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by Rhys Bowen
Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press, December 2002
274 pages
ISBN: 0312282117

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Rhys Bowen is best known for her coziest-of-cozy mystery series featuring Welsh constable Evan Evans. When she departed from her well-known series with the first Molly Murphy historical mystery, Murphy's Law, Bowen was rewarded for her excellent efforts with the Mary Higgins Clark Award and as a finalist for the Agatha Award.

Death of Riley is the eagerly awaited Molly Murphy sequel. Molly begins this tale in search of a job that suits her temperament (no small task for a fiery Irish woman in 1901 NYC). Just when she thinks she's managed to find the perfect career in the ungodly field of private investigation, her world begins to come apart: a falling out with her beau, housing woes and the murder of her mentor and boss, Paddy Riley.

When it becomes obvious that the police detective handling the case is uninterested--or perhaps unwilling--to solve Riley's murder, Molly determines that she will take over. In the process of learning the ins-and-outs of investigation, Molly manages to throw herself into an unknown way of life... and into the way of the killer.

Death of Riley is an interesting look at turn-of-the-century bohemian New York. Molly is as engaging as ever, even if sometimes frustrating in her naiveté. While this sequel felt a bit disorganized at places, it still is a good book to curl up with on a cold, winter afternoon.

Reviewed by Cathy Gallagher, October 2002

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