In Like Flynn (Molly Murphy Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Nov 2005
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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 MP3 CD edition.
'Irish humour and gritty determination. with charm and optimism.'
Anne Perry--This text refers to the MP3 CD edition. See all Product description
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When he offers Molly an opportunity to for an undercover assignment in the Hudson River home of Barney Flynn, a local politician, Molly jumps at the opportunity. Not only does it get her out of the teeming streets of typhoid ridden New York City, it gets her an opportunity to hone her skills at detection.
Masquerading as Flynn's cousin, Molly is drawn into the Flynn household, where Flynn's invalid wife is trying to contact her dead son through the supposed psychic abilities of the Sorensen sisters, who are also houseguest of the Flynn's. Their son apparently had been kidnapped years before but never found, as the purported kidnapper had died at the hands of the police before the child's whereabouts could be ascertained.
As Molly gains insight into the Flynn household, Molly begins to question not only the psychic abilities of the Sorenson sisters, who are the focus of her assignment, but she also begins to question the handling of the kidnapping case by the police. As Molly's investigation begins to take her in another direction, danger looms near, and death seems to be just around the corner.
This is a well-written book with an intriguing plot and characters that will fully engage the reader. The book is also replete with historical detail that is evocative of a bygone era. As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mystery is intriguing, it is the framework around which the characters evolve. In the character of Molly Murphy, the author has created a sure fire winner.
I made a discovery when I started this book. I truly love Molly and her friends. I hadn't realized how much I'd come to love them before this. Having said that, most of the action takes place outside of New York, so we really get Molly interacting with an entire new set of characters. The plot to this book in multi-layered, with two mysteries and several other sub-plots weaving nicely throughout. I found I had a hard time putting it down. I was disappointed that a couple key plot points on the mysteries seemed to happen by coincidence, but on the whole, it wasn't a major problem.
Ms. Bowen has written yet another engaging mystery that will please her fans. And if you haven't discovered her wonderful books yet, but all means pick one up. Either series will entertain and bring you back for more.
Story 3-3.5 stars
This is the fourth book in the Molly Murphy Mystery series by Rhys Bowen and in this book, Molly is actually employed by the NYPD (aka Daniel O'Sullivan - the man she's trying not to love) to go undercover in a senator's house where he is hosting a pair of sisters who claim thy are clairvoyant and can help the senator's wife talk to their son who died following a tragic kidnapping years ago. Naturally, Molly jumps head first, while also trying to figure out the blurry details around the boy's kidnapping and why he was never found.
To start off, I have to say how disappointed I was with the audio narration of this. The last three books were all narrated by Irish actress Lara Hutchinson. who did a great job with Molly's voice as well as all the other nationalities in the stories. However, for some reason the narrator was changed to Nicola Barber who is English and CANNOT do a steady Irish accent. She sounded completely different to past Molly, her dialect kept changing ao it seemed like Molly was from every part of Ireland at once and then suddenly the Northern Irish characters that were in the story no longer had their Northern Irish accent. One of the boys also had a weird New York accent after having an Irish one in the past books. Barber obviously did no research in how Lara Hutchinson had previously read out the characters, and I feel like this was poor and did a disservice to the previously good narration of the book and the reader. It made me feel discombobulated for a while as I felt like the characters were new people and they no longer felt familiar to me.
The story itself wasn't bad as always though like always everything came to luck and circumstance rather than any great skill on Molly's part. Most things tend to fall into her lap the moment she needs them and she has a tendency to do some silly things. I was sucked into the mystery of Brendan's disappearance and really had no idea who could have been the mastermind of the kidnapping. I liked that some of Molly's past came back to haunt her in this book as well, though it made me feel anxious for her so I hope it leaves it at that now! Molly and Daniel's relationship is dragging on a bit now and I wish he would get a move on dumping his fiancee.I though poor Jakob was disserviced in this book too as he had been so lovely in the third book - it was very much like Molly had forgotten he existed for most of the book.
As always, I did end up having an entertaining read and will continue on with the series.
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