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In Dublin's Fair City: A Molly Murphy Mystery    by Rhys Bowen order for
In Dublin's Fair City
by Rhys Bowen
Order:  USA  Can
Minotaur, 2007 (2007)
* * *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

With 10 Constable Evans mysteries and 5 Molly Murphy mysteries already to her credit, awarding-winning author Rhys Bowen delivers another tour-de-force tale that is full of excitement and colorful characterizations.

In Dublin's Fair City opens with the irrepressible Molly Murphy in New York City. Soon, the unconventional private detective has been hired by Tommy Burke, a colorful theater impresario, who needs Molly's help in finding his younger sister back in Ireland. In spite of the troubles and enemies that may be waiting for her back in the mother country, Molly sets sail on one of her most remarkable and dangerous adventures.

On her way to Ireland, Molly finds herself embroiled in a bit of deception and a shipboard murder - perhaps it was a case of mistaken identity in which Molly or someone else was the intended target - and then, upon her ultimate arrival in Dublin, Molly becomes involved in an extraordinarily dangerous and complex political struggle in which both she and her brothers are threatened.

Overflowing with plenty of historical details, fascinating locales, lots of compelling action and suspense, and even garnished with some cameo appearances by intriguing characters, including - among others - none other than James Joyce, In Dublin's Fair City succeeds on several levels - it is a first rate murder mystery, a turn-of-the-century historical novel, and a thoughtful critique of 1903 society, culture, and politics.

Rhys Bowen's many fans certainly will not be disappointed by Molly Murphy's latest escapades. In fact, many of Bowen's readers will be convinced that the intricately plotted and thoroughly entertaining In Dublin's Fair City is Bowen's best work. Don't miss it!

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