In Like Flynn is another captivating installment in a series which has garnered an impressive array of awards and nominations
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.
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 length until he can rid himself of his socialite fiancée, 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 séance 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.
"Entertaining...Molly Murphy is endearing, and her quick wit and sharp mind make her a protagonist to root for...Well written and fast paced, with a twist that will leave readers truly surprised. This novel is not to be missed." ----RT Book Reviews (4 stars) on The Edge of Dreams
"Once again Rhys Bowen proves why she's one of the great mystery writers working today. She never, ever falls into formula. And in this latest Molly Murphy novel, she takes her hero away from all the comforts of her New York City home to the bright lights of Gay Paris at the turn of the 20th century. It's a world of cafes inhabited by Picasso and Degas and Monet. It's a Paris where the Eiffel Tower is still new, Sacre Coeur a construction site, and the ripples of the Dreyfus Affair linger - in the city, and in the murder in which Molly finds herself embroiled. Atmospheric, tightly plotted, heart pounding, this is Bowen at her best." --Louise Penny on City of Darkness and Light