In a Gilded Cage (Molly Murphy)
by Rhys Bowen
Review by Beth Slater
St. Martin's Minotaur Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312385347
Date: 17 March 2009 List Price $24.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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Luckily word passes to Daniel quickly about the incident and all of the Vassar women from the march are released – but Molly's networking has been accomplished. Despite her slight flu relapse, she does pick up the case of Emily Boswell, a pharmacist's assistant (handy for dispensing prescription aspirin), who asks Molly to investigate the death of her Protestant missionary parents and find out the truth about Emily's past. Emily suspects that her uncle hasn't been forthright with her and maybe withholding her inheritance, but simply wants to know the facts.
In the true spirit of networking, Molly picks up another case while working with Emily – she meets Emily's former roommate from college, Fanny Poindexter, who secretly hires Molly to find out who her husband is philandering with behind her back so that she may divorce him and leave him without her family money. Despite Molly's distaste for such cases she agrees, but before she is able to report back to Fanny in person, Fanny dies and it is attributed to the epidemic! When another Vassar girlfriend dies, police are convinced it is the illness spreading, but Molly and Emily are convinced that foul play is at hand, if only they can separate fiction from fact before its too late – before they, too, become a statistic.
Much better! I am much happier with Molly and Daniel this time around – Bowen's mysteries are always well-written and set, with great character development, but I couldn't stand Daniel and couldn't understand why Molly was still in love with him. Now, they are communicating!!! I can't give it all away, but I am much more impressed with their relationship in this book, and I look forward to seeing where they are headed from here. There will never be a smooth path, but then there wouldn't be much of a story to tell, would there?