Murphy's Law is the captivating first entry of Rhys Bowen's New York Times bestselling Molly Murphy seriesMolly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble just as her mother predicted So when she commits murder in self defense she flees her cherished Ireland and her identity for the anonymous shores of America When she arrives in new York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty Molly begins to breathe easier But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island a man Molly was seen arguing with she becomes a prime suspect in the crimeUsing her Irish charm and sharp wit Molly escapes Ellis Island and sets out to find the wily killer on her own Pounding the notorious streets of Hell's Kitchen and the Lower East Side Molly make sit her desperate mission to clear her name before her deadly past comes back to haunt her new future Murphy's Law won the 2001 Agatha Award and was nominated for the 2002 Mary Higgins Clark Award

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    Women's history month is here and I decided to start the celebration with a bit of Irish spunk Rhys Bowen is a celebrated writer and my mother has been touting her Molly Murphy series for awhile now As Irish luck would have it my retro chapter chicks group is focusing on Irish women for the month of March I decided that it was long overdue that I read Murphy's Law the first of Molly Murphy's historical adventures Molly Murphy was never a traditional girl She enjoyed swimming in the Atlantic Ocean horseback riding excelled in the classroom and was declared an old maid by the age of twenty three Murphy had to be the mother to her younger brothers as her mother passed away when she was young She did have a few suitors yet one Englishman came on too strong to her and in the heat of the moment she killed him On the run from the English government who then controlled Ireland Murphy fled her home village of Ballykillin and ended up in Liverpool England A chance meeting with Kathleen O'Connor lead to an instant friendship and resulted in Murphy escorting O'Connor's two young children to America as O'Connor lay dying of consumption On board the Majestic steamliner Murphy fell into an instant rapport with O'Connor's two children Seamus and Bridie and assumed the identity of their mother Her goal is to bring them to their father unharmed yet crime seems to find her One Thomas O'Malley thinks he can manhandle Murphy along with the rest of the ship that is until Murphy puts him in his place He leaves her alone until the ship docks in Ellis Island until on the first night in America O'Malley is found murdered The easy route is to accuse Murphy and her traveling companion Michael Larkin It is up to Murphy to prove their innocence before either is returned to Ireland and English rule and hung In this opening book Bowen introduces readers to police captain Daniel O'Sullivan with whom it appears Murphy falls into a long lasting relationship with She also paints the historical picture of the underbelly of New York politics at the turn of the 20th century focusing on the corruption inside of Tammany Hall Alderman MacCormack is a picture of corruption and Murphy is determined to prove his wrong doing to the police Yet MacCormack is the champion of the Irish people and everyone loves him He is the annual marshal of the upcoming St Patrick's Day parade Murphy however is certain that MacCormack is behind O'Malley's murder and puts herself in harms way to prove her friend's innocence before MacCormack and his gang strike again Rhys Bowen magically transports her readers to turn of the century New York a time when the hole in the ground was just that and America was the land of opportunity The Irish ruled the city and Molly Murphy is ready to take it by storm In likable characters Murphy O'Sullivan and the O'Connors Bowen has created a cast who I can enjoy for the long haul As I am currently looking for a new go to mystery series Molly Murphy is spunky and definitely one of my main contenders 4 stars