Bless the Bride (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Rhys Bowen

Minotaur Books, 9780312547455, 275pp.

Publication Date: February 28, 2012

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Award-winning author of In Farleigh Field Rhys Bowen marries charming storytelling with an edge-of-your-seat mystery set in early twentieth-century New York City in BLESS THE BRIDE

With Molly Murphy's wedding to NYPD Captain Daniel Sullivan quickly approaching, the Irish P.I. heads to the Westchester County countryside, where Daniel's mother can counsel her on a bride's proper place. Surprisingly, Molly seems to be agreeing with her future mother-in-law's advice. Molly promises to leave her detective work behind and settle down after becoming Daniel's wife...but she isn't married yet. So when she gets word of a possible case, Molly sneaks back into the city to squeeze in a little more sleuthing before the wedding bells can ring.

A wealthy Chinese immigrant wants Molly to find his missing bride. Molly has a hunch that his intended has run off. But where could she have gone--and where would she be? The only Chinese women of the era are kept under house arrest, and Molly can't help but wonder whether she's saving the bride-to-be from the streets...or helping to lock her away for good.

About the Author

Rhys Bowen's novels have received a remarkable number of distinctions, 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 Evans mysteries. Born in England, she now lives in San Rafael, California, with her husband.

Praise For Bless the Bride

Praise for Rhys Bowen and her Molly Murphy mysteries…


“Winning…The gutsy Molly, who’s no prim Edwardian miss, will appeal to fans of contemporary female detectives.”—Publishers Weekly

“This historical mystery delivers a top-notch, detail-rich story full of intriguing characters. Fans of the 1920s private detective Maisie Dobbs should give this series a try.”—Booklist


“This installment outshines the others in character development and plot complexity. Details of Molly’s new cases are knit together with the accoutrements of 1918 New York City life…Don’t miss this great period puzzler reminiscent of Dame Agatha’s mysteries and Gillian Linscott’s Nell Bray series.”—Booklist

“Delightful…Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early 20th-century New York and bringing to life its warm and human inhabitants.”—Publishers Weekly

“Feisty, independent Molly and the historical New York background give good value.”—Kirkus Reviews


“Winning…It’s all in a day’s work for this delightfully spunky heroine.”—Publishers Weekly

“For readers who love mysteries more for character development than puzzle solving, the seventh Molly Murphy novel… does not disappoint.”—Booklist“Sharp historical backgrounds and wacky adventures.”—Kirkus Reviews

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  “Enjoyable charm and wit.”—Baltimore Sun

“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

“The feisty Molly rarely disappoints in this rousing yarn seasoned with a dash of Irish history.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


“Entertains readers and teaches them about the immigrant experience…charming.”—Tampa Tribune

“Murder, mayhem, disease, and death…reliable period thrills for Molly’s fans.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Another outstanding mystery.”—Library Journal

“Excellent.”—Toronto Globe & Mail


“An evocatively recreated picture of New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1902 and the city’s rich upstate suburbs…[a] colorful series, a worthy extension of the Maan Meyers ‘Dutchman’ books about historical Gotham.”—Chicago Tribune

“Bowen’s best.”—Toronto Globe & Mail


“Compelling…Rhys Bowen continues her evocative look at the immigrant experience in her third Murphy novel.”—Hartford Courant

“Add brutal city gangs, seamy politics, bribed policemen, even a sweatshop fire, and you have the usual mix that makes Bowen’s books so entertaining.”—Tampa Tribune

DEATH OF RILEY “Entertaining.”—Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“A fresh and irrepressible new heroine.”—Romantic Times


“History-mystery fans should add Molly to their list of characters to follow.”—Booklist

“[We] look forward to Molly’s return.”—Chicago Tribune

“Bowen tells a phenomenal story, and it will be a real treat to see what fate has in store for Molly and Daniel!”—Romantic Times (Top Pick)