Murphy's Law, by Rhys Bowen, had been sitting in the hallway for almost a year. I bought it after I finished Royal Flush, the last book in Bowen's Royal Spyness series, which was published in July, 2009. Because I was so taken with Bowen's story-telling, I decided to try reading her Molly Murphy series. Murphy's Law is the first in the series. It had won the Agatha, Reviewer's Choice, and Herodotus awards.
Molly Murphy is the main character. She is a ballsy, well-educated 24-year old Irish immigrant living in New York during the Tammany Hall times. The story opens with her running away from home because the master's son tried to have his way with her. She had kicked him away and he cracked his head when he fell. Molly got on a train to London and ended up on a ship to America. She took the identity of a dying woman who had persuaded Molly to take the woman's children to their father in New York. On the ship, Molly met a creep who wanted to have his way with her. She wouldn't let him, of course. Then, wouldn't you know it, he got murdered on Ellis Island and she became a suspect. The New York police was not finding the murderer quick enough, in her mind, so Molly began sleuthing.
The story is really a fun read. What took me so long to read it? I remember putting it down after the first chapter. Just wasn't in the mood for the story then. This time round, I could hardly wait to get back to it and sometimes stayed up another hour to read.
I plan on reading the next title in the series. Maybe all of them. There are nine in all, so far.
Rhys Bowen, the author, writes three mystery series. The Royal Spyness series is about Lady Georgiana who is a cousin of King George V (Queen Elizabeth's dad). Georgiana has the title but not the money, so she offers housecleaning services to get by. Evan Evans is Bowen's third series. All I know is that the main character is called Constable Evans and he lives in Wales. For more details about Bowen and her books, check out her website.