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Fledgling private investigator Molly Murphy's latest assignment gives her the opportunity to escape the typhoid epidemic sweeping across New York City in the summer of 1902 for the lush Hudson River Valley. And it comes from an unlikely source-Captain Daniel Sullivan, a New York City police detective and erstwhile beau of Molly's. She has vowed to keep him at arm's lengthFledgling private investigator Molly Murphy's latest assignment gives her the opportunity to escape the typhoid epidemic sweeping across New York City in the summer of 1902 for the lush Hudson River Valley. And it comes from an unlikely source-Captain Daniel Sullivan, a New York City police detective and erstwhile beau of Molly's. She has vowed to keep him at arm's length until he can rid himself of his socialite fiancee, but she can't pass up the chance to take advantage of his offer of a real detective job. Daniel hires Molly to go undercover inside the country household of Senator Barney Flynn, in Peekskill, New York. Flynn's wife, Theresa, has become the latest devotee of a pair of spiritualists known as the Sorensen Sisters. The frail Theresa is desperate to use the sisters' alleged abilities to hold a seance to contact her infant son, who was kidnapped five years ago and never found; the accused kidnapper was killed before he could tell police where the boy was being held. But the police are sure the women are frauds. When Molly allows herself to be distracted from the Sorensen Sisters and the members of the Flynn household by the unsolved kidnapping, it is a race against time to find out what's really going on before it's too late. "In Like Flynn "is the latest captivating installment in a series which has garnered an impressive array of awards and nominations in just three books: Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy mysteries have won the Agatha Award, the Anthony Award, the Bruce Alexander Historical Award, and the Herodotus Award, and have been shortlisted for the Agatha Award, the Macavity Award, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award....

Title : In Like Flynn
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ISBN : 9780312997007
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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In Like Flynn Reviews

  • Ingrid
    2019-02-20 11:27

    Another wonderful Molly Murphy mystery. I had to read on and on as much as I could. I know it's light reading, but I'm enjoying it immensely.

  • Waverly
    2019-03-06 08:36

    This mystery, the fourth in the series, neatly ties off a thread from the first book about Molly's circumstances when she fled to America. The murder mystery itself was not difficult to puzzle out. Molly's angsty relationship with Daniel doesn't have me thinking very well of him, and I can see from the series title list that there's a lot more angst ahead. The drumbeat message of "you're a woman, you can't do that, and I forbid you to do so" is played heavily to evoke indignation among a female readership today from a twenty-first century perspective. I'm supposed to get fed up with it, but that also means being fed up with reading the books. Will this stop me from reading the whole series? Ha! They are fun, even if some are easier to figure out (like this one) than others. I'll be reading my way steadily through the page turners, albeit with breathers. I have no restraint when I have an open box of Thin Mints or Oreos. The Molly Murphy series is kind of the same sweet indulgence.

  • Hermien
    2019-03-11 06:26

    Another delightful Molly Murphy mystery.

  • Aoife
    2019-03-01 06:26

    Audio narration: 2 starsStory 3-3.5 starsThis is the fourth book in the Molly Murphy Mystery series by Rhys Bowen and in this book, Molly is actually employed by the NYPD (aka Daniel O'Sullivan - the man she's trying not to love) to go undercover in a senator's house where he is hosting a pair of sisters who claim thy are clairvoyant and can help the senator's wife talk to their son who died following a tragic kidnapping years ago. Naturally, Molly jumps head first, while also trying to figure out the blurry details around the boy's kidnapping and why he was never found.To start off, I have to say how disappointed I was with the audio narration of this. The last three books were all narrated by Irish actress Lara Hutchinson. who did a great job with Molly's voice as well as all the other nationalities in the stories. However, for some reason the narrator was changed to Nicola Barber who is English and CANNOT do a steady Irish accent. She sounded completely different to past Molly, her dialect kept changing ao it seemed like Molly was from every part of Ireland at once and then suddenly the Northern Irish characters that were in the story no longer had their Northern Irish accent. One of the boys also had a weird New York accent after having an Irish one in the past books. Barber obviously did no research in how Lara Hutchinson had previously read out the characters, and I feel like this was poor and did a disservice to the previously good narration of the book and the reader. It made me feel discombobulated for a while as I felt like the characters were new people and they no longer felt familiar to me. The story itself wasn't bad as always though like always everything came to luck and circumstance rather than any great skill on Molly's part. Most things tend to fall into her lap the moment she needs them and she has a tendency to do some silly things. I was sucked into the mystery of Brendan's disappearance and really had no idea who could have been the mastermind of the kidnapping. I liked that some of Molly's past came back to haunt her in this book as well, though it made me feel anxious for her so I hope it leaves it at that now! Molly and Daniel's relationship is dragging on a bit now and I wish he would get a move on dumping his fiancee.I though poor Jakob was disserviced in this book too as he had been so lovely in the third book - it was very much like Molly had forgotten he existed for most of the book.As always, I did end up having an entertaining read and will continue on with the series.

  • Nolan
    2019-02-18 13:29

    This is part of an excellent series about a young Irish imigrant woman who makes her way to New York, finds and loses love, and despite lots of odds against her, becomes a private investigator. In this installment, she is asked by her former lover and current heart throb Daniel Sullivan of the New York City police department to take a job as a maid in the home of a New York state senator. The senator's wife, stricken with grief at the kidnapping and presumed death of her son some years earlier, has hired spiritualists--two sisters--to make contact with her son. Investigator Molly Murphy must decide whether the women are fakes. But she can't help digging into the kidnapping itself, and that's where her troubles begin.There's an astounding bit of history in this series. It depicts turn-of-the-century New York in all its interesting faces.

  • Betty
    2019-03-02 07:14

    Molly accepts an assignment from Daniel Sullivan to find out how two spiritualist are creating their seances. She goes undercover as a cousin to Senator Flynn. The house Adare is situated in remote of the state with only one road to it and you must the river to reach it. Molly feels the tension in the house but she welcome. Sone after arrival she learns about the kidnapping of the Senator's years earlier. As Teresa, his wife want contract him in a seance. On a visit with neighbors Molly is surprised to find the man she thought kill in Ireland. These subplots are brought together as one. The history cover is first-class and each book I read is better than the last.

  • Mary
    2019-03-06 13:24

    Molly travels to an island in up state NY to check out some Psychic sisters that Captain Daniel believes are fake and preying on the rich who have lost loved ones. She, of course runs into another whole investigation about a boy who was kidnapped and never seen again.

  • Charlie-Dee
    2019-03-02 07:20

    Really enjoyed the themes in this novel.

  • A.M.
    2019-03-14 10:33

    With kidnapping, spiritualists and murder, this is the most engaging Molly Murphy novel yet!

  • Beachreader
    2019-03-21 07:19

    I think this is the best book so far in the Molly Murphy mystery series. It seemed more realistic than the previous books which were all set in NYC.Molly is hired by Capt Daniel Sullivan to investigate two women who hold seances in the homes of wealthy people who are desperate to communicate with the dead. While at a US senator's family estate on the Hudson River, she also investigates the kidnapping of the host family's two year old son.The kidnapping mystery takes prominance and it is well plotted. There are moments of foreshadowing that point to the boy's fate, but there are some surprises along the way as well as murders. It wouldn't be a Molly Murphy mystery without a murder.The opening scenes setting up the story are fairly contrived and there are certainly holes in the plausibility of Daniel's role, but this is after all primarily a cosy mystery. It is an enjoyable read and Molly is a more competent sleuth in this country setting. Molly and Daniel's relationship is a bone of contention for me though. She needs to recognize him for the type of man he really is which is not an honorable one.

  • Trudy Pomerantz
    2019-02-26 12:26

    This is the fourth book of the series (I have actually been organized enough to read them in order apart from #0.5) that I have read in the past couple of months. What do I like about them? I enjoy the historic detail though sometimes it seems a little forced particularly for an author who seems to have won a number of awards. It feels like "I have learned this interesting little tidbit of history therefore I will include it in this novel so you can learn it too or so I can display all the historical reading that I have done." The plot is well-paced and the interaction between the characters is okay. Sometimes though the characters appear to be caricatures and the conversations forced. Molly Murphy herself if I imagine interacting with her in real life - I find her personality irritating and I am not sure exactly why. Overall: A pleasant, easy read at the end of a tiring day but towards the middle of the book I found myself bored and not wanting to go back to it. I had decided that I definitely needed a break from the series. The end of the book pulled me in again because I enjoy the historic detail and the plots overall.

  • Agnesxnitt
    2019-02-20 09:13

    Molly Murphy adventure 4!Miss Molly Murphy is struggling to make ends meet in her detective work when she is approached by her former suitor, Captain Daniel Sullivan, to investigate a pair of sisters who claim to be Successful Mediums. The police are convinced the sisters are frauds, and Daniel wants Molly to go undercover on their latest 'booking' which is to the home of a local and upcoming politican, Flynn. He and his wife lost their little boy at the age of 2 years old and Mrs Flynn has never recovered from the loss. Molly is sent to their palatial Long Island home masquerading as one of Mr Flynn's enormous family recently emigrated from Ireland. This she successfully achieves, but soon finds herself in deeper water than she or Daniel had anticipated. Not only could the fake spiritualists be for real, but sinister hands are at work, and Daniel is *still* engaged to Miss Arabella Norton, spoilt and indulged daughter of one of the 400 families, with no sign of him breaking off this despite his protestations to Molly.A really good story - I like Miss Murphy enourmously!

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-12 05:15

    Another fun Molly Murphy mystery and getting closer to the later parts of the series that I enjoy most- when Molly and Daniel Sullivan are married. My sister sent me books #1-6 and I am reading them now..lucky me. I reviewed other books in the series which are more developed.Some good things happened for Molly in this one- the big one is that she was able to find out that Senator Flynn's kidnapped son was alive although sent on a "Orphan Train " out West. Molly was there impersonating his cousin Molly from Limerick to solve a mystery for Sullivan and came across the young man she left for dead in Ireland, who had miraculously recovered. Additionally Molly is more solvent with her own ( shared) rented house near good friends.A light and interesting mystery series with great Ireland and America historical details.

  • Camilla
    2019-02-18 12:35

    Holy cow, this family was so dysfunctional! The Flynn family was a hot mess and poor Molly was thrust into the thick of it to uncover a mystery that she essentially failed at. I liked all the interwoven mysteries that brought her closer to uncovering the whole thing, and I liked that she was able to work her way through every revelation based on her own cleverness. It was refreshing to see her come out of there relatively unscathed given that she was almost killed several times during the course of the mystery. It's hard to accept her and Daniel's relationship because it seems so forward after their courtly romance of the first book, but I suppose this is a grittier mystery series than Bowen's other works. I'm looking forward to another installment soon.

  • Kathleen O'Nan
    2019-02-19 13:23

    This is number 4 of 16 books in the Molly Murphy series, a somewhat lightweight but nonetheless enjoyable series about a young Irish woman who has fled to New York and, through a remarkable set of circumstances has become a private investigator, or at least a private-investigator-in-training. And that's mostly self-training! This book was as fun as the previous ones. The facts of what had led her to flee Ireland become clear but I'm afraid not cleared-up. Molly's love for the unavailable Daniel blossoms but he, after seeming otherwise, remains unavailable. Will order the nest one in the series.

  • lunamoonbooks
    2019-02-20 06:13

    I picked this book up as I normally enjoy a good Victorian ghost story. It was a lot more light hearted than I expected and had a more comedic than spiritual feeling. It's an entertaining book with lots of twists but the ending felt rushed. The main "antagonists" of the book are never resolved and the ending resolves an entirely different mystery that isn't focused on throughout the book. Overall a fun story that's gets a little confused at times

  • Groucho42
    2019-03-15 05:17

    This was below average for her books, but that's not why I'm writing this. For years, I've had a great non-fiction book on my shelves. If any reader is interested in the time and the sisters around which Bowen created a story, read "Other Powers" by Barbara Goldsmith. It's about Victoria Woodhull, and her sister Tennie. It's a fantastic look at the Gilded Age and a woman who ran for President before women could vote.

  • Cathy
    2019-02-19 09:23

    I can't get enough of Molly. This times, she travels in Upstate New York to prove that two seance sisters are fake. Of course, there is another mystery she devotes her time to - the missing son of a Senator who everyone thought was dead. But is he? I just love all these adventures and the romance and unromance of Molly and Captain Sullivan.

  • Allison Terfloth
    2019-02-27 13:18

    The 4th book in the Molly Murphy series. This book had a much more complex plot than the previous ones. Molly inevitably finds her way I to situations that make you laugh and hold your breath. The characters are well thought out and likable. I often find myself reading the words in the different accents. I look forward to book 5.

  • Pyrate Queen
    2019-02-27 09:27

    Molly is hired by her friend and sometimes boyfriend Captain Danny Sullivan to pose as the cousin of a prominent New York senator whose wife has invited two spiritualists into their home to help contact their dead son. Her job from Danny: prove the spiritualists are the fakes the police believe them to be. Molly's mission: find out more about the death of the son without getting killed herself.

  • Ione
    2019-03-07 10:16

    The book is well written, even if the plot is a bit implausible. The whole series sometimes borders on "Perils of Pauline", as the lead character continually puts herself in danger and in need of being rescued at the last minute. Nonetheless, the books are fun to read.

  • Anita
    2019-02-21 11:29

    This was the best Molly Murphy yet! Intrigue and mystery at every turn - Molly goes undercover and ends up solving many a crime, but she has to fight off unwanted advances and confrontation from a man from her past.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-20 10:26

    My favorite Molly Murphy mystery yet! Thus one had more depth to it.

  • Basia
    2019-03-17 07:27

  • Michele
    2019-03-03 05:32

    Molly is a smart, observant woman who keeps her wits about her long enough to think her way out of a potentially devastating situation.

  • Jan
    2019-02-25 12:36

    I enjoyed this book - the fourth in the series. Some good characters and a lot of plot twists.

  • Lizzie Lou
    2019-03-01 08:24

    aye, another winner! historical fictiin and murder mystery at its best! this one took me up the Hudson River to places I know well. as usual, the use of red herrings kept me on my toes!

  • Lavender Dreamer
    2019-03-15 12:39

    I can't stop reading this series. I'm happy for Open Library for making so many of them available online!

  • Jen 3_Piets
    2019-02-20 06:25

    Well, it's always a bad idea to read reviews before you read a book. I enjoyed this even after reading several negative reviews. It was great. Read it regardless of the reviews below.

  • Catherine
    2019-03-16 05:29

    I love this series!