Monday, June 03, 2019

Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law. Rhys Bowen. 2001. 240 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: "That mouth of yours will be getting you into big trouble one day." My mother started saying that as soon as I could talk. It turns out she wasn't far wrong. By the time I was ten my refusal to hold my tongue had almost gotten us thrown out of our cottage. And a week before I turned twenty-three, I was on the run, wanted for murder.

Premise/plot: Molly Murphy has killed a man in self-defense, a man who was trying to rape her. Still, Molly knows that she has to flee Ireland--and fast, unless she wants to hang for her crime. Fortunately, she finds a sympathetic woman, Kathleen O'Connor, who happens to be in need of a favor. She is about to sail to America with her two children, Bridie and Seamus. But she has consumption and knows it--knows that she'll never be allowed into the country. The children must go to be with their father. Molly assumes--with full permission--Kathleen's identity on board the ship. But misfortune seems to be following Molly, for on Ellis Island a man is murdered. She'd be seen arguing with him on board the ship--slapping him even. Will she be the prime suspect?

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. It was a great reminder of why I love both historical fiction and mysteries. Molly was an enjoyable companion. I am excited that there are more mysteries in the series.

© 2019 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comment:

Lark said...

This does sound like a good one! :)