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  • Mass Market Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (28 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312547455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312547455
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"THE LAST ILLUSION"" "

"IN A GILDED CAGE"

"TELL ME, PRETTY MAIDEN"

"OH DANNY BOY"

"IN LIKE FLYNN"

"FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE"

"DEATH OF RILEY"

"""MURPHY'S LAW"

Praise for Rhys Bowen and her Molly Murphy mysteries "

"THE LAST ILLUSION"""

"MURPHY'S LAW"

Winning The gutsy Molly, who's no prim Edwardian miss, will appeal to fans of contemporary female detectives. "Publishers Weekly on THE LAST ILLUSION"

This historical mystery delivers a top-notch, detail-rich story full of intriguing characters. Fans of the 1920s private detective Maisie Dobbs should give this series a try. "Booklist on THE LAST ILLUSION"

This installment outshines the others in character development and plot complexity. Details of Molly's new cases are knit together with the accoutrements of 1918 New York City life Don't miss this great period puzzler reminiscent of Dame Agatha's mysteries and Gillian Linscott's Nell Bray series. "Booklist on IN A GILDED CAGE"

Delightful Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early 20th-century New York and bringing to life its warm and human inhabitants. "Publishers Weekly on IN A GILDED CAGE"

Feisty, independent Molly and the historical New York background give good value. "Kirkus Reviews on IN A GILDED CAGE"

Winning It's all in a day's work for this delightfully spunky heroine. "Publishers Weekly on TELL ME, PRETTY MAIDEN"

Sharp historical backgrounds and wacky adventures. "Kirkus Reviews on TELL ME, PRETTY MAIDEN"

For readers who love mysteries more for character development than puzzle solving, the seventh Molly Murphy novel... does not disappoint. "Booklist on TELL ME, PRETTY MAIDEN"

Enjoyable charm and wit. "Baltimore Sun on IN DUBLIN'S FAIR CITY"

Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters...This book is a keeper. "Tampa Tribune on IN DUBLIN'S FAIR CITY"

Molly is an indomitable creature The book bounces along in the hands of Ms. Bowen and her Molly, and there is no doubt that she will be back causing trouble. "Washington Times on IN DUBLIN'S FAIR CITY"

The feisty Molly rarely disappoints in this rousing yarn seasoned with a dash of Irish history. "Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on IN DUBLIN'S FAIR CITY"

Entertains readers and teaches them about the immigrant experience charming. "Tampa Tribune on OH DANNY BOY"

Murder, mayhem, disease, and death reliable period thrills for Molly's fans. "Kirkus Reviews on OH DANNY BOY"

Another outstanding mystery. "Library Journal on OH DANNY BOY"

Excellent. "Toronto Globe & Mail on OH DANNY BOY"

An evocatively recreated picture of New York City's Greenwich Village in 1902 and the city's rich upstate suburbs [a] colorful series, a worthy extension of the Maan Meyers Dutchman' books about historical Gotham. "Chicago Tribune on IN LIKE FLYNN"

Bowen's best. "Toronto Globe & Mail on IN LIKE FLYNN"

Compelling Rhys Bowen continues her evocative look at the immigrant experience in her third Murphy novel. "Hartford Courant on FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE"

Add brutal city gangs, seamy politics, bribed policemen, even a sweatshop fire, and you have the usual mix that makes Bowen's books so entertaining. "Tampa Tribune on FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE"

Entertaining. "Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel on DEATH OF RILEY"

A fresh and irrepressible new heroine. "Romantic Times on DEATH OF RILEY"

History-mystery fans should add Molly to their list of characters to follow. "Booklist on MURPHY'S LAW"

[We] look forward to Molly's return. "Chicago Tribune on MURPHY'S LAW"

Bowen tells a phenomenal story, and it will be a real treat to see what fate has in store for Molly and Daniel! "Romantic Times (Top Pick) on MURPHY'S LAW""

Book Description

Rhys Bowen delivers 'Irish humour and gritty determination . . . with charm and optimism'* in her 10th Molly Murphy mystery.
*Anne Perry

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
It's just a matter of weeks before Molly Murphy is to marry Daniel Sullivan, and she is supposed to be spending time with Daniel's mother in Westchester County working on her wedding dress. But she can't resist coming back to New York City when her dear friends Sid and Gus promise to throw a wedding party for her.

She's also tempted by the prospect of taking on one last case. Lee Sing Tai, a powerful man in Chinatown, wants Molly to find something of value that has gone missing. While the task looks impossible on the surface, she digs in and actually manages to make some progress. But the more progress she makes, the more she begins to regret taking this case. Is there a way she can get out of it, especially after a murder takes place?

It's hard to believe this is the 10th book in this historical series. I just can't believe I've been reading them that long. Don't worry about the series losing its spark, however. The world of 1903 New York city is once again brought o vivid life.

The story was so compelling that I had a hard time putting the book down because I had to know how Molly would get herself out of this predicament. Yet it all comes together in a satisfying climax. In fact, the last 10 pages had me smiling the entire time.

Sid and Gus make more than a brief appearance, and it was great to see more of them. And Molly is growing both in deductive skills but also as a person who thinks about her actions. Okay, so she usually thinks about things after the fact, but even that is a step forward for her.

I loved every page of this novel. Fortunately, the next is already being written. Now I just have to wait until it actually gets published.
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Excellent. I have read several of the Molly Murphy mysteries and in this one she at last gets her man.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 74 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bless the Molly Murphy Mysteries 1 Mar. 2011
By Ross A. Hugovidal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Welcome back to one of the finest authors of the traditional/cozy style mystery now writing. The award-winning Bowen's Molly Murphy historical mystery series is unmatched in painting a textured, meticulous portrait of turn-of-the-century New York City, and especially the immigrant communities who made it tick. Her sleuth, the "feisty" Molly Murphy is a nuanced character any modern reader can get behind, while reveling in the details of Old New York. And this page-turner delivers, as Bless the Bride pits Molly against the Tong, yep the Tong, while posing the question, "Is Molly meant for matrimony?" Without giving anything away, Bowen appears poised to take the series in an entirely new direction, and I for one am buying a trolley ticket for the ride.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Molly Fits in a Case Before She Marries 8 Mar. 2011
By Mark Baker - Carstairs Considers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It's just a matter of weeks before Molly Murphy is to marry Daniel Sullivan, and she is supposed to be spending time with Daniel's mother in Westchester County working on her wedding dress. But she can't resist coming back to New York City when her dear friends Sid and Gus promise to throw a wedding party for her.

She's also tempted by the prospect of taking on one last case. Lee Sing Tai, a powerful man in Chinatown, wants Molly to find something of value that has gone missing. While the task looks impossible on the surface, she digs in and actually manages to make some progress. But the more progress she makes, the more she begins to regret taking this case. Is there a way she can get out of it, especially after a murder takes place?

It's hard to believe this is the 10th book in this historical series. I just can't believe I've been reading them that long. Don't worry about the series losing its spark, however. The world of 1903 New York city is once again brought o vivid life.

The story was so compelling that I had a hard time putting the book down because I had to know how Molly would get herself out of this predicament. Yet it all comes together in a satisfying climax. In fact, the last 10 pages had me smiling the entire time.

Sid and Gus make more than a brief appearance, and it was great to see more of them. And Molly is growing both in deductive skills but also as a person who thinks about her actions. Okay, so she usually thinks about things after the fact, but even that is a step forward for her.

I loved every page of this novel. Fortunately, the next is already being written. Now I just have to wait until it actually gets published.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong historical mystery 5 Mar. 2011
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 1903, the marriage between private investigator Molly Murphy and NYPD Captain Daniel Sullivan is coming soon. He expects her to behave like a wife and not a detective; his mom also implores her to act accordingly. Shockingly Molly seems to acquiesce.

Wealthy Chinese businessman Lee Sing Tai asks Molly to help him find a missing valuable jade. Although she believes her client is omitting much of the story, she agrees as she rationalizes her promise to no longer sleuth begins after the marriage though she hides her activity from Daniel. Molly thinks Lee is actually seeking his missing bride who ran away. However, she has no idea how a Chinese female who does not speak English hides in plain sight in New York when Asian women are not allowed outside without a chaperone. As Molly searches for the young runaway, she fears she will bring further harm to the bride Lee bought in and brought from China.

This is a strong entry in one of the best historical mystery series on the market. The investigation is top rate as Molly goes from searching for a runaway bride that has her pondering the parallels to her own fate as a wife in which she is expected to give up her freedom to detect. As the heroine conceals her case from her fiancé while wondering whether marriage means being The Last Illusion living In a Gilded Cage, her case turns lethal. Rhys Bowen provides a great early twentieth century Molly Murphy mystery.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bless the historical mystery 3 Mar. 2011
By Rosemary Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've just started to read historical mysteries and if you like Charles Todd and Stefanie Pintoff you will love Rhys Bowen's Bless the Bride. This is the first Molly Murphy book that I've read and now I want to go back and read them all. The story, the setting and the attention to detail make it a wonderful read. I'm a native New Yorker and particularly liked the details of the early days in Chinatown.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this the end? (I sure hope not) 16 May 2011
By bookworm1858 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bless the Bride by Rhys Bowen
Minotaur, 2011
260 pages
Mystery; Historical; Series
4/5 stars

Source: Library

The tenth book in the Molly Murphy series, this time featuring Irish immigrant Molly's last (?) case before her marriage to New York police detective Daniel Sullivan. Molly is requested to find an exquisite jade piece by a wealthy Chinese man, later discovering that she is actually meant to find his new (illegal immigrant) bride and return the girl to his domain. Molly has to figure out the whole story in order to make sure she's doing what's right.

The story starts with Molly in the country, meeting her future mother-in-law Mrs. Sullivan, who seems to think that Molly is highly unworthy. Thus Molly is happy to return to the city and pleased to take on one more case before retiring after marriage. The case seems straightforward but new complications keep popping up. The most interesting part was seeing the discrimination against the Chinese immigrants. I did not know that Chinese women were forbidden from coming to America (although this was circumvented by the very wealthy) although I did know about the general stereotype of Chinese as ignorant and lazy, despite many examples of the exact opposite (um, Trans-Continental Railroad?)

Through Molly's investigations, she also comes to question her future with Daniel; she doesn't want to be a woman who's under his thumb with her spirit crushed. Luckily Daniel is less imperious in this book than in others, which makes me like him more. I think Bowen walks a tricky line well to make him palatable to modern readers but also era-appropriate. I would not want to read a book with a stereotypical male hero of the time-period, who would resent all rights for women.

As to the mystery: I basically figured it out! This indicates that it was perhaps not as difficult as others because I really am not good at solving mysteries in general. I tend to trust the characters too much.

SPOILER: Wondering if the series will continue; there is an interesting path it might take (involving head of the Secret Service John Wilkie from the previous book The Last Illusion) and I would love to read about that.

Cover: I like the colors but I'm not a fan of the cut-off head on book covers.
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