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Time of Fog and Fire: A Molly Murphy Mystery (Molly Murphy Mysteries, 16) Paperback – March 7, 2017
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Embarking on a cross-country journey with her young son, Molly can’t fathom what’s in store for her, but she knows it might be dangerous―in fact, it might put all of their lives at risk, in Rhys Bowen's Time of Fog and Fire.
Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband Daniel, a police captain in turn-of-the-century New York City, is in a precarious position. The new police commissioner wants him off the force altogether. So when Daniel’s offered an assignment from John Wilkie, head of the secret service, he’s eager to accept.
Molly can’t draw any details of the assignment out of him, even where he’ll be working. But when she spots him in San Francisco during a movie news segment, she starts to wonder if he’s in even more danger than she had first believed. And then she receives a strange and cryptic letter from him, leading her to conclude that he wants her to join him in San Francisco. Molly knows that if Daniel’s turning to her rather than John Wilkie or his contacts in the police force, something must have gone terribly wrong. What can she do for him that the police can’t? Especially when she doesn’t even know what his assignment is?
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Praise for Rhys Bowen and the Molly Murphy Mysteries
“One of the great mystery writers working today.” --Louise Penny
"Molly is sassy, saucy, brave and smart.” --The Huffington Post
“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 (March 7, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250052076
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250052070
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.53 x 0.81 x 8.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #715,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Of course, the book opens in New York City in spring of 1906. It’s been a long, hard winter and winter doesn’t quite seem to want to let go. Meanwhile, Molly’s husband Daniel is still facing problems at work. So when Mr. Wilkie of the secret service shows up and recruits Daniel for a secret mission to parts unknown, he agrees to go. Molly is less than enthused about him being gone and the danger he might face, but he assures her that everything will be fine.
Daniel’s been gone for a couple of weeks when Molly gets a letter from him. At her first reading, Molly finds it rather infuriating. But then she begins to think it was really a secret message. Does Daniel want Molly to join him in San Francisco? Determined that this is exactly what the letter was all about, she sets out. But what danger will she find when she gets there?
This book has a different feel than many of the books in the series. While there is a mystery, it isn’t the strongest element in the book. Having said that, there is a strong mystery that truly begins to unfold once Molly reaches San Francisco.
However, this book is more about the history. We get a bit about what cross country travel was like during that period, and it is fascinating. And always in the back of our minds as we read is why is Daniel sending for Molly? He’s never encouraged her detective work in the past, so something major must be happening here.
Once Molly arrives, she once again finds herself caught up in some history that complicates her life. I loved how this whole thing unfolded and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.
Without slowing things down, we still get time with the series regulars before Molly leaves, and it’s always wonderful to meet up with them again. Since most of the book takes place away from home, we get a nice collection of memorable new characters, and it wouldn’t surprise me if one of them popped up again in the future.
And the parts in San Francisco? I loved it! It was wonderful to visit a city I know now but as it was back in 1906. While obviously things were different back then, I was still able to picture the parts of the city that Molly visited, which was tons of fun.
The Molly Murphy series has always been a fun way to experience bits of history while enjoying a mystery. Time of Fog and Fire keeps that tradition alive. Fans of the series will love their visit to the west coast with Molly.
Then Molly gets a letter from Daniel—except that nothing in the letter rings true. As she and Gus and XXX peruse it, they see a hidden message (COME) and hints that he is in San Francisco. Taking only Liam, she grabs a train west, not sure how she will try to find Daniel. But when she arrives she is told that Daniel fell off the cliffs and has been buried. Distraught, she decides to stay long enough to gather Daniel’s body to take back to NY. Then odd things begin to happen that make her question his ‘accidental’ death. The the San Francisco earthquake strikes and she loses Liam in the mayhem. Injured during the quake, Molly begins an odyssey, seeking her son and someone to tell of her suspicions.
This is a wonderful, powerful, scary tale—the kind of book that keeps one up way too late.
Molly is back in prime form. Much less of the sycophant, hiding her activities from Daniel, and Daniel of course is even asking for her help. Looking forward to the next entry which I hadn't so much in a while.
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I can thoroughly recommend them to other readers. Molly and Daniel are full-bodied characters and I loved Six and Gus.
A good story line