The Molly Murphy series now numbers 14 and is still going strong. This novel was published a decade ago, and is now offered as a reprint in paperback form. As in other stories centering on the young Irish immigrant aspiring to be a detective, this one starts innocently enough but quickly evolves into a more complicated plot. With the turn of 20th Century lil’ Old New York in the throes of a typhoid epidemic, Captain Daniel Sullivan schemes to get Molly away from the crowded city by asking her to undertake what he considers to be a quiet and safe undercover assignment at the Hudson River mansion of Sen. Barney Flynn.
Molly goes there under an assumed name, posing as the Senator’s Irish cousin visiting the country, meanwhile attempting to find evidence that two spiritualist sisters are frauds. And she becomes embroiled in several other mysteries, including who was responsible for the kidnapping of the Senator’s son, and possible murder, years before, among others.
In any event, this novel, which appeared early in the series, is not only an excellent crime story, but, as usual, an interesting look at Molly’s evolving development as a character, her relationship with her future husband and her growth as a person, and is recommended....Continua