For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy Series #3)

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Rhys Bowen, author of the Agatha Award winning mystery Murphy's Law, returns to old New York with a new mystery featuring feisty Molly Murphy...

For the Love of Mike

A woman ahead of her time, Molly Murphy is determined to be a private detective. Having inherited the cases of her deceased mentor, Paddy Reilly, she's following philandering husbands, tracking down a runaway Dublin debutante, and working in a sweatshop to discover who's purloining...

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Overview

Rhys Bowen, author of the Agatha Award winning mystery Murphy's Law, returns to old New York with a new mystery featuring feisty Molly Murphy...

For the Love of Mike

A woman ahead of her time, Molly Murphy is determined to be a private detective. Having inherited the cases of her deceased mentor, Paddy Reilly, she's following philandering husbands, tracking down a runaway Dublin debutante, and working in a sweatshop to discover who's purloining dress designs. None of her jobs seem dangerous...at first. When a woman's body is fished out of the East River, Molly fears it's the missing society girl. Then Molly's sometime beau, police captain Daniel Sullivan, reveals that another corpse may be the girl's scalawag lover, Mike Kelly. But Molly has to know their identities for certain. Now as threads of passion and greed weave a tapestry of violence, Molly descends into the underworld of the gangs of New York. It's no place for a lady, and even a scrappy Irish lass may need more than her street smarts to get the truth...and get out alive.

"Engaging." -Publishers Weekly

Winner of the 2004 Anthony Award for Historical Mystery

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Rhys Bowen, who is also the author of the popular Constable Evans mystery series, continues her Agatha Award–winning historical mystery series set in turn-of-the-century New York City.

Since the death of her mentor, J. P. Riley, Irish immigrant turned private eye Molly Murphy is finding it hard to make a living as an investigator. Divorce cases are definitely not her cup of tea…and they all too often lead her to places where it's not easy for a respectable young woman to blend into the scenery. Still, she finds the challenges of investigation more to her taste than the other options open to women in her position: working in sweatshops or the fish market or undertaking an even less savory life on the streets.

Just as things are at their bleakest, two new commissions come her way. First she's hired to discover who is stealing a fashion designer's drawings and selling them to the competition -- a job that takes her undercover, enduring bitter conditions as a seamstress in a sweatshop. Then she's asked to find a missing Anglo-Irish heiress who ran off to America with a handsome Irishman -- a task she accepts with relish. These two captivating mysteries are enriched by vivid descriptions of a time gone by -- from gangs on the streets to spies in the fashion industry, from freethinkers in Greenwich Village to struggling immigrants, crooked politicians, ardent union organizers, and anarchists. Sue Stone

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"Molly is a smart, feisty, independent heroine...[an] appealing series."-Booklist

Engaging." -Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
In Bowen's engaging third Molly Murphy historical (after 2002's Death of Riley), Molly finds it's not easy to be a female detective with a brogue as thick as ham in 1901 New York. Late one night, two brutish cops haul her off to the slammer because they think she's a prostitute; they don't believe her claim that she was staking out the house across the street. She makes things worse on herself by refusing to mention her friendship with police captain Daniel Sullivan, who could have her released in a jiffy. Instead, she spends a different sort of night in a cell full of whores. Having taken over the detective agency of her recently deceased mentor, Paddy Riley, Molly pursues a couple of cases that form the guts of the story. In one instance, she goes undercover in a sweatshop to ferret out possible industrial espionage; in the other, she looks for an English gentleman's runaway daughter, who is, in turn, searching for her husband. All the threads come neatly together in a fire at a dress-making shop. The question left dangling is a romantic one: will Molly settle for a good friendship with labor leader Jacob Singer, or will she fall back into the arms of her police captain? Only Bowen's next Molly Murphy mystery will tell. (Dec. 8) FYI: The first in the series, Murphy's Law (2001), won an Agatha for Best Novel. Bowen is also the author of the Constable Evans series. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Following the death of her employer, Molly Murphy (Murphy's Law; Death of Riley) continues her investigation business in 1901 New York City. She hates tracking down errant spouses, however, and vows to change her focus: she lands an undercover job looking for a thief of fashion ideas and searches for a Dublin heiress who decamped to America with her unsuitable boyfriend. Meanwhile, Molly's intrepid life among Greenwich Village artists, Tammany Hall flunkies, and various street denizens and her attachment to the family she accompanied to America provide ample historical cement for a lively period re-creation. Highly recommended. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Pioneering private eye Molly Murphy's third adventure allows both her and her author to take wing amid the seediest settings. Despite the death of her boss, Paddy Riley (Death of Riley, 2002), Molly has remained in New York in 1901, trying to keep Riley's tiny detective agency afloat. Another worry is the plight of the two children she had shepherded on the ocean voyage from Ireland and for whom she still feels responsible. Molly's first solo case brings her to the Canal Street garment factory of Mostel and Klein, where someone is stealing the sketches for Mostel's latest designs and making sure that the Lowenstein factory, Mostel's major competition, is first to get them into stores. Finding the thief requires Molly to learn the sewing trade and makes her aware of the cruel sweatshop conditions that prevail. Her second job is heralded by a letter from a Major Favisham in Ireland. His daughter Katherine has sailed off to New York with no-good estate worker Michael Kelly, and the Major desperately wants her found. As matters proceed, Molly's two assignments begin to intermingle, with near-tragic results. In compensation, there's a new admirer who just might overcome Molly's attraction to police captain Daniel Sullivan. Molly grows ever more engaging against a vibrant background of New York's dark side at the turn of the century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312989040
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Molly Murphy Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 257,958
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen is the author of the award-winning Molly Murphy and Constable Evans mysteries. Her novels have garnered an impressive array of awards and nominations, including the Anthony award for her novel For the Love of Mike and the Agatha Award for Murphy’s Law. Her books have also won the Bruce Alexander Historical Award and the Herodotus Award, and have been shortlisted for the Edgar, the Agatha, the Macavity, the Barry, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award.

 

She has also written Her Royal Spyness, a series about a minor royal in 1930s England, and she is the author of several short stories, including the Anthony Award–winning “Doppelganger.” Her story “Voodoo” was chosen to be part of the anthology of the best of 50 years of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

 

Ms. Bowen was born in Bath, England, and worked as an announcer and studio manager for the BBC in London, before moving to Australia and then California. It was here she started writing children’s and young adult novels, and then moved on to mysteries with the Constable Evans novels. When not writing she loves to travel, sing, hike, play her Celtic harp, and entertain her grandchildren. She lives in San Rafael, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Well written mystery

    In 1901 private detective Molly Murphy decides to remain in New York City in spite of the recent death of her boss, Paddy Riley (see DEATH OF RILEY). Her plan is to continue Riley's detective agency though she lacks experience, having never flown solo.<P> Her first case without her mentor involves someone who is stealing the designs sketches of lower Manhattan¿s Mostel and Klein garment factory. Even worse, their biggest competitor Lowenstein is getting their garbs into the stores first. Molly goes undercover learning first hand how intense a sewing job can be in a sweatshop. While still trying to discover the thief she begins a second case. Her client Major Favisham sent her a letter from Ireland to find his daughter Katherine who sailed to New York with a bum Michael Kelly. Unbelievable at least to Molly, her two cases begin connecting even as the danger mounts to her.<P> Although this is in some ways darker than the previous two novels, this is a tremendous historical mystery. The star is a gritty New York at the turn of the previous century. The story line is cleverly designed so that the two subplots merge into a cohesive tale. The additions of a police officer romantic interest and Molly¿s just two steps above amateur status make for a delightful experience.<P> Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    I dont know

    I dont know about the book have not read it yet maby i will soon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Good Read

    Interesting AND entertaining.

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Good book, will read again.

    This is an enjoyable well written mystery. The characters are believable and their story can be read again and again. This is a good series for mystery buffs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    While remaining a perfect lady Molly always tracks down the mysterious villan. A brief glimpse into living in an American city in the 1800's

    Another delightful mystery involving a very proper gal and her beau.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2007

    GOLLY, MOLLY IS GREAT !!

    Read the Molly Murphy mystery series...it doesn't matter which order you read them in, just read them!! The character is wonderful, the time period is extremely interesting and the supporting cast is terrific. I eagerly await the next book in this series, 'In Dublin's Fair City.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    Mystery and History, what fun

    The research of the time period gives this story so much more depth and interest. I agree the editing wasn't superlative, but it really didn't detract from the excellent story line. I'm now completely caught up in Molly and looking forward to the next in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2004

    Disappointment

    I was really disappointed in the latest book in the series. The editing was terrible - to the point where I had difficulty discerning the sentence meaning. A better editor would likely have caught the authors error of having evidence in two places at the same time also.

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