Molly Murphy - now Molly Sullivan - is a year into her marriage, expecting her first child, and confined to the life of a housewife. She's restless and irritable in the enforced idleness of pregnancy and the heat of a New York summer in 1905. So when a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly figures it couldn't hurt to at least ask around, despite her promise to Daniel to give up her old career as a detective. On the same day, Molly learns that five babies have been kidnapped in the past month.
Refusing to let Molly help with the kidnapping investigation, Daniel sends her away to spend the summer with his mother. But even in the quiet, leafy suburbs, Molly's own pending motherhood makes her unable to ignore these missing children. What she uncovers will lead her on a terrifying journey through all levels of society, putting her life - and that of her baby - in danger.
The Family Way, the latest entry in Rhys Bowen's best-selling Molly Murphy series, will delight fans and win over newcomers with its elegantly plotted mystery, atmospheric historical detail, and vivid characters.
©2013 Rhys Bowen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"Anyone else finding Daniel insufferable?"
I am only halfway through and Molly and Daniel's relationship is driving me into rages. He is acting like an insufferable, tyrannical parent and she is acting like a sneaky pre-teen. She agrees to his controlling ultimatums and then goes out and takes stupid risks. The talk past each other. I don't think "that's how it was then" is a good enough excuse. Shakespeare, Dickens, and Austen, among many others, portray healthy, balanced marital partnerships.
"Great book, great story but bad noise edits."
I've never heard pages turned or the narrator taking a drink of water in any other
"Read Royal Spyness instead"
Yes, the Royal Spyness series is better overall.
No but it made me regret starting this series.
She was great and I like her accents. I don't know how accurate they are but her delivery is good.
Based on the sample reading, I started this series instead of Royal Spyness and I wished I had stopped at the 3rd book in this series. I was thinking she would stay independent, headstrong, and witty. Instead of pretending to be submissive to appease her husband, I think she becomes submissive with each book. I also find Molly's relationship with Daniel a bit unhealthy/abusive.
In the end, the amazing coincidences, the lack of common sense, and icky love story has made me stop with this series. However, I am so glad that I started Royal Spyness because I think Ms. Bowen can create great characters.
"Not her best"
It was tiresome and somewhat silly. Not up to Rhys usual standards.
it was tiresome.
not by a long shot
was disappointed with the story. I expect much more from the author
"Not as good in either story or production"
I have liked the rest of the Molly Murphy stories quite a bit. Molly is feisty and smart, and the mysteries are better than those in the Royal Spyness stories. But this one is something of a disappointment. To be more accurate, I have been growing more frustrated with the last few stories, and that frustration came to a head with this one.
My main problem is that Daniel no longer seems to have any redeeming qualities. He is domineering and verbally abusive. He keeps her away from what she loves. He doesn't trust her, and shows her little respect in public or in private. And Molly, who started off so strong willed, just goes along with it. She says she loves him, but I don't see any reason to anymore. Being a good kisser isn't enough of a reason, but that seems to be the only thing good about him anymore.
My other problem with this audiobook is that it seems like they gave up on the audio editing about halfway through. Barber is a great performer, but suddenly there were audible swallows and breaths and weird pauses. I assume, since I've never heard this kind of thing in other audiobooks, that it is customary to edit these sounds out. There was no problem at the beginning of this story, but then they started, and by the end, it was quite distracting.
"Great as Molly Murphy!"
Good, entertaining, with fascinating twists and breathtaking development, Molly charming and stubborn as ever!
Highly recommended. Will be better if longer.
This Molly Murphy series is delightful, only added to by the talented narrator.
Her accents are amazing.
A Delightful Mysetery
"Character is not Evolving"
I love the Molly Murphy stories because she is an example of a strong, independent woman. Sadly, this book has her making the same stupid mistakes as she has previously made. The character is not this stupid and if she was I would not have listened past book one.
"You can really hear Nicola breathing?"
Nicola would take great pauses mid sentence and then breath loudly and continue. it happens like 6 Times in the middle. I think it's more of a editing and production problem then her performance
"Daniel is getting tedious"
I enjoyed this installment much more than the past few, but I have to say I am getting sick and tired of Daniel.
Perhaps his attitude is appropriate for the times, but I am staring to find him insufferable! Ironically, I think I agree with him regarding this particular caper, but overall it’s time for him to change his tune.
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