For the Love of Mike by Rhys Bowen
(Molly Murphy Mysteries)

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Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook.

Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home. Before she has time to consider her good luck, she's asked to go undercover as a piece worker in the garment business and investigate a potential case of industrial espionage. Now if she can only solve both cases without the help of Daniel Sullivan, the police captain who claims he loves her but who is engaged to someone else...

Full of the rich detail of New York's teeming immigrant community and the colorful historical personalities of the age, For the Love of Mike is the triumphant third installment in Rhys Bowen's Agatha Award-winning series.

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Rhys Bowen's novels have garnered an impressive array of awards and nominations, including the Anthony Award for "For the Love of Mike," and the Agatha Award for "Murphy's" "Law," the first Molly Murphy mystery. Her books have also won the Bruce Alexander Historical Award and the Herodotus Award, and have been shortlisted for the Agatha, the Macavity, the Barry, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Rhys Bowen is also the author of the acclaimed Evan Evans mystery series, which was a finalist for the Edgar Award, and several short stories, including the Anthony Award-winning "Doppelganger." Ms. Bowen was born and raised in England and now lives in San Rafael, California. Visit her Web site at
Published December 9, 2003 by Minotaur Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Despite the death of her boss, Paddy Riley (Death of Riley, 2002), Molly has remained in New York in 1901, trying to keep Riley’s tiny detective agency afloat.

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Rhys Bowen's third novel in the award-winning Molly Murphy mystery series is a story sure to be recognized on its own merit.

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Michael Flynn has sworn off women and resigns himself to fatherhood and work.
... in the midst of budding romance in FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE!, a sheer delight.
... Fringe Benefits: Sandy James's Favorite Older Woman/Younger Man Couples.

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Rhys Bowen won the Agatha for best novel for the first in her Molly Murphy mysteries, MURPHY'S LAW.

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In 1901 private detective Molly Murphy decides to remain in New York City in spite of the recent death of her boss, Paddy Riley (see DEATH OF RILEY).

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