In 1903, newlyweds Molly Murphy and NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan arrive in Newport for their honeymoon during a terrible storm. The couple is staying at the cottage of New York City alderman Brian Hannan, but they find the gates locked. As they are about to leave, Molly notices a hysterically laughing child in a window of the main house; as apparently their host failed to tell his family of the Sullivan couple staying at the estate. Soon afterward, Hannan is found dead at the nearby bottom of a cliff and the Newport police deem the two New Yorkers are the only suspects though they declare an accident occurred.
The victim's family wants the pair to leave, but Daniel is ill suffering from pneumonia. Though Molly promises not to investigate, she cannot prevent herself from making inquiries when she rejects the coincidence that an accident occurred as she learns Brian's granddaughter died in the same way at the same spot.
As with all of the Molly Murphy mysteries, the latest in the series is a page turner, features a stronge female character who is charismatic and witty, and was a joy to read. Set in the early 1900's, Hush Now Don't You Cry begins with the newlywed Molly Murphy and her husband NY police captain Daniel Sullivan arriving in Newport for a past due honeymoon. Molly soon learns that Daniel has arranged for them to stay in a cottage owned by teamster Brian, who is a suspect in one of Daniel's cases, and has asked Daniel for a favor. Not happy that Daniel has brought work along on their honeymoon, soon Molly is using her own profession as a PI when Brian is murdered and Daniel broadsided with a life threatening case of pneumonia. I was thrilled to learn that marriage has not sidelined our Molly, and that she is as busy as ever!
This historical cozy is sure to appeal to readers (like me) who are already fans of spunky Irish immigrant, Molly Murphy, but it will work well too as a stand alone introduction to the series for new readers. With a vivid sense of atmosphere, this murder mystery is set in Newport Beach early in the 20th century. There are enough twists and turns of plot to keep even seasoned mystery buffs guessing.
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