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   REVIEW:  “For the Love of Mike” by Rhys Bowen
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I’m totally engaged reading Rhys Bowen‘s Molly Murphy’s mysteries.  Set in the early 1900’s, these books are more than just entertaining mysteries. For example:  The sub-story is of New York City in by-gone days.  Where Ellis Island disgorged immigrants by the thousands,   dumping them on the streets of Manhattan, willy-nilly, to fend for themselves however they could.  Few requirements were imposed;  they had to have five dollars,  be fairly healthy and free of consumption (tuberculosis).  The immigrants could be wanted criminals back in their home country and still be admitted.

At the turn of the century,  Greenwich Village was filled with “students, rowdies, Negroes, miscreants and anarchists(“For the Love of Rhys Bowen, author, Interview, Review, writerMike”)  Ha!  The Village hasn’t changed much!   Hell’s Kitchen and  lower Manhattan were the “Irish Section” and filled with tenements and poverty.  The discrimination of those times was not white against all the others but rather nationality against nationality.  In the Jewish and Italian sections of town there were signs in the windows of shops stating “NO Irish need apply”.  Only Italian and Jewish girls worked in the sweatshops of the garment district; and in Hell’s Kitchen and Five Points other ethnic groups (not Irish) who ventured into those neighborhoods did so at their own peril.

If you are at all familiar with the ‘neighborhoods’ of today’s Manhattan you will quickly see that the face of the city has not changed all that much.  It is still an island of ethnic neighborhoods.  Much to my satisfaction!   That’s how I learned the city from 1991 to 2006….wandering (by design) the streets of each neighborhood  so that we could taste the air there, eat the food and often chat with the inhabitants.  I’ll never forget the time, in Chinatown, when I attempted to photograph the face of an ancient Chinese woman.  She ran me off with her umbrella held high!

Now because of Rhys Bowen brilliant writing I get to revisit those neighborhoods (that I love) in a different era.  My very own TIME MACHINE!

I  so enjoyed  Interviewing Ms. Bowen just recently.
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Coming in August!  A review of Ms. Bowen’s latest release,  “Heirs and Graces”   The Royal Spyness series
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Start your month off right!! DON’T MISS UPCOMING BLOGS. A NEW SERIES, “The Writer’s Corner” INTERVIEWS with other best-selling AUTHORS!

I have had a wonderful response from other authors and plan on featuring an interview once a month .These authors have already responded and you can read their interviews by clicking on their name: : Ann Purser, Susan Elia MacNeal, Robert McCammon, Heidi Jon Schmidt, Mark Childress, Rhys Bowen, Dean Koontz, Amber Winckler, Caroline Leavitt, Sheryl Woods, Jo-Ann Mapson, Jeffrey Deaver, Elizabeth Gilbert, Karen Robards, Walter Mosley, Nora Roberts, Raymond Benson and many others.

So come along with me; we shall sneak into these writers’ special places, be a fly on the wall and watch them create!  July features Rhys Bowen.  Sue Grafton is August’s author and September will feature Tasha Alexander. Jeffrey Deaver is November’s author and  slick mystery writer, Andrew Grant will join us this winter. Loretta Chase will be featured later this year. Raymond Benson is January’s author.
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A Review! ‘Oh Danny Boy’ by Rhys Bowen

Review  reviews, authors, writingreviews, authors, writingreviews, authors, writingreviews, authors, writingreviews, authors, writingRating: 5/5 quills        “OH DANNY BOY” by Rhys Bowen

 

ohDannyBoy 001              The best way to read the Molly Murphy Mysteries is in order (which is what I am doing) so I can’t review a newly released book of Rhys yet.  They are lined up on my bookshelf (not read yet) just waiting for me.

These books are set in New York City in the early 1900’s. Molly, fleeing Ireland and murder charges (she didn’t do it) finds herself in NYC with no friends and no family.  The characters she meets, befriends, rescues, and loves are rich and interesting.  And the best part is you find them in the following books.

‘Oh Danny Boy’  has several story threads and what I really enjoyed was witnessing the birth of CSI.  (Crime Scene Investigation).  Molly and her cohorts are just beginning to realize the significance of blood samples, hair comparisons, etc.

Rhys also introduces her readers to Sabella Goodwin, historically one of the first women to be in law enforcement in 1896 .  Hired as a police matron, she supervised women after their arrest. Married to a policeman, she was given undercover assignments, after his death while on duty.  Sabella proved to be so successful at these that she was promoted to detective by 1910.

I highly recommend the Molly Murphy mysteries.    Click here to read a recent interview with this talented author!   Part II is tomorrow, July 5th.
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DON’T MISS UPCOMING BLOGS featuring  INTERVIEWS with other best-selling AUTHORS!      A SERIES, “The Writer’s Corner”

I have had a wonderful response from other authors and will feature an interview once a month . These authors have already responded and you can read their interviews by clicking on their name:: Ann Purser, Susan Elia MacNealMark Childress, Rhys Bowen, Dean Koontz, Sheryl Woods, Jo-Ann Mapson, Jeffrey Deaver, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amber Winckler, Karen Robards, Robert McCammon, Sue Grafton, Caroline Leavitt, Heidi Jon Schmidt, Walter Mosley, Nora Roberts, and many others.

So come along with me; we shall sneak into these writers’ special places, be a fly on the wall and watch them create!  July features Rhys BowenSue Grafton is August’s author and September will feature Tasha AlexanderJeffrey Deaver is November’s author and  slick mystery writer, Andrew Grant will join us this winter. Loretta Chase will be featured later this year.
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To receive my posts sign up for my blog, blogs, blogger, writer, author, playwright, books, plays,fiction  Go to the home page; On the right side you’ll see a box where you can enter your email address. Click on “join my blog”. You need to confirm in an email from ‘Writer at Play’ . Thanks!