Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (Molly Murphy Series #7)

Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (Molly Murphy Series #7)

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by Rhys Bowen
     
 

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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.

TELL ME, PRETTY MAIDEN

It’s wintertime in New York, and for the first time since Irish immigrant Molly Murphy started her early-twentieth-century detective agency, she

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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.

TELL ME, PRETTY MAIDEN

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 very much in demand by some of Broadway’s brightest stars and Fifth Avenue’s richest families, Molly must admit that it’s time for her to get some help. Her beau, the recently and wrongly suspended police captain Daniel Sullivan, would make an ideal associate. But before Molly and he 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—but Molly can’t help but step in and take on yet another stormy case…

“For readers who love mysteries more for character development than puzzle solving, the seventh Molly Murphy novel… does not disappoint.” —Booklist “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

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312349431
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Series:
Molly Murphy Series, #7
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.08(d)

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“Winning…It’s all in a day’s work for this delightfully spunky heroine.”—Publishers Weekly

“For readers who love mysteries more for character development than puzzle solving, the seventh Molly Murphy novel… does not disappoint.” —Booklist “Sharp historical backgrounds and wacky adventures.”—Kirkus Reviews

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