Bookshelf Revisited: Molly Murphy Mysteries #3, “For the Love of Mike” by Rhys Bowen

Molly Murphy is trying to get her career as an investigator off the ground in a world that thinks women should stick to needlepoint.

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Bookshelf Revisited: Molly Murphy Mysteries #2, “Death of Riley” by Rhys Bowen

In Molly Murphy’s world, women don’t become detectives. They marry and stay home, or they take one of a handful of respectable jobs until they find someone to marry.

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Bookshelf Revisited: Molly Murphy Mysteries #1, “Murphy’s Law” by Rhys Bowen

Molly Murphy is a feisty Irish immigrant living in early-1900s New York City, where she solves mysteries and often deals with misogynistic blowhards. Read More Bookshelf Revisited: Molly Murphy Mysteries #1, “Murphy’s Law” by Rhys Bowen

Comforting Cozy Mysteries

Cozy mysteries, known simply as cozies, are those mysteries you read when you don’t want a lot of blood or gore, but when you still want a puzzle and the comfort of knowing that someone out there has the brains to put right what’s wrong with the world. Noir novels these are not. Read them when the black dog is sniffing at your door or when your brain has just had too much serious for the time being. Want to know where to start? Follow the clues!

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Scenes That Instantly Ignite my Imagination

As a creative, daydreamy writer-type, it doesn’t take much to send my imagination swirling. But there are some things that are sort of dreamy little hot-buttons, and despite the fact that I’m An Adult now I still regress into childlike wonder whenever I see them. Read More Scenes That Instantly Ignite my Imagination