The Molly Murphy Mystery series by Rhys Bowen is one of my favorites. This series blends the history of a by-gone era with the tenacity of a young woman as she gets herself into all kinds of trouble. In “The Edge of Dreams”, someone is committing murders and after each one, Molly’s husband, Daniel Sullivan, a police captain receives a cryptic message from the killer.
Molly and their son, Liam, are in a horrible train crash but escape with their lives. Daniel receives another message from the killer which causes suspicion that the train crash is not an accident but purposefully staged to take the life of someone on board. Are these murders a form of revenge? Are Molly and Liam in danger from the murderer because of their connection to Daniel, or is the killer after someone prominent in the community?
Molly’s friends, Sid and Gus have a friend who needs help with her niece who has been left an orphan after a fire killed her parents in their bed. Mabel was not injured in the fire and this is suspicious to one of Daniel’s fellow policemen. Mabel is having dreams that leave her screaming and the aunt is seeking help for the young girl. Suspicion is that the girl killed her parents and set the house on fire and ran and hid in the garden. Molly herself is having dreams and blames her Irish heritage for her second sight. She thinks these dreams have some kind of connection to Daniel’s murder cases. Eventually, all comes to light as the murderer’s identity is discovered. This is another fine mystery novel by Rhys Bowen.
Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He's chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common?nothing except for the taunting notes that are delivered to Daniel after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son Liam are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target.
Molly's detective instincts are humming, but finding the time to dig deeper into this case is a challenge. She's healing from injuries sustained in the crash and also sidetracked by her friends Sid and Gus's most recent hobby, dream analysis. And when Molly herself starts suffering from strange dreams, she wonders if they just might hold the key to solving Daniel's murder case.
Rhys Bowen's characteristic blend of atmospheric turn-of-the-century history, clever plotting, and sparkling characters will delight readers in The Edge of Dreams, the latest in her bestselling Molly Murphy series.