The Ghost of Christmas Past A Molly Murphy Mystery
by Rhys Bowen
St. Martin's Press
Pub Date 14 Nov 2017
Rhys Bowen’s newest Molly Murphy novel is an entertaining holiday mystery, offering a taste of early 20th century celebrations as well as an interesting plot. Unfortunately it isn't without problems.
In The Ghost of Christmas Past, Molly Murphy Sullivan and her family accept an invitation to celebrate the holidays with the family of an old friend of Captain Sullivan’s mother. While the estate is sumptuous, there is tension in the house. Winnie is clearly afraid of her husband Cedric, and is still in mourning for the daughter who disappeared 10 years earlier. Cedric continually claims Winnie is unstable - and appears to be seeking any excuse to have her committed. Naturally Molly wants to help, but is there anything that can be discovered after so long a time?
For most of the novel, Molly attempts to uncover the closel...
As historical mysteries go, Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness novels are always a pleasure to read. They combine the comfortable feel of a cozy with enough suspense to prevent the books from becoming trite. In Crowned and Dangerous, Georgie is on the cusp of eloping. The happy event is foiled by a combination of weather and misfortune. Darcy’s estranged father is accused of murdering his employer. His arrest separates the couple and threatens to put an end to their engagement. Thankfully, Georgie is made of sterner stuff, not only readily disobeying Darcy’s mandate but proceeding to insist on challenging his father’s assumed guilt. What looks to be a straightforward murder committed in a fit of range ends up being a far more complicated affair involving American gangsters, gambling, and stolen money.