Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (Molly Murphy Series #7) [NOOK Book]

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It’s wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Irish immigrant Molly Murphy started her early-twentieth-century detective agency, she is completely snowed in with work. While she’s proving to be quite the entrepreneur and is very much in demand by some of Broadway’s brightest stars and Fifth Avenue’s richest families, she has to grudgingly admit that if she’s going to work more than one case at a time, then she’s going to need some help. Molly’s beau, the recently and wrongly suspended police captain ...

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It’s wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Irish immigrant Molly Murphy started her early-twentieth-century detective agency, she is completely snowed in with work. While she’s proving to be quite the entrepreneur and is very much in demand by some of Broadway’s brightest stars and Fifth Avenue’s richest families, she has to grudgingly admit that if she’s going to work more than one case at a time, then she’s going to need some help. Molly’s beau, the recently and wrongly suspended police captain Daniel Sullivan, would make an ideal associate, but before they can agree on the terms of his employment, they stumble upon a young woman lying unconscious in the middle of a snow-covered Central Park. When the woman wakes up she is disorientated and has and lost her ability to speak, the authorities are about to pack her off to an insane asylum when Molly can’t help but step in and take on yet another case.

Lively and colorful, full of absorbing historical detail and delightful characters, Tell Me, Pretty Maiden is another gem in Rhys Bowen’s multiple award--winning series.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Several cases keep Molly Murphy busy in Agatha-winner Bowen's winning seventh mystery to star the Irish immigrant PI (after 2007's In Dublin's Fair City). In December 1902, Molly and her beau, suspended New York City police captain Daniel Sullivan, stumble on a near-dead young woman in a Central Park snowdrift. Her passions roused, Molly sets out to discover the identity of the poor traumatized creature and that of whoever cast her into the snow "clad only in a flimsy white dress." Meanwhile, leading actress Blanche Lovejoy hires Molly to look into the ghostly shenanigans that threaten disaster for Blanche's soon-to-open new play. Molly also agrees to help a wealthy society matron who wishes to know if her missing Yale student nephew has vanished because of the murder he's suspected of committing. Theatrical life becomes the hinge on which everything swings, and Molly gamely takes to the stage as part of her assignment. It's all in a day's work for this delightfully spunky heroine. (Mar.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
School Library Journal

It's tough being a female PI in New York City in 1902, but Molly Murphy, through sheer persistence, is making it work. In this seventh addition to Bowen's Agatha Award-winning series (after In Dublin's Fair City), Molly and her police captain beau, Daniel Sullivan, find a young woman lying unconscious in the snow. Bowen keeps the story moving as Molly's efforts to find out how the victim ended up that way take her from Broadway's theaters to the flophouses of lower Manhattan. There is never a simple answer to questions in Bowen's fiction, and this engaging novel is no exception. A great series for those who like stories about women who face impossible odds but make their lives work, à la mysteries by Jacqueline Winspear and Kathy Lynn Emerson. [Library marketing campaign planned.-Ed.]


—Jo Ann Vicarel Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Kirkus Reviews
Molly Murphy's detective agency suddenly has too many cases for the independent Irish lass to solve alone. Recently returned from adventures abroad, Molly Murphy is checking the background of a young man for his fiancee's family when two difficult cases fall into her lap. Actress Oona Sheehan asks Molly to help fellow actress Blanche Lovejoy find a ghost in a haunted theater, and a wealthy woman begs her to discover what happened to her nephew, a Yale student accused of robbery and murder. Most pressing is her desire to identify a beautiful mute girl she and Daniel Sullivan found, near frozen, in snowy Central Park. Because the girl, who has been taken in by Molly, lacks identification and cannot speak, the police plan to send her to an insane asylum. Since Daniel has been suspended from the police force, Molly enlists him to help with her caseload. She takes a small part in the play Blanche Lovejoy is starring in; Daniel investigates a fiance; and they both travel to New Haven in hopes of discovering what happened to the wealthy student, their romance progressing in fits and starts along the way. Not as satisfying as Molly's last adventure (In Dublin's Fair City, 2007, etc.), but bolstered by sharp historical backgrounds and wacky adventures.
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Praise for Rhys Bowen

“Molly is an indomitable creature…. The book bounces along in the hands of Ms. Bowen and her Molly, and there is no doubt that she will be back causing trouble.”

—-Washington Times on In Dublin’s Fair City

“The feisty Molly rarely disappoints in this rousing yarn seasoned with a dash of Irish history.”

—-Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on In Dublin’s Fair City

“Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters.… This book is a keeper.”

—-Tampa Tribune on In Dublin’s Fair City

“A lot of fun and some terrific historical writing. Fans of the British cozy will love it, and so will readers of historical fiction.”

—-Toronto Globe and Mail on Oh Danny Boy

“Its enjoyable charm and wit will appeal to a cross section of mystery fans.”

—-Baltimore Sun on Oh Danny Boy

“With a riveting plot capped off by a dramatic conclusion, Bowen captures the passion and struggles of the Irish people at the turn of the twentieth century.”

—-Publishers Weekly on In Dublin’s Fair City

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429926294
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Molly Murphy Series , #7
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 38,578
  • File size: 411 KB

Meet the Author

Rhys Bowen


Rhys Bowen’s novels and stories have received a remarkable number of awards, including the Anthony and Agatha awards, the Macavity Award, the Bruce Alexander Historical Award, and the Herodotus Award. She is also the author of the Lady Victoria Georgiana and the Edgar Award--nominated Constable Evan Evans mysteries. Born in England, she now lives in San Rafael, California, with her husband.

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  • Posted April 29, 2009

    A little too much

    Compared to some of the other offerings by Rhys Bowen, I felt that this book fell short. Or more correctly, fell long. By trying to cram too many plot elements into the novel, the pace became choppy. Then loose ends had to be tied up. This contributed to my having a disconnect with the heroine on and off through the book.
    In her Molly books, Ms. Bowen always incorporates some wonderful details that re-create old New York. But her characters in this novel seem to flit to New Haven and back to the City far too quickly to be possible. For those readers who know the area, this stretch of the truth contributes to further disconnect. Overall, not her best book.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

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    It's Okay.

    Not her best but then I'm just coming off 12 Clues of Christmas which IMHO, is stellar. One of my fave Christmas reads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    as always - excellent

    Love this series

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Molly is a wonderful character, her adventures never seize to amaze and entertain me

    I highly recommend the entire Molly Murphy Series...easy read..entertaining, a smiling book in this world of turmoil.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Discovered

    Husband and I have recently discovered this wonderful author and series!

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    I am fast becoming a #1 fan of Rhys Bowen.

    The story is captivating. It is a page turner. If I had the time to devote to it, I could have read it in one sitting. Bookwormfg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    A fun,brief glimpse into life of one young woman in an American city in the late 1800's. Full of intrigue, mystery and humor.

    One more adventure in the life of Molly Murphy. Delightful and charming.

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  • Posted July 14, 2009

    Rhys Bowen

    Again, Rhys Bowen has out done herself. The Molly Murphy sequels are great! Love to read them.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great historical mystery

    In 1902 in snowy Central Park Molly Murphy and her sweetheart suspended New York City police Captain Daniel Sullivan (see OH DANNY BOY) are walking together enjoying the moment. However their idyllic stroll abruptly ends when they see a scantily clad woman half buried in a snow drift. They rescue the near dead but obviously traumatized young lady.------------ Molly is outraged that someone could do this to another human. She vows to learn the identity of the still in shock woman and uncover who coldly left her to die. At about the same time, actress Blanche Lovejoy hires Molly to investigate the spiritual mischief that is devastating her production of a play scheduled to open shortly but is in trouble due to the ghostly vandalism. Although her time is already tight, Molly agrees to make inquiries into the vanished nephew of a wealthy client, who wants to know if her relative disappeared to avoid a homicide prosecution or is the victim of foul play.-------------- Molly¿s business is booming so she hires an assistant, an out of work cop who is dating her. Fascinatingly, the cases tie together in the theater leading to Molly going on stage to solve the mysteries. Readers will appreciate the latest entry of the unsinkable Molly Murphy as she continues to prove that she can make it in Manhattan.------------ Harriet Klausner

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