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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (31 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312984977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312984977
  • ASIN: 0312984979
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 772,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although I now live in California, I'm a transplanted Brit--born in Bath, but my mother's family comes from Wales. Hence my first mystery series featured a Welsh police constable (the Constable Evans Mysteries of which there are 10). I've been a writer all my life but finally decided to write what I like to read--mystery novels with a great sense of time and place.
I currently write two series: The Molly Murphy mysteries set in 1900s New York City, featuring an Irish immigrant woman, and the lighter Royal Spyness Mysteries about a minor royal in 1930s England. She's Lady Georgiana, 34th in line to the throne, but completely penniless. These have been described by Booklist as "a smashing romp."
My books have been nominated for every major mystery award in the US and I have won 9 including Agatha, Anthony and MacAvity awards.

My Royal Spyness books ring true because I married into a family that once owned stately homes and has cousins with funny nicknames. So many good anecdotes there! The Royal Spyness books currently have a movie option and I'm hoping they will become more available in Britain.

When I'm not writing I love to travel, hike, sing, play my Celtic harp and generally enjoy lie.

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"Conveys a nice sense of place and period in this debut of a new historical series with its spunky, 19th century heroine, Molly Murphy."-"-Publishers Weekly"

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'Irish humour and gritty determination. with charm and optimism.'

Anne Perry

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Molly Murphy has just been given a get out of jail free card. Running because she's accidentally killed a man, she's offered the chance to take a woman's place on a boat bound for America. Once on board, she encounters a rude man and has a very public fight with him. When that man is murdered on Ellis Island, Molly finds herself and a new friend among the chief suspects. Frightened she might be sent back to face the hangman, she decides to find the real killer on her own. But can this new arrival find the killer in New York City when she doesn't know her way around and doesn't know anyone?
Molly is a head strong character who leaps first and considers the consequences later. It was fun watching her try to get herself out of several sticky situations. The setting, 1901 New York City, is brought to life, and I enjoyed learning a bit more about the time and place. My only real complaint is that the book took a while to get started. The plot starts slowly, but it picks up speed as it goes along.
As a fan of this author's Constable Evans books, I'm looking forward to reading more about Molly as well. There is potential here for another great series with another interesting setting. Write on, Ms. Bowen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Feb. 2012
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This is the first in a series of period mysteries introducing Molly Murphy, an enterprising, turn of the twentieth century Irish woman who comes to America to escape the law in Ireland, having committed a serious crime in self-defense. Set in the early 1900s, the book is replete with period detail. Those who enjoy mysteries and historical fiction will find much to enjoy in this Agatha Award winning novel.

When Molly arrives in America, she immediately comes under the scrutiny of law enforcement, as a fellow passenger, with whom she had had a public argument, is murdered on Ellis Island. She meets Captain Daniel Sullivan in the process, and her Irish charm makes an indelible impression upon him.

Molly manages to leave Ellis Island under her own steam but, wary that she might be a suspect, she is determined to find the killer on her own. Her search takes her through various New York neighborhoods, all with a flavor of their own. She also gets to know Captain Daniel Sullivan a bit better, and the sparks fly.

This book certainly held my interest and made me want to read the other books in this series. With a well-plotted storyline, a host of interesting characters, and a plucky, intelligent heroine, this appears to be a promising series of books. Molly Murphy is a character that is here to stay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 6 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
First of all let me point out that this book has nothing to do with the well known Murphy's Law :)
Although the mystery part of the plot is not extremely elaborated, this book is worth reading. The author describes New York in the times were the Irish were immigrating to the city in a way that keeps you intersted throughout the book.
Very good choice for light reading!
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I'm currently on a British Mysteries kick so I was not looking to spend any time in America but the opening lines of this book grabbed me straight away. Molly Murphy is a strong and admirable character and is constantly fighting for her right to peace and freedom. I was gripped by the plight of the British 'lower class' immigrants and the poor conditions they had to endure. I was outraged at the treatment they received at the hands of those paid to 'process' them into the New World in New York and I despised the double standards brought about by money and class. I was also charmed by the protagonist's determination and wit and the humanity that is extended to those in need.

Rhys Bowen made this novel seem real and educated me about the conditions of immigrants in turn-of-the-centry New York, something that I knew very little about. The murder mystery was well handled but the charm of the novel is the main characters and the adversity that Molly faces and over which she ultimately triumphs. I look forward to reading more in the series and I highly recommend this for fans of mystery series. I found it well-written, realistically drawn and highly entertaining.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable Historical Debut 10 Oct. 2002
By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Molly Murphy has just been given a get out of jail free card. Running because she's accidentally killed a man, she's offered the chance to take a woman's place on a boat bound for America. Once on board, she encounters a rude man and has a very public fight with him. When that man is murdered on Ellis Island, Molly finds herself and a new friend among the chief suspects. Frightened she might be sent back to face the hangman, she decides to find the real killer on her own. But can this new arrival find the killer in New York City when she doesn't know her way around and doesn't know anyone?
Molly is a head strong character who leaps first and considers the consequences later. It was fun watching her try to get herself out of several sticky situations. The setting, 1901 New York City, is brought to life, and I enjoyed learning a bit more about the time and place. My only real complaint is that the book took a while to get started. The plot starts slowly, but it picks up speed as it goes along.
As a fan of this author's Constable Evans books, I'm looking forward to reading more about Molly as well. There is potential here for another great series with another interesting setting. Write on, Ms. Bowen!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I love Molly! 15 Sept. 2010
By tricia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Each and every Molly mystery is filled with historical information, which is fed ever so lightly and creates a realistic flavor. The characters are well developed, the stories well plotted and each a treasure in its own right. I read these 9 books in just 3 weeks. Once started, I couldn't stop! I am happy I read them in order, and you may want to consider this as well. Since many of them have been awarded mysteries top writing awards, I have created a list for you to read which book received which award, and placed them in order according to publication date in case you too would like to read them in order:
Murphy's Law (2001)
2001 Agatha Award for Best Novel
Finalist 2002 Mary Higgins Clark Award

Death of Riley (2002)
Finalist 2002 Agatha Award for Best Novel

For the Love of Mike (2003)
2004 Anthony Award for Best Historical Novel
Finalist 2004 Macavity Award for Best Novel

In Like Flynn (2005)
Finalist 2006 Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel

Oh Danny Boy (2006)
2007 Macavity Award for Best Historical Novel
Finalist 2007 Barry Award for Best Novel

In Dublin's Fair City (2007)

Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (2008)
Finalist 2009 Bruce Alexander Award

In a Gilded Cage (2009)
Finalist 2010 Bruce Alexander Award

The Last Illusion (2010)

I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did!!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Fun mystery with Irish girl in Old New York 16 Aug. 2006
By Christina Lockstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen is the first book in the Molly Murphy mystery series. After accidentally killing a land owner, Molly Murphy must flee Ireland to avoid the gallows. She soon finds herself caught up with another family on their way to America, but once at Ellis Island, she's suspected of being involved with another murder, and the only way to clear her name is by finding the real killer. Bowen keeps things simple without extraneous detail, but her descriptions still shine, and Molly is a real character. There are no pretensions in Miss Murphy: she wants to live the good life, and she's not afraid to break a few rules to find it. I find Daniel Sullivan, the police detective in charge of the case, a little too good to be true, but future books will prove his worthiness for Molly. Molly is not a great detective, constantly putting herself in danger, leaping before looking, making all sorts of assumptions, but she's always entertaining.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Molly Murphy 18 Mar. 2007
By Jean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I thought this was a very good book; easy reading and held

my interest. Couldn't put it down. Was happy I started with

the first, now I want to read them all in order. Highly recommend
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An easy read, but not enough to hold me 6 Mar. 2003
By Corey Houchin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Murphy's Law begins as the heroine, Irish red-head Molly Murphy, flees her home after accidentally committing a murder. She makes her way to America where she stumbles into the middle of another murder, this time as an ameteur investigator.
Molly's tale was somewhat entertaining and an easy read, but I felt cheated by both the beginning and the end of the story. The author omits a beginning scene that could have been wonderfully dramatic, the accidental murder of the landlord. While the details of the event are given later in the story, I felt I missed out on the drama that occured.
The second murder, which occurs on Ellis Island upon Molly's arrival to America, is tied up so quickly that I flipped back and re-read the ending to make sure I didn't miss anything. Apparently this was meant to leave the reader intrigued enough to purchase the next book in the series, but I, again, felt that I was cheated out of a resolution.
While I enjoyed the character of Molly and her friends, I felt their adventures were rather unbelievable. I do not plan to buy the next book in the series.
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