The Ghost of Christmas Past

The Ghost of Christmas Past

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Private detective Molly Murphy is back home in New York but suffering from depression after a miscarriage. An invitation to spend Christmas in a mansion along the Hudson River promises a welcome distraction for Molly and husband Daniel. However, their hosts seem rather tense and at odds with each other. Molly soon learns why: the couple's daughter disappeared shortly before Christmas several years ago and was never found. When a teenage girl claiming to be the missing daughter turns up on the doorstep, they all wonder if it's a Christmas miracle or a hoax.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250125729
1250125723
Branch Call Number: FIC MYS
Characteristics: 264 pages ; 22 cm

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Yoo_hoo5
Jan 10, 2018

Simple, but a decent read!

CatherineG_1 Jan 05, 2018

Rhys Bowen delivers #17, in the Molly Murphy, mystery series. Molly sets out to spend a quiet Christmas with her family and ends up instead involved with murder mysteries, kidnappings and family reunions. This is a quick, fast read that gives you all the things you expect of Molly Murphy.

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Dec 17, 2017

Molly is coping with a miscarriage and the impending loss of Bridie, her ward. Bridie's father and brother have survived the building of the Panama Canal and are planning to reclaim Bridie and return to Ireland. Molly has been helping her mother-in-law recover from an illness, while Daniel has been helping the founder of the Secret Service with investigations. Mrs. Sullivan has taken in an orphan named Ivy as a maid, and is apparently planning to educate her as she did Bridie. Christmas was supposed to be spent with Mrs. Sullivan, but she receives an invitation to spend Christmas with an old friend. Molly's friends, Gus and Sid, are going to be away. It looks like a small Christmas with just Molly, Daniel, and Liam, their son, and Bridie. Then suddenly Daniel's mother's friend invites all of the Sullivans. When they arrive, however, there is a strained atmosphere. It is revealed that the daughter of the household disappeared on Christmas Eve ten years previously. Molly offers to investigate and persuades Daniel to help. The recruiting of helpers includes Gus and Sid, who it turns out are at a nearby inn. The family secrets that are uncovered do not contribute to a jolly Christmas, but the details of daily life and Christmas in the early 1900s are very well done. This is definitely a cozy mystery suitable for a comforting Christmas read.

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