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City of Darkness and Light: A Molly Murphy Mystery (Molly Murphy Mysteries, 13) Paperback – January 20, 2015
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As Impressionism gives way to Fauvism and Cubism, and the Dreyfus affair rocks France, Molly races through Paris to outsmart a killer in City of Darkness and Light, Rhys Bowen's most spectacular Molly Murphy novel yet.
Molly and Daniel Sullivan are settling happily into the new routines of parenthood, but their domestic bliss is shattered the night a gang retaliates against Daniel for making a big arrest. Daniel wants his family safely out of New York City as soon as possible. In shock and grieving, but knowing she needs to protect their infant son Liam, Molly agrees to take him on the long journey to Paris to stay with her friends Sid and Gus, who are studying art in the City of Light.
But upon arriving in Paris, nothing goes as planned. Sid and Gus seem to have vanished into thin air, and Molly's search to figure out what happened to them will lead her through all levels of Parisian society, from extravagant salons to the dingy cafes where starving artists linger over coffee and loud philosophical debates. And when in the course of her search she stumbles across a dead body, Molly, on her own in a foreign country, starts to wonder if she and Liam might be in even more danger in Paris than they had been at home.
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“One of the great mystery writers working today.” --Louise Penny
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“Molly Murphy, the plucky star of Rhys Bowen’s mystery series…likes to fight for the underdog.” --USA Today
“Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters… This book is a keeper.” --Tampa Tribune
“Molly is an indomitable creature.” --Washington Times
About the Author
- Publisher : Minotaur Books; Reprint edition (January 20, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250051606
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250051608
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #736,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When they discover that the bomb was probably delivered by the Italian gang which Daniel is investigating, he decides that Molly and Liam must flee the city for safety. Since her two best friend are in Paris, they pack themselves on a boat, seeking refuge there. But when they arrive in Paris, her friends have disappeared and she must solve another mystery.
This is a fine piece of historical fiction and an entertaining mystery as well. It is fun when she runs across American artists in Paris--think Stein and Cassatt. Sit down and enjoy yourself.
There are several points that define the character and make her not only endearing, but also inspirational. First,
when her counterparts on the police force can only follow protocol, Molly is capable of thinking outside the box to further the findings. Secondly, her fierce loyalty to family and friends is unmatched and usually serves her well in the attempt to solve the case. Then, Molly has the common sense and bravery necessary to outwit and out-manuever her aggressive opponents. And finally, she achieves her goal with dignity and a rather matter-of-fact demeanor that defies anything boastful.
Rhys Bowen, please to not let Molly go, but continue regaling us with her adventures. She is a true delight.
I would recommend reading these novels in order to get a smooth understanding and background of what happened previously to the main character.
"Murphy's Law" is the first novel in this suspenseful series! ENJOY!
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The Dreyfus affair began in 1894, and exploded in 1898 with the acquittal of Esterhazy and Zola's J'accuse, and continued with the 1899 retrial. In 1905 it was still divisive, but not exactly the front page news you make it out to be.
Shameless attempts to include real people like Picasso, degas, Cassatt, Stein felt forced. Picasso didn't come to cubism until 1907, before that time he painted many fine portraits. We spent 80 pages getting to France, another 50 trying to find Sid and Gus and by the time Molly had a crime to solve I almost didn't care anymore. Rhys Bowen should stick to NY which she obviously knows better than Paris; if she is to forray into other areas, then she should do her research, there are plenty of sources available for this period and Paris at the time.
The characters warmly brought to life
A compelling read