In Dublin’s Fair City

Tell Me, Pretty Maiden: A Molly Murphy Mystery

Rhys Bowen, Author . St. Martin’s Minotaur $23.95 (293p) ISBN 978-0-312-34943-1

Several cases keep Molly Murphy busy in Agatha-winner Bowen’s winning seventh mystery to star the Irish immigrant PI (after 2007’s In Dublin’s Fair City ). In December 1902, Molly and her beau, suspended New York City police captain Daniel Sullivan, stumble on a near-dead young woman in a Central Park snowdrift. Her passions roused, Molly sets out to discover the identity of the poor traumatized creature and that of whoever cast her into the snow “clad only in a flimsy white dress.” Meanwhile, leading actress Blanche Lovejoy hires Molly to look into the ghostly shenanigans that threaten disaster for Blanche’s soon-to-open new play. Molly also agrees to help a wealthy society matron who wishes to know if her missing Yale student nephew has vanished because of the murder he’s suspected of committing. Theatrical life becomes the hinge on which everything swings, and Molly gamely takes to the stage as part of her assignment. It’s all in a day’s work for this delightfully spunky heroine. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 01/21/2008
Release date: 03/01/2008
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