Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen
(A Molly Murphy Mystery)

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From the creator of the much-loved Constable Evan Evans mysteries comes a colorful new series set in turn-of-the-century New York City. When spirited redhead Molly Murphy was growing up a peasant on the coast of Ireland she always imagined there was something more in store for her. She couldn't have known how right she was until the day she became a murderer, albeit in self-defense. Under drastic circumstances, Molly is forced to strike out into a new world. With the police right behind her, Molly's only chance at escape is a false identity and a steamship that will take her far, far away: to America.

When her ship sails into New York Harbor, with the majestic figure of the Statue of Liberty providing comfort and inspiration, Molly is sure her whole life is in front of her. But she's got one last hurdle to clear: Ellis Island. She is just one among thousands of immigrants on the tiny island, awaiting their fate with anxiety and hope. Unfortunately for Molly, before she is able to leave the island a man is brutally murdered, his throat cut from ear to ear, and coincidence and fate make her a suspect in a crime she didn't commit. Under a cloud of suspicion, and due largely to a growing mutual attraction between Molly and the handsome police captain in charge of the case, she is allowed to leave Ellis Island for Manhattan. Unfortunately, she's got a mission she couldn't have anticipated: clear her own name of murder. Alone in a new country with no one to lean on, Molly hits the vibrant streets of New York intent on finding out what really happened. After all, if she can't, she'll be sent back to Ireland, where the dreaded gallows await.

With the sweeping skyline of 19th century New York and the gritty, pulsating underworld of recently arrived immigrants forming a vivid backdrop, Rhys Bowen transports readers back in time to America's not-so-distant past. The first entry in the Molly Murphy series is a fascinating look at our immigrant history as well as an intensely absorbing page-turner.
 

About Rhys Bowen

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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 www.rhysbowen.com.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by Minotaur Books. 260 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Naturally, Molly agrees with alacrity, and is soon caught up in the misery of an ocean trip in steerage—to say nothing of the unwelcome attentions of the brutish troublemaker O’Malley, who seems to have known the real Kathleen.

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In Bowen's second Molly Murphy adventure (after 2001's Agatha-winning Murphy's Law), the spirited Irish immigrant is determined to bring a killer to j

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In Agatha-winner Bowen's entertaining if imperfect fifth Molly Murphy mystery (after 2005's In Like Flynn ), the feisty Irish lass, who has immigrated to New York City and become a PI, comes to the rescue of someone very near and dear to her, NYPD cop Daniel Sullivan.

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In Bowen's engaging third Molly Murphy historical (after 2002's Death of Riley ), Molly finds it's not easy to be a female detective with a brogue as thick as ham in 1901 New York.

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In Bowen's second Molly Murphy adventure (after 2001's Agatha-winning Murphy's Law), the spirited Irish immigrant is determined to bring a killer to justice and, in doing so, break all the rules for proper young ladies amid 1901 New York City society.

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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.

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Molly Murphy runs from her village in Ireland after having killed the son of the local English landowner who was trying to have his way with her in the kitchen of the cottage she shared with her father and brothers.

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Nights and Weekends

It’s a history lesson disguised as an entertaining light read—one that’s sure to make you appreciate the sacrifice that your immigrant ancestors made when they ventured across the ocean to find a new life in a new world.

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