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Bless the bride
Rhys Bowen
Adult Fiction BOWEN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Set in 1903, Bowen's engaging 10th Molly Murphy mystery (after 2010's The Last Illusion) finds the maverick New York City PI at a major personal turning point. Her impending marriage to Capt. Daniel Sullivan of the NYPD will, at his insistence, mark an end to her sleuthing career, but she can't resist taking on one last case. After a powerful and affluent Chinatown businessman, Lee Sing Tai, asks her to locate a missing piece of valuable jade jewelry, Murphy soon ascertains that the less than forthcoming Lee really wants her to trace the missing bride he recently purchased in China. Searching for Lee's bride while keeping her activities a secret from her fiance is a considerable challenge for Molly, who also ends up with a murder to solve. Molly's compassion and pluck should attract more readers to this consistently solid historical series. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

It is 1903, and Molly Murphy (The Last Illusion; In a Gilded Cage) is about to marry NYPD Capt. Daniel Sullivan, who does not want her to continue working as a private investigator. But she takes on one last case when she is hired to find the missing wife of a wealthy importer and head of a Chinese tong. Trouble always manages to find Molly, and this time she is dodging both the criminal elements in the Chinese community and those in the police department. VERDICT Bowen always gives her readers an excellent story full of historical tidbits and the realities of life in Edwardian New York City. This may appeal to fans of Victoria Thompson. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Molly Murphy
Female
Age: 23
Irish
Runs her own agency; engaged to Daniel; arrested for participating in a women's rights march; helping her friend find the truth behind her missionary parents' deaths.
Private investigator

Daniel Sullivan
Male
Engaged
Engaged to Molly.
Police captain



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