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Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law, December 2002
Molly Murphy Series, #1
by Rhys Bowen

Minotaur Books
Featuring: Molly Murphy
256 pages
ISBN: 0312984979
EAN: 9780312984977
Kindle: B003G83U6O
Paperback / e-Book (reprint)
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"Set sail for adventure as a headstrong heroine takes on a new world of trouble and intrigue!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Murphy's Law
Rhys Bowen

Reviewed by Audrey Lawrence
Posted February 17, 2013

Mystery | Mystery Historical | Mystery Woman Sleuth

When you are a poor Irish girl, even if already on the shelf at age 23, and you get in trouble, you know no one will believe you. With her flaming red hair and a spunky attitude, Molly Murphy quickly realizes that she wouldn't stand a chance in court, especially in Ireland. Even if it was an by accident that she had killed the son of the English landowner. What would it matter that he was trying to rape her and she was defending her honour?

Stifling her fear, Molly knew she had to get away as fast as possible, so with hardly a penny to her name, she runs away from her village and makes her way to Belfast. As she wanders around this port city trying to come up with a plan, a woman with two lovely children takes pity on her and helps her out of a fix. The Irish woman is due to sail the next morning to New York in America to join her husband there. But, Kathleen, Molly's new found acquaintance, knows they won't let her land as she is ill, so she arranges for Molly to take her place to get her two children safely to their father. Molly doesn't know how she will manage and what she will do - especially when Mr. O'Connor sees her instead of his wife, but what can she do? Can she escape by this ship? Will she be able to make a fresh start in America? What will happen to her?

Rhys Bowen is a best-selling author who is well known for her humourous mystery stories and MURPHY'S LAW sets out Molly Murphy as a spunky and headstrong heroine on the path to becoming an amateur sleuth in the busy and bustling New York City in 1901. This first book in an exciting series first published in 2001 and now re-printed, is riveting with fast paced action and intrigue as "the just off the boat" Molly lands herself in numerous troubles all the while trying to help a new found friend. With her excellent background research work, Bowen makes this teeming turn of the 2oth century city come alive with its poverty, political ambitions and corruptions. Molly is a witty and highly likable character and is full of common sense. Her headstrong ways seem advanced for a woman's place in 1901; however, her actions fit well with the storyline and all its intrigue. I just love the way Molly spars with Daniel Sullivan, the handsome Irish police captain she encounters while trying to save a friend from a murder charge. Fans, new and existing, are sure to relish the humour and suspense of MURPHY'S LAW!

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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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