In a Gilded Cage
By Rhys Bowen
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312385347, 288pp.)
Publication Date: March 17, 2009
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Irish immigrant Molly Murphy and her New York City P.I. business are in the midst of a sweeping influenza epidemic and a fight for women’s suffrage that lands her in jail. Her betrothed, Police Captain Daniel Sullivan, finds her, but he hardly has time to bail her out, what with Chinese gangs battling for control of a thriving opium trade. The only consolation Molly can take from her vexing afternoon in the clink is that it made her some new friends among the Vassar suffragists---and brought her a pair of new cases.
For the first, Emily Boswell is convinced her miserly uncle stole her inheritance and wants Molly to uncover the truth behind her parents’ lives and deaths. Second, Emily’s college roommate Fanny Poindexter wants Molly to find proof of her husband’s philandering so that she can leave him without one red cent. But when Fanny dies and her husband claims she’s a victim of the epidemic, it’s more than Molly’s conscience can take.
Rhys Bowen’s Agatha and Anthony Award--winning historical series continues to breathe life into the past with its wit and charm and its complete sense of early-twentieth-century New York, which makes In a Gilded Cage her most accomplished mystery yet.
Rhys Bowen’s novels have received a remarkable number of awards, including the Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards as well as the Bruce Alexander Historical Award and the Herodotus Award. She is also the author of the Royal Spyness series and the Edgar Award--nominated Constable Evan Evans mysteries. Born in England, she now lives in San Rafael, California, with her husband.
Praise for Rhys Bowen
“Winning…It’s all in a day’s work for this delightfully spunky heroine.”
---Publishers Weekly on Tell Me, Pretty Maiden
“For readers who love mysteries more for character development than puzzle solving, the seventh Molly Murphy novel…does not disappoint.”
---Booklist on Tell Me, Pretty Maiden
“Molly is an indomitable creature.… The book bounces along in the hands of Ms. Bowen and her Molly, and there is no doubt that she will be back causing trouble.”
---Washington Times on In Dublin’s Fair City
“Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters.… This book is a keeper.”
---Tampa Tribune on In Dublin’s Fair City
“The feisty Molly rarely disappoints in this rousing yarn seasoned with a dash of Irish history.”
---Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on In Dublin’s Fair City
“Its enjoyable charm and wit will appeal to a cross-section of mystery fans.”
---Baltimore Sun on Oh Danny Boy