City of Darkness and Light (Molly Murphy Series #13)

City of Darkness and Light (Molly Murphy Series #13)

by Rhys Bowen
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City of Darkness and Light (Molly Murphy Series #13) by Rhys Bowen

From the author of In Farleigh Field...

Molly and Daniel Sullivan are settling happily into the new routines of parenthood, but their domestic bliss is shattered the night a gang retaliates against Daniel for making a big arrest. Daniel wants his family safely out of New York City as soon as possible. In shock and grieving, but knowing she needs to protect their infant son Liam, Molly agrees to take him on the long journey to Paris to stay with her friends Sid and Gus, who are studying art in the City of Light.

But upon arriving in Paris, nothing goes as planned. Sid and Gus seem to have vanished into thin air, and Molly's search to figure out what happened to them will lead her through all levels of Parisian society, from extravagant salons to the dingy cafes where starving artists linger over coffee and loud philosophical debates. And when in the course of her search she stumbles across a dead body, Molly, on her own in a foreign country, starts to wonder if she and Liam might be in even more danger in Paris than they had been at home.

As Impressionism gives way to Fauvism and Cubism, and the Dreyfus affair rocks France, Molly races through Paris to outsmart a killer in City of Darkness and Light, Rhys Bowen's most spectacular Molly Murphy novel yet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250011664
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 03/04/2014
Series: Molly Murphy Series , #13
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

RHYS BOWEN is the author of the Anthony and Agatha Award–winning Molly Murphy mysteries, the Edgar Award-nominated Evan Evans series, and the Royal Spyness series. Born in England, she lives in San Rafael, California.

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City of Darkness and Light 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Leaping from Danger to Danger Daniel has spent the last few months hard at work trying to stop a new Italian gang that is infiltrating New York City. After their leader is arrested, they make good on their threat to retaliate, and the results put Molly and Liam in danger as well. With a need to get out of town and away from danger, it seems like a great time to take Sid and Gus up on their offer to join them in Paris, so Molly and Liam board a ship. Molly’s friends and neighbors have been over there so Gus can work on her painting, so they are deep in the flourishing and swirling artistic movement of the time. However, Molly’s reception on her arrival is not what she expected. Can she navigate these unfamiliar shores and figure out what is happening? Is she in more danger now than if she had stayed home? I was quite anxious to dive back into Molly’s world, and I was richly rewarded. The setting of 1905 Paris was brought to rich life, and I was so pulled into the world I often had a hard time returning to my own when I set the book down. The characters are fully developed as well, and this includes many real people as well as fictional ones. I bet I missed some of the cameos, but I was proud of myself for spotting many of the real artists who populated the pages. The pacing in the first part of the book could have been a little stronger, but every time I began to feel that way, things would pick up again and have me turning pages. I was surprised by the outcome of the story but the ending had been well set up before hand. Now comes the wait until I can visit Molly again. If you enjoy some history with an enjoyable mystery plot, this book is definitely for you. Note: I was sent an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This mystery series, featuring Molly Murphy (now Mrs. Molly Sullivan and mother of a bouncing boy) usually takes place in Little Old New York at the turn of the last century. But, because Capt. Sullivan has arrested the head of the mafia on the lower East Side and their home is bombed and burned to he ground in retribution, he insists that Molly and little Liam leave the city and go far away for their safety. Molly’s friends, Gus and Sid, are in Paris, so it is decided that Molly and the baby should go there. But when she finally arrives in the City of Light after a rough voyage, Gus and Sid are nowhere to be found. So Molly has to trek all over the city trying to find them. And in doing so, she becomes involved in another murder mystery. So much for her promise to her husband to give up being a detective. Molly is a delightful character, and in this episode, she exhibits a degree of sophistication that shows her character and development, far removed from the Irish immigrant who first landed on the shores of the U.S. The plot pieces together an intricate mystery amid a graphic portrayal of Paris and its art scene, featuring such luminaries as Picasso and Degas. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent. I've read the whole series so far. I'm waiting for another Molly Murphy.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite in this series in a long time.  I still wish that her husband would loosen up a little more about Molly working.  The stuff in Paris was neat to read about.  Can't wait for the next book that she writes.  I love all of her series.
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The latest installment of Molly Murphy leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat and wanting more! Rhys Bowen has once again satisfied my need for a good and uncomplicated mystery and stirred my interest in art history. Can not wait for the next one!