Wild Irish Rose
by Bowen, Rhys; Broyles, Clare

In 1907, after helping distribute clothing to those in need on Ellis Island, Molly discovers, through her policeman husband, that a murder occurred on the island that day and the suspect is the spitting image of her and feels strongly that fate wants her to clear this woman's name.

RHYS BOWEN is the author of the Anthony Award-and Agatha Award-winning Molly Murphy mysteries, the Edgar Award-nominated Evan Evans series, the Royal Spyness series, and In Farleigh Field. Born in England, she lives in San Rafael, CA.

CLARE BROYLES, who is Rhys Bowen's daughter, is a teacher and a musician. She has worked as a composer and arranger in the theater for both Arizona Theater Company and Childsplay and was nominated for an Arizone 'Zoni' theater award. Clare is married to a teacher and they have three children.

Molly Murphy Sullivan is still learning her new role as a stay-at-home mother, though she retains a lively interest in the work of her husband, Daniel, a NYPD captain. One chilly day in February 1907, Molly and her ward, Bridie, join neighbors in distributing coats and other warm clothing to newly arrived passengers at Ellis Island, many ill-equipped for the cold New York winter. While there, Bridie gets separated from the group, after following a woman who looks just like Molly and almost being detained with other Irish immigrants. That evening, Daniel reports that there was a murder on Ellis Island, with the detained woman, Rose, who looks like Molly, accused of the crime. Molly inserts herself into the case, believing Rose to be innocent and sympathetic to her plight, as it parallels her own first days in New York. For this eighteenth in the series, Bowen is joined by a coauthor, her daughter Clare Boyles, and the pair delivers a satisfying domestic mystery, rich in the details of running a middle-class urban household in the early twentieth century. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

A marriage is imperiled by that age-old threat: the wife's desire to continue sleuthing. Most women in 1907 are wives and mothers who stay home to care for their families. But restless former private detective Molly Murphy envies her husband Daniel's job as a New York City detective. When Sid and Gus, the eccentric neighbors with whom she's shared past adventures, ask her to help with a clothing drive set up by the Vassar Benevolent Society to take clothes to newly arrived immigrants at Ellis Island, the task plunges her into a dangerous and exciting murder case. Molly's ward, Bridie, a bright young girl Gus and Sid have offered to tutor because she's chronically underserved at school, is invited along. When they arrive on the island, Bridie accidentally follows a woman who looks like Molly-a woman who later turns out to be the chief suspect in the murder of an unidentified man that Daniel's investigating. Molly is predisposed to finding Rose McSweeney innocent, for she naturally sees herself in the beautiful Irish immigrant and soon befriends her, much to the disapproval of Daniel, who wants her to stay far from his case. Despite his stern warnings, Molly continues to make inquiries, and she eventually turns up a great deal of new evidence the police would never have found. The investigation moves slowly as it awaits information from Ireland and England, but Molly, undaunted, continues to champion Rose, who may not be what she seems. The clever and adventurous heroine dissects a complicated mystery while standing up for women's rights. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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