Hush Now, Don’t You Cry-Rhys Bowen

Hush Now, Don’t You Cry

Rhys Bowen

Minotaur Books; Mar 13 2012, $24.99

ISBN: 9780312628116

 

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.

 

The latest Molly Murphy historical mystery (see Bless the Bride) is a great entry with a strong solution as the location provides a fresh look at early twentieth century America.  The unsinkable Molly seeks the motive, which she assumes is money in what she believes are two homicides done by a family member while her frustrated ailing spouse is bedridden.  Fans of the Murphy amateur sleuth saga will relish this particularly excellent whodunit.

 

Harriet Klausner

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