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review 2018-06-08 00:14
The Tuscan Child - Rhys Bowen


Joanna is studying to become a lawyer, and all that is left to do is to take her bar exam, but she has been out of work for a while because of an accident and a boyfriend, when her father, Sir Hugo Langley dies. He has always been a distant father, and Joanna doesn't know much about his life at all. And now she is all alone since her mother died when she was 11. She must go home and settle up his affairs and go through his things when she happens upon some items that seem to have a mystery to them from his past. Italy? To try to learn more about her dad, and unravel some questions that they items have raised, she travels there, and instead of finding more answers, she finds more questions and mystery. 
The story shifts from her father during WWII as a downed fighter pilot, and Joanna, 30 years later, so through the course of the book, it comes full circle. I particularly liked the parts of the Tuscan food, scenery and culture. (Needs to have a companion cookbook! hint, hint Ms. Bowen). The only part that disappointed me was that I wanted a happier ending for a couple of the characters (and I won't say who as that would be a spoiler), but given that it was mirroring life at a particular time, I suppose it was realistic. >sigh< All in all, I thought it was a good book.


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review 2018-05-08 00:00
Death of Riley
Death of Riley - Rhys Bowen Molly Murphy has at last begun to forget the unpleasant murder of the would-be rapist who she killed in self defense back in Ireland, along with her investigation into the murder of a fellow Irish immigrant, and she's finally free to begin her new life in New York City. Given her experiences Molly has decided to become a private investigator, a people finder of sorts, working for families in Europe who've lost touch with relatives in America. Not only will this put some food on her table, but also hook the handsome NYPD police captain Daniel Sullivan, and she has visions of lots of opportunities to seek out his counsel in her new profession.

Paddy Riley is a tough old Cockney p.i. who specializes in divorce work, and with a little persuasion from Molly he's ready to take her on as an apprentice. It's not exactly as she had imagined, but she plans to make the most of it. That is, until she goes into work one day and finds her world turned upside down and all expectations for her professional life suddenly up in the air.

Before long, Molly sets off on a journey that'll take her through the back alleys of Manhattan and into the bars and lounges of the literary scene, where she spends her time with writers, actors, poets, and musicians. It's an eye-opening experience for innocent young Molly, but she's determined to find out exactly what happened in the office of Paddy Riley that day. Armed with nothing more than her fiery will and matching wild red hair, Molly has no idea of the danger her pursuit may bring into her life.

The mystery is well paced and has elements of adventure, danger, and suspense all mixed together into the plot. The author does a nice job describing New York City in the early twentieth century and what life was like during that time. This book has two mysteries that are connected to each other in a surprising way. The author does a good job of weaving the factual assassination of President McKinley into the books fictional plot line.

I liked the addition of the characters of Sid, Gus, and Ryan I hope we get to see more of them in the next books. I do not like Nula or her rowdy family and I hope that we don't have to read too much about them in the next book of the series. I would also like to see Molly and Daniel get back together since they seem to balance wach other out.
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review 2018-04-27 00:00
Murphy's Law
Murphy's Law - Rhys Bowen When spirited redhead Molly Murphy commits a murder in self defense she must flee from her family's home in Ireland. Molly meets Kathleen O'Connor and her two children Seamus and Birdie who are getting ready to set sail to America. When Kathleen asks Molly to take the kids on the ship to America and deliver them to their father, since she was diagnosed with tuberculosis she won't be allowed on the ship or into America. The four of them make their way to the dock where the ship is Kathleen tells the kids that she forgot her ticker at home but that Molly will take them to their father since she doesn't want them to know she is sick.

When the ship sails into New York Harbor, with the majestic Statue of Liberty providing comfort and inspiration, Molly's sure that her whole life is in front of her. But there's one last hurdle to clear: Ellis Island. She's just one of thousands of immigrants, awaiting their fate with anxiety and hope. Unfortunately, before Molly, Seamus, and Birdie are able to leave the island, a man is brutally murdered in the men's dorm. Coincidence's and fate make Molly a suspect in a crime that she didn't commit. Under a cloud of suspicion, and growing mutual attraction between Molly and the handsome police captain Daniel Sullivan who's in charge of the case. She's allowed to leave Ellis Island for Manhattan where she reunites the children with their father. Unfortunately, she's on a mission that she couldn't have anticipated and that's to clear her own name of murder. Alone in a new country with no one to lean on, Molly hits the vibrant streets of New York intent on finding out what really happened.

The mystery has plenty of suspects and twists and turns which get wrapped up in a surprising way. Molly is a smart engaging character who uses her brain to figure things out, instead of being a damsel in distress type. I like that when Molly finds an apartment with more space than she needs she wants to give Seamus, Birdie, and their father also named Seamus one of the rooms so they don't have to live in a crowded apartment in a dangerous part of town. The way that Molly and Daniel interact with each other throughout the book you can see the beginning of a relationship starting to bloom.
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review 2018-03-11 19:01
The Tuscan Child - Rhys Bowen
#TheTuscanChild #NetGalley

 a suprise this book was!

It's About an English girl who's father dies and while cleaning out 
his house, she finds a returned letter to an Italian woman in a 
small town in Tuscany he fell in love with during the war while 
hiding out after his plane had crashed and he was wounded. 
She goes there to find out any information she can about that 
time and maybe just heal at the same time. 
Very well written and handles switching between 1973 and
1944 very well. Loved the culture and the description of the 
scenery and the food...the food had me drooling! 
Loved all the characters.especially the Italian lady who 
rents the room to the main character..she was my favorite!

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review 2018-02-12 00:00
The Tuscan Child
The Tuscan Child - Rhys Bowen This was my first book of Ms. Bowen’s but certainly not my last. This book sucked me in from the first page til the last. I fell in love with Hugo, Joanna, Renzo and all the characters. I highly recommend this book
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