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Irish immigrant-turned-private detective Molly Murphy comes to the aid of handsome NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan, who has been arrested for accepting bribes, as she sets out to prove that he has been framed, while also being drawn into the case of serial killer who has already murdered five prostitutes, in a mystery set in early 1900s New York.


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Irish immigrant-turned-private detective Molly Murphy comes to the aid of handsome NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan, who has been arrested for accepting bribes, as she sets out to prove that he has been framed, while also being drawn into the case of serial killer who has already murdered five prostitutes, in a mystery set in early 1900s New York.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I enjoyed this one a little less than the previous four books. Perhaps I have overindulged in Molly Murphy and need to let her have a little rest before I read the next one. It was still a very enjoyable and interesting story with the usual insights into life at that time. The introduction of a new character in the form of a woman who worked for the police was good although she immediately demonstrated one of the biggest faults in these books - that Molly has no clue how to do detective work at a I enjoyed this one a little less than the previous four books. Perhaps I have overindulged in Molly Murphy and need to let her have a little rest before I read the next one. It was still a very enjoyable and interesting story with the usual insights into life at that time. The introduction of a new character in the form of a woman who worked for the police was good although she immediately demonstrated one of the biggest faults in these books - that Molly has no clue how to do detective work at all. She just blunders around accusing people to their faces until the case somehow solves itself around her. So I guess my problem is that in five books Molly has not really made much character development at all. Nevertheless I will return to find out whether she marries the unreliable Daniel and whether she ever learns the tools of her trade. I will just wait a while first.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid

    4.5 stars Another delightful Molly Murphy mystery, always with that dash of Irishness in it. Can't help myself, I love it. 4.5 stars Another delightful Molly Murphy mystery, always with that dash of Irishness in it. Can't help myself, I love it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Another great mystery in this series. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about Molly's adventures as she solves mysteries, exposing corruption in the early 1900's. She can be full of spunk, pushing the boundaries of the acceptable role of the early 1900's woman one minute, then very vulnerable the next. One gets a glimpse of what life was like for people in the different classes at this point in time. Although a driving force for the story, the reader sees very little of Molly's love interest. Ca Another great mystery in this series. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about Molly's adventures as she solves mysteries, exposing corruption in the early 1900's. She can be full of spunk, pushing the boundaries of the acceptable role of the early 1900's woman one minute, then very vulnerable the next. One gets a glimpse of what life was like for people in the different classes at this point in time. Although a driving force for the story, the reader sees very little of Molly's love interest. Can't wait to read more in this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    This, I'm sad to say, is where I end my acquaintance with the Molly Murphy Mystery series. Although well-written, just like the previous four books, I found too many things to be off-putting in this fifth addition to the series. Molly is back from her assignment in upstate New York and is yet again lacking in cash and cases to keep her afloat. However, she suddenly finds all her time consumed when she is summoned to the Tombs, the city's harsh and unforgiving prison. There, she finds Daniel Sull This, I'm sad to say, is where I end my acquaintance with the Molly Murphy Mystery series. Although well-written, just like the previous four books, I found too many things to be off-putting in this fifth addition to the series. Molly is back from her assignment in upstate New York and is yet again lacking in cash and cases to keep her afloat. However, she suddenly finds all her time consumed when she is summoned to the Tombs, the city's harsh and unforgiving prison. There, she finds Daniel Sullivan, his situation much changed: he has broken off his engagement to Arabella Norton, but is now in jail on trumped up charges. Daniel swears he's innocent and Molly, despite her still uncertain feelings towards him, believes him. With the entire police force against him, Daniel asks Molly to help him. Her investigation leads her to Daniel's two other investigations-a horse doping case and the more sensational East Side Ripper case involving the killings of prostitutes-as possible motives for wanting him out of the way. Add to this a seemingly-unconnected missing persons case from, of all people, Arabella Norton, and Molly has her hands full. If that wasn't enough, Molly also finds herself pregnant, which causes her to be sick and emotionally unstable for the entirety of the book as she goes back and forth about whether or not to keep the baby. This also forces her to consider her feelings towards Daniel, which, per usual, go back and forth. Although the addition of a friend and ally in the form of police matron Sabella Goodwin helps to stabilize Molly somewhat, it isn't enough to keep feelings of annoyance at bay: Molly is usually such a strong character, and so I was able to forgive her incessant back-and-forth with Daniel because of it, but in this novel, she's reduced to an emotional wreck who literally can't stop crying. And although I love Sid and Gus, they're starting to become too bland; they blend into the background and only seem to be kept in the story in order to keep Molly from being completely devoid of companionship. Truth be told, the only thing that kept me going in this book was unraveling the thick plot and discovering who was behind it all. That made it worth the read, although yet again the very end was rushed and left me uncertain as to how Molly truly feels towards Daniel, which seem to change from chapter to chapter, let alone book to book. I suppose I'm just tired of the see-sawing dance Molly is doing. That and her amateur investigator skills; you would think about four books she would have learned something, but beyond a few good insights, she still fumbles around in book five. Sabella had a better grasp than she did, and she was only a police matron! Everything is becoming too repetitive for me, and so with a heavy heart, I'm afraid I must bid Ms. Murphy adieu.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Oh Danny Boy 4 Stars When New York police captain Daniel Sullivan is arrested for taking bribes, he turns to fledgling PI Molly Murphy for help. Despite Daniel's past actions, Molly cannot leave him to rot in jail and sets out to prove he was framed. Soon she finds herself investigting several leads from horse doping, to illegal prizefighting to missing girls and even a serial killer plaguing the streets of the East Side. While it has been a while since I read the last book, it is easy to get back Oh Danny Boy 4 Stars When New York police captain Daniel Sullivan is arrested for taking bribes, he turns to fledgling PI Molly Murphy for help. Despite Daniel's past actions, Molly cannot leave him to rot in jail and sets out to prove he was framed. Soon she finds herself investigting several leads from horse doping, to illegal prizefighting to missing girls and even a serial killer plaguing the streets of the East Side. While it has been a while since I read the last book, it is easy to get back into the swing of things. Molly is a charming heroine, but she is still running around without much knowledge or skill and more often than not stumbles on the truth quite accidentally. Nevertheless, the mystery is intriguing albeit darker than some of the previous cases. The serial killer plot is disturbing and highlights an issue that persists well into the 21st century, i.e., the idea that murdered prostitutes are somehow less deserving of justice. The eventual explanation is believable, and the climax and resolution are exciting and suspenseful. Molly and Daniel's relationship remains the weakest aspect of the series. Given his behavior and the events in this book, it is difficult to see how they will be able to reconcile their differences. There really needs to be an excellent amount of groveling if he is to redeem himself. Overall, it is fun getting back into the series and I look forward to the next installment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Oh Danny Boy is the fifth installment in the Molly Murphy mystery series set in early twentieth century New York City. One of the strongest elements in these books is how Rhys Bowen so clearly ensconces the reader into the time frame of this city full of immigrants. It is the Irish immigrants with whom we gain familiarity most, as Molly is an Irish young woman with all the sauce and temperament of the red-haired Irish lass. She is determined to make her own way in a male-dominated city and profe Oh Danny Boy is the fifth installment in the Molly Murphy mystery series set in early twentieth century New York City. One of the strongest elements in these books is how Rhys Bowen so clearly ensconces the reader into the time frame of this city full of immigrants. It is the Irish immigrants with whom we gain familiarity most, as Molly is an Irish young woman with all the sauce and temperament of the red-haired Irish lass. She is determined to make her own way in a male-dominated city and profession as a private investigator. The author is most adept at contrasting the accepted male and female roles in the early 1900s. One of the most admirable characteristics of Molly is her refusal to accept the limitations placed on her a a female and Irish immigrant. In this latest book, Molly is faced with major and possible life altering problems, both professional and personal. Her complicated relationship with police Captain Daniel Sullivan takes on a reversal of roles, as she is now the one who must rescue and keep Daniel safe. He is no longer in a position to aid, or, as Molly sometimes sees it, hinder her with any police involvement, as Daniel finds himself in jail and accused of serious infractions against the police code and the law. It is up to Molly to prove that Daniel was set up and gain his release from "The Tombs," where many strong and healthy people go in, but where it is an arduous struggle to survive. In searching for answers to the questions surrounding Daniel's downfall, Molly finds herself in the middle of a serial killer investigation which takes on the nightmarish deception of a funny-house mirror. In her attempts to root out the truth, Molly encounters Police Matron Sabella Goodwin, a character based on real-life Isabella Goodwin, who in 1912 was appointed as the first female first grade detective on the New York City police force. In 1902, Sabella is fighting her own battles of prejudice against women, and it is great luck that Molly finds a kindred spirit and ally in her. It is a long and winding road to ferret out the facts for these two investigators, and Molly will experience both personal tragedy and professional frustration throughout.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie Sholty

    Alternative Title: Daniel the Deceiver Meets Karma Anyone else want a cat fight between Molly and N (Spell check is really not liking her name, hence, "N".) Or at least a really good catty back and forth? I feel as if N and Molly were a bit too civilized about it. The plot is a tangled web of murder, a dead horse, prize fights, and missing girls. Molly as per usual bungles her way through the seedier side of New York in effort to free Daniel's name and get him out of the Tombs. What is different Alternative Title: Daniel the Deceiver Meets Karma Anyone else want a cat fight between Molly and N (Spell check is really not liking her name, hence, "N".) Or at least a really good catty back and forth? I feel as if N and Molly were a bit too civilized about it. The plot is a tangled web of murder, a dead horse, prize fights, and missing girls. Molly as per usual bungles her way through the seedier side of New York in effort to free Daniel's name and get him out of the Tombs. What is different about Oh, Danny Boy, is that Molly really starts to come into her own. She finally gives herself moments to give into her feminine weakness and let's herself fall apart. Sometimes a good cry is necessary for perspective. *Molly is most definitely the 20th century Irish Stephanie Plum.*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Miz Lizzie

    Not quite as strong as the previous Molly Murphy entries, this adventure is both darker and duller with Molly overlooking the obvious villain for far too long in the narrative. Then, again, Molly is a little preoccupied with an unexpected pregnancy and her on-again-off-again beau, Captain Daniel Sullivan, behind bars. A Jack the Ripper-like case is the backbone of the mystery though there are several other red herring cases thrown in as well. Sabella Goodwin, an actual historical character who w Not quite as strong as the previous Molly Murphy entries, this adventure is both darker and duller with Molly overlooking the obvious villain for far too long in the narrative. Then, again, Molly is a little preoccupied with an unexpected pregnancy and her on-again-off-again beau, Captain Daniel Sullivan, behind bars. A Jack the Ripper-like case is the backbone of the mystery though there are several other red herring cases thrown in as well. Sabella Goodwin, an actual historical character who worked for the New York police first as a matron and then as a detective, is introduced and the subsequent bonding between her and Molly is quite engaging, even if it means Molly takes more of a backseat on some of the detecting.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    Books are starting to feel as empty as films as far as I'm concerned. I'm missing too much wordplay and repartee and I'm not able to extract the most of the books that I chose. Take the title 'Death Of Riley' for example. It's derived from an expression 'life of Riley'. I didn't know that until I read Oh Danny Boy, which is itself a referencing title to a song. Yet again, take the example of the Ryan O'Hare character, who is a flaming bisexual metrosexual ahead of his time. He's supposed to be Books are starting to feel as empty as films as far as I'm concerned. I'm missing too much wordplay and repartee and I'm not able to extract the most of the books that I chose. Take the title 'Death Of Riley' for example. It's derived from an expression 'life of Riley'. I didn't know that until I read Oh Danny Boy, which is itself a referencing title to a song. Yet again, take the example of the Ryan O'Hare character, who is a flaming bisexual metrosexual ahead of his time. He's supposed to be this very witty persona, larger than life. To me he doesn't come across as vibrant. That's because I'm missing too much of the dialog and the jokes. I'm at a crossroad here. Books are turning to be as unimportant as movies. What to do? I must think.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Suzanna

    I didn't enjoy this book. I managed for force myself to read about half of it, and finally gave it up. In my opinion, this author has little talent. I'm amazed she is so successful -- perhaps I picked a poor example of her work. To me, this read like a second-rate television mystery show; it makes "Murder, She Wrote" look more like "Masterpiece Theatre". The characters are shallow and typey, and similarly the language is canned goods as caviar. The story was predictable. No good news on this one I didn't enjoy this book. I managed for force myself to read about half of it, and finally gave it up. In my opinion, this author has little talent. I'm amazed she is so successful -- perhaps I picked a poor example of her work. To me, this read like a second-rate television mystery show; it makes "Murder, She Wrote" look more like "Masterpiece Theatre". The characters are shallow and typey, and similarly the language is canned goods as caviar. The story was predictable. No good news on this one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I liked this story. Not always happy with Molly and her decisions in this installment, but overall a decent story. I wonder if any of the new characters will make appearances in future installments. I enjoy reading about NYC and the surrounding area in the late 1800's. I also liked the addition of 2 REAL people into the story - Police Matron Goodwin and Police Commissioner Patridge - even if we didn't know they were real until the postscript at the end of the book. Anxious to read Mystery #6. I liked this story. Not always happy with Molly and her decisions in this installment, but overall a decent story. I wonder if any of the new characters will make appearances in future installments. I enjoy reading about NYC and the surrounding area in the late 1800's. I also liked the addition of 2 REAL people into the story - Police Matron Goodwin and Police Commissioner Patridge - even if we didn't know they were real until the postscript at the end of the book. Anxious to read Mystery #6.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Cozy, simple, fun. World: The world building is solid. It’s a continuation of the world that Bowen has created for Molly and we get a large dose of Coney Island and also the police force this time and that’s a fun little piece of New York. Story: Fairly straightforward and cozy with the pacing well done. Nothing really of note in terms of creativity and the plot but it was well written and enjoyable for what it was. I did like the changing of the status quo for Molly and O’Sullivan and there is fi Cozy, simple, fun. World: The world building is solid. It’s a continuation of the world that Bowen has created for Molly and we get a large dose of Coney Island and also the police force this time and that’s a fun little piece of New York. Story: Fairly straightforward and cozy with the pacing well done. Nothing really of note in terms of creativity and the plot but it was well written and enjoyable for what it was. I did like the changing of the status quo for Molly and O’Sullivan and there is finally some forward momentum there. Characters: Molly is a fun character and her personal voice is strong and enjoyable. Her point of view allows for readers to enjoy the world that Bowen has created. The rest of the cast are here and they are solid, the new pieces are what they are suppose to be and I was surprised by where Bowen went with O’Sullivan’s fiance. Solid for the series. Nice, cosy, fun. Onward to the next book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    John

    Another enjoyable story set in 1900s New York. Her on again off again man wrongly arrested and in the damp Tombs prison. This story takes us to Coney Island, a serial killer and Molly has a dilemma. I failed to identify the murderer although it was difficult with so many characters. I like the Annabel subplot and the intros oof a policewoman detective. I really enjoy reading these albeit that they are formulaic. I already have the next two in the series lined up to read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eed99

    I think in the series so far this was my favorite mystery Molly has had to solve. Molly is actually trying to solve multiple mysteries and the further she delves into each of them, the more she discovers they are connected. I enjoyed her various explorations in New York and Coney Island. I also like the fact that Molly seems to be making connections in the police and gangs along the way just through her tenacious nature. I think the two things that still stand out most are the way the City is bro I think in the series so far this was my favorite mystery Molly has had to solve. Molly is actually trying to solve multiple mysteries and the further she delves into each of them, the more she discovers they are connected. I enjoyed her various explorations in New York and Coney Island. I also like the fact that Molly seems to be making connections in the police and gangs along the way just through her tenacious nature. I think the two things that still stand out most are the way the City is brought to life and the way Bowen weaves real events and/or real people from the history of the city into her stories, and she doesn't fail in this story to deliver. I think the two things that kept me from seeing this as a 5 star-was the almost complete lack of Daniel in the action of the story (makes sense in the context but I still missed him) and I also missed Bridie and Shamey-two characters who while minor I enjoyed and I hope their lack of a presence in this story doesn't mean they won't be part of future stories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin Lee

    This book takes a darker tack on Molly Murphy's life, and that of the goings-on around Coney Island. I really enjoyed her character development. I was also pleased that Ryan, Sid, and Gus took a backseat, as they were becoming caricatures in the last book. Another great installment in this series! This book takes a darker tack on Molly Murphy's life, and that of the goings-on around Coney Island. I really enjoyed her character development. I was also pleased that Ryan, Sid, and Gus took a backseat, as they were becoming caricatures in the last book. Another great installment in this series!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: There was that maniacal laughter again. Premise/plot: Molly Murphy stars in her fifth but far from final mystery novel in Oh Danny Boy. In this one, Molly takes on her toughest case yet. Captain Daniel Sullivan is in JAIL. He's been accused of accepting bribes and arranging a prizefight. Daniel assures Molly that he is completely innocent--well mostly. Will she do what she can to clear his name? So long as it doesn't, you know, actually involve talking to anyone who might be dang First sentence: There was that maniacal laughter again. Premise/plot: Molly Murphy stars in her fifth but far from final mystery novel in Oh Danny Boy. In this one, Molly takes on her toughest case yet. Captain Daniel Sullivan is in JAIL. He's been accused of accepting bribes and arranging a prizefight. Daniel assures Molly that he is completely innocent--well mostly. Will she do what she can to clear his name? So long as it doesn't, you know, actually involve talking to anyone who might be dangerous (other police officers, mob bosses and gangsters, etc.) The case he gives her isn't exactly the case she takes up. She will clear his name no matter what. She'll use false names, go dangerous places, follow leads where they lead her. Clearing Daniel's name isn't the ONLY thing on her mind these days. But a new friend or two helps clarify things there as well. I hope that Mrs. Goodwin sticks around for other books. This lady police officer was a delight. My thoughts: I definitely found this to be an absorbing read. I was happy that the love triangle did not magically reappear. Though there are obstacles standing in the way of the couple's happily ever after, none of the obstacles are other love interests.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I highly recommend this compelling mystery which takes place in 1902 in New York City and is very evocative of that time and place. Molly Murphy, a female private detective, is trying desperately to free her friend and former lover, police detective Daniel Sullivan from jail. She is convinced of his innocence and believes him when he claims to have been framed although he does not know how or why. Molly is joined by her bohemian friends, Sid and Gus as well as Sabella Goodwin (a historical figur I highly recommend this compelling mystery which takes place in 1902 in New York City and is very evocative of that time and place. Molly Murphy, a female private detective, is trying desperately to free her friend and former lover, police detective Daniel Sullivan from jail. She is convinced of his innocence and believes him when he claims to have been framed although he does not know how or why. Molly is joined by her bohemian friends, Sid and Gus as well as Sabella Goodwin (a historical figure who was the first female police detective in Manhattan) as she strives to free Daniel. This book features a wonderful cast of characters and presents many social issues of the time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amybarker

    This book was sad in parts and had a few chapters in the middle that made me wonder where this was going... and not in a good way. Overall, this is still not my favorite series (Lady Georgie, anyone?), but this was a pretty good installment. The mystery was good and it had an exciting end. I do wish there would be a little more TO the end, as it felt like there was so much more to say! But at least with a series like this, you hope things will be addressed in the next book...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Coller

    This one took on a pretty serious tone but was better written than the last couple I read. While coincidental, the story was still pretty good. Plus, arrogant Daniel got knocked down a few notches...not such a bad thing. Trigger warning: the story deals with abortion and the loss of a child.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I'm still enjoying the series. This one was a little less enjoyable but I think it was because Daniel was too petulant (I suppose he had a right considering how things were going for him) but I still enjoyed the story. I'm still enjoying the series. This one was a little less enjoyable but I think it was because Daniel was too petulant (I suppose he had a right considering how things were going for him) but I still enjoyed the story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana Soldatova

    Very good as every other book in this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    Don’t like Daniel much so I wasn’t really invested in poor him. It was fun trying to solve the mysteries along with Molly, though.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Haddock

    Is it me or does this series get better and better? Molly faces new challenges with help from a new friend or two, and I hope some of them will turn up in subsequent books. (No, I haven't caught all the way up in the series yet, but I'm working on it!) Is it me or does this series get better and better? Molly faces new challenges with help from a new friend or two, and I hope some of them will turn up in subsequent books. (No, I haven't caught all the way up in the series yet, but I'm working on it!)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

    Story: 4 stars Narration: 3 stars Narration by Nicole Barber

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Molly's sometimes boyfriend Daniel is arrested for police corruption, which is crazy despite the evidence against him. Molly, naturally, tries to clear his name. This book is great for characters development of both Molly and Daniel not to mention a great mystery. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers. Molly's sometimes boyfriend Daniel is arrested for police corruption, which is crazy despite the evidence against him. Molly, naturally, tries to clear his name. This book is great for characters development of both Molly and Daniel not to mention a great mystery. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Love this series, look forward to more. Molly is an 17th century would be private investigator and the love of her life is in prison and needs her help. He boldness and wit get her into dangerous situations and with the help of her friends she keeps pushing buttons and asking questions until something pops.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    I continue reading Molly Murphy books through my library. I feel the series gets better with each book. In this one Daniel Sullivan is framed and in place in the Tombs. Molly works by herself to help him. All leads to those who might help are close to her. The ending is a surprise. Now on to IN DUBLIN'S FAIR CITY. I continue reading Molly Murphy books through my library. I feel the series gets better with each book. In this one Daniel Sullivan is framed and in place in the Tombs. Molly works by herself to help him. All leads to those who might help are close to her. The ending is a surprise. Now on to IN DUBLIN'S FAIR CITY.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pareena Padiyar

    2.5⭐️ Okay so this wasn’t as good as the others . I don’t like Daniel at all and the back & forth just made me hate him even more. I hope molly doesn’t end up with him because that’s gonna piss me off. As far as the mystery plot goes , things were all over the place. Seemly unrelated cases just nicely get tied up & get solved together 😪

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sian Jones

    I learned that I'm very much over the romantic plot of this series. Danny Boy is a ... how do I put this politely? A douche. I'm sorry to use such formal language, but there we are. Is it wrong of me to want Molly to meet a nice friend of Sid and Gus's and settle down? I learned that I'm very much over the romantic plot of this series. Danny Boy is a ... how do I put this politely? A douche. I'm sorry to use such formal language, but there we are. Is it wrong of me to want Molly to meet a nice friend of Sid and Gus's and settle down?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Massanutten Regional Library

    Judy, North River staff, July 2016, 5 stars: Excellent series about a headstrong Irish lass who refuses to conform to 1900s requirements for women. Runs a detective agency, lives in bohemian New York, has bohemian friends. Well written and engaging. I am thoroughly enjoying the series.

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