Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Edge Of Dreams - Rhys Bowen

The Edge Of Dreams
Rhys Bowen
Minotaur Books, Mar 3 2015, $25.99
ISBN: 9781250052025

In 1905, NYPD Police Captain Daniel Sullivan battled crime in the city while his wife "retired" private detective Molly raised their infant son Liam until an explosion blew up their house injuring the couple and killing their servant Aggie but not harming the baby.  Molly and Liam traveled to France to stay safely with her Freud disciple friends Elena “Sid” Goldfarb and Augusta “Gus” Walcott while Daniel worked his Costa Nostra investigation and rebuilt their home (see City of Darkness and Light).

Sullivan’s traveling family returns from France to move into their new home.  At the same time Daniel struggles with a serial killer case in which the culprit taunts him.  When Molly becomes injured in an el accident that left others dead, Daniel concludes his nemesis targeted his wife and son.  Molly assists her spouse with ending this psychopath’s reign of terror; while also helping Sid and Gus with deeply disturbed Mabel Hamilton who may have murdered her parents. 

The keys to the fourteenth marvelous Molly Murphy historical mystery (see The Family Way and Hush Now, Don't You Cry) are the heroine’s investigating seems reasonable and in hindsight all the clues are provided within the excellent storyline though solving the case proves difficult.  Feeling transported to the first decade of twentieth century Manhattan, readers will appreciate unsinkable Molly as she heals from her latest injuries, raises her son with help from her mother-in-law and works the two cases.

Harriet Klausner

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