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Title:
Away in a manger
Author:
Bowen, Rhys.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
247 pages; 22 cm.
Summary:
"It's Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once, Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: she and Daniel have a baby son and twelve-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl huddled in a doorway, singing "Away in a Manger." Bridie is touched by the girl's ragged clothes and wants to help her out if they can. They give her a quarter, only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. But Molly discovers the boy is the girl's older brother. They've come from England and their mother has disappeared, and they're living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly. Molly quickly realizes that these children are not the usual city waifs. They are well-spoken and clearly used to better things. So who are they? And what's happened to their mother? As Molly looks for a way to help the children and for the answers to these questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society. This is another compelling and richly drawn mystery from New York Times bestseller Rhys Bowen"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250052032
Format :
Book

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From the author of In Farleigh Field ...

It's Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once, Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: she and Daniel have a baby son and twelve-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl huddled in a doorway, singing "Away in a Manger." Bridie is touched by the girl's ragged clothes and wants to help her out if they can. They give her a quarter, only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. But Molly discovers the boy is the girl's older brother. They've come from England and their mother has disappeared, and they're living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly.

Molly quickly realizes that these children are not the usual city waifs. They are well-spoken and clearly used to better things. So who are they? And what's happened to their mother? As Molly looks for a way to help the children and for the answers to these questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society.

This is another compelling and richly drawn mystery from New York Times bestseller Rhys Bowen.


Author Notes

Rhys Bowen was born Janet Quin-Harkin in 1941 in Bath, England. She earned her bachelors degree from the University of London. Soon after graduation she worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation as a studio manager and writer. She then took a job working for a textbook company developing reading texts before writing her own books. Her first picture book - Peter Penny's Dance - was published in 1976 and changed her career to children's book author. The book earned praise and won numerous awards. In 1981 she wrote a teen novel entitled California Girl which became the first installment in Bantam's Sweet Dreams series. This series grew to include novels such as Love Match, Daydreamer, and Ten-Boy Summer. These Sweet Dreams books started a major trend in young adult publishing. they were praised as an encouragement to reading. Janet Quin-Harkin also authored non-series fiction for adolescents such as award winning novel Wanted: Date for Saturday Night and Summer Heat. She also wrote the young adult historical novels Madam Sarah and Fool's Gold. She then moved on to writng mystery novels whcih included her Constable Evans series. Her book Royal Blood made the New York Times Bestseller list.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

It's the Christmas season in 1905, and Molly Murphy Sullivan wants a quiet holiday at home in New York with her police-captain husband, toddler Liam, and 12-year-old Bridie, her ward. While shopping, Molly and Bridie are captivated by a poor waif singing for money. They try to help with warm clothes and food for the girl and her brother, and, soon enough, Molly and her family are drawn into the pair's lives. After learning that the kids' mother has disappeared, leaving them under the thumb of an abusive aunt, Molly is determined to find the missing mother along with taking care of her own family and visiting her husband, who is in the hospital after being shot. The discovery of the mother's locket leads Molly to upper-crust New York, where she discovers surprising connections and a trail of crimes, including murder. Molly remains an intrepid sleuth but one with whom readers identify. This excellent Christmas adventure offers much good will amid the harsh realities of the day.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Set around Christmas in 1905 New York City, Bowen's so-so 15th Molly Murphy mystery (after The Edge of Dreams) finds Molly, no longer a PI, preoccupied with being a good wife to NYPD Capt. Daniel Sullivan and mother to their baby, Liam. When Liam's nanny, Bridie, is moved by the sight of a young girl, Emmy, singing for alms on the cold streets of Manhattan, Molly and Bridie decide to donate some clothes to her. After further encounters with Emmy and her older brother, Molly learns that their mother delivered them to an aunt, who sends them onto the streets to earn their keep. Molly determines to help the siblings by learning the truth about their mother's fate. A subplot related to Daniel's professional difficulties stemming from his unwillingness to play ball with the Tammany crowd is basically window-dressing. Some series fans may feel Molly's sleuthing skills aren't up to her usual standard. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

The 15th entry in this best-selling historical series (Edge of Dreams) takes place at Christmastime in 1905 New York City. Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to an uneventful holiday season with her husband, baby, and her ward Bridie. She and Bridie are out shopping when they hear a beggar girl with an angelic voice singing "Away in a Manger." They're drawn to helping the girl and then her brother, but it soon becomes apparent that these children are victims of a larger scheme involving the scions of Gotham society. Molly will have to tread carefully as she seeks the truth and tries to find the children's family. VERDICT Full of historical details and holiday spirit, this makes an excellent Yuletide read. [See Prepub Alert, 6/1/15.] © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.