Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Review: Time of Fog and Fire (Molly Murphy #16) by Rhys Bowen

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1477 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (March 1 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013P2QY2M

Book Description

Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband Daniel, a police captain in turn-of-the-century New York City, is in a precarious position. The new police commissioner wants him off the force altogether. So Daniel accepts an assignment from John Wilkie, head of the secret service. Molly believes her husband is in Washington, working for the president, until she spots him in San Francisco during a movie news segment. Then she receives a strange letter from him, leading her to conclude that he wants her to join him in San Francisco.

She takes her young son Liam on the cross-country train trip, but when they arrive in San Francisco, Molly is told that she's too late, her husband's funeral was yesterday. She's devastated, even more so when she receives a cryptic note saying Daniel's death was not an accident. In her grief she stays on to investigate, until she meets a strange man at a party, whom she soon starts to suspect may not be quite who he appears. Then Molly finds another body in the basement, but before she can report it, the Great Earthquake strikes San Francisco, and the servant runs off in a panic with Molly's son. Suddenly Molly has no idea where to turn or whom to trust, and she knows there are many lives on the line, including her own.

About the Author

"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

Time of Fog and Fire is the second book that I have read in the Molly Murphy series by author Rhys Bowen. I found Time of Fog and Fire to be extremely an enjoyable read. I had forgotten some of the details of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and it was fascinating to be reminded.

Molly's husband Daniel is off on a mysterious project for the White House. She is shocked to see him in San Francisco on a newsreel.  When a mysterious letter arrives from Daniel, she along with their young son Liam head for San Francisco to help him. When she arrives she is shocked to discover that he is dead.

Through a fog of despair Molly moves to solve Daniel's murder. There are a lot of twists and turns as the reader is taken through the events and chaos of the San Francisco earthquake and fire. I could hardly put this book as I was glued to the story.

I highly recommend Time of Fog and Fire by author Rhys Bowen.

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