'Delightful... as ever, Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavour of early twentieth-century New York and bringing to life its warm and human inhabitants.' Publishers Weekly
Irish immigrant Molly Murphy is contemplating giving up PI work for something a little less... exciting. Molly has had quite enough excitement recently, thank you very much. Especially from the handsome but deceptive NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan. She wants him out of her life for good.
But when Daniel is accused of accepting bribes and lands himself in the Tombs, the notorious city jail, he begs Molly to help prove he was framed. After everything they've been through together, how can she turn him down? As Molly finds herself drawn further into Daniel's case, Molly begins to fear that his trouble is related to one of his investigations: catching a serial killer who is targeting prostitutes, known to the locals as the East Side Ripper . . .
'An evocative trip through Old New York... in the company of Irish immigrant Molly Murphy, a spirited and appealing guide.' SJ Rozan, author of Winter and Night
'Irish humour and gritty determination... with charm and optimism.' Anne Perry
'Molly grows ever more engaging against a vibrant background of New York's dark side at the turn of the century.' Kirkus Reviews
In Agatha-winner Bowen's entertaining if imperfect fifth Molly Murphy mystery (after 2005's In Like Flynn), the feisty Irish lass, who has immigrated to New York City and become a PI, comes to the rescue of someone very near and dear to her, NYPD cop Daniel Sullivan. Daniel's been accused of taking a bribe, but Molly is sure he's innocent. Before his arrest, Daniel was trying to track down the East Side Ripper, a prostitute-murdering brute. Molly suspects someone wanted Daniel off the case and set him up. While trying to prove Daniel's innocence, Molly realizes that their one night of passion has left her pregnant. She contemplates an abortion, but can't go through with it. If the solution to Molly's predicament is a predictable cop-out, Bowen deserves kudos for her recreation of early 20th-century New York. She avoids the temptation to give cameos to every famous figure of the day, but those she does work in like New York's first "lady policeman" are wonderfully chosen.