comes to America to escape the law in Ireland, having committed a serious crime in self-defense. Set in the early 1900s, the book is replete with period detail. Those who enjoy mysteries and historical fiction will find much to enjoy in this Agatha Award winning novel.

When Molly arrives in America, she immediately comes under the scrutiny of law enforcement, as a fellow passenger, with whom she had had a public argument, is murdered on Ellis Island. She meets Captain Daniel Sullivan in the process, and her Irish charm makes an indelible impression upon him.

Molly manages to leave Ellis Island under her own steam but, wary that she might be a suspect, she is determined to find the killer on her own. Her search takes her through various New York neighborhoods, all with a flavor of their own. She also gets to know Captain Daniel Sullivan a bit better, and the sparks fly.

This book certainly held my interest and made me want to read the other books in this series. With a well-plotted storyline, a host of interesting characters, and a plucky, intelligent heroine, this appears to be a promising series of books. Molly Murphy is a character that is here to stay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing descriptions Nov. 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First of all let me point out that this book has nothing to do with the well known Murphy's Law :)
Although the mystery part of the plot is not extremely elaborated, this book is worth reading. The author describes New York in the times were the Irish were immigrating to the city in a way that keeps you intersted throughout the book.
Very good choice for light reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a Brit March 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
British born author Rhys Bowen has written a fun and cozy chronicle of murder and intrigue on Ellis Island at the turn of the last Century. Her new Irish-American heroine, firebrand Molly Murphy, is fun to follow along the East Side, West Side and all around the Town on the Sidewalks of old New York. She's on the trail of a murderer. Does it have to do with "The Troubles" back home in Ireland? 'Tis a good choice for a light St. Paddy's Day fare. Reviewed by TundraVision.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read, but not enough to hold me March 6 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Murphy's Law begins as the heroine, Irish red-head Molly Murphy, flees her home after accidentally committing a murder. She makes her way to America where she stumbles into the middle of another murder, this time as an ameteur investigator.
Molly's tale was somewhat entertaining and an easy read, but I felt cheated by both the beginning and the end of the story. The author omits a beginning scene that could have been wonderfully dramatic, the accidental murder of the landlord. While the details of the event are given later in the story, I felt I missed out on the drama that occured.
The second murder, which occurs on Ellis Island upon Molly's arrival to America, is tied up so quickly that I flipped back and re-read the ending to make sure I didn't miss anything. Apparently this was meant to leave the reader intrigued enough to purchase the next book in the series, but I, again, felt that I was cheated out of a resolution.
While I enjoyed the character of Molly and her friends, I felt their adventures were rather unbelievable. I do not plan to buy the next book in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, charming and a good read Jan. 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a surprisingly interesting book to read, and it has a little bit of everything to entertain just about everyone looking for a light-hearted book to pass the evening: the brief description on Ireland in the early 20th century is interesting, as is the scene on Ellis Island immigration station and the immigrant filled New York City of the time. One also gets some fairly interesting detective/mystery intertwined with romance. The reader follows the likable heroine, a young independent minded Irish woman, on her adventures and cannot help but root for her to find safety, securing and warmth in this strange city.
I hesitate to call this book a historical novel, even though the story develops against a historical background. Something about the dialogues, the innocent (but educated) heroine's observations seem to lack authenticity. Instead of hearing the heroine's voice set in the 1900s, I seem to hear the author's voice and see through the author's much better-informed-view.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get of Jail Free Card BUT........ Jan. 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bowen brings Ellis Island to life with colorful characters and a building bustling with life. He carries over these details in showing the reading what NYC was like in the early 1900's. Molly is on the run from England for killing a man trying to protect her virtue. She meets a woman who is unable to travel to America with her children and rejoin her husband. Molly assumes her identity and all goes well until a man alludes to knowing her secret and making her life miserable. Upon arriving at Ellis she is almost free when the ship is detained due to a murder. After convincing the lead detective to release her to her husband even though he thinks she is hiding the killer she decides to seek out the truth. At this point Bowen loses a little creditability. In this era women didn't have a voice and running around the city like Molly did is a little hard to swallow. Rhys redeems himself by planting many reasons for the murder throughout the plot
and serves up quite an array of suspects. The ending was a splash and left the door wide open to sequels. Rating 9
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new series from Rhys Bowen!
In her new series, Rhys Bowen introduces us to Molly Murphy, a wonderful and likeable young lady who arrives on Ellis Island under the most unusual circumstances and who then... Read more
Published on Nov. 27 2002 by Karen Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful cozy historical mystery
Rhys Bowen usually writes delightful, light-hearted mysteries featuring Constable Evans of the contemporary Welsh police. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002 by Dr. Cathy Goodwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Historical Debut
Molly Murphy has just been given a get out of jail free card. Running because she's accidentally killed a man, she's offered the chance to take a woman's place on a boat bound for... Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2002 by Mark Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page-Turner!
Molly Murphy is a peasant Irish girl who is trying to escape the guillotine after killing a landowner's son in self-defense. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2002 by C. Cunningham
4.0 out of 5 stars Murphy's Law -
I enjoyed the first of I hope many adventures of Molly Murphy. The heroine, escaping the hangman's noose in Ireland, escapes to America by pretending to be the mother of two... Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2002 by Cheryl A. Schildhauer
2.0 out of 5 stars Good historical detail--too much coincidence in mystery
When she is forced to flee turn-of-the-century Ireland for killing her landlord, Molly Murphy assumes the identity of a woman heading for New York. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2001 by booksforabuck
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