Friday, April 17, 2009

In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen

I anxiously waited for the latest Molly Murphy mystery from Rhys Bowen and was so pleased to read this book! For those who have not read a Molly Murphy mystery, she is a young Irish immigrant to New York City in the early 1900’s. Spunky, independent, and unwilling to take on traditional female roles, Molly opens her own private detective agency. Her friends are a colorful cast of characters, including her sweetheart Captain Daniel Sullivan. Molly often finds herself in a bit of trouble, but she will try hard not to ask Daniel for help!

The eighth book in the series, In a Gilded Cage, finds Molly Murphy searching for a client’s roots, tracking a cheating husband, and also discovering why young socialites are mysteriously dying from complications to influenza. She also joins a suffragist’s parade, manages to get arrested and is nearly run over by a horse drawn carriage. Daniel seems about to propose, but is Molly ready to settle down to be a wife and raise a family?

This is a favorite series of mine and those who enjoy cozy mysteries and historical fiction might like this as well. Although this book can be read on its own, some may want to start at the beginning with Murphy’s Law.

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