Molly Murphy - now Molly Sullivan - is a year into her marriage, expecting her first child, and confined to the life of a housewife. She’s restless and irritable in the enforced idleness of pregnancy and the heat of a New York summer in 1905. So when a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly figures it couldn’t hurt to at least ask around, despite her promise to Daniel to give up her old career as a detective. On the same day, Molly learns that five babies have been kidnapped in the past month.
Refusing to let Molly help with the kidnapping investigation, Daniel sends her away to spend the summer with his mother. But even in the quiet, leafy suburbs, Molly’s own pending motherhood makes her unable to ignore these missing children. What she uncovers will lead her on a terrifying journey through all levels of society, putting her life - and that of her baby - in danger.
The Family Way, the latest entry in Rhys Bowen’s best-selling Molly Murphy series, will delight fans and win over newcomers with its elegantly plotted mystery, atmospheric historical detail, and vivid characters.
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Anyone else finding Daniel insufferable?
I am only halfway through and Molly and Daniel's relationship is driving me into rages. He is acting like an insufferable, tyrannical parent and she is acting like a sneaky pre-teen. She agrees to his controlling ultimatums and then goes out and takes stupid risks. The talk past each other. I don't think "that's how it was then" is a good enough excuse. Shakespeare, Dickens, and Austen, among many others, portray healthy, balanced marital partnerships.
- Alice "I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed."
Read Royal Spyness instead
Yes, the Royal Spyness series is better overall.
No but it made me regret starting this series.
She was great and I like her accents. I don't know how accurate they are but her delivery is good.
Based on the sample reading, I started this series instead of Royal Spyness and I wished I had stopped at the 3rd book in this series. I was thinking she would stay independent, headstrong, and witty. Instead of pretending to be submissive to appease her husband, I think she becomes submissive with each book. I also find Molly's relationship with Daniel a bit unhealthy/abusive.
In the end, the amazing coincidences, the lack of common sense, and icky love story has made me stop with this series. However, I am so glad that I started Royal Spyness because I think Ms. Bowen can create great characters.