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It’s wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Irish immigrant Molly Murphy started her early-twentieth-century detective agency, she is completely snowed in with work. While she’s proving to be quite the entrepreneur and is very much in demand by some of Broadway’s brightest stars and Fifth Avenue’s richest families, she has to grudgingly admit that if she’s go It’s wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Irish immigrant Molly Murphy started her early-twentieth-century detective agency, she is completely snowed in with work. While she’s proving to be quite the entrepreneur and is very much in demand by some of Broadway’s brightest stars and Fifth Avenue’s richest families, she has to grudgingly admit that if she’s going to work more than one case at a time, then she’s going to need some help. Molly’s beau, the recently and wrongly suspended police captain Daniel Sullivan, would make an ideal associate, but before they can agree on the terms of his employment, they stumble upon a young woman lying unconscious in the middle of a snow-covered Central Park. When the woman wakes up she is disorientated and has and lost her ability to speak, the authorities are about to pack her off to an insane asylum when Molly can’t help but step in and take on yet another case. Lively and colorful, full of absorbing historical detail and delightful characters, "Tell Me, Pretty Maiden" is another gem in Rhys Bowen’s multiple award--winning series.


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It’s wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Irish immigrant Molly Murphy started her early-twentieth-century detective agency, she is completely snowed in with work. While she’s proving to be quite the entrepreneur and is very much in demand by some of Broadway’s brightest stars and Fifth Avenue’s richest families, she has to grudgingly admit that if she’s go It’s wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Irish immigrant Molly Murphy started her early-twentieth-century detective agency, she is completely snowed in with work. While she’s proving to be quite the entrepreneur and is very much in demand by some of Broadway’s brightest stars and Fifth Avenue’s richest families, she has to grudgingly admit that if she’s going to work more than one case at a time, then she’s going to need some help. Molly’s beau, the recently and wrongly suspended police captain Daniel Sullivan, would make an ideal associate, but before they can agree on the terms of his employment, they stumble upon a young woman lying unconscious in the middle of a snow-covered Central Park. When the woman wakes up she is disorientated and has and lost her ability to speak, the authorities are about to pack her off to an insane asylum when Molly can’t help but step in and take on yet another case. Lively and colorful, full of absorbing historical detail and delightful characters, "Tell Me, Pretty Maiden" is another gem in Rhys Bowen’s multiple award--winning series.

30 review for Tell Me, Pretty Maiden

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    The best part of the Molly Murphy books is the history of New York, which they all contain in abundance. In Tell Me, Pretty Maiden there is a lot of interesting fact about Sigmund Freud and the way doctors were only just coming to grips with problems of the mind. The asylum for the insane was horrible. Molly herself blundered around like she always does making herself a nuisance and then needing to be rescued by one or other of her friends. Actually her final venture in the last few chapters put The best part of the Molly Murphy books is the history of New York, which they all contain in abundance. In Tell Me, Pretty Maiden there is a lot of interesting fact about Sigmund Freud and the way doctors were only just coming to grips with problems of the mind. The asylum for the insane was horrible. Molly herself blundered around like she always does making herself a nuisance and then needing to be rescued by one or other of her friends. Actually her final venture in the last few chapters put her in the tstl category. I have deducted one star from my rating just for that. Not one of Molly's finest hours but I will carry on reading because I guess I am hooked. I have to find out what happens between her and dreadful Daniel at the very least!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid

    Although this one was quite far fetched I still enjoyed it very much. Somehow Molly Murphy can make me forget the world around me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I enjoyed a lot about this book and will certainly continue with the series. However, I had a few complaints. The mysteries were so obvious in this one. I don't usually make much effort to figure out the solutions to mysteries as I read, preferring to just let the author carry me along. But these ones were pretty apparent. Which then made Molly seem SO STUPID. I know it's part of her character to foolishly rush into situations without thinking, and that's fine, but this book was full of really o I enjoyed a lot about this book and will certainly continue with the series. However, I had a few complaints. The mysteries were so obvious in this one. I don't usually make much effort to figure out the solutions to mysteries as I read, preferring to just let the author carry me along. But these ones were pretty apparent. Which then made Molly seem SO STUPID. I know it's part of her character to foolishly rush into situations without thinking, and that's fine, but this book was full of really obvious things she just didn't figure out until the point of absurdity. However, I still like Molly and the assorted cast of characters quite a lot despite that. I'm enjoying the depth that listening to an audiobook adds to those characters too. However, I have found Daniel to be increasingly unsympathetic in the last couple books, so I'm hoping that the next ones will see some improvement, because right now I'd prefer to see him kicked to the curb. The real star and interest in the series for me is the historic detail woven in. I just really don't know much about everyday life in New York City in 1902, and so I find the elements Bowen weaves in to be really interesting. Stage productions, spiritualism, the emergence of psychology a la Dr Freud (alienism at the time), organized crime, birth of trade unions, emerging women's rights movements, the advent of cars and telephones, and on and on -- there was so much going on and a lot of it makes its way into these mysteries.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    A stage-door Johnny, a famous aging actress, an alienist colleague of Sigmund Freud, a traumatized mute young woman found in a snowdrift in Central Park, a prospective bridegroom, and a missing Yale student suspected of robbery and murder. You will find them all in this delightful mystery set in New York City in 1902. Oh, and by the way, Nellie Bly pops in to spice up the plotline! I recommend this Molly Murphy mystery by Rhys Bowen. I recommend you at least read the first one Murphy's Law. A stage-door Johnny, a famous aging actress, an alienist colleague of Sigmund Freud, a traumatized mute young woman found in a snowdrift in Central Park, a prospective bridegroom, and a missing Yale student suspected of robbery and murder. You will find them all in this delightful mystery set in New York City in 1902. Oh, and by the way, Nellie Bly pops in to spice up the plotline! I recommend this Molly Murphy mystery by Rhys Bowen. I recommend you at least read the first one Murphy's Law.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diana Conner-Marks

    This is the 7th book in the Molly Murphy series which I adore. I started this book on May 5th which is coincidental because it was Nellie Bly's 151st birthday and she is a historical character in the book! I even posted on facebook yesterday and emailed my bookclub to check out Nellie Bly's story as she was a fascinating woman that helped change things for the needy and for women in early 20th century. This is the 7th book in the Molly Murphy series which I adore. I started this book on May 5th which is coincidental because it was Nellie Bly's 151st birthday and she is a historical character in the book! I even posted on facebook yesterday and emailed my bookclub to check out Nellie Bly's story as she was a fascinating woman that helped change things for the needy and for women in early 20th century.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Molly is busy working a number of cases. Daniel has not been reinstated when on a skating adventure; Molly finds a young girl buried in the snow. The girl has no memory and family. Molly takes her into her home much to the dismay of Daniel and friends. The story changes its path several times as Molly and Daniel pursue the various cases. A Molly Murphy story is always a relaxing read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sue Smith

    Let me preface this review by acknowledging that this book wasn't that bad. It had some great parts actually - especially once she was into solving her latest mystery. What I will say is that I really feel - uh .... disappointed? pissy? - that I picked up a book in the middle of a series. There is a definite feeling of nudge,nudge, wink, wink ... secret story behind this part that you don't know .. and boy, that was fun before, remember? Bah. It's like picking up Harry Potter at book 7. It made m Let me preface this review by acknowledging that this book wasn't that bad. It had some great parts actually - especially once she was into solving her latest mystery. What I will say is that I really feel - uh .... disappointed? pissy? - that I picked up a book in the middle of a series. There is a definite feeling of nudge,nudge, wink, wink ... secret story behind this part that you don't know .. and boy, that was fun before, remember? Bah. It's like picking up Harry Potter at book 7. It made me cranky. It also made me feel that Miss Murphy was a wee bit reckless and over confident in her sleuthing abilities and it led her into some incredible dangerous situations that she would just slough off and casually make tea at the end of the day. Plus she could cram more shit in a day that was humanly possible. Go figure. I felt she was silly and at times stupid - and her agency wasn't entirely plausible for that matter. It was sort of like watching those modern crime shows that can tidily wrap up a murder in an hour (less actually, if you take into account the 20 minutes of advertising that you had to endure). Anyways, there were spots that were good and I think I should maybe go back to the beginning and start from there before I totally pan this one. I like Rhys Bowen's writing and I'm sure this book is no different than most when it's in a series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This is a Molly Murphy Mystery and there are at least six books preceeding this one. This book reminds me of a Red Skelton movie wherein Mr. Skelton portrayed a mystery writer. In one scene the mystery writer was dictating three different stories simultaneously and put the hero of one book into an inescapable situation where the chapter ended (The situation was something like a fiery explosion in a falling elevator). Rather than rework the story, Mr. Skelton's character started the next chapter This is a Molly Murphy Mystery and there are at least six books preceeding this one. This book reminds me of a Red Skelton movie wherein Mr. Skelton portrayed a mystery writer. In one scene the mystery writer was dictating three different stories simultaneously and put the hero of one book into an inescapable situation where the chapter ended (The situation was something like a fiery explosion in a falling elevator). Rather than rework the story, Mr. Skelton's character started the next chapter with something akin to, "After having escaped the fiery inferno..........". "Tell Me Pretty Maiden" presents several mysteries, illogically intertwined, without an adequate description of how the mysteries are resolved. A summary of the book that immediately preceeds this one suggests a violent turn in Ireland. I may try that one, but it will not be a the top of my reading list. Perhaps it is time to direct my reading away from detective novels.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Poss

    Rhys Bowen is my go-to for winding down at the end of the day. I’ve enjoyed several of her books, although they’re somewhat cliche. After all, they are cozy mysteries. But this last novel seemed to stall and I finally skimmed through the last few chapters. I’ve noticed that about several of the Molly Murphy series, so I’m not sure I’ll read any more. Still, I’ve enjoyed the look at turn of the century New York. It certainly is a captivating time period. Of her two series, I prefer Her Royal Spyn Rhys Bowen is my go-to for winding down at the end of the day. I’ve enjoyed several of her books, although they’re somewhat cliche. After all, they are cozy mysteries. But this last novel seemed to stall and I finally skimmed through the last few chapters. I’ve noticed that about several of the Molly Murphy series, so I’m not sure I’ll read any more. Still, I’ve enjoyed the look at turn of the century New York. It certainly is a captivating time period. Of her two series, I prefer Her Royal Spyness. That series is humorous and dotted with interesting facts about Britain and the continent during the 1930s.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    Another Molly Murphy mystery completed. This time a missing girl found in the snow unconscious in Central Park. A ghost trying to kill someone before a musical opens at a theatre. Molly goes undercover. An investigation into whether someone will make a reputable husband and a robbery, murder with the mafia. Throw in an insane asylum and the tension between Daniel and Molly of their relationship and Daniel working for Molly. It all ties nicely together maybe to nicely. I am going to read one more Another Molly Murphy mystery completed. This time a missing girl found in the snow unconscious in Central Park. A ghost trying to kill someone before a musical opens at a theatre. Molly goes undercover. An investigation into whether someone will make a reputable husband and a robbery, murder with the mafia. Throw in an insane asylum and the tension between Daniel and Molly of their relationship and Daniel working for Molly. It all ties nicely together maybe to nicely. I am going to read one more and then take a break from the series. I do like how the author captures the early 1900s in New York.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    As time goes on, the previous Molly Murphy books fade into the mysterious and the unknown, forget that I do about them. The series of books, is in essence, something unique in its making. I've never seen a disparity and an unevenness in the writing prowess of the author. The result is a jagged writing style, as if the meaning of the prose has being written during an earthquake. Rhys Bowen probably needs to keep adding ingredients to the mixture. She wants to overload us with information. She mi As time goes on, the previous Molly Murphy books fade into the mysterious and the unknown, forget that I do about them. The series of books, is in essence, something unique in its making. I've never seen a disparity and an unevenness in the writing prowess of the author. The result is a jagged writing style, as if the meaning of the prose has being written during an earthquake. Rhys Bowen probably needs to keep adding ingredients to the mixture. She wants to overload us with information. She might be fearful of losing her reader's attention. For such an upbeat style, there are surprisingly lots of deaths in this series. There are victims, there are people whom you want to die yet they come back from the dead. Just ask Harry Potter. The author's bane has always been a confusing finale. Here the trials of Jessie are the key to solving a couple of mysteries that are interrelated somehow. You forget or buy it nevertheless because the readers care about the stakes and the sympathetic characters. The villains do not - most times - appear before the heroine. Some of the original characters are absent, while new ones pop up without being overbearing. There's a nice balance to the story and I can't put my finger on what made this book more successful(IMHO of course) than the others. Not a bad book to burn the midnight oil with.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    #7 in the Molly Murphy series. Finalist 2009 Bruce Alexander Award. Another fine entry in this cozy series that captures the flavor of turn of the 20th-Century New York City. A cameo appearance by reporter Nelly Bly and mentions of actress Sarah Bernhardt and alienist Sigmund Freud add to the period flavor, as does reference to that new invention the automobile. Molly Murphy series - In December 1902, Molly and her beau, suspended New York City police captain Daniel Sullivan, stumble on a near-dea #7 in the Molly Murphy series. Finalist 2009 Bruce Alexander Award. Another fine entry in this cozy series that captures the flavor of turn of the 20th-Century New York City. A cameo appearance by reporter Nelly Bly and mentions of actress Sarah Bernhardt and alienist Sigmund Freud add to the period flavor, as does reference to that new invention the automobile. Molly Murphy series - In December 1902, Molly and her beau, suspended New York City police captain Daniel Sullivan, stumble on a near-dead young woman in a Central Park snowdrift. Her passions roused, Molly sets out to discover the identity of the poor traumatized creature and that of whoever cast her into the snow "clad only in a flimsy white dress." Meanwhile, leading actress Blanche Lovejoy hires Molly to look into the ghostly shenanigans that threaten disaster for Blanche's soon-to-open new play. Molly also agrees to help a wealthy society matron who wishes to know if her missing Yale student nephew has vanished because of the murder he's suspected of committing. Theatrical life becomes the hinge on which everything swings, and Molly gamely takes to the stage as part of her assignment.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I have now read seven books in this series and although they are OK I keep finding myself disappointed. Molly is an interesting character and has the potential to be great kickass heroine, but every time I think this is what is happening the author makes her do something stupid and out of character. For example in this book Molly rescues a young woman from the snow then from being interned in an asylum, she takes her into her own home and pays for her care. Then the author wants us to believe she I have now read seven books in this series and although they are OK I keep finding myself disappointed. Molly is an interesting character and has the potential to be great kickass heroine, but every time I think this is what is happening the author makes her do something stupid and out of character. For example in this book Molly rescues a young woman from the snow then from being interned in an asylum, she takes her into her own home and pays for her care. Then the author wants us to believe she simply gives her away to two strange men so they can take her away and do anything they want to her!!!! This is just not in character and makes the book frustrating to read. Another weaknesses in the series is the relationship with Daniel, I wish she would just dump the arrogant, chauvinistic rat and embrace being an independent professional woman and her relationship with Sid and Gus.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I'm just not enjoying this series. The cases aren't that interesting. I find the heroine to be naive and foolish with moments of likability. I just plain don't like the male lead. He has no real respect for Molly and has such a condescending attitude toward her and her friends. The friends are actually the best characters and should have a larger role. I've one more already purchased and will finish it but that is probably it. I'm just not enjoying this series. The cases aren't that interesting. I find the heroine to be naive and foolish with moments of likability. I just plain don't like the male lead. He has no real respect for Molly and has such a condescending attitude toward her and her friends. The friends are actually the best characters and should have a larger role. I've one more already purchased and will finish it but that is probably it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Coller

    I really struggled to get into this one. There are several story lines going on at once and it seemed weird and very coincidental for them all to converge at the end. This one features Molly and Daniel teaming up---which actually took some fun out of it for me. Mostly because I am SO SICK of Daniel constantly running her down for wanting to follow her passion for detecting. He's really an idiot. Hope he shapes up soon. I really struggled to get into this one. There are several story lines going on at once and it seemed weird and very coincidental for them all to converge at the end. This one features Molly and Daniel teaming up---which actually took some fun out of it for me. Mostly because I am SO SICK of Daniel constantly running her down for wanting to follow her passion for detecting. He's really an idiot. Hope he shapes up soon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Grey853

    I was disappointed. Having read the Royal Spyness series, I expected more from this one. There wasn't much of a mystery and I wasn't impressed with the main characters. I was disappointed. Having read the Royal Spyness series, I expected more from this one. There wasn't much of a mystery and I wasn't impressed with the main characters.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Another solid cozy read. World: The world building is solid and sets up a different scenario for Molly Murphy, this time with the theatre an later an asylum. I would have thought that more time would have been spent with the asylum portion but the theatre section was quite fun. Story: Solid cozy mystery with a new coat of paint in the form of a new setting and theme. This time it’s the theatre and Molly finding a unresponsive woman which also deals with mental illness of the era. I love how Bowen Another solid cozy read. World: The world building is solid and sets up a different scenario for Molly Murphy, this time with the theatre an later an asylum. I would have thought that more time would have been spent with the asylum portion but the theatre section was quite fun. Story: Solid cozy mystery with a new coat of paint in the form of a new setting and theme. This time it’s the theatre and Molly finding a unresponsive woman which also deals with mental illness of the era. I love how Bowen is able to tie into the main cozy mystery the social commentary of how the mentally ill were dealt with at the time, it’s not over heavy handed but rather just part of the story. The end was a bit rushed I will say but overall a solid entry in the series. Characters: Molly is great as usual, her personal voice is distinct and her point of view is a great way to read she book. I am still not a fan of Daniel but oh well what can I do. The new characters were interesting and a sign of the times and really offer a perspective of the issues that this book was covering. Solid entry. Onward to the next book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pareena Padiyar

    4.5 stars ⭐️ So much better than her last two in the series which almost made me wanna quit the series but I’m a big Rhys Bowen fan so here I am ! A nice fun little cosy mystery. My only issue is with the male love interest, I hope molly doesn’t end up with him because I’ll be MAD !! I’m personally offended at the kinda things caption sullevan says to molly. I would smack him if I could 😡

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    I enjoyed seeing Nellie Bly as a character in the book & the info about the understanding (or misunderstanding) & study of mental health at the time.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy

    Another great story with several intertwined mysteries. Nice to see Molly and Daniel working together.

  21. 4 out of 5

    H L

    I really enjoyed the historical aspect of the novel, a look into NYC life at the turn of the last century. The main character Molly Murphy is fine, but I thought she should've been able to piece together the mystery a bit quicker. This novel, the 7th in a series, also referred to previous adventures a bit, and I didn't know what was going on (I chose this randomly at the library). Molly investigates a young Jewish man to see if he's okay to marry for the young woman's family; she investigates gh I really enjoyed the historical aspect of the novel, a look into NYC life at the turn of the last century. The main character Molly Murphy is fine, but I thought she should've been able to piece together the mystery a bit quicker. This novel, the 7th in a series, also referred to previous adventures a bit, and I didn't know what was going on (I chose this randomly at the library). Molly investigates a young Jewish man to see if he's okay to marry for the young woman's family; she investigates ghosts at a playhouse set to re-vitalize and aging stars (40!) career, a young woman found in the snow in central part who's lost her memory (Molly has to get herself committed to a madhouse to try and find the girl at the end), and a wealthy young man accused of stealing from his friends and killing the butler (this was done by the mob, who steal the young man's car with him and the young woman previously mentioned in it).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin Lee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can't figure out if Rhys Bowen bit off more than she could chew, or if Molly Murphy did. Usually I love Molly and her cockamamie schemes, but in this book she came off as a lovable dumbass. I'm glad she finally put Daniel in his place for always condescending to her about her profession...makes you want to pump your fist in the air for First Wave feminism. I can't figure out if Rhys Bowen bit off more than she could chew, or if Molly Murphy did. Usually I love Molly and her cockamamie schemes, but in this book she came off as a lovable dumbass. I'm glad she finally put Daniel in his place for always condescending to her about her profession...makes you want to pump your fist in the air for First Wave feminism.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I really enjoy Ms. Bowen's books, both in this series and the Her Royal Spyness series. The heroines of both are plucky, resourceful and have minds of their own. In this book Molly has several cases going at once, all three of which are interesting. I really enjoy Ms. Bowen's books, both in this series and the Her Royal Spyness series. The heroines of both are plucky, resourceful and have minds of their own. In this book Molly has several cases going at once, all three of which are interesting.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    This has all the makings of a good period mystery and yet the elements didn't come together for me. It seemed wooden and the mystery wasn't mysterious at all. This has all the makings of a good period mystery and yet the elements didn't come together for me. It seemed wooden and the mystery wasn't mysterious at all.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nancy H

    This is a great series, and this is good and intriguing entry in it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    One of the things I love about this series is the setting, this being New York in 1902. The city is still under construction. More people are arriving every day. There's a feel of vibrant life in the air, despite the poverty, the dirt and the smells. It's December, in the middle of a bitterly cold winter. Not a great time for Molly to be dressed in rags and pretending to be a road sweeper! But she is working on a case, looking into the habits and background of a potential husband for her client's One of the things I love about this series is the setting, this being New York in 1902. The city is still under construction. More people are arriving every day. There's a feel of vibrant life in the air, despite the poverty, the dirt and the smells. It's December, in the middle of a bitterly cold winter. Not a great time for Molly to be dressed in rags and pretending to be a road sweeper! But she is working on a case, looking into the habits and background of a potential husband for her client's daughter. They want to know if he is respectable. It is whilst doing this that she meets Nelly Bly, an investigative reporter, who will become important later in the book. Molly goes for a walk in Central Park with Captain Sullivan, and trips over a body in the snow. A young girl, in light evening clothes, is unconscious and, when she comes round, can't speak. Molly decides to look after her at home and find her family. At the same time, she is asked to help a friend of Oona Sheehan, a key character from a previous book. Blanche Lovejoy fears there is a ghost in the theatre where her new play is about to open. There have been mysterious accidents, and she is afraid it will kill her if it isn't stopped. She wants Molly to find it. And, as though that were not enough, she is then asked to find a missing man, JJ Halstead, who appears to have robbed a friend of a silver collection and some jewels. Daniel Sullivan is still on suspension, so he helps her with these cases. Oh, did I mention the Cosa Nostra, who turn out to be involved too?! So, it's a slightly bonkers set up, but I did enjoy this book. Even when Molly pretends to be insane, in order to get into the asylum where she believes the mute girl is being held against her will. Yes, really! It was an easy read, and I like the recurring characters of Sid and Gus, her neighbours, who live quite a Bohemian life with a great deal of gusto. Also Mrs Goodwin, the (very rare) female detective. Throughout this book, there are links to the theatre, and this added a level of fun and interest too. The ending did feel rushed though. I would have liked to have spent a bit more time finding out what happened to these various complicated plot lines. Nevertheless, great fun, and I'm looking forward to number 8 in this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Faythe Shattuck

    It’s wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Molly Murphy started her detective agency, she's completely snowed in with work. While she’s proving to be quite the entrepreneur and is very much in demand by some of Broadway’s brightest stars and Fifth Avenue’s richest families, she has to admit that if she’s going to work more than one case at a time, then she’s going to need some help. Molly’s beau, the wrongly suspended police captain Daniel Sullivan, would make the ideal associate, It’s wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Molly Murphy started her detective agency, she's completely snowed in with work. While she’s proving to be quite the entrepreneur and is very much in demand by some of Broadway’s brightest stars and Fifth Avenue’s richest families, she has to admit that if she’s going to work more than one case at a time, then she’s going to need some help. Molly’s beau, the wrongly suspended police captain Daniel Sullivan, would make the ideal associate, but before they can agree on the terms of his employment, they stumble upon a young woman lying unconscious on the edge of a snow-covered Central Park. When the woman wakes up she is disorientated and has lost her ability to speak, the authorities are about to pack her off to an insane asylum when Molly can’t help but step in and take on yet another case. The three mysteries are well written and are all full of twists, turns, red herrings, and some colorful characters. Of course the mysteries all intersect with each other as they are concluded as they normally do with this series. The book is entertaining to read while giving the reader a glimpse of what New York City was like at the turn of the century. I like that Molly saved the mystery girl from being sent to the asylum, by taking her home to be cared for while she tries to figure out who she is, what happened to her, and how she ended up in the park. I did like that even though she was let go from the theater case by the actress who hired her, she stayed around and found the true culprit was. I would like to see the author have Molly and Daniel's relationship move on to the next step or have them end their relationship so the characters can get on with their lives.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beachreader

    Four mysteries to solve simultaneously is too much for our young, spunky New York detective, so she enlists the help of ex policeman and semi-fiancee Daniel and the police matron whom she met in an earlier book. Of course, all mysteries are solved and two pairs of them so conveniently enterwine. I have several problems with this series. Molly continues to make impulsive, poor decisions. This is the 7th book. It is time for the author to allow Molly to grow in confidence and ability. At least she Four mysteries to solve simultaneously is too much for our young, spunky New York detective, so she enlists the help of ex policeman and semi-fiancee Daniel and the police matron whom she met in an earlier book. Of course, all mysteries are solved and two pairs of them so conveniently enterwine. I have several problems with this series. Molly continues to make impulsive, poor decisions. This is the 7th book. It is time for the author to allow Molly to grow in confidence and ability. At least she seems to be collecting more of her fees now, instead of working for deadbeat clients. But she also still vascillates between standing up to Daniel and giving in to him. He is hopelessly entrenched in his beliefs of female submission and intends to break Molly's spirit since male dominance is the only world he knows. He is not right for Molly, and I want him gone. If the author doesn't start moving these characters toward a more balanced relationship, I'm done with this series. I'll give it one more chance. This has been my big complaint with the lady Georgiana series too, but Bowen has allowed growth of her protagonists in that series. 2.5 stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    An interesting turn of events where her beau is sort of employed by his Love, Molly. Awkwardness ensues. What I find interesting with the Molly Murphy series, is despite being an unconventional and unusual woman for her time - she is not willing to abandon all convention and she really really wants to do something else other than be a lady detective. Molly is still really not that good of a detective.... she just has a lot of dumb luck. Coincidentally, Rhy Bowen's other cozy protagonist in Wales a An interesting turn of events where her beau is sort of employed by his Love, Molly. Awkwardness ensues. What I find interesting with the Molly Murphy series, is despite being an unconventional and unusual woman for her time - she is not willing to abandon all convention and she really really wants to do something else other than be a lady detective. Molly is still really not that good of a detective.... she just has a lot of dumb luck. Coincidentally, Rhy Bowen's other cozy protagonist in Wales also solves his cases by sheer dumb luck.... 7th in the Series, Molly is still not quite engaged because the Capt is still not exonerated. But we readers know she is going to marry. I just hope she does not abandon all of her independence in the next books. I wanted more historical data of the Police Commissioner job. All we know is Daniel is in the clear only after the current Commissioner leaves... This was not Bowen's better books. What keeps me coming back is the historical tidbits she inserts in each one. We already know of Freud from previous books. The attitude and methods towards mental illness is further discovered and there is a definite hint of the birth of Unions and the emergence of the Italian Mob.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Camilla

    I liked this one. I started to suspect the ending of one of the mysteries but it was wonderful to be able to see how all of the stories unfolded and interconnected. It was chilling to read of Molly's harrowing experience in the insane asylum. I had already read Nelly Bly's depiction of the same (she was also a character in this book!) but even being somewhat prepared for the conditions, I was still appalled. We've come a long way from throwing people in an institution and injecting them with dis I liked this one. I started to suspect the ending of one of the mysteries but it was wonderful to be able to see how all of the stories unfolded and interconnected. It was chilling to read of Molly's harrowing experience in the insane asylum. I had already read Nelly Bly's depiction of the same (she was also a character in this book!) but even being somewhat prepared for the conditions, I was still appalled. We've come a long way from throwing people in an institution and injecting them with diseases and abusing them for fun. I also loved getting more storyline with Daniel. Finally, my request from the previous book was answered in this one. Daniel and Molly develop their relationship in a natural way while also working through their cases. It was excellent to have Daniel help Molly with her cases during his suspension and I loved that Molly had so many cases to help fortify her bank account against the inevitable dry spells. Now that her living expenses are covered for a while, I'm content to see where the next mystery takes her.

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