Away in a Manger

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Away in a Manger

Molly Murphy Mysteries, #15

Rhys Bowen’s Molly Murphy Mystery Series books can always be counted on to provide an interesting story. “Away in a Manger” is no exception. I love Ms. Bowen’s style of writing. It is descriptive, entertaining and humorous. I enjoy peeking in to the lives of the main characters whose lives portray life in the early 20th century. My only concern throughout the book is: How in the world does Molly accomplish all that she does in seemingly one day’s time? I am worn out at the end of some chapters. I have read a few of the Molly Murphy books and am confident that I will eventually read all of them. Love the series!

Book Blurb for Away in a Manger

It''s Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once, Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: she and Daniel have a baby son and twelve-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl huddled in a doorway, singing "Away in a Manger." Bridie is touched by the girl's ragged clothes and wants to help her out if they can. They give her a quarter, only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. But Molly discovers the boy is the girl's older brother. They've come from England and their mother has disappeared, and they're living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly.

Molly quickly realizes that these children are not the usual city waifs. They are well-spoken and clearly used to better things. So who are they? And what's happened to their mother? As Molly looks for a way to help the children and for the answers to these questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society.

This is another compelling and richly drawn mystery from New York Times bestseller Rhys Bowen.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2016 4.50