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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 o 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.


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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 o 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.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Book three of this series and Molly is still scrabbling to make an income as a private investigator and build a life as a new Irish immigrant in America. Perhaps choosing a career in a man's world was not her best idea but in For the Love of Mike we find out how bad it was for women trying to find suitable paid employment. Molly takes a case which requires her to work in a 'sweat shop' making garments, and conditions just could not be worse. Things are looking up a bit for Molly though. She at l Book three of this series and Molly is still scrabbling to make an income as a private investigator and build a life as a new Irish immigrant in America. Perhaps choosing a career in a man's world was not her best idea but in For the Love of Mike we find out how bad it was for women trying to find suitable paid employment. Molly takes a case which requires her to work in a 'sweat shop' making garments, and conditions just could not be worse. Things are looking up a bit for Molly though. She at least gets paid for her work and she has a home and friends. I wonder what is going to happen to her next!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

    4.5 stars I just love Molly Murphy and her adventures.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aoife

    Narrated by Lara Hutchinson. This is the third book in the Molly Murphy Mystery series and follows Molly, a young Irish woman in New York, as she takes on some new commissions in her new job as a PI. This time around Molly goes undercover at a garment factory to find a spy stealing designs but ends up getting involved in the worker's fight for better conditions. At the same time, Molly is also looking for the daughter of a wealthy man who ran away from Ireland with an employee of her father's est Narrated by Lara Hutchinson. This is the third book in the Molly Murphy Mystery series and follows Molly, a young Irish woman in New York, as she takes on some new commissions in her new job as a PI. This time around Molly goes undercover at a garment factory to find a spy stealing designs but ends up getting involved in the worker's fight for better conditions. At the same time, Molly is also looking for the daughter of a wealthy man who ran away from Ireland with an employee of her father's estate, and the two jobs may be connected. I really enjoyed this installment of Molly's journey. I feel like a lot happened in this one and we not only got some adventures with Molly that saw her get in all sorts of trouble as usual including being mistaken for a prostitute and a violent protester on two different occasions but also a look into what life was life for the poor immigrants in New York forced to take any measly job they could so survive in the land of the free. I feel this book highlighted more so than the other books, the problems Molly could have being a female PI in a time when it was strange for a woman to be so independent. Like I mentioned above, at one point while she is spying on someone she has been employed to follow, she is arrested by policemen for simply being a woman alone and out after dark. She also, again, has several men tell her how stupid her dreams are and how she should give up the dangerous work of being a PI because as a woman, it would be impossible for her to be successful. I also enjoyed the entrance of a male character that finally was able to divert Molly's attentions from police captain Daniel O' Sullivan. Jakob was extremely cute, and though not enamoured by Molly's PI job wasn't as forceful about it as Daniel. It's obvious Molly will end up with Daniel at some stage but I'm glad to see she's not waiting around like a lost puppy. With Jakob, we also get to see the difficulties of religious differences and cultural differences with Jakob being from a strict Yiddish background and the problems he and Molly may face because of this. This book kept me interested and entertained though as usual a lot of Molly's success comes from a lot of a luck and some bad decisions that lead to surprising discoveries rather than any real skill. I really like the narrator Lara Hutchinson who gives Molly a really unique voice and does other characters and accents really well (I just realised how much I love Hutchinson having started the next book in the series which has a new narrator and she's awful.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    A wishy washy detective annoyed but I delighted in the look at turn of the century New York. World: The world building is solid, this time around we get to look at womens sweat shops and labor conditions of the era and it’s a fresh and interesting place to have this story. I am liking this series as I don’t have a lot of knowledge in turn of the century America so it’s a delightful world to read about. Story: The mystery is quite interesting this time around as it involves not a body until the en A wishy washy detective annoyed but I delighted in the look at turn of the century New York. World: The world building is solid, this time around we get to look at womens sweat shops and labor conditions of the era and it’s a fresh and interesting place to have this story. I am liking this series as I don’t have a lot of knowledge in turn of the century America so it’s a delightful world to read about. Story: The mystery is quite interesting this time around as it involves not a body until the end, I did not know what to expect. Instead we get a detective story which was about a different type of crime and also a setting that’s different. The womens sweat shop and the union discussion in the book was interesting to me and was more so than the other mystery that Molly was hired for. In the end I did feel that the union stuff was tossed away and the wonderful characters forgotten it was not that good. I was most annoyed with the relationship issues for this book and I’m starting to have character issues for Molly and Daniel but more below. Characters: Molly is a fun character, resourceful and won’t take shit from no one and I love that attitude about her. Her personal voice is strong and interesting and seeing the world through her eyes is a joy. The relationship aspect of her is getting annoying through, it’s been three books and in three books she’s easily fallen in love with any man that comes along and it is starting to annoy me. This is nothing to do with her gender but rather I am not a big fan of love and relationships in books when they are not earned or fully developed. Daniel is an issue, his humming and hawing is getting old and I am not a fan of this type of male character at all also. In the end the relationship is broken and should not exist and the face we get back at it again and again after is starting to wear me thin. I really liked the new characters with the unions and the work house but I wish we had more of it, I’m worrying that the new books will forget them all but I think that’s going to be the case. An interesting look at turn of the century New York but has relationship issues. Onward to the next book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Johnny

    I feel like a real turkey for entering yet another series of novels in medias res. Although I erroneously thought I was grabbing the first in the series, For Love of Mike proved to be number three in the series of Molly Murphy novels and, apparently, a lot had happened before. In For Love of Mike, there is great tension between Molly and her former suitor, Daniel Sullivan (a powerful police officer). There is also a lot of unresolved frustration about the loss of Molly’s former employer and ment I feel like a real turkey for entering yet another series of novels in medias res. Although I erroneously thought I was grabbing the first in the series, For Love of Mike proved to be number three in the series of Molly Murphy novels and, apparently, a lot had happened before. In For Love of Mike, there is great tension between Molly and her former suitor, Daniel Sullivan (a powerful police officer). There is also a lot of unresolved frustration about the loss of Molly’s former employer and mentor, Paddy Riley. It also isn’t quite clear why she feels responsible for Seamus’ family, but her relationship with Seamus’ young daughter and son are important with regard to the way her cases are solved. Indeed, when Molly solves a particular problem for Seamus, he complains: “No, you’ve made it too easy for me. Life is not supposed to be easy. We’re born to a struggle and we die in a struggle, and it’s a struggle in between too.” To which Molly narrates in first person, “Trust an Irishman to be poetic at five in the morning.” (p. 195) Molly Murphy is practically (but not quite) a FOB, “fresh off the boat” (although that term isn’t used in the book). If this volume is any indication, the stories offer rather an interesting perspective on early 20th century life in New York City. This is the era of early trade unions among the garment workers and this union movement plays a key role in the backdrop of one of the two ongoing mysteries in this novel. In fact, there is a marvelous line about what was happening in the U.S. at the time with the boundaries between races and religions being redrawn: “They call this the melting pot, but we haven’t had time to melt. As of yet, we are still separate ingredients floating around in the broth.” (p. 234) Although I had a suspicion as to how things would turn out in the novel, I must confess that I was firmly convinced that I knew who the spy was on p. 205 and that I knew who the murderer was at the same time. Six pages later, I was even more certain. At the end, I was surprised at just how wrong I was. This happens to me on occasion. I DO try to solve the mysteries well before all of the clues are in. This time, however, I made a stunt performer’s-sized misjump (like the famous motorcycle leap over the Snake River Canyon?) and didn’t accomplish anything. Of course, that’s what keeps me reading mysteries. Even though I entered this series in the middle, I plan to backfill and read the rest.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    For the Love of Mike 3.5 Stars Hired to investigate a case of industrial espionage, Molly Murphy soon finds herself ensconced in a sweatshop facing the tyranny of the overseers, the threats of street gangs and the workings of union organizers. When a friend is murdered, Molly must sort out who amongst her enemies and allies is the killer. The mystery in this installment is relatively minor and takes a back seat to the focus on the plight of the garment workers in turn of the century New York. The For the Love of Mike 3.5 Stars Hired to investigate a case of industrial espionage, Molly Murphy soon finds herself ensconced in a sweatshop facing the tyranny of the overseers, the threats of street gangs and the workings of union organizers. When a friend is murdered, Molly must sort out who amongst her enemies and allies is the killer. The mystery in this installment is relatively minor and takes a back seat to the focus on the plight of the garment workers in turn of the century New York. The historical details are interesting and Bowen's research is excellent, particularly the descriptions of the awful working conditions in the sweatshops as well as the inclusion of a fire, which is obviously based on factual events. Molly is an endearing heroine and her detecting skills are improving. Nevertheless, she does not always think about the consequences of her actions, which often land her in serious trouble. Molly's relationship with Daniel Sullivan had such potential at the start of this series, but has taken an awkward turn with the revelation of his (view spoiler)[fiancee, whom he is reluctant to leave (hide spoiler)] . This does not reflect well on him at all as a love interest and it will take a great deal for him to redeem himself. That said, it is good to see Molly stand up for herself in this regard. All in all, a good addition to the series and I look forward to more of Molly's cases.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Feit

    Molly Murphy fled Ireland a year before the action in this entry in the series, 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 the 14 novels in this delightful series. In this novel, the third installment, now published in trade paperback, Molly begins to develop her chosen activity as an investigator, Molly Murphy fled Ireland a year before the action in this entry in the series, 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 the 14 novels in this delightful series. In this novel, the third installment, 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 development, 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 lil’ 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    In this third book of the Molly Murphy series, Molly has finally received two solid commissions for her struggling detective agency. One involves the type of work that she originally set out to do, find missing persons, or connect people from one side of the pond to the other. After placing an ad in a Dublin newspaper, Molly receives a letter from a Dublin aristocrat searching for his runaway daughter who has fled to New York City. The other case that Molly undertakes places her in the hard knoc In this third book of the Molly Murphy series, Molly has finally received two solid commissions for her struggling detective agency. One involves the type of work that she originally set out to do, find missing persons, or connect people from one side of the pond to the other. After placing an ad in a Dublin newspaper, Molly receives a letter from a Dublin aristocrat searching for his runaway daughter who has fled to New York City. The other case that Molly undertakes places her in the hard knock world of women's garment factories, sweatshops that employed women to sew in horrible conditions for poverty wages. Molly is hired by the owner of one of these shops to uncover who is stealing his fashion designs and giving them to a rival company. Unfortunately, the job requires Molly to become one of the ill-treated workers who must sew for 12 hours with a pittance of a lunch break. It serves to open up Molly's world even further to the constricted role that women are expected to play in the work force. Both jobs will be demanding, and, as usual, Molly finds herself in danger more than once. Daniel is still telling Molly he wants her, but he is also still engaged to another woman, so Molly is trying to distance herself from him and her feelings for him. She once again enlarges her circle of friends through her work, discovering people across nationalities who work toward the betterment of all people. It's a pleasure to follow Molly in her endeavors to build her own business in a world dominated by men while she continues to carve a life for herself filled with friends and new interests.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    For the Love of Mike is the third book in the 'Molly Murphy' series and is the best so far. There is more character development and some new, intriguing characters. Molly takes on two investigations in this book and both have surprising endings. Daniel Sullivan appears several times and continues to string Molly along. But he does have competition now with the new character Jacob. I will continue reading this series. I am curious about where it will go. The info about early 20th century New York For the Love of Mike is the third book in the 'Molly Murphy' series and is the best so far. There is more character development and some new, intriguing characters. Molly takes on two investigations in this book and both have surprising endings. Daniel Sullivan appears several times and continues to string Molly along. But he does have competition now with the new character Jacob. I will continue reading this series. I am curious about where it will go. The info about early 20th century New York City is intersting. I would recommend these books but start at the beginning.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This series is back on track

  11. 4 out of 5

    diemmi147

    Fresh out of Riley's closed case, Daniel expected to see Molly intimidated by all the dangers she had experienced. Like he said, her nine cat lives were rapidly being used up. Molly, notwithstanding, still determined to continue on this line of work. Tired of all the ludicrous divorce cases, Molly decided to go back to her original intention to find lost relatives. Hence, she advertised her trade on a newspaper and immediately got an assignment for finding an eloped couple from Ireland and anothe Fresh out of Riley's closed case, Daniel expected to see Molly intimidated by all the dangers she had experienced. Like he said, her nine cat lives were rapidly being used up. Molly, notwithstanding, still determined to continue on this line of work. Tired of all the ludicrous divorce cases, Molly decided to go back to her original intention to find lost relatives. Hence, she advertised her trade on a newspaper and immediately got an assignment for finding an eloped couple from Ireland and another one for undercover work as a garment worker at a garment company to detect a spy who copied designs and spirited them away to the rival company within the mist of the workers . Without having any sucess in this business for several months, Molly was out of funds, and besides also needed to find a place of her own to host an invalid man together with his army of two starving children. She had no choice but to work on both cases simultaneously. While undercovering as a worker, Molly had to suffer from the harsh working condition and the ill treatment of all the other workers. Sympathetic to the girls and furiated with the unfairness, Molly was inadvertently being drawn to the workers' revolution. She even helped to organise a strike against the owner of a garment company. At a meeting, Molly first encountered Jacob Singer, an active member of the United Hebrew Trade who professed to help organise strikes and to assist fledging strikers. This Mr. Singer was instantly attracted to Molly and tried to find every oppotunities to get close to Molly. The man was no wicked Daniel. He was a gentleman of impeccable manners. Jacob soon hinted his intention to marry Molly since he apparently fell in love at first sight with her. Daniel noting the presence of this unwanted Jewish gentleman grew more anxious and agitated. But Molly was no less agitated than Daniel and got even more aggravated by his possessive behaviors and his cowardice at not being able to break off his engagement with the spoilt Arabella creature. Daniel was then granted a nickname of "Daniel the Deceiver" by Sid and Gus. This formed a delicous triangle love story. Excellent read. My favourite characters were Sid and Gus. It was kind of fun watching Daniel and Jacob making bullet eyes at each other.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Molly Murphy is determined to be a private investigator, but finds many people in New York don't think that line of work is proper for women. Then two business opportunities turn up: An aristocratic family in Dublin hire her to locate their daughter whom they fear has fled with her unsavory boyfriend to New York and asked by a garment owner to work uncover to find the person who had committed industrial espionage by stealing designs and selling the to a competitor. Daniel has kept in contact wit Molly Murphy is determined to be a private investigator, but finds many people in New York don't think that line of work is proper for women. Then two business opportunities turn up: An aristocratic family in Dublin hire her to locate their daughter whom they fear has fled with her unsavory boyfriend to New York and asked by a garment owner to work uncover to find the person who had committed industrial espionage by stealing designs and selling the to a competitor. Daniel has kept in contact with Molly and claims to love her, but refuses to break off his engagement to a woman who could ruin his career. Molly agrees to take on both jobs and begins work as a piece worker while she searches for the girl. The working conditions are atrocious with freezing rooms, pay docked for needing to use the restroom, overcrowding, and no talking allowed. Bowen uses these appalling conditions for women workers to have her female heroine take a major role in striking for better working conditions. A frightening hazard of working in cramped, close rooms without proper ventilation cause a fire with Molly taking swift action to save the day. A wonderful continuation of the story of a young woman trying to make it on her own in the large city of New York.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The series get better as I read. This book is from my library. The characters are well developed and new ones are added. The research of time is outstanding. In Molly quest to be a professional investor continues she finds that many avenues are not open to women. Some of them are even dangerous. She is about ready to find another job when she gets a couple of new tasks. One will take her into the garment industry sweatshops of the time. She horrified of the conditions that she finds and soon fin The series get better as I read. This book is from my library. The characters are well developed and new ones are added. The research of time is outstanding. In Molly quest to be a professional investor continues she finds that many avenues are not open to women. Some of them are even dangerous. She is about ready to find another job when she gets a couple of new tasks. One will take her into the garment industry sweatshops of the time. She horrified of the conditions that she finds and soon finds herself joining a union.. The other undertaking Molly is asked to find a runaway English daughter who eloped with a undesirable man. Molly has enough money to rent a house and brings the O'Conner family to live with her. Molly needs to be succeed at her job in order to live her own life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Corley

    This definitely isn't the normal type of mystery book that I read, which is why it's been so long between books, but I was in the mood for something different and Molly Murphy did the trick! I enjoy that she is such a strong and formidable female character, especially for the time frame in which the book was set...America in the 1900's. I am interested to see where Molly goes with her two love interests and hope to see that she follows through with her being an investigator. Although all the men This definitely isn't the normal type of mystery book that I read, which is why it's been so long between books, but I was in the mood for something different and Molly Murphy did the trick! I enjoy that she is such a strong and formidable female character, especially for the time frame in which the book was set...America in the 1900's. I am interested to see where Molly goes with her two love interests and hope to see that she follows through with her being an investigator. Although all the men continue to call her stupid, I call her dedicated, not only to her job, but her beliefs! For the Love of Mike did start out a bit slow, but picked up its pace and was an overall pretty good read! What do you have for us next Molly?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    On the brink of ending this tedious story, I thought about Ultimate Soccer manager. It was a turn based football game that came out in the nineties. Very addicting and fun. Unlike this book. Anyway half the fun of that game was to invent names for the manager character. My favorite was 'Joui de la Putana'. It was hilarious when I got the boot from the job and the game served up the picture(like I said it was turn-based) of a man clearing his desk with his face in his hands. Party hardy equals s On the brink of ending this tedious story, I thought about Ultimate Soccer manager. It was a turn based football game that came out in the nineties. Very addicting and fun. Unlike this book. Anyway half the fun of that game was to invent names for the manager character. My favorite was 'Joui de la Putana'. It was hilarious when I got the boot from the job and the game served up the picture(like I said it was turn-based) of a man clearing his desk with his face in his hands. Party hardy equals sacking, as one might say. As for the book, it was as bad as the last one but I have doubled the score. Let no man say that Joui was a mean fellow.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Leishman

    Molly gets her first cases on her own merit, one of which requires her to go undercover in a sweatshop. All the hazards of turn of the century exploitation are in full view. Depressingly, some are still an issue in the textile and garment industries--and not only in developing countries. This instalment in the Molly Murphy Mysteries has more than its fair share of high-wire, death-defying feats; a New York landmark during its construction; and some bruised and broken hearts for good measure. Ove Molly gets her first cases on her own merit, one of which requires her to go undercover in a sweatshop. All the hazards of turn of the century exploitation are in full view. Depressingly, some are still an issue in the textile and garment industries--and not only in developing countries. This instalment in the Molly Murphy Mysteries has more than its fair share of high-wire, death-defying feats; a New York landmark during its construction; and some bruised and broken hearts for good measure. Overall, a feisty feminist story with historical details and social awareness.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This was a Molly Murphy series book I missed, glad I went back and caught up. This was set before her and Daniel were married. Very fast paced, Molly is still working on being a private investigator, and secures a case that has her working incognito as a poor immigrant in a garment factory, enduring all the mistreatment that it includes, but she, of course can not sit by and keep quiet during this unfair treatment. The wide range of characters come alive and I love them all, as Molly goes from o This was a Molly Murphy series book I missed, glad I went back and caught up. This was set before her and Daniel were married. Very fast paced, Molly is still working on being a private investigator, and secures a case that has her working incognito as a poor immigrant in a garment factory, enduring all the mistreatment that it includes, but she, of course can not sit by and keep quiet during this unfair treatment. The wide range of characters come alive and I love them all, as Molly goes from one dangerous situation to the next!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I'm giving up on this series. I really enjoyed the first Molly Murphy book, but Daniel has become such an annoying character. He's clearly set up to be the one Molly ends up with, but I find him quite unlikable and find myself rooting against him. This entry in the series also suffered from the fact the the mystery was really a secondary plot.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elecia

    Dithering heroine keeps diving into certain-death situations, becoming TSTL.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: Actually I had been guessing at the time. Premise/plot: Molly Murphy is determined to be a private investigator. In this third book in the series, she is working on two cases at the same time. One case has her going undercover at a garment factory. Another case has her looking for a missing person--a runaway daughter. Will she be able to solve both cases and collect her fees? Or will these cases prove too challenging and dangerous? Could Molly Murphy lose her life in the attempt t First sentence: Actually I had been guessing at the time. Premise/plot: Molly Murphy is determined to be a private investigator. In this third book in the series, she is working on two cases at the same time. One case has her going undercover at a garment factory. Another case has her looking for a missing person--a runaway daughter. Will she be able to solve both cases and collect her fees? Or will these cases prove too challenging and dangerous? Could Molly Murphy lose her life in the attempt to be a private investigator? My thoughts: This is the third Molly Murphy mystery I've read. I'll start with the good news. I like that the books build upon one another and that we're still catching glimpses of people we've met in books one and two. This seems like a good way to build a believable world--people it. Some are mere background players but others are becoming central to the plot. Now for the bad news... Are readers supposed to actually like Molly Murphy? Are we supposed to find Molly Murphy fierce, brave, empowered, independent, ahead-of-her-time? Because this reader is mostly finding Molly Murphy to be lacking any and all common sense. Are readers supposed to find her blunders and near-misses charming and adorable? This reader doesn't. It is not that I want Molly Murphy to actually suffer the consequences of her incompetence. I don't want her to be raped, molested, kidnapped, or killed. I don't. But at this point, she needs a team of men to follow her around to protect her from herself--her brave, daring, independent escapades and adventures. And surprisingly enough, that team of men actually exists. Men are fighting over her. They're also yelling at her, telling her not to be so stupid, but...they don't see her lack of sense as a bad thing...they actually want to be with her. This touches on the second annoyance of the series...the "romance." In the first book, Molly fell for a police officer, Daniel Sullivan. He seemed to be equally smitten with her. It looked like it was going to be heading towards a happily ever after. But a few chapters into the second book--perhaps less--readers find out he's been engaged to another woman this whole time. Daniel seems to be hero who pops up dozens of times in each book to SAVE MOLLY FROM HERSELF. She then whines about how she hates to be "saved" by Daniel and how she wants to never, ever see him again. She also seems to be mourning the fact that he won't choose her. If Molly really and truly wants to never see Daniel again--perhaps she could work harder at NOT BEING ARRESTED or brought to the station for questioning. Perhaps if she avoided potentially dangerous situations altogether--going into gang hang-outs, for example, to ask her questions. Right now there are TWO men "in love" with Molly. Because I actually like Jacob, I'm thinking he deserves better than Molly.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Molly goes undercover in the garment district Molly is on assignment as a garment worker. Historically accurate, conditions are harsh and unfair. She takes on a second case by searching for a wayward rich English heiress. I was aware of the poor conditions in our factories, construction and sweatshops. It did not occur to me the owners of these sweatshops were of Jewish decent. It made me squirm a bit because I am of Jewish decent, my distant relative coming from Tzar Russia. Molly continues to ge Molly goes undercover in the garment district Molly is on assignment as a garment worker. Historically accurate, conditions are harsh and unfair. She takes on a second case by searching for a wayward rich English heiress. I was aware of the poor conditions in our factories, construction and sweatshops. It did not occur to me the owners of these sweatshops were of Jewish decent. It made me squirm a bit because I am of Jewish decent, my distant relative coming from Tzar Russia. Molly continues to get into situations that are dangerous and sometimes foolish.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jusangie1

    Another good read with inside into NY life and exciting finish, Molly is a brave soul...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Doris Ware

    Good mystery series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    This installment in the delightful Molly Murphy mysteries stretches the believability factor but it is still wonderful fun following Molly as she bumbles along trying to be a real private detective.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me three times - oy, vey! Three strikes and I'm out. I love the Royal Spyness and Evan Evans series, but this one is surprisingly trite and amateurish. Can't believe they come from the same woman. Less a mystery, and more 'plucky heroine' experiences all the cultural touchstones of 19th-20th C. NYC - fresh off the boat; anarchists, artists, and free thinkers; McKinley's Assassination; Working conditions of Immigrant garment workers (think triangle fire). Tiresome. Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me three times - oy, vey! Three strikes and I'm out. I love the Royal Spyness and Evan Evans series, but this one is surprisingly trite and amateurish. Can't believe they come from the same woman. Less a mystery, and more 'plucky heroine' experiences all the cultural touchstones of 19th-20th C. NYC - fresh off the boat; anarchists, artists, and free thinkers; McKinley's Assassination; Working conditions of Immigrant garment workers (think triangle fire). Tiresome. I'm listening to the end now not even waiting for the happy ending. Oy!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin Lee

    This one dragged a bit for me. I understand how the story needed to be set up so the reader could grasp the injustices in the Garment District, but it seemed like a lot of characters were introduced that could've been omitted. As usual, Molly gets into scrapes, Daniel gets pissed, and mayhem ensues. I still love Molly Murphy and am looking forward to seeing what happens to her in the next installment.

  27. 4 out of 5

    John

    Third book in the series. Molly has found a place to live and has two cases which she is investigating. A woman who eloped from Ireland and stolen fashion designs. She works undercover at a sweatshop and crises path with a gang. There is also introduced another love interest, Jacob. An enjoyable read if a bit far fetched. The style is excellent and the details of New York City life interesting.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda Cunningham

    Molly Murphy was ahead of her times.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Molly is still finding her feet as a private detective in 1900(ish) New York City. Being a woman, very unusual in this profession at that time, makes everything that much harder. People won't take her seriously, she can't go into bars to talk to people, men feel they can threaten her with impunity. I love the fact that she questions whether she is doing the right thing and whether she can ever succeed in this confusing new world she's come to from her small village in Ireland where everybody kne Molly is still finding her feet as a private detective in 1900(ish) New York City. Being a woman, very unusual in this profession at that time, makes everything that much harder. People won't take her seriously, she can't go into bars to talk to people, men feel they can threaten her with impunity. I love the fact that she questions whether she is doing the right thing and whether she can ever succeed in this confusing new world she's come to from her small village in Ireland where everybody knew everybody. That self-doubt makes her feel very genuine as a character. As before, the author really brings to life the vibrant and ever-changing nature of this city and the largely immigrant population who are making their way in a strange country. One of the bridges is just being built for example, whereas we know it as completed. Molly meets people from various countries and she comes across different religions and she has to adapt to new ways of thinking and living. I love her courage and her determination to make the best of her life, despite the odds being against her due to the fact that, after all, she's only a woman! We see the life of girls working in a sweat shop, and how powerless they are to complain about their exploitation, or to insist on safer working conditions. We see the beginnings of trade unions and their attempts to help with these issues, and the early stirrings of socialism. We also clearly see the difference that money makes to people's lives (some things never change!) and how society is split into distinct layers which, for the most part, don't mix. And then there is the mystery itself, or more than one actually, which Molly investigates tirelessly. All in all, another cracking read and I already have the next in the series on my reservations list at the library.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Faythe Shattuck

    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 a woman and that means that in many places in turn-of-the-century New York City she is not welcome. Then she has two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. A father in Dublin fears his daughter Katherine has fled to New York with her unsavory boyfriend Mike, and he hires Molly to track them down and send his daughter back 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 a woman and that means that in many places in turn-of-the-century New York City she is not welcome. Then she has two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. A father in Dublin fears his daughter Katherine has fled to New York with her unsavory boyfriend Mike, and he hires Molly to track them down and send his daughter back home to Dublin. Before she can consider her turn of good luck, she's asked to go undercover as a employee in a garment factory and investigate a potential case of industrial espionage. Now if she can only solve both of her cases without needing any help from Daniel Sullivan, who is a police captain who claims that he loves her while being engaged to someone else. The author does a nice job of giving us an inside look of what life was like for the immigrants who made up the work force of the garment district in the early 1900's. The author also shows us how the immigrant employees from all different factory's and businesses work together to get unions started for all of them. We are introduced to Jacob who works for the United Hebrew Trades organization and who takes a real liking to Molly so now she has two men romantically interested in her. This book had so much happening that it kept me interested and entertained from the first page right up to the last page. It was nice to see how some of Molly's decisions be them good or bad lead to some very surprising discoveries. I liked how when Molly discovers the identity of the employee stealing from the garment factory to herself so the young girl can still be employed and not be out on the street. I also liked how Molly was able to help Katherine stay in America after letting her father know that she is okay and not married to Mike without letting him know exactly where she is staying so he can't come and force her back to Dublin where she doesn't want to be. I don't like how Daniel is still dragging his feet about telling his fiance that he doesn't love her but instead loves Molly.

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