Murphy’s Law

Molly Murphy has red hair, so it goes without saying that she will have killed a man in her Irish village, necessitating an unplanned trip to America, where she immediately witnesses another murder, causing Molly having to clear her name and that of someone else.

The year is 1901, and she ends up looking after two Irish children on the journey. She quarrels with the murdered man. Before he was murdered, naturally. Entering the US under a false name, it’s not the most sensible thing for her to fall in love with the detective from the New York police department. Nor was it wise to almost get a job as a prostitute, or to go looking for the murderer on her own.

Maybe Molly is more a girl of the second half of the 20th century, than the first half, but it doesn’t matter. Reading about the young New York is quite interesting, especially as seen from the point of view of an Irish newcomer. Today’s city is being built. There is corruption everywhere. But there is a system to it.

I knew I’d like this book.

I was so taken by the way Rhys Bowen moderated her panel at the 2008 CrimeFest in Bristol, that I knew I had to read something of hers. All her books looked good, so choosing wasn’t easy. Murphy’s Law comes first in the series about Molly who escapes Ireland as a fugitive from justice. Not that it was justice for Irish people in those days. It sort of explains the Irish community in America, though. And the corruption.

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