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All That Is Hidden

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Great addition to the series.

Sometimes I wonder if a series has over-extended its appeal, but that is definitely not the case in the newest addition to the series. Molly is as incomparable as ever, juggling her roles as wife and mother, and utilizing her investigative talents as she continues to stumble into one mystery after another. 
Her husband makes a career change that mysteriously moves the family into a home on Fifth Avenue. As she seeks to adjust to the role of a society lady, she questions her husband's decision to run for political office. 
This is a perfect blend of mystery surrounding the police and politics of early 1900's NYC. The authors include realistic historical detail that captures the imagination. With a heroine that is smart and full of spunk, readers can't help but cheer for Molly. Although quiet about his own decisions, Daniel seems more inclined to include Molly in his investigations. One step forward for women's rights. Loved the hint of changes that will be coming Molly's way in the future.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher through Netgalley and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced copy! I have been a fan of this series and Rhys Bowen since day one and now her daughter is collaborating with her and the result is phenomenal. I enjoy how this series grows with the times in the book and the Tammany party storyline was fascinating. I can’t wait for the next series installment.
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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher; thank you to St. Martin's Press for the advanced copy!

I ended up being genuinely surprised by this book! Before this, I had never read a Molly Murphy mystery or heard of them before. Regardless, I enjoyed reading this one! Despite it being the 19th in this series, you could read this as a stand-alone if you wanted, albeit there would be a few instances throughout where you might be a little confused.

This year, I have been trying to get myself out of my comfort zone regarding book genres and I think this one did a great job of that. The beginning of the book was slow-moving, and at one point I considered DNF-ing it because it seemed like nothing was happening. Then, close to the halfway point, things started getting really good! From that point on, I didn't want to put it down because I wanted to see what would happen. After reading this book, I can confirm that I don't mind a good "whodunnit" mystery. There were many times throughout when I thought I had guessed who had committed the crime, but then something else would come up.

All of the characters were interesting and complex. Each character was presented as having a reason for committing the crime and, at the same time, you liked the characters. The friendship between Bridie and Blanche seemed kind of odd to me though. The book begins by making a point of how much Blanche picks on Bridie in school and then, after an accident on a field trip, they are suddenly best friends. I'm not sure that's something that would happen in real life but, nevertheless, they seemed to have a close friendship.

If you're looking for a plain old whodunnit mystery, I would recommend this one!
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This was my first time reading a Molly Murphy mystery and I enjoyed it.  I do wish that it had a little better pacing.  Nothing dramatic happens until you are half way through this book.  I was enjoying Molly and her family enough to keep reading up to this point, but I did question every time Molly stated that she had helped solve murders in the past when something might occur.  Once it did occur I feel like a lot was smooshed into a short period of time to make sure that everything lined up so that the mystery could be fully solved before the end of the book.  That aside I loved Molly, and I liked seeing her interact with all the different characters.  So, the book wasn’t a flop for me just not paced out in a way that I am use to in a murder mystery.  I think this is a perfect branch between a cozy mystery and like a Karen Slaughter murder book.  If your looking for something historical, not gory, but still with a slight mystery this is the prefect book series for you.
Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book.
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This is the latest in the terrific Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen. Set in New York City in 1907, it features Molly and her husband Daniel Sullivan, a police captain. 

In book one of the series we learn the circumstances leading to Molly leaving her home and family in Ireland and traveling to America. She arrives friendless and penniless, but soon develops a career as a private investigator. 

Now that she is married, Molly no longer works as a private eye, but her natural curiosity and her urge to investigate have not left her. 

Molly loves the small house in Greenwich Village that she shares with Daniel, their ward Bridie, and their son, Liam. So she is not thrilled when Daniel announces, out of the blue, that they will be moving into a big brownstone on Fifth Avenue, complete with servants. 

Daniel also tells her that he has quit his job as police captain in order to run for Sheriff on the Tammany Hall ticket. Molly is stunned by this sudden and inexplicable turn of events. Daniel has always despised Tamanny Hall, the powerful and corrupt political machine. 

And why had Daniel not discussed all this with her beforehand? Theirs has always been a marriage of partnership and honesty. But Daniel explains nothing and only asks Molly to trust him. 

Well, we know Molly, and when she doesn’t understand something, she starts to dig. 

The story has amusing moments as Molly, unaccustomed to having servants, learns the protocol for dealing with them. She can’t get the cook to make anything but tasteless pasta for dinner. She is jealous of the nanny, who spends more time with her son than she does. She is a fish out of water as she tries gamely to socialize with the wives and families of the more monied Tammany Hall leadership. 

She misses her old neighbors, Sid and Gus, and her friend Ryan. These three characters are always a highlight of the books for me. Their unpretentious attitudes and eccentric lifestyles add interest and another perspective to the stories. This book also features Bridie more than in the past, which is delightful. 

It’s always great to catch up with Molly and her world. This nineteenth entry in the series does not disappoint. Recommended, ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 stars, available March 14, 2023. 

My thanks to the author, Rhys Bowen, to the publisher, Minotaur Books, and to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book.
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Set in 1907 New York, All That Is Hidden is a colourful murder mystery chock full of wonderful daily life and domestic details.  Before marriage and having a child, Molly Murphy made a living as a detective and managed to use her own earnings to buy herself a charming house, Pitchin Place.  From time to time she fulfills her investigative skills and passion for mystery solving by aiding her police chief husband Daniel Sullivan with cases.  

The Sullivan couple is happy at Pitchin Place with their young son and ward.  However, during a walk Daniel has shocking life-changing news for Molly.  He is running for Sheriff of New York, a high position with huge responsibility.  Not only does his role change but the couple is forced into high society which includes leaving precious Pitchin Place in favour of a brownstone on prestigious Fifth Avenue.  That alone is stressful enough but the house is complete with staff including an Italian cook which shakes things up even more.  Molly is not keen on the artificiality which frequently accompanies the upper echelon nor is she thrilled about Daniel's political involvement.  Thankfully, she remains true to her personality and character in spite of having to play the part.

Rhys Bowen and her daughter Clare Broyles continue to do their research into the history of this really shows.  The atmosphere and setting are realistic and Daniel and Molly's marriage is believable.  I like the quirky character of housemaid Mary and humorous Italian food descriptions.  Real-life prominent characters including the Hearst family and Stravinsky make appearances.  Amongst my favourite aspects are the rich historical descriptions, vivid and easy to visualize.  The murder mystery itself is intriguing but the characters and history are what make it for me.

Historical Fiction and/or Mystery readers, do read this series.  Though reading the books in order is not necessary it is lovely to feel like coming home to comfortable familiarity as well as the introduction to new characters.  

My sincere thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an early digital copy of this splendid novel.
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This latest in the long running series (fine as a standalone) sees Molly unhappy to be uprooted from her home and friends to live uptown in a mansion because Daniel is running for Sheriff of New York. And now he's going to be beholden to Tamanany.  Well, that's before there's a murder and she gets to get down into the weeds again.  This is fine historical mystery, with cameo appearances by some real people (William Randolph Hearst for example) and good atmospherics.  Thanks to netgalley for the ARC.  A comforting chance to spend time with old pals or a chance to make new ones.
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Interesting read.  A great murder mystery with plenty of intrigue, guessing who the murderer is, and dirty politics.  
Not only is the police chief on the job but also his detective wife.  
There is plenty of Irish swearing.
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There are disadvantages to starting with #19 in a series, but even without that background "All That Is Hidden" was an entertaining read. I like reading about women who defy contemporary stereotypes and prove their worth. The effect was spoiled a bit by some unfortunate cliches, plus there were a couple of occasions where the protagonists discussed details that were painfully obvious clues, but twigged to their significance much later.
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"Mercy me" I really enjoyed All That is Hidden! Historical mystery may be my new favorite genre. I was unaware going into this one that it was actually #19 in a series but I think it works fine as a stand alone. 

Molly is quite happy with her life. She has a loving husband, young son, friendly neighbors, and a modest but lovely home. This life is turned upside down one day when her husband Daniel comes home and announces he's running for Sheriff of New York and they're moving to a fancy home on Fifth Avenue. They're thrown into the world of politics and quickly learn not everyone in their new circle is to be trusted. When a murder occurs at a party they are attending, Molly must use her old private detective skills to help Daniel figure out who's responsible. 

I really loved how some real life people and facts were used. William Randolph Hearst was one of the minor side characters. I do wish the actual mystery plot had started sooner. The beginning of the book felt a bit drawn out. I enjoyed many of the supporting characters, especially semi-grumpy Mary. I'll definitely been adding the Molly Murphy mystery series to my list of series I need to catch up on.

Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to be an early reader. All opinions are my own.
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Daniel and Molly are back solving crimes!

In this latest book in the series, Daniel has been recruited to run for sheriff by the leader of Tammany Hall.  A beautiful mansion, servants and splendor are all part of the package, but Molly isn’t comfortable with the arrangement.  Unlike most of these books, the real mystery doesn’t start until around 40%, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

The book is a combination of historical fiction and mystery, with lots of twists and turns to keep the reader interested.  I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next book.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book, but my opinions are my own.
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I have always really enjoyed this series and this most recent entry did not disappoint.  Molly is now basically staying home as a wife and mother and is no longer trying to run her own detective business.  Her husband, Daniel, isn’t quite as stiff as he’s seemed in some of the other books.  He suddenly moves Molly and their children to an uptown mansion while he runs for office for the Tammany Hall machine.  This is so clearly against everything that he has always stood for that we just have to accept his plea that Molly trust him and something bigger is at stake.

Sure enough, there is a murder of Tammany’s boss so Molly and Daniel will have to pair up to figure things out.  Once I found out who the murderer was, I could look back and recognize the clues that had been sprinkled throughout the book.

I think you could read this even if you haven’t read the earlier books, but I recommend that you go back and read them.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
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Very engaging book.  There are more books in this series, but this is the first I’ve read, and it was ok not having read the previous ones.  It was a mystery for at least half the book.  The characters were multidimensional and believable and the references to Tammany politics intriguing.  Overall a good, engaging read
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I enjoyed following along on Molly and Daniel’s  newest adventure. Well written and engaging.  
Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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This is my first Molly Murphy mystery and while it is the 19th in the series, it worked well as a stand alone. Interesting plot line that brings in Tammany Hall and the politics of NYC in the early 1900s. A good cozy mystery, but now I want to go back and read some of the earlier mysteries, before Molly became so domesticated. Daniel I found to be a bit of a bore.
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It is difficult to think of Politics as ever being fun. "All That Is Hidden" does begin like a Fairy Tale. All of a sudden Molly finds herself  moving into a Brownstone. It is like all the theater lights have been turned on for her debut.With the Brownstone come servants and really anything her heart may desire. Her husband, Daniel, is going to run for Sheriff on Tammany ticket. 

All of these sudden wondrous changes do not make Molly jump up laughing and crying with joy. She is  very practical. She is also happy living in her small house. It is called Patchin House. One day she finds they are going to a dinner at Delmonico's. It is a very ritzy place. She does not have one fancy gown or dress to wear. Never caught without a thought. Molly decides to ask her neighbor to lend her something to wear. Molly finds just the thing and her neighbor adds a feather along with the evening dress.

It is all very exciting. Readers will discover again the magic of New York along with Politics. Who knows what facts we will learn or relearn as we walk in the political shadows with Molly and Daniel? Also,come prepared for murder.
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Wonderful historical mystery from  writers Rhys Bowen and Care Broyles. This series has such a terrific heroine and the sense of place, period atmosphere and details are spot on.
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I love well researched historical mysteries, and this is one! Tammany Hall politics is the focus of this story as Molly and Daniel attempt to right wrongs. I loved Molly's lessons on how to act like a Fifth Avenue lady with the servants, as demonstrated by Sid and Gus. It is interesting to see Molly's guilt and attempts to balance motherhood and work. Things haven't changed in 100 plus years.
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This was the first book I read in this series and it works great as a stand-alone. I thought it was a little slow going in the beginning but really enjoyed the ending. I usually have some clue of who did it but this one kept me guessing. 

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this book for my honest review.
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This new entry into the delightful Molly Murphy mystery series is all about the political scene of early 20th-century New York. When Molly's husband Daniel runs for office on the Tammany Hall ticket, the entire family is swept up into the dangerous world of political machines. Most of the book is about Molly learning more about Tammany Hall, which is very similar to organized crime, and wondering how and why her husband is becoming involved. The actual murder doesn't take place until well into the book. To me, this made the book feel a bit off on pacing, especially when it came to solving the murder. I also thought that some of the plot points were a bit predictable. However, the wonderful and funny characters from this series made up for that in my eyes. It was so fun to read about Molly and Bridie learning to adapt to life in the upper echelons of Tammany Hall. I am looking forward to the next book in the series! Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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