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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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

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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 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....

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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“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

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.)

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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:
9780312943752
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Series:
Molly Murphy Series, #7
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
“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

Meet the Author

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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Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (Molly Murphy Series #7) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
SugarCookie More than 1 year ago
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.
Mysterychik More than 1 year ago
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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Love this series
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SumpterGal More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend the entire Molly Murphy Series...easy read..entertaining, a smiling book in this world of turmoil.
gardenerME More than 1 year ago
Husband and I have recently discovered this wonderful author and series!
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Bookworm1FG More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One more adventure in the life of Molly Murphy. Delightful and charming.
DP51 More than 1 year ago
Again, Rhys Bowen has out done herself. The Molly Murphy sequels are great! Love to read them.