Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law

A Molly Murphy Mystery

Large Print - 2003
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With the sweeping skyline of ninteenth 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 fiery redhead Molly Murphy escapes from her Irish village after inadvertently causing the death of the young laird. She finds herself in possession of a steerage ticket to New York with a false identity and believes her whole life is ahead of her full of promise. But there is one hurdle to cross--Ellis Island--where another murder takes place, and she is the prime suspect. She has run-ins with the police and Tammany Hall, becomes close to the handsome police captain, and must clear her own name. 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.
Publisher: Hampton Falls, N.H. : Beeler Large Print, 2003
Edition: A Beeler Large Print ed
ISBN: 9781574904857
Call Number: LARGE PRINT M Bowen Rh
Characteristics: 244 p. (large print) ; 25 cm


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Jun 27, 2017

A fan of Molly Murphy and turn of the 20th century detective novels, this first book is a necessary read to grasp Molly's circumstances of arriving in the United States.

This is a series for which it is highly beneficial to read in sequential order, as characters lives and relationships evolve from one novel to the next.

Molly is plucky, red haired and Irish (including the infamous temper) and always one step away from disaster. She is highly independent for a woman at the turn of the 1900's and would rather get into a predicament from which she has to extricate herself (often with need of help), rather than have to depend on the services of an infuriating man, notably the captain of the New York Police, with whom she is desperately falling in love.

AL_SHARON Aug 15, 2016

Great page turner, especially to those who have emigrated like myself. Rich and strong characters. This book has it all, murder, love loss and the will to belong.

May 28, 2015

I read a later Molly Murphy book and it was so good I went back to the beginning. My own Grandmother came in from Ellis Island from Poland. I am really sad I never asked her anything about it, or her coming over on the ship. Anyway, this is a wonderful series and I look forward to catching up with Molly Murphy and all of her exploits.

Oct 11, 2013


Sep 15, 2013

The first book in a series which I think I will really enjoy. Set in the 1900s, the main character is Molly Murphy who escapes from Ireland to New York after killing a man in self-defence. The story follows Molly's first days in her new country which sees her fighting for survival and embroiled in yet another murder.

May 13, 2013

Great first book in the series. Interesting characters and the info about coming to America traveling in steerage and Ellis Island makes me thankful I didn't have to go through the process!


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