Friday, September 12, 2008


Author:  Rhys Bowen
Genre:  Historical Mystery
Published:  2001
Personal Rating:  4.25/5
Yearly Count:  121

Molly Murphy, a red-headed Irish 23-year-old, is on the run and wanted for murder.  Seeking refuge, she finds herself in the presence of a woman that needs her help - help in taking her children to America.  Even with this perfect plan, Molly realizes that everything will not be perfect or easy, and she's right.  A whole new host of problems occur when Molly arrives on Ellis Island.  She and a new found friend from the ship happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and become suspects in a murder on the island.  Molly is determined to prove their innocence.  She is on a mission and nothing will stop her from seeking freedom.     

Ahhhh.  This was truly an enjoyable book from beginning to end, with one big exception - there were way too many manufactured scenes!  I can handle one here and there, but they were just flying all over the place and that ruined it for me.  Other than that, the book was very good.  I enjoyed the timeframe, Ireland, the NYC setting along with Ellis Island, the murder mystery, Molly, etc.  There was a very realistic gritty nature to it that I found intriguing.  I received much more than I expected and look forward to even more. 

Murphy's Law is the first in the Molly Murphy series with Death of Riley next in line.  There will be a total of 8 in the series when Tell Me, Pretty Maiden is released in March, 2009.  I better get movin'.


  1. This really does sound quite good. My tbr list is getting so long now that I think I'll get a spreadsheet going. lol.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Dar ~ I'm hoping the next book is less contrived because I really did like this one. :)

    Speaking of a "spreadsheet", I just created one for my bookshelves. I have one for all the books I've read since 2003, but didn't have one for owned books.

    It's currently Saturday morning and it's raining here. I have housework to do, but maybe, just maybe I'll pick up a book on this dreary day. Hope you get to read some (or a lot), too!

  3. It's quite nice here today surprisingly. We're supposed to get a spurt of nice weather for this next week and I need it before winter hits. I just got ingredients together for chili and it will sit in the slow cooker 6 hrs. I am going to spend the rest of the day reading and doing more reading cause that's what I feel like doing today-foo foo on the housework. lol.

  4. Dar ~ I'm in Michigan and we are going to be getting the residuals of Hurricane Ike! It's going to be raining here through Wednesday! Talk about gloomy! And I didn't clean or read - I fell asleep and still feel groggy. :(

  5. That's icky Joy. I don't like continual rain-like you say it's gloomy. Doesn't make a person feel like doing a thing.

  6. This sounds good..another series to add to my ever-growing list. Thanks!

  7. Dar ~ It's STILL raining!!!

    Samantha ~ I think you'd like it.

  8. I've added it to my wishlist! You're becoming a good source of mystery books for me! :-)

  9. Joanna ~ If your wish comes true, I hope you enjoy it. :)


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