“Time of Fog and Fire” by Rhys Bowen is a Molly Murphy mystery. It is set in New York City and San Francisco in 1906. Captain Daniel Sullivan is asked to take on an assignment by the Secret Service. Molly does not know where Daniel is during this assignment because it is top secret. She is worried, but vows to stand behind Daniel. His position as a police captain is under scrutiny by the commissioners who are trying to find reasons to dismiss him from the New York City police department. Molly and Liam stay behind at Patchin Place with their good friends and neighbors, Sid and Gus.
Molly sees a film of Daniel at the movies that was taken in San Francisco and when she sees that, she is livid. Molly at last receives a letter from Daniel, and becomes suspicious. Daniel never writes more than a couple of sentences and he would never refer to Molly as frail or that she would deign to do embroidery work. This is a strange thing for Daniel to write and Molly is quite irritated, thinking he is making fun of her. Then upon further thought, she sees that it could possibly be a plea for her to come to San Francisco. So upon the urging of Sid and Gus, Molly undertakes a cross country train trip with Liam on her hip. What she finds there is devastating to her and she must cope as best she can in a strange city with no one to help her. Not only that, but she has to contend with the earthquake of 1906 and resulting fire and disappearance of Liam.
I loved this book, as I do all of the Molly Murphy series. I keep thinking that Ms. Bowen cannot possible write another mystery that is as good as the one before, but I am always proven wrong.
Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband Daniel, a police captain in turn-of-the-century New York City, is in a precarious position. The new police commissioner wants him off the force altogether. So when Daniel’s offered an assignment from John Wilkie, head of the secret service, he’s eager to accept. Molly can’t draw any details of the assignment out of him, even where he’ll be working. But when she spots him in San Francisco during a movie news segment, she starts to wonder if he’s in even more danger than she had first believed. And then she receives a strange and cryptic letter from him, leading her to conclude that he wants her to join him in San Francisco. Molly knows that if Daniel’s turning to her rather than John Wilkie or his contacts in the police force, something must have gone terribly wrong. What can she do for him that the police can’t? Especially when she doesn’t even know what his assignment is? Embarking on a cross-country journey with her young son, Molly can’t fathom what’s in store for her, but she knows it might be dangerous?in fact, it might put all of their lives at risk.