Match and despatch in one fell swoop…
Molly Murphy, now Molly Sullivan, and her new husband Daniel, a captain in the New York Police Department, have been invited to spend their honeymoon on the Rhode Island estate of Alderman Brian Hannan. It’s such a generous offer that Molly doesn’t entirely trust it, especially as Hannan is an extraordinarily ambitious man and wants Daniel’s advice on a private matter.
And then Hannan is found dead at the base of the cliffs overlooking the sea, even before he has had a chance to welcome them. Molly’s suspicions are quickly justified and as much as she wants to keep her promise to Daniel that she won’t do any more sleuthing now they are married, there isn’t much she can do once the chase is on!
Agatha-winner Bowen's suspenseful 11th Molly Murphy mystery (after 2011's Bless the Bride) takes Molly and her new husband, NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan, to Newport, R.I., for their honeymoon in the fall of 1903. Late one night, in the midst of a torrential downpour, the couple arrive at their ocean-front lodgings, a "cottage" offered to them by New York City alderman Brian Hannan, only to discover the gates locked. Just before they decide to seek shelter elsewhere, Molly spots the face of a maniacally laughing child in a window. Hannan apparently never told anyone in his family of his invitation to the Sullivans, which puts them in an awkward position after Hannan turns up dead under circumstances that suggest murder. Since their host isn't alive to confirm their story, the pair fall under suspicion, and Molly must once again do some sleuthing. An unusually tricky solution makes this one of the better entries in the series.