Death of Riley

Death of Riley

Book - 2003
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From the author of In Farleigh Field.. .

Molly Murphy has finally begun to forget the unpleasant murder of a would-be rapist back in Ireland, not to mention her investigation into the murder of a fellow recent Irish immigrant, and is finally free to begin her life in New York City. Given her experiences so far in the New World, Molly has decided that her first order of business is to become a private investigator, a people finder of sorts, working for families in Europe who've lost touch with relatives in America. Not only might this put some food on her table, but her second order of business is to hook the handsome NYPD police captain Daniel Sullivan, and she envisions lots of opportunities to "seek his counsel" in her new profession.

Paddy Riley is a tough old Cockney P.I. who specializes in divorce work, and with a little persuasion he's ready to take on Molly as an apprentice. It's not exactly what she imagined, but she plans to make the most of it. That is, until she comes in to work one day to find her new world turned upside down and all expectations for her professional life suddenly up in the air.

Before long, Molly has set off on a journey that will take her through the back alleys of Manhattan and into the bars and lounges of the literary scene, where she spends time with writers, actors, poets, and musicians. It's quite an eye-opening turn for innocent young Molly, but she's resolute in her decision to find out exactly what happened that day in the office of Paddy Riley. Armed with nothing more than her fiery will and matching wild red hair, Molly has no idea of the danger her pursuit may bring in Death of Riley , this fascinating, well-researched, and suspenseful second novel in Rhys Bowen's Agatha Award-winning series.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003, c2002.
ISBN: 9780312989682
Characteristics: 307 p. ;,18 cm.


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Apr 24, 2018

Was reading it on e reader and it suddenly disappeared. Now I am no. 3 on hold.

Oct 29, 2016

second book of Molly Murphy series....As she finally decided to takeup her investigator profession and successfully has chosen an employer Paddy Riley who seems to be perfect investigator knows all the ways and means to solve a case he has taken up, but his unexpected death lead to lot of suspicions then she decided to find his murderer herself in which at the end she finally got succeeded. Lot of different characterizations and lifestyles then had been shown which was nice to know. However with the effect of this case she decided to takeup uncomplicated (non-criminal) cases in future. Looking forward to see how she proceeds with her new decision.

Aug 21, 2016


Jun 01, 2015

The second book in the Molly Murphy series is an enjoyable cozy set in early 1900's. Irish immigrant Molly's experiences through Greenwich Village (while trying to establish herself as an investigator) and the trouble she gets into nearly daily sometimes made me cringe while thinking, "Molly, don't go in there!" or "No! Don't ask him/her those questions!" but of course, just like the scary movies when you know something is out there, Molly blunders on and reasons it out later. Great characters carried over from the first book and the addition of a few more made me feel like I was right there in New York more than 100 years ago. I look forward to catching up with Molly so I can find out what happens next, not only to her, but all those around her.

May 06, 2013

This is the second book in the Molly Murphy series. In this story we are introduced to Greenwich Village and the writers and artists lifestyle at that time in New York. Molly finally gets her wish to work for a private investigator but soon after she is hired he is murdered. Her first "big" case is to find his killer!!

Jan 16, 2013

Just as enjoyable as the first! Molly's desire to break free from traditional views of what women should be mixed with her innocence about the world make for a great read!

hermlou Mar 03, 2010

Not as good as Murphy's Law, but still a good read. Molly has settled in New York City and gets a job as a lady's companion. Watching a private detective makes her want to follow in his footsteps. When he is murdered, she takes over his business. It's not too realistic to have a young woman walking around the city as a detective a century ago, but the author keeps it interesting with seedy characters and a Lesbian couple.

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