Thursday, March 30, 2017
Title: In A Gilded Cage
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publish Date: March 17, 2009
Book Blurb: Irish immigrant Molly Murphy and her New York City P.I. business are in the midst of a sweeping influenza epidemic and a fight for women’s suffrage that lands her in jail. Her betrothed, Police Captain Daniel Sullivan, finds her, but he hardly has time to bail her out, what with Chinese gangs battling for control of a thriving opium trade. The only consolation Molly can take from her vexing afternoon in the clink is that it made her some new friends among the Vassar suffragists---and brought her a pair of new cases.
For the first, Emily Boswell is convinced her miserly uncle stole her inheritance and wants Molly to uncover the truth behind her parents’ lives and deaths. Second, Emily’s college roommate Fanny Poindexter wants Molly to find proof of her husband’s philandering so that she can leave him without one red cent. But when Fanny dies and her husband claims she’s a victim of the epidemic, it’s more than Molly’s conscience can take.
This book is really fast paced and there are a quite a few subplots in both of the cases that really make you think.
I think what made this Molly Murphy book stand out for me, was the fact that the focus stayed on her solving her two cases, Emily's parentage and Fanny's death, after she had taken on Fanny as a client investigating her husband.
The absence for the most part of her beau, Daniel, made this book more enjoyable for me. I know that he's a huge part of her life, especially as the series goes on, but right now, I find him intensely unlikable and I'm glad, we really get to see Molly work her cases without him.
Emily's case is very interesting, as she was told that her parents were missionaries that died in a cholera epidemic in China. The eventual resolution to her case was a bit obvious once Molly really started investigating.
Fanny's case was more interesting, as she wanted to find out if her husband was cheating and then ended up sick and then dead before her case could be resolved.
Then other friends of Fanny's from her Vassar days started to die mysteriously too.
That's when things start to get interesting.
They all seemed to die of the flu, but they all showed symptoms that weren't consistent with the flu.
The end result was really not what I was expecting, but it was perfect.
I absolutely loved this book, and can't wait to go on to the next.
Rating: 5 flowers