Molly is bravely trying to continue on with Riley’s detective agency. But she finds divorce cases to be completely distasteful. Just as she’s resolved to put them behind her, she gets an assignment to go undercover in the sweatshops to find out who is stealing designs from one man and selling them to his competitor. Then she is asked to find a young woman who ran away to America with her boyfriend. Molly is thrilled since finding missing relatives is exactly what she wanted to do all along. Now she just has to figure out how to balance the two since working in the sweatshops means working all day and the streets of 1901 New York City certainly aren’t safe for a woman alone at night. As if her life already weren’t complicated enough, she still feels a responsibility to the O’Connors for her opportunity to come to America in the first place. They are once again living with their cousins, and Shamey is joining a gang. She feels she needs to figure out a way to get them into a better environment. Her already complicated love life gets another wrinkle. And she can’t help but sympathize with the girls she’s working with in the garment factories. Even though she needs to keep quiet, she feels she must do something to help make their lives better. With a little bit of Irish luck, she just might be able to pull it all off and come out alive on the other end. Obviously, this is not your traditional mystery novel. As much time is spent on life in 1901 as on the cases themselves. But, as a result, Molly’s world comes vividly to life. And there is so much going on you can’t put the book down. Heck, I read it in little over a day myself. The pace never slackens, and there are quite a few tense scenes. Molly has really grown on me as a character, and I loved seeing her friends and adopted family again. This book does talk about the ending of the last book, so it’s best to read the series in order. If you’re looking for a murder and five suspects, look elsewhere. If you want a historical mystery that will transport you to another time and place while entertaining you, this is the book for you.
Feisty red-head Molly Murphy, a turn of the twentieth century immigrant in America, is trying to achieve the American dream. A woman ahead of her time, she is determined to become a private detective, despite the serious misgivings of her handsome, on-again, off-again, sometimes boyfriend, New York City Police Captain Daniel Sullivan.
Whether working undercover in a sweatshop to determine who is stealing the firm's designs or tracking runaways, Molly is on her game. As she bravely wends her way through the teeming streets of New York City in 1901, running up against some of the gangs that ruled the streets in those days, Molly applies all of her moxie and street smarts to getting the job done, but not without grave danger to herself.
The author has penned herself a sure fire winner with this series of historical cozy mysteries. 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 character who is bound to win many fans.