Rhys Bowen illustrates the life and times of turn of the century New York City from a woman’s point of view. Molly is an independent character who conducts the murder investigation with her husband in the male-dominated world of that time. The author leads the modern reader back to the early 20th century life of women who were expected to be obedient and subservient to men. Ms. Bowen weaves a tight plot with many suspects and Freudian dream references. She provides a delightful sleight of hand ending, tantalizing the reader until the very last page.
Minotaur Books, 2015, $25.99/$29.99CA, hb, 320pp, 9781250052025
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