For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy Series #3)

For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy Series #3)

by Rhys Bowen
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For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy Series #3) by Rhys Bowen

From the author of In Farleigh Field...

Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook.

Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home. Before she has time to consider her good luck, she's asked to go undercover as a piece worker in the garment business and investigate a potential case of industrial espionage. Now if she can only solve both cases without the help of Daniel Sullivan, the police captain who claims he loves her but who is engaged to someone else...

Full of the rich detail of New York's teeming immigrant community and the colorful historical personalities of the age, For the Love of Mike is the triumphant third installment in Rhys Bowen's Agatha Award-winning series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429926171
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/09/2003
Series: Molly Murphy Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 29,920
File size: 535 KB

About the Author

Rhys Bowen won the Agatha Award for Best Novel for the first Molly Murphy mystery, Murphy's Law, and was a finalist for the second, Death of Riley. Also the author of In Farleigh Field and the Evan Evans mystery series, she lives in California.
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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For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1901 private detective Molly Murphy decides to remain in New York City in spite of the recent death of her boss, Paddy Riley (see DEATH OF RILEY). Her plan is to continue Riley's detective agency though she lacks experience, having never flown solo.

Her first case without her mentor involves someone who is stealing the designs sketches of lower Manhattan¿s Mostel and Klein garment factory. Even worse, their biggest competitor Lowenstein is getting their garbs into the stores first. Molly goes undercover learning first hand how intense a sewing job can be in a sweatshop. While still trying to discover the thief she begins a second case. Her client Major Favisham sent her a letter from Ireland to find his daughter Katherine who sailed to New York with a bum Michael Kelly. Unbelievable at least to Molly, her two cases begin connecting even as the danger mounts to her.

Although this is in some ways darker than the previous two novels, this is a tremendous historical mystery. The star is a gritty New York at the turn of the previous century. The story line is cleverly designed so that the two subplots merge into a cohesive tale. The additions of a police officer romantic interest and Molly¿s just two steps above amateur status make for a delightful experience.

Harriet Klausner

BookloverLR More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable well written mystery. The characters are believable and their story can be read again and again. This is a good series for mystery buffs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another delightful mystery involving a very proper gal and her beau.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read the Molly Murphy mystery series...it doesn't matter which order you read them in, just read them!! The character is wonderful, the time period is extremely interesting and the supporting cast is terrific. I eagerly await the next book in this series, 'In Dublin's Fair City.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
The research of the time period gives this story so much more depth and interest. I agree the editing wasn't superlative, but it really didn't detract from the excellent story line. I'm now completely caught up in Molly and looking forward to the next in this series.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Molly is up for anything. Not sure what she'll do next, but whatever it is she's sure to pull you into her adventures.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Molly Murphy fled Ireland a year before the action begins in this entry in the series (the 3rd of 17), fearful of arrest for the murder of her employer’s son. She came to New York City in 1909, made friends, met Captain Dan Sullivan of the Police Department in a somewhat romantic way and opened a detective agency. So much for the beginnings of this delightful series. In this novel, now published in trade paperback, Molly begins to develop her chosen activity as an investigator, undertaking two assignments in her attempt to keep the detective agency alive after her mentor’s death. Each of the investigations fortunately necessitates the presence of a female. First, in effect, is a sort of undercover operation, in which Molly becomes a garment worker in a sweat shop attempting to discover how proprietary designs are being pilfered so they can be copied by a competitor. The other, more to her liking, is finding a retired English major’s daughter who has left her home in Ireland to run away and marry an undesirable employee. Of course, each of the jobs presents Molly with sufficient danger and circumstances to demonstrate her fortitude and leadership abilities, such as convincing her co-workers to go on strike for better wages and working conditions. And, of course, her “romance” with Capt. Dan Sullivan occupies a prominent role in her life, as he continues to dilly dally with his engagement to another. The novel heightens the development of Molly’s personality, and lays the foundation for the future entries to follow. There is no hint of what is yet to come, although we now know the future of this Irish immigrant in little old New York at the turn of the 20th century, including her future marriage and motherhood. Also a pleasure to read a Molly Murphy Mystery, much less to recommend it.
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