Wild Irish Rose

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (Molly Murphy Mysteries, Bk. 18). Mar. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9781250808059. $26.99. M
In the 18th book in the Molly Murphy series (following The Ghost of Christmas Past), this mystery set in New York City in 1907 follows Molly as she convinces her police captain husband to accept her help in solving a murder committed on Ellis Island. Readers are reminded that Molly is taking risks by acting outside her role of wife, mother, and homemaker by showing her determination and skill as a private detective, much to the dismay of her mother-in-law. She feels driven to help a young lady who just immigrated from Ireland, bringing back memories of her own voyage from Ireland to America. Molly’s success in finding people and clues involved in the case show her husband that her intuition and investigative skills can help solve the case. Characters from other titles in the series are woven in the story along with background for new readers, but not so much as to weigh down the story for returning fans.
VERDICT This installment will please readers of the series and welcome new ones to the adventures of a woman determined to use her talents, even if they do fall outside of society’s expectations.
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