For the Love of Mike

For the Love of Mike

Book - 2003
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Molly Murphy is starting to think the cards are stacked against her. She's determined to be a private detective, but hampering her investigations is the fact that she's finding many places in turn-of-the-century New York City where women are not welcome, something that's as frustrating to her fiery Irish pride as it is to her rapidly emptying pocketbook.Then two business opportunities pop up simultaneously. An aristocratic family in Dublin fears their daughter has fled to the New World with her unsavory boyfriend, and they hire Molly to track the two down and send the young woman back home. Before she has time to consider her good luck, she's asked to go undercover as a piece worker in the garment business and investigate a potential case of industrial espionage. Now if she can only solve both cases without the help of Daniel Sullivan, thepolice captain who claims he loves her but who is engaged to someone else... Full of the rich detail of New York's teeming immigrant community and the colorful historical personalities of the age, For the Love of Mike is the triumphant third installment in Rhys Bowen's Agatha Award-winning series.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2003
ISBN: 9780312313005
Characteristics: 322 p


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Feb 06, 2020

Found the story line a little hard to follow having not read the 2nd book and not understanding how she got where she was or the change in relationships. Figured it out mostly in the end . Definitely want to read book two next!

Jun 27, 2017

A fan of Molly Murphy and turn of the 20th century detective novels, this book is a necessary read to grasp Molly's evolution from a newly arrived immigrant to her fledgling career as a detective.

This is a series for which it is highly beneficial to read in sequential order, as characters lives and relationships evolve from one novel to the next.

Molly is plucky, red haired and Irish (including the infamous temper) and always one step away from disaster. She is highly independent for a woman at the turn of the 1900's and would rather get into a predicament from which she has to extricate herself (often with need of help), rather than have to depend on the services of an infuriating man, notably the captain of the New York Police. They have mutual feelings for each other but the situation is complex.

Aug 21, 2016


Jun 08, 2015

Irish immigrant Molly Murphy is trying to make her way alone as a private investigator. She wants to fend for herself and not be dependent on anyone else. She goes undercover in a dressmaking factory to find out who is stealing the designs and selling them to the competition. She also gets a request to find an English gentleman’s missing daughter who ran off with an unsavory, unscrupulous young man. In this story Molly becomes involved in women's rights and unions and finds a good friendship with Jacob Singer, a union leader. This story introduces several new characters. Now she has both Jacob and police detective Daniel wanting a life time commitment. I look forward to the next story in the series -- In Like Flynn.

May 10, 2013

This is the 3rd book in the Molly Murphy series. The topic this time is the garment district of New York as the unions are trying to form to help the workers. If the conditions in the garment business were half as bad as portrayed in this book, they were horrible. To me the book was a little long, it seemed the author was trying to include every possible situation the workers could have gone through.

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