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Time of Fog and Fire

Time of Fog and Fire

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"Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband Daniel, a police captain in turn-of-the-century New York City, is in a precarious position. The new police commissioner wants him off the force altogether. So when Daniel's offered an assignment from John Wilkie, head of the secret service, he's eager to accept. Molly can't draw any details of the assignment out of him, even where he'll be working. But when she spots him in San Francisco during a movie news segment, she starts to wonder if he's in even more danger than she had first believed. And then she receives a strange and cryptic letter from him, leading her to conclude that he wants her to join him in San Francisco. Molly knows that if Daniel's turning to her rather than John Wilkie or his contacts in the police force, something must have gone terribly wrong. What can she do for him that the police can't? Especially when she doesn't even know what his assignment is? Embarking on a cross-country journey with her young son, Molly can't fathom what's in store for her, but she knows it might be dangerous in fact, it might put all of their lives at risk"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250052049
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 24 cm


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When Molly Murphy Sullivan receives a strange and cryptic letter from her husband, she knows that if Daniel's turning to her rather than to his contacts in the police force, something must have gone terribly wrong. Series starter: Murphy's Law (2001)

16th book in Molly Murphy series

Molly Murphy Sullivan’s NYPD police captain husband goes on a covert assignment working for President Theodore Roosevelt. Molly doesn’t know where he is until she spots him in a movie newsreel shot in San Francisco. When she receives a coded letter from her husband asking for help, she sets off... Read More »

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Apr 14, 2018

I really enjoy this series, but it is necessary to suspend some disbelief to enjoy it. Molly Murphy immigrated to the US from Ireland, and she ended up working as a private detective (in the early 1900s). Her subsequent adventures are highly entertaining and enjoyable, though improbable. She has a lot in common with 21st century women, so she is at least 100 years ahead of her time. She has bohemian friends who are also suffragists. She is a strong, fearless woman who is lucky to have survived the situations this series has put her in over the years.

I can not tell you much about the plot of this book without spoiling it (and previous books in the series). Highlights of this book include a train trip from NYC to San Francisco in 1906, which was quite an adventure! The west was really wild then! San Francisco is a bustling city with a great deal of corruption in high places. Molly's adventures there are dramatic, and then the 1906 earthquake happens, and we get to see how she and everyone else in SF cope with that.

These books are not great literature, but they are fun to read. If it bothers you that some of the events are improbable, you may want to find something else to read. If you are looking for a book to use as an escape for a while, this series is fun.

Dec 15, 2016

(Book 16 in the Molly Murphy series)

Jun 18, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed Molly's escapades during the San Francisco 1906 earthquake and fire.

Mar 25, 2016

As with the previous books in this series, Molly, her husband, Daniel, and her friends, Sid and Gus, are charming and breaking the conventions of their time. This came out just in time for the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and fire. Daniel has a secret assignment in San Francisco. Molly finds out where he has gone from a newsreel and a mysterious letter from Daniel. We ride a train west with Molly and Liam, her infant son, catch a glimpse of Caruso, and find that reports of Daniel's death have been greatly exaggerated. Together, after the earthquake, they find Liam, who has disappeared with his Chinese nanny, and camp out in Golden Gate Park until they can inform General Funston of their discoveries about graft in the government of San Francisco and a murder in the house of a socialite, and catch a train back to New York. A fun read, but a little light on motivation and logical plotline.

adierose Feb 09, 2016

When is large print coming out?


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