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Molly Murphy is sent by aging well-off NYC theatrical impresario Tommy Burke to find baby sister left with parish priest when they fled famine. But even before the ship lands, Broadway's leading actress, Oona Sheehan, vanishes, and her maid is found dead in her cabin.


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Molly Murphy is sent by aging well-off NYC theatrical impresario Tommy Burke to find baby sister left with parish priest when they fled famine. But even before the ship lands, Broadway's leading actress, Oona Sheehan, vanishes, and her maid is found dead in her cabin.

30 review for In Dublin's Fair City

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    And we are back in Ireland which makes a nice change and gives us a little respite from some of those New York city characters, particularly Daniel! Molly appears to miss him occasionally but not excessively. The main story is exciting, set as it is in the 'troubles' in Dublin. Molly gets caught up in murder, gun running and blowing up a prison. Never let it be said that she has a boring life! (view spoiler)[When we leave her she is about to re And we are back in Ireland which makes a nice change and gives us a little respite from some of those New York city characters, particularly Daniel! Molly appears to miss him occasionally but not excessively. The main story is exciting, set as it is in the 'troubles' in Dublin. Molly gets caught up in murder, gun running and blowing up a prison. Never let it be said that she has a boring life! (view spoiler)[When we leave her she is about to re enter America with a false passport. I hope that goes well for her. (hide spoiler)] So, a good story, some new and interesting characters and a bit of Irish history. I am back to giving it four stars after only giving three for the last book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

    Great read, as usual. I loved the Irish history.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Outstanding! The Molly Murphy mysteries continue to bring thrilling stories with fascinating historical background. I wasn't sure how I would like Molly traveling to Ireland on an assignment and leaving behind familiar characters that I've come to enjoy. Sid, Gus, and Daniel were back in New York City, with Daniel getting ready to go to trial for bribery and setting up a prize fight. I should have known that Rhys Bowen wouldn't let me down. In Dublin's Fair City might even be my favorite one so Outstanding! The Molly Murphy mysteries continue to bring thrilling stories with fascinating historical background. I wasn't sure how I would like Molly traveling to Ireland on an assignment and leaving behind familiar characters that I've come to enjoy. Sid, Gus, and Daniel were back in New York City, with Daniel getting ready to go to trial for bribery and setting up a prize fight. I should have known that Rhys Bowen wouldn't let me down. In Dublin's Fair City might even be my favorite one so far, although I still am looking forward to seeing how the Molly and Daniel storyline plays out. This story begins with Molly accepting an investigative assignment to find a long-lost relative of a famous theatrical impresario, who has just learned of a baby sister left behind in Ireland when his family fled the potato famine many years before. Although Molly fears that there is still an outstanding arrest warrant for her in Ireland, she feels she can risk visiting Ireland, since her investigation won't take her near her childhood home she fled two years ago. The action starts before she sits a foot in her native land, with an unexpected turn of events and a murder on board the ship on which she is sailing. As usual, Molly is in the middle of trouble, but she is allowed to disembark and start her search for one Mary Ann Burke, the missing sister of her client. Awaiting her on her arrival in Dublin is a whole other set of problems and puzzles to solve, and her dealings with the Irish Republican Brotherhood provide a thrilling ride of suspense and revelation, as well as a romantic connection between Molly and the passionate leader of the Brotherhood. There are fleeting glimpses of Maude Gonne, Willaim Butler Yeats, and James Joyce in Dublin, too. I became so caught up in this book that I truly wanted more and more of it. I felt markedly sad when the tale ended. The best reading takes the reader into new territories of interests and encourages further examination. I now want to read more about Irish independence and the flight of the Irish from the potato famine. Such a moving story!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Deeper than I had expected. World: The world building is solid, we get to visit Ireland this time around and we get not only locales of Dublin but also the history and the political climate of the time. I did not expect the amount of depth in the terms of the politics and the English/Irish tension of the time so wow, good job! The new pieces of the world for this story were well done and fit into the world nicely, there are some tried and true characters and pieces that show up in the Deeper than I had expected. World: The world building is solid, we get to visit Ireland this time around and we get not only locales of Dublin but also the history and the political climate of the time. I did not expect the amount of depth in the terms of the politics and the English/Irish tension of the time so wow, good job! The new pieces of the world for this story were well done and fit into the world nicely, there are some tried and true characters and pieces that show up in the start but for the most part this book has a lot of new in terms of the stage. Story: The story is well done, what sets up as a simple missing persons case becomes something more and it was nice cozy and enjoyable. I liked the pacing and the dialog and banter, it was a nice change from the heavy stuff I was reading before. The stuff about the English/Irish conflict was actually really well done and the tie into the world building made this story have a lot more depth than I had expected from a cozy mystery like this book. Characters: Molly is always great, seeing her out of her comfort zone this time around really allowed for her character to grow and breath and I really enjoyed that. I really also like the new characters, they were well written and they were exactly what Molly needed at the moment, especially Conner (I think it was Conner...it's a C). I will say that I am tired of the police captain in New York and he needs to be tinkered or dropped completely, he annoys me. A solid and deeper book than I had imagined. Onward to the next book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Luffy

    Here's an excerpt from In Like Flynn (Molly Murphy Mysteries #4) In all, it's been a good read, and I was entertained and rewarded in persevering with this series. But there's something about the latter which makes me compelled to keep reading the books, even if I rate them a 1. This book would be the third one consecutively to notch 3 stars. There's something unhealthy and unwholesome about this series, and who knows, this very writer. But the latter's novels are addicting as hell. Much Here's an excerpt from In Like Flynn (Molly Murphy Mysteries #4) In all, it's been a good read, and I was entertained and rewarded in persevering with this series. But there's something about the latter which makes me compelled to keep reading the books, even if I rate them a 1. This book would be the third one consecutively to notch 3 stars. There's something unhealthy and unwholesome about this series, and who knows, this very writer. But the latter's novels are addicting as hell. Much as I'm swamped with books trying to catch my eye, I always find time to squeeze in the last unread Molly Murphy book. Uncanny. But if the experience is rewarding then why not? Why not continue? There's something else...for some time I thought I was being unfair to these books because I was fixating on the last third act. These did often disappoint. I said to myself that I was forgetting details to the earlier chapters and I was laying too much emphasis on the last act. Well this time I went into the fray with my senses sharpened and my memory acute and guess what, it turned out that this book was just like the others; good promising storylines that delivered almost nothing. But like I said, this book is a duality of promise and disappointment. I think I will continue, simply to know what the hell happens next to our daring historical fiction heroine.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jaye

    -------------------------- WARNING SERIES SPOILERS ---------------------------- I started out loving this series. I was convinced I had finally found another mystery-thriller pile of books that I could really sink my teeth in to. I'm not so sure this is the case anymore, unfortunately. It's amazing how much my enthusiasm for this series has waned. I still adore Molly. She is one of the most endearing ch -------------------------- WARNING SERIES SPOILERS ---------------------------- I started out loving this series. I was convinced I had finally found another mystery-thriller pile of books that I could really sink my teeth in to. I'm not so sure this is the case anymore, unfortunately. It's amazing how much my enthusiasm for this series has waned. I still adore Molly. She is one of the most endearing characters I've encountered. Her spunk and perseverance are truly spectacular. Her character is worthy of such a series as this. I can see her going far if not for one thing...Daniel. In past reviews, I have stated my support for Daniel. He started out with amazing potential. However, in my opinion he becomes an impediment to Molly's character. This opinion was not arrived at in this book. In fact, Daniel barely figures in this book at all, which I found to be incredibly disappointing considering the state in which the author left him at the end of OH DANNY BOY. The reversal of my Daniel vote is the result of a definite no-no on my part. I found myself becoming impatient with the lack of Daniel in this book. So, when I finished it, I failed to restrain myself. I went ahead and skimmed the blurbs for the following books in the series. Then, I flipped through the actual books reading any part in which Daniel and Molly figured. Not my proudest moment. However, I'm glad I did so. Molly and Daniel's relationship does not at all progress the way I hoped it would. Daniel seems to become ever more domineering and pushy. He wants Molly out of the private detective business. He proves to be quite the chauvinistic ass. Yes, he had moments of chauvinism in the previous books. However, I always held out hope that his way of thinking would become more liberal with increased exposure to Molly's spirit. This, in my view, is not the case. Instead, Daniel seeks to suppress some of her more tempestuous qualities. The worst part? Molly sort of lets him. She's made him a promise to stay away from such detective business. Of course, she doesn't completely follow through on this promise. But, let's face it, if she did, there wouldn't be a series. So, technically she's still taking cases, but she's not the same Molly. She comes off as more subdued submissive to Daniel. I didn't like this. Also, what scenes I read in the following books featuring Molly and Daniel lacked the passion and spark hinted at and illustrated in Bowen's previous books. I become extremely attached to characters and their relationships with each other. Characters and their choices can make or break a series for me. It saddens me that Molly and Daniel as a couple "grow" in a direction I am not happy with. The magic of this series has certainly dissipated. Bummer. It's possible that I'll have another go at this series in the future. I'm not positive, but it's possible...Damn.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Echo

    I was a little worried about this one, since I knew Daniel wouldn't be in it much what with Molly in Ireland and all. But of course there was no need for that, because I loved it. Might've helped that I had the handsome, charismatic Cullen Quinlan to crush on while Molly was abroad. Lucky girl. (Never mind that she's forever stumbling across dead bodies, being put in harm's way, and under suspicion for some crime or another. She has all these handsome Irishmen who like her!) Er . . . I was a little worried about this one, since I knew Daniel wouldn't be in it much what with Molly in Ireland and all. But of course there was no need for that, because I loved it. Might've helped that I had the handsome, charismatic Cullen Quinlan to crush on while Molly was abroad. Lucky girl. (Never mind that she's forever stumbling across dead bodies, being put in harm's way, and under suspicion for some crime or another. She has all these handsome Irishmen who like her!) Er . . . wait, I'm supposed to be reviewing the book, NOT swooning over characters (even if they are Irish). Brilliant, as always. I got a nice look at turn-of-the-century Dublin, with some interesting cameos from real historical figures and a few nods to historic locations (Guinness Brewery, Grafton Street, and a fun exchange when Molly tries to walk onto the campus of TCD, which was still men only at the time). At least one character was based on a real person (whom I shall now have to look up and read about - once I find out the name of the real lady). Enjoyable read. Though, much as I love Ireland, I'm ready for Molly to get back to New York . . . and Daniel. (Hey, I'm smitten, what can I say?)

  8. 4 out of 5

    John

    Another good yarn. Molly returns to Dublin to find a missing person. On her way she swaps places with a star and the stars maid is murdered. Once in Ireland she looks for the missing person and manages to get untwined in a plot to disrupt British rule. The added complication of finding her brother and avoiding the man she thought she murdered throws another spanned in the works. Add Yeats and James Joyce also adds a bit of color. Overall a good story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie Sholty

    The 6th installment in the Molly Murphy Mysteries floundered. There was almost too much going on in the plot: Oona Sheehan's mysterious disappearance, the murder of Oona's young maid, finding Tommy Burke's lost sister, anarchists, and the random popping up James Joyce (yes, the writer). Joyce didn't add anything to the story line. What bothered me more, was Molly's serendipitous meeting with her younger brothers who just happened to be in Dublin. It fell into place all too nicely. I sorely misse The 6th installment in the Molly Murphy Mysteries floundered. There was almost too much going on in the plot: Oona Sheehan's mysterious disappearance, the murder of Oona's young maid, finding Tommy Burke's lost sister, anarchists, and the random popping up James Joyce (yes, the writer). Joyce didn't add anything to the story line. What bothered me more, was Molly's serendipitous meeting with her younger brothers who just happened to be in Dublin. It fell into place all too nicely. I sorely missed Gus and Sid's presence. The ending however, helped bumped it from a one star to a two star rating. I wish the entire novel, had run like that.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    In the sixth edition of Molly Murphy series. Molly accepts an assignment to find a sister of a well known Irish Producer who was left in Ireland when the family arrived in America on a famine ship. The Producer did not know about the sister until his Mother died. Molly feels she is save enough to return to Ireland. Difficulties began before the ship sails. Molly find a murder girl in her cabin and encounters Scotland Yard on the trip over. Molly traces the baby starting at the church to Dublin. In the sixth edition of Molly Murphy series. Molly accepts an assignment to find a sister of a well known Irish Producer who was left in Ireland when the family arrived in America on a famine ship. The Producer did not know about the sister until his Mother died. Molly feels she is save enough to return to Ireland. Difficulties began before the ship sails. Molly find a murder girl in her cabin and encounters Scotland Yard on the trip over. Molly traces the baby starting at the church to Dublin. The ending will surprise you. As read this series I look forward to the next one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hermien

    Loved the story and the historical setting.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nielson

    This was probably my least favorite out of the whole series. I felt like it just skimmed over the plot. It was one of the shortest books in the series, but it could have been one of the longest. I didn't feel satisfied at all with the ending because I felt like it left so much left undone. I had really gotten into the characters in the first five books and really thought that she should have tied these all together. It was entertaining enough, but not my favorite.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: "Be careful what you wish for." That was another of my mother's favorite sayings--one of the few in her wealth of warnings that didn't predict a bad end, hell fire, and eternal damnation. Premise/plot: In Dublin's Fair City is the sixth Molly Murphy mystery. Molly Murphy gets a couple of paying jobs in this one. First, she's hired by a playwright (Tommy Burke) to go to Ireland and search for his long-lost "baby" sister, Mary Ann Burke. This search will take her--you guessed it-- First sentence: "Be careful what you wish for." That was another of my mother's favorite sayings--one of the few in her wealth of warnings that didn't predict a bad end, hell fire, and eternal damnation. Premise/plot: In Dublin's Fair City is the sixth Molly Murphy mystery. Molly Murphy gets a couple of paying jobs in this one. First, she's hired by a playwright (Tommy Burke) to go to Ireland and search for his long-lost "baby" sister, Mary Ann Burke. This search will take her--you guessed it--to Dublin, Ireland. Her second paying job is to switch places with a famous New York actress on the voyage over. This one isn't an investigative job, but, it leads to a whole other kind of investigation. Now you may be wanting to know if there's any movement in the Daniel Sullivan story line--there isn't. Daniel is STILL in trouble with the law and awaiting his trial. He is out on bail. But Molly is quick to leave him--and New York City--behind when she gets an opportunity to earn some money. My thoughts: I am finding the series as a whole mainly enjoyable. Molly is still stubborn and willful. Molly is still fierce and sometimes obnoxious. BUT. To be fair, in the big fight scene with Daniel...I wanted to yell at Daniel AND I wanted to yell at Molly. They were both being a bit obnoxious.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    This book is what I consider to be a “light read”; amusing, entertaining and perfect for in-between series. But somehow, in the course of this series, Molly Murphy has succeeded at pulling me in completely and I can easily give this book five full stars! Why? A likeable, independent, female character and an unanticipated, pulse-quickening ending, mixed with well researched (I’m actually not the best judge of that, but it seems very authentic) history around NYC in the 1900 with current topics, m This book is what I consider to be a “light read”; amusing, entertaining and perfect for in-between series. But somehow, in the course of this series, Molly Murphy has succeeded at pulling me in completely and I can easily give this book five full stars! Why? A likeable, independent, female character and an unanticipated, pulse-quickening ending, mixed with well researched (I’m actually not the best judge of that, but it seems very authentic) history around NYC in the 1900 with current topics, make this a highly pleasurable book. I look forward in reading a lot more of Miss Murphy! A small taste here: ““Good God, “ he muttered, then apologized profusely, of course. Somehow men think that swearing in front of a woman is a mortal sin – often the same men who think nothing of ordering a woman around, demanding to be waited on by a woman, or even giving her a good hiding. Not for the first time in my life I considered what a strange world we live in.”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Coller

    This one wasn't nearly as light-hearted as the ones before it. Molly is sent on a seemingly innocent assignment to Ireland but finds herself mixed up in the beginnings of civil war. There was a lot of great historical details in this story---much of which was new to me. Molly was able to wrap up some loose ends at home and gained a new appreciation for Daniel. All in all, a pretty good story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dan Dixon

    Once again I had a bad narrator for the cartridge so I did not care for the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Haddock

    Another rousing winner in the Molly Murphy series! Molly gets herself into and out of predicaments in a story line that twists, but always satisfies!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beachreader

    I enjoyed the previous books in this series but not this one. The story seemed a real departure from Bowen's previous stories. Most of the story is set in Ireland and Molly gets mixed up with some questionable people. This plot is so convoluted and contrived. Many of the characters just happen to conveniently cross paths with Molly. This one just doesn't solidify. There is more violence in this story and the ending was the most contrived of all. Molly is now truly a criminal and shoul I enjoyed the previous books in this series but not this one. The story seemed a real departure from Bowen's previous stories. Most of the story is set in Ireland and Molly gets mixed up with some questionable people. This plot is so convoluted and contrived. Many of the characters just happen to conveniently cross paths with Molly. This one just doesn't solidify. There is more violence in this story and the ending was the most contrived of all. Molly is now truly a criminal and should have a price on her head. I don't understand how she is going to reenter the US, especially since she is travelling to New York under an alias. Barely two stars. The story the author began is not the one she finished.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Éowyn

    Fourth book I've now read in this series and I'd say I liked this one the least and probably won't read any more. In this one particularly there was much less focus on the 'mystery' part and more on other goings on. There are also things at the end that don't seem quite tied up - ~I've had that before where some bits are picked up at the beginning of the new book, but it means that these don't stand alone very well. Yes, it's good to read a series, but if someone picks up in the middle this make Fourth book I've now read in this series and I'd say I liked this one the least and probably won't read any more. In this one particularly there was much less focus on the 'mystery' part and more on other goings on. There are also things at the end that don't seem quite tied up - ~I've had that before where some bits are picked up at the beginning of the new book, but it means that these don't stand alone very well. Yes, it's good to read a series, but if someone picks up in the middle this makes it more tricky. The Royal Spyness books by the same author I've read some of, but I think those are a bit more humorous and these are a bit more gritty and violent.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Molly Murphy goes back to Ireland and finds herself involved it the political issues of the early 1900s. A good mixture of history and mystery. Molly survives, of course, and gives us something to think about on the voyage home.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I really liked the insights into Irish history and the fact that everything wasn't wrapped up in a pretty bow. There were realistic losses. Good story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cindi (cheesygiraffe)

    Too many coincidences.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I've read all the preceding Molly Murphy mysteries as well as this one and enjoyed all of them. The characters are interesting and there are enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Agnesxnitt

    The last of the four Molly Murphy novels I thrifted. This one was a little convoluted but still a good read, though I did think that the complicated Irish political situation and history was rather scooted over, but to be fair, if you were interested in learning more about that period of history there are legions of non-fiction books on the subject. Molly is hired by a theatre impressario to track down the sister he never knew he had, left behind when his parents emigrated when he himself w The last of the four Molly Murphy novels I thrifted. This one was a little convoluted but still a good read, though I did think that the complicated Irish political situation and history was rather scooted over, but to be fair, if you were interested in learning more about that period of history there are legions of non-fiction books on the subject. Molly is hired by a theatre impressario to track down the sister he never knew he had, left behind when his parents emigrated when he himself was a young child. Now a successful man in the theatre world of New York, he is anxious to track her down and offer her a home with him. Molly is nervous about returning to her home land, after all she left in rather a hurry, suspected of the murder of her landlord's son after he tried to rape her. Still, she boards the ocean liner, happy to think of the adventure. Once aboard, she is summonsed to the impressario's leading lady's cabin. She now wishes Molly to masquerade as her to spare her the attentions of her admirers. Molly agrees - it appears money for old rope. But when she returns from the fancy dress ball on the penultimate night of the crossing to find her maid murdered on her bed, and then that the theatre diva left the ship before it sailed from New York, Molly realises there is more at risk than the inconvenience of a few awkward questions from the Ship's Captain. And once she is safely landed in Ireland, Molly finds that the search for her original client's sister is more complicated than anticipated - and that you can only run from your past for so long...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Faythe Shattuck

    Molly Murphy, a plucky P.I. in 1903 New York, sails back to her native Ireland on a case searching for the sister of Irish impresario Tommy Burke. The woman was too sick to travel and was left behind when the family took a famine ship to New York fifty years ago, and now the man wants to settle his fortune on her. While on the ship actress Oona Sheehan asks her to switch cabins so she can get away from her adoring fans and get some rest. Before Molly's ship reaches Ireland, Oona's maid is found Molly Murphy, a plucky P.I. in 1903 New York, sails back to her native Ireland on a case searching for the sister of Irish impresario Tommy Burke. The woman was too sick to travel and was left behind when the family took a famine ship to New York fifty years ago, and now the man wants to settle his fortune on her. While on the ship actress Oona Sheehan asks her to switch cabins so she can get away from her adoring fans and get some rest. Before Molly's ship reaches Ireland, Oona's maid is found murdered and the actress has gone missing. Molly's shocked to discover a cache of rifles in the actress's luggage, and even more shocked to see her own brother collecting the bags in Dublin. She discovers that two of her brothers are mixed up in the freedom movement, in which Molly herself becomes unwillingly embroiled in. It also seems someone else is also looking for Tommy's sister, too and this someone wants to make sure Molly never finds her. The mysteries are both full of twists and turns and both of the mysteries come together in a surprising conclusion. The author does a great job of describing turn of the century Ireland's countryside and the city of Dublin and it's surrounding areas. The author does a nice job of mixing intrigue, history, danger, mystery, and romance into a great book. I like how Molly never gives up even when the odds are against her she just keeps on going until she has achieved success one way or another. It was nice to see Molly get to see two of her four brothers even if there was some tragedy involved with the reunion. I did enjoy Molly working on a case without Daniel trying to tell her to stop her investigating and just find a nice safe job that he will basically approve of. The one thing I didn't like was that the ending came to fast and was a little rushed for me, but this was still an enjoyable mystery.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen O'Nan

    Any student of the 1916 Easter Rebellion should be delighted to read this slightly earlier account of revolutionary politics in Dublin. Molly Murphy, in the 6th of the series which features her, receives an assignment through her fledgling New York detective agency that takes her back to Ireland, both to her delight and her trepidation. Delight because she's always dreamt of seeing Dublin, trepidation because she's fearful that a warrant for her arrest for "attacking" a member of the gentry (in Any student of the 1916 Easter Rebellion should be delighted to read this slightly earlier account of revolutionary politics in Dublin. Molly Murphy, in the 6th of the series which features her, receives an assignment through her fledgling New York detective agency that takes her back to Ireland, both to her delight and her trepidation. Delight because she's always dreamt of seeing Dublin, trepidation because she's fearful that a warrant for her arrest for "attacking" a member of the gentry (in reality, defending herself against attempted rape) will be used against her. She finds herself involved with the Irish Republican Brotherhood (real-life predecessor of the Irish Republican Army), initially reluctantly, then enthusiastically as she tries to save her brother's life from death by hanging. In the novel, we meet James Joyce as a student and famous Maude Gonne. Clearly, Grania must be based on the real-life Countess Markievicz and Cullen must be based on Tom Clarke. Quite an adventure!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I liked this book, but it was sad. Molly is in Ireland to track what happened decades ago to a baby left behind in the potato famine when what was left of the Burke family emigrated to New York. Not only is this a desperate, disgraceful period in Irish history when starving Catholic families were run out of their cottages by Protestant landlords (See the early part of the Tom Cruise film Far and Away for context), but the current period lands her in Dublin in the beginnings of the Irish revoluti I liked this book, but it was sad. Molly is in Ireland to track what happened decades ago to a baby left behind in the potato famine when what was left of the Burke family emigrated to New York. Not only is this a desperate, disgraceful period in Irish history when starving Catholic families were run out of their cottages by Protestant landlords (See the early part of the Tom Cruise film Far and Away for context), but the current period lands her in Dublin in the beginnings of the Irish revolution and Molly is caught up in the desperate acts patriots will perform to earn their freedom from prejudice and tyranny. Besides all that, there is a murder on board the ship during the crossing, and Molly is implicated. Not only must she complete her mission, but she must prove her innocence. Plus, she's still wanted in her home county for attempted murder of her landlord's son. This was a gripping, twisty story that brings history to life.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Camilla

    This one took a surprisingly dark turn! There was intrigue and danger on almost every page. I liked seeing Molly do some good, old-fashioned detective work and to see that work produce results. It was also compelling to see the workings of the future IRA develop across the pages, as well as to see a glimpse of turn-of-the-century Ireland. The story itself was mostly heartbreaking and I would have loved to receive more conclusion at the end of it. Yes, Molly survived everything, but how was she r This one took a surprisingly dark turn! There was intrigue and danger on almost every page. I liked seeing Molly do some good, old-fashioned detective work and to see that work produce results. It was also compelling to see the workings of the future IRA develop across the pages, as well as to see a glimpse of turn-of-the-century Ireland. The story itself was mostly heartbreaking and I would have loved to receive more conclusion at the end of it. Yes, Molly survived everything, but how was she recovering from the ordeal? Did she finally tell Daniel everything that had happened on her trip? We get so little personal information in the stories--they're mostly concerned with the current mystery--that I find it aggravating. I'd like more of Molly's personal life to enter into the story line. Hopefully the next installment will include that.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Book # 6 was quite interesting with Molly taking a detective job to find someone's lost relative in Ireland. The ship was not even out of the port when actress Oona Sheehan asks her to trade her 2nd class cabin for a first class one. Her story was that she did not want all her admirers following her. Her maid was included in this swap. At some point, Rose the maid, dressed in a red wig for a costume party is killed and the plot comes tumbling out. Much of it carries into Ireland where Book # 6 was quite interesting with Molly taking a detective job to find someone's lost relative in Ireland. The ship was not even out of the port when actress Oona Sheehan asks her to trade her 2nd class cabin for a first class one. Her story was that she did not want all her admirers following her. Her maid was included in this swap. At some point, Rose the maid, dressed in a red wig for a costume party is killed and the plot comes tumbling out. Much of it carries into Ireland where Molly realizes her brothers are part of the strife there. Oona Sheehan seems to have been taking contraband into the country. The story ends well with a ship to ship transfer that takes her across the channel into Brittany and on a ship heading to New York from France.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Terrell

    The indomitable Molly Murphy is at it again -- this time returning to her home country of Ireland. The sixth installment of Rhys Bowen's series about a young Irish immigrant in turn-of-the-century New York City is another hit. This time, Molly is hired to return to her native Ireland to find the lost heir of an Irish immigrant who made his fortune in America. But once on board ship, she is recruited by an Irish star actress to change places. But the night before the boat docks, the ac The indomitable Molly Murphy is at it again -- this time returning to her home country of Ireland. The sixth installment of Rhys Bowen's series about a young Irish immigrant in turn-of-the-century New York City is another hit. This time, Molly is hired to return to her native Ireland to find the lost heir of an Irish immigrant who made his fortune in America. But once on board ship, she is recruited by an Irish star actress to change places. But the night before the boat docks, the actress's maid is found murdered and the actress is no where to be found. From there, Molly is dragged into the world of hidden identities, prison breaks, gun running and the Irish Republican Army. It's a great romp and a fun read.

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