Since the death of her mentor, Paddy Riley, Irish immigrant Molly Murphy has been trying to keep their detective agency open. New York City in 1901 is a tough place for a female private investigator, but luckily garment manufacturers Mostel and Stein hire her to find out who's been selling their designs to a competitor. Molly learns the sewing trade and gets to know firsthand the horrid conditions common to sweatshops.

While on the case she receives a letter from Major Favishan in Ireland, who fears that his daughter has run off to America with the no-good Mike Kelly. Surprisingly, the two assignments become entwined, and Molly finds herself in danger from more than one enemy.

The strong double mystery is blended perfectly with feisty Molly's determination to make a place for herself in a man's world. Add to it the fabulous backdrop of New York City's seedy underbelly and you have a compelling tale that draws readers into Molly's world. Fans of the series will be delighted with a possible new romance for the soon-to-be professional sleuth. (Dec., 280 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin