Friday, December 18, 2015

Review: Away in a Manger (Molly Murphy #15) by Rhys Bowen

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1301 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (Nov. 17 2015)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

 In this Christmas installment of Rhys Bowen's New York Times bestselling historical mystery series, Molly Murphy Sullivan's generosity to a beggar draws her into a dangerous investigation

It’s Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once, Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: she and Daniel have a baby son and 12-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely little voice and see a beggar girl, huddled in a doorway, singing Away in a Manger. Bridie is touched by the girl’s ragged clothes and wants to help her out if they can. They give her a quarter, only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. But it turns out he is the girl’s brother, and they’ve come from England and are living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly. When the young boy is accused of stealing a purse, Molly intervenes on his behalf.

These children are clearly not the usual city waifs. They are well-spoken and used to better things. So who are they? And what has happened to their mother? As Molly looks for the answers to these questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society.

About the Author

 From Goodreads:  "I'm a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.

I also write the Agatha-winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s. It's lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire. It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year.
I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set in North Wales, and for my award-winning short stories. "

I was born and raised in England but currently divide my time between California and Arizona where I go to escape from the harsh California winters.

When I am not writing I love to travel, sing, hike, play my Celtic harp.

* Constable Evan Mystery
* Molly Murphy Mysteries
* Her Royal Spyness Mysteries

Agatha Award
◊ Best Novel (2001): Murphy's Law
Reviewer's Choice Award
◊ Historical Mystery (2001): Murphy's Law

My Review

 Away in the Manger is the fifteenth book in the Molly Murphy series by author Rhys Bowen. This is the first book that I have read in this series.

I was quickly drawn into Away in the Manger. The writing is clear and consise. The story is immediately interesting. The characters are well defined.

Private Detective Molly Murphy is out on the winter streets of NYC in 1905 with her young son and her ward. A street encounter with a young beggar with the voice of an angel and her brother sends Molly down a path towards righteousness for these two young waifs. Molly relentlessly pushes forward to resolve this case, all with a husband who has been shot and the glares of her mother-in-law.

Perfect time of the year to be reading this great Christmastime mystery.

I'm definitely a fan. Highly recommend. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

No comments:

Post a Comment