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Murphy's law : a Molly Murphy mystery 1st ed.
    Bowen, Rhys.
Publisher: St. Martin's Press,
Pub date: 2001.
Pages: 226 p.
ISBN: 0312282060
Item info: 4 copies available at Alfred Box of Books Library, Hammondsport - Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Library, Penn Yan Public Library, and Wellsville - David A. Howe Public Library.
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Summary
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.
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Publishers Weekly Review
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. As Molly's beau, Daniel Sullivan, New York's youngest police captain, informs her, "women do not become investigators." Molly attempts to follow Daniel's advice rather than her own desires by taking a more appropriate position as companion to an elderly lady friend of the Sullivan family. The job is short-lived when Molly learns that her Daniel is already engaged to the old lady's niece. But the fury of the woman scorned spurs her to pursue her own dream, and she lands a job with PI Paddy Riley. Also short-lived is her new employer, as Molly barely escapes death when she interrupts Paddy's murderer searching his office. The police show little interest in solving the case, making Molly doubly committed to solving the crime on her own. Molly's hunt leads her to Greenwich Village's artsy community and results in her posing as a nude model. Bowen nicely blends history and fiction as she whisks Molly into a plot involving anarchists and even the assassination of President McKinley. This light romantic mystery should please most cozy fans. (Dec. 16) FYI: Bowen is also the author of Evans to Betsy (Forecasts, Feb. 18) and five other novels in her mystery series featuring Welsh constable Evan Evans. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
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Leader amKa0c
Date/time stamp 20010726084241.0
Fixed field data 010716s2001 nyu 000 1 eng d
LCCN 2001041977
ISBN 0312282060 : $22.95
Local system # (Sirsi) i9780312282066
Local system # (Sirsi) ACJ-3138
Local system # LCMARC/AZX-9439/STL_MARCIA
LC Call Number PR6052.O848 M87 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 823/.914 21
Local call number Fiction
Personal Author Bowen, Rhys.
Title Murphy's law : a Molly Murphy mystery / Rhys Bowen.
Edition 1st ed.
Publication info New York : St. Martin's Press, 2001.
Projected pub date 0110
Physical description 226 p.
Held by ALFRED HAMMONDSPT PENNYAN WELLSVILLE
Subject term Fugitives from justice--Fiction.
Subject term Irish--United States--Fiction.
Subject term Young women--Fiction.
Genre index term Detective and mystery stories.
Off line Library Fiction ALFRED