- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur (Dec. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312282117
- ISBN-13: 978-0312282110
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.6 x 21.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,713,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death of Riley: A Molly Murphy Mystery (Molly Murphy Mysteries) Hardcover – 1 Dec 2002
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'Delightful. as ever, Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavour of early twentieth-century New York and bringing to life its warm and human inhabitants.' (Publishers Weekly)
'Molly grows ever more engaging against a vibrant background of New York's dark side at the turn of the century.' (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
'Irish humour and gritty determination. with charm and optimism.'
Anne Perry--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the second in this historical fiction series. The author has done her research, and it shows. The detail is fantastic, and I was drawn into the world of 100 years ago. The plot moves better here then in the first in the series, and the subplots add the right mixture to the overall storyline. Molly's really grown on me, too. She's the right mix of stubbornness and the naiveté that would come from her previous life in a small Irish village. The historical aspect of this is done right as well, mixing real life people into the fictitious story.
I've recently been rediscovering my love of historical fiction, and this book is a perfect fit in that genre. Ms. Bowen seamlessly mixes history and mystery into an engrossing story.
Fans of the first book will not be disappointed with this offering, in which the very independent Molly seeks her way to secure the American dream. After a brief stint as a lady's companion, she decides to become a private investigator, an unheard of occupation for a woman in the early nineteen hundreds. She becomes an assistant to Paddy Riley, a private investigator with a seamy reputation, and before long, he ends up dead.
This leads Molly on her own private quest to find his killer. Of course, Captain Daniel Sullivan of the New York City Police Department, with whom Mollie is in love, is in the picture, though complications have arisen in the romance department. With very little help and guidance, Molly has many adventures in her search for the killer, a killer who will stop at nothing to keep Molly from becoming successful in her quest for justice.
This is a lively, fun series of cozy mysteries that are well-written and offer interesting plots, as well as well-developed characters. The series is replete with historical detail evocative of a by-gone era. Those who enjoy the historical cozy mystery genre will definitely enjoy this entertaining series.