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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