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Despite her pregnancy, Molly Murphy Sullivan can't seem to stay away from sleuthing. In this, her 12th entry (after Hush Now, Don't You Cry), she becomes embroiled in the Irish freedom movement of the early 20th century. [See Prepub Alert, 10/08/12.] (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Anthony and Agatha Award-winning Rhys Bowen's series about Molly Murphy, a bubbly Irish immigrant in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century, is now in its thirteenth installment. Molly, who has always had a gift for getting to the bottom of things, established her own private detective agency in New York. Now, though, she is married to a police captain, is named Sullivan rather than Murphy, and is pregnant. When she receives a letter begging for her help in locating a disappeared Irish maidservant and when she subsequently learns that five infants have been kidnapped in the same month Molly is ready to take action, but her husband ships her off for an enforced rest with her mother. Ah, but Molly is nothing if not dauntless. The ways she finds to keep investigating, and the trouble she lands in as a result of that investigation, will be more than enough to keep series fans satisfied. Others may be puzzled by the (at times) overly simplistic writing here, which gives the book a tone not in keeping with its subject matter.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Set in 1904, Bowen's well-paced 12th mystery featuring feisty and endearing Molly Murphy (after 2012's Hush Now, Don't You Cry) finds Molly unable to resist taking on a missing persons case, despite her promise to her new husband, NYPD Capt. Daniel Sullivan, to give up detecting now that their first baby is on the way. Molly receives a letter from a woman in Ireland seeking news of her orphaned niece, Maureen O'Byrne, who wrote on arriving in New York City a year earlier that she had secured a job as an under-parlor maid with a Mrs. Mainwaring. The aunt has heard nothing from Maureen since. With the last name of Maureen's employer her only lead, Molly plunges into a thorough investigation of the maid's fate. The usual full-blooded characters will keep readers engaged, but series fans may wonder how Molly will juggle sleuthing with increased domestic demands in future installments. Agent: Meg Ruley, the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.