For the Love of Mike

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For the Love of Mike

Molly Murphy Mysteries, #3

“For the Love of Mike” by Rhys Bowen is a Molly Murphy Mystery. This is the third book in the series and I really wish I had started with the first one. Although this is a stand-alone book, I would like to have read about Molly before. She has taken over her deceased boss’s business as a private investigator, back when women were not generally found doing this type of work, and to the chagrin of her police captain ex-boyfriend. She is asked to go undercover in the garment industry to find someone who is stealing the fashions before they can be produced by the designed and who is putting them on the market under their own name.

I thought that the story line was quite engaging. I especially like the Irish banter and wit that is prevalent among the characters. I could truly imagine life as it was in New York in 1901. The immigrants, who are seeking a better life, find themselves housed in tenements and eking out a living for little or no money. Most have left relatives behind in the Old Country and are trying to make enough to send for them. I really liked reading about this time period.

Book Blurb for For the Love of Mike

Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook.

Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home. Before she has time to consider her good luck, she's asked to go undercover as a piece worker in the garment business and investigate a potential case of industrial espionage. Now if she can only solve both cases without the help of Daniel Sullivan, the police captain who claims he loves her but who is engaged to someone else...

Full of the rich detail of New York's teeming immigrant community and the colorful historical personalities of the age, For the Love of Mike is the triumphant third installment in Rhys Bowen's New York Times bestselling series, now in trade paperback.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2015 4.00