Murphy’s Law – Rhys Bowen

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5/5 Irish Immigrants

On The Back:

When spirited redhead Molly Murphy was growing up a peasant on the coast of Ireland she always imagined there was something more in store for her. She couldn’t have known how right she was until the day she became a murderer, albeit in self-defense. Under drastic circumstances, Molly is forced to strike out into a new world. With the police right behind her, Molly’s only chance at escape is a false identity and a steamship that will take her far, far away: to America.

When her ship sails into New York Harbor, with the majestic figure of the Statue of Liberty providing comfort and inspiration, Molly is sure her whole life is in front of her. But she’s got one last hurdle to clear: Ellis Island. She is just one among thousands of immigrants on the tiny island, awaiting their fate with anxiety and hope. Unfortunately for Molly, before she is able to leave the island a man is brutally murdered, his throat cut from ear to ear, and coincidence and fate make her a suspect in a crime she didn’t commit. Under a cloud of suspicion, and due largely to a growing mutual attraction between Molly and the handsome police captain in charge of the case, she is allowed to leave Ellis Island for Manhattan. Unfortunately, she’s got a mission she couldn’t have anticipated: clear her own name of murder. Alone in a new country with no one to lean on, Molly hits the vibrant streets of New York intent on finding out what really happened. After all, if she can’t, she’ll be sent back to Ireland, where the dreaded gallows await.

My Thoughts:

I’ve read and enjoyed all of Ms. Bowen’s Royal Spyness mysteries and have loved them, so when I was putting in my last order at my library I finally decided to include the first in her Molly Murphy series, which I’d heard nothing but good things about. I can say that I don’t regret ordering them! This was a fun book that I read in one sitting.

In Murphy’s Law Molly Murphy accidentally kills a man and because of her circumstances she must flee Ireland. She soon finds herself on a boat to America caring for two children. Once she reaches New York a murder happens, and Molly soon becomes a suspect. Molly soon begins to investigate to clear her name, before she lands behind bars, or worse, shipped back to Ireland.

I absolutely loved Molly, she was fiercely independent, yet at the same time loyal to those close to her. She thought everything through and used reason instead of feelings to dictate what she did; she was all-in-all a very strong main character that I enjoyed reading about. Daniel was also a fun character, who has a few similarities with one of Ms. Bowen’s other characters in her Royal Spyness series, Darcy. However, despite their similarities, they are in no way carbon copies of each other and are separate enough that I don’t think Daniel will do what Darcy does, or vice-versa.

The mystery was good, slightly above average. The murder victim was well-hated by almost everyone, so there were a lot of suspects. Molly didn’t bombard suspects with questions, she used logic and quiet investigating to find the murderer, which I like. The murderer was a small surprise, and the scene where the murderer was ousted was wonderfully suspenseful.

Overall a wonderful book. With great characters, an above average mystery, and a great setting Murphy’s Law gets 5/5 stars. I’m already half-way through the next one!

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