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The Last Illusion (Molly Murphy Mysteries
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Rhys Bowen is the author of the award-winning Molly Murphy and Constable Evans mysteries and In Farleigh Field. Her novels have garnered an impressive array of awards and nominations, including the Anthony award for her novel For the Love of Mike and the Agatha Award for Murphy's Law. Her books have also won the Bruce Alexander Historical Award and the Herodotus Award, and have been shortlisted for the Edgar, the Agatha, the Macavity, the Barry, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She has also written Her Royal Spyness, a series about a minor royal in 1930s England, and she is the author of several short stories, including the Anthony Award-winning "Doppelganger." Her story "Voodoo" was chosen to be part of the anthology of the best of 50 years of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Ms. Bowen was born in Bath, England, and worked as an announcer and studio manager for the BBC in London, before moving to Australia and then California. It was here she started writing children's and young adult novels, and then moved on to mysteries with the Constable Evans novels. When not writing she loves to travel, sing, hike, play her Celtic harp, and entertain her grandchildren. She lives in San Rafael, California.

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This installment outshines the others . Don't miss this great period puzzler reminiscent of Dame Agatha's mysteries and Gillian Linscott's Nell Bray series." Delightful As ever, Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early twentieth-century New York." Molly is an indomitable creature. The book bounces along in the hands of Ms. Bowen and her Molly, and there is no doubt that she will be back causing trouble." Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters. This book is a keeper." Its enjoyable charm and wit will appeal to a cross-section of mystery fans. -This installment outshines the others.... Don't miss this great period puzzler reminiscent of Dame Agatha's mysteries and Gillian Linscott's Nell Bray series.- --Booklist -Delightful ... As ever, Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early twentieth-century New York.- --Publishers Weekly -Molly is an indomitable creature.... The book bounces along in the hands of Ms. Bowen and her Molly, and there is no doubt that she will be back causing trouble.- --Washington Times -Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters.... This book is a keeper.- --Tampa Tribune -Its enjoyable charm and wit will appeal to a cross-section of mystery fans.- --Baltimore Sun "This installment outshines the others.... Don't miss this great period puzzler reminiscent of Dame Agatha's mysteries and Gillian Linscott's Nell Bray series." --Booklist "Delightful ... As ever, Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early twentieth-century New York." --Publishers Weekly "Molly is an indomitable creature.... The book bounces along in the hands of Ms. Bowen and her Molly, and there is no doubt that she will be back causing trouble." --Washington Times "Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters.... This book is a keeper." --Tampa Tribune "Its enjoyable charm and wit will appeal to a cross-section of mystery fans." --Baltimore Sun This installment outshines the others . Don't miss this great period puzzler reminiscent of Dame Agatha's mysteries and Gillian Linscott's Nell Bray series. Booklist Delightful As ever, Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early twentieth-century New York. Publishers Weekly Molly is an indomitable creature. The book bounces along in the hands of Ms. Bowen and her Molly, and there is no doubt that she will be back causing trouble. Washington Times Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters. This book is a keeper. Tampa Tribune Its enjoyable charm and wit will appeal to a cross-section of mystery fans. Baltimore Sun " This installment outshines the others . Don't miss this great period puzzler reminiscent of Dame Agatha's mysteries and Gillian Linscott's Nell Bray series. "Booklist" Delightful As ever, Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early twentieth-century New York. "Publishers Weekly" Molly is an indomitable creature. The book bounces along in the hands of Ms. Bowen and her Molly, and there is no doubt that she will be back causing trouble. "Washington Times" Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters. This book is a keeper. "Tampa Tribune" Its enjoyable charm and wit will appeal to a cross-section of mystery fans. "Baltimore Sun"" "IN A GILDED CAGE" "This installment outshines the others in character development and plot complexity. Details of Molly's new cases are knit together with the accoutrements of 1918 New York City life...Don't miss this great period puzzler reminiscent of Dame Agatha's mysteries and Gillian Linscott's Nell Bray series."--"Booklist" "Delightful...Bowen does a splendid job of capturing the flavor of early 20th-century New York and bringing to life its warm and human inhabitants."--"Publishers Weekly" "Feisty, independent Molly and the historical New York background give good value."--"Kirkus Reviews" "TELL ME, PRETTY MAIDEN" "Winning...It's all in a day's work for this delightfully spunky heroine."--"Publishers Weekly" "For readers who love mysteries more for character development than puzzle solving, the seventh Molly Murphy novel... does not disappoint."--"Booklist"" ""Sharp historical backgrounds and wacky adventures."--"Kirkus Reviews" "IN DUBLIN'S FAIR CITY"""" Readers will surely testify that Murphy has become one of their favorite characters...This book is a keeper."--"Tampa"" Tribune" "Enjoyable charm and wit."--"Baltimore"" Sun" "Molly is an indomitable creature...The book bounces along in the hands of Ms. Bowen and her Molly, and there is no doubt that she will be back causing trouble."--"Washington"" Times" " ""The feisty Molly rarely disappoints in this rousing yarn seasoned with a dash of Irish history."--"Kirkus Reviews "(starred review) ""

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