Third entry in the Molly Murphy series. Molly Murphy, newly arrived in turn-of-the century New York City, is trying to make a living as a private investigator. In this book, she lands not one, but two, different cases to investigate. Molly has her hands full, between searching for a missing English girl and trying to find out who is stealing designs from a garment manufacturing sweat shop.
I really enjoy the New York City setting and how the author mixes in the city's history with her stories. I highly recommend this series.
I loved this book, so I will be reading more by this author - particularly the Molly Murphy books! Molly is determined to run her own detective agency even though she is a female and this is 1901 in New York!! The characters seem real, and as Molly, an Irish immigrant with red hair and freckles, tries to solve her cases, we feel the danger with her as she looks for a missing Dublin debutante and tries to find who is copying the dress designs for the owner of a design company in New York. Great quick read!!
So far, this is the best book in the series that I have read. I enjoyed the historical fiction relating to the garment industry workers in the early 1900's. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and mystery.
A woman ahead of her time, turn of the century Irish immigrant Molly Murphy is determined to be a private detective. Having inherited the cases of her deceased mentor, Paddy Riley, she's following philandering husbands, tracking down a runaway Dublin debutante, and working in a sweatshop to discover who's stealing dress designs. None of her jobs seem dangerous, at first.
When a woman's body is fished out of the East River, Molly fears it's the missing society girl. Then Molly's sometime beau, police captain Daniel Sullivan, reveals that another corpse may be the girl's scalawag lover, Mike Kelly. Murder iis no place for a lady and every a scrappy Irish immigrant lass may need more than her street smarts to get the truth and get out alive."
This may be the best yet of this series, as Molly actually solves two cases in her new career as a detective. She also acquires a new beau, while keeping the old one at arm's length (when she can). And she resolves several problems in her life, such as what to do with the two children she feels responsible for.
I picked up this book thinking that I might already be tired of this series, yet I finished it within 24 hours.
I liked this book alot. It's a quick read so handy to carry in your purse or tote bag. I enjoy mysteries and this is the 2nd in this series I have come across. The main character is appealing and gets into and out of trouble with courage and determination. She is a fun character and I also enjoy the setting of NY in it's early years. I rate it a 4 out of 5.
An historical mystery that has Molly, who is trying to eke out a living as a female detective during the early 20th century, take a job in a clothing sweatshop in order to find who has been stealing the dress designs. At the same time she is trying to locate a young Irish lass who has run off with one of her father's laborers from Ireland.
An enjoyable read with plenty of local color and historical detail.
Molly Murphy has set herself up as a private investigator, taking over for the recently deceased Paddy Riley. She is disgusted with divorce cases and ends up taking on two cases. One case involves discovering who is stealing designs from a garment manufacturer. The other case involves locating a daughter who has run away from Ireland to the USA. The story exposes the horrible working conditions of the garment workers in New York City at the turn of the century. This book combines history, mystery, and romance Fun reading!
Susan L. (Suzieleigh) reviewed For the Love of Mike : A Molly Murphy Series (Molly Murphy, 3) on
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....