Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law

Paperback - 2002
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From the author of In Farleigh Field. .. Murphy's Law is the captivating first entry of Rhys Bowen's New York Times bestselling Molly Murphy series

Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, and her identity, for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in new York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.

Using her Irish charm and sharp wit, Molly escapes Ellis Island and sets out to find the wily killer on her own. Pounding the notorious streets of Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side, Molly make sit her desperate mission to clear her name before her deadly past comes back to haunt her new future.

Murphy's Law won the 2001 Agatha Award and was nominated for the 2002 Mary Higgins Clark Award.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2002
ISBN: 9780312984977
0312984979

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Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted. She has to flee her cherished Ireland for the anonymous shores of America. But starting a new life doesn’t keep Molly out of trouble—and soon she’s doing detective work in early 20th-century New York.


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1_Great_Book
Jun 27, 2017

A fan of Molly Murphy and turn of the 20th century detective novels, this first book is a necessary read to grasp Molly's circumstances of arriving in the United States.

This is a series for which it is highly beneficial to read in sequential order, as characters lives and relationships evolve from one novel to the next.

Molly is plucky, red haired and Irish (including the infamous temper) and always one step away from disaster. She is highly independent for a woman at the turn of the 1900's and would rather get into a predicament from which she has to extricate herself (often with need of help), rather than have to depend on the services of an infuriating man, notably the captain of the New York Police, with whom she is desperately falling in love.

AL_SHARON Aug 15, 2016

Great page turner, especially to those who have emigrated like myself. Rich and strong characters. This book has it all, murder, love loss and the will to belong.

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owllight
May 28, 2015

I read a later Molly Murphy book and it was so good I went back to the beginning. My own Grandmother came in from Ellis Island from Poland. I am really sad I never asked her anything about it, or her coming over on the ship. Anyway, this is a wonderful series and I look forward to catching up with Molly Murphy and all of her exploits.

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maipenrai
Oct 11, 2013

LARGE PRINT AVAILABLE THRU MINN LINK. FIRST BOOK IN MOLLY MURPHY SERIES.

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Sansha
Sep 15, 2013

The first book in a series which I think I will really enjoy. Set in the 1900s, the main character is Molly Murphy who escapes from Ireland to New York after killing a man in self-defence. The story follows Molly's first days in her new country which sees her fighting for survival and embroiled in yet another murder.

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Shelley51
May 13, 2013

Great first book in the series. Interesting characters and the info about coming to America traveling in steerage and Ellis Island makes me thankful I didn't have to go through the process!

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