Book review: 'Murphy's Law' by Rhys Bowen

After killing a man in self-defense, Molly Murphy has to flee her British-ruled homeland in “Murphy's Law” by Rhys Bowen. (Minotaur, paperback, $14.99).
BY KAY DYER Published: February 17, 2013
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After killing a man in self-defense, Molly Murphy has to flee her British-ruled homeland in “Murphy's Law” (Minotaur, paperback, $14.99) by Rhys Bowen.

She agrees to use the name of a dying English woman who asks her to take her two children to their father in America. But Molly can get into just as much trouble on shipboard as she does in her native Ireland of the 19th century.

She slaps a bothersome man with whom she “has words,” and many fellow passengers in steerage are aware of the confrontation. As the ship nears the U.S., the man is shot to death. Molly and a young man who befriended her are suspects when they land at Ellis Island.

She manages to convince a handsome New York policeman Daniel Sullivan that they are not the killers. She needs a job and a place for the children away from a filthy apartment occupied by their relatives.

Sullivan helps her find a place to live, but her job offers are the kind no decent woman would accept. She is determined to find the real killer. Against the advice of Sullivan, she joins the household staff of a corrupt politician and comes close to becoming another victim.

— Kay Dyer



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