4/5 San Francisco Stars
On The Back:
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.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review from Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur. All thoughts and views expressed in this review are entirely my own.*
If you’ve been watching my Goodreads account for the last six months or so you’ve seen that I’ve made my way through the entire Molly Murphy mystery series, and I’ve loved it. Rhys Bowen has such a talent for creating amazing characters and just as good murder plots, and this book was just as good!
The characters are so incredibly three-dimensional; they are very human and show different sides of themselves. In this book we see a lot more of Daniel, which is a refreshing change. You normally see Daniel but he almost always takes a secondary role, however in this book he takes a lead. However, Molly’s reaction to finding out about Daniel’s “death” wasn’t like I expected it; it was very anticlimactic to me.
The mystery and suspense were webbed together skillfully. I love how Ms. Bowen uses real historical events and people in her books, it adds an air of realism to the story that wouldn’t be there without it. This book leaves us at a small cliffhanger type ending which makes me want the next book oh so much more.
Overall this was a wonderful book. I highly recommend this series and recommend this book. I hope there are many more books in the future!