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Publisher's Summary

In the latest in Rhys Bowen's award-winning historical series, Molly Murphy is supposed to give up sleuthing now that she’s married, but the murder of an alderman puts her on the trail of a killer.

Molly Murphy, now Molly Sullivan, and her husband Daniel, a captain in the New York Police department, have been invited to spend their honeymoon on the Newport, RI, estate of Alderman Brian Hannan in the spring of 1904. Molly doesn’t entirely trust the offer. Hannan - an ambitious man - has his eye on a senate seat and intentions of taking Tammany Hall to get it.

When Hannan is found dead at the base of the cliffs that overlook the Atlantic, Molly’s suspicions are quickly justified, and as much as she wants to keep her promise to Daniel that she won’t do any more sleuthing now, there isn’t much she can do once the chase is on. Rhys Bowen’s brilliant wit and charm are on full display in Hush Now, Don’t You Cry, another outstanding addition to her Agatha and Anthony award-winning historical series.

©2012 Rhys Bowen (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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  • kate
  • 2015-07-22

Hate Daniel love most others

I still don't know if I hate Daniel because he's a 1904 ass or because of how he is voiced

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  • David
  • 2014-03-22

like this series

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The boyfriend now husband Daniel is so consistently overbearing that it detracts from this series. It would be so much better without his overbearing comments.

If you’ve listened to books by Rhys Bowen before, how does this one compare?

These books are a good series but the love interest detracts from the series.

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  • Kris
  • 2018-12-25

Really like series, this book not so much.

This story feels to me like it should be a short story of 30 minutes long. There is barely any characterization, and it is stretched out to a full length book was really nothing much in it. I like this series very much obviously or I would not gotten this far into it, however this book was a disappointment. It seems very amateurish.

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  • LL Terry
  • 2014-09-25

Done with Series -Daniel destroyed it

I know this series has received rave reviews and I can understand it. But I am done with Molly Murphy. Too bad, because I really liked many of the characters in the series. I have also enjoyed the audio performance by Nicola Barber. This disappointment has nothing to do with her.

The main frustration for me has been the "evolving" relationship between Molly and Daniel. I almost gave up the series at "Oh Danny Boy" . However, I plugged on believing it might get better or Molly would come to her senses. No such luck. I'm sure men were much more like Daniel back then. However, fictional men for fictional heroines don't have to be. Here is a strong willed feisty heroine in love with a guy who doesn't seem to have any good qualities except a good job. Her increasingly simpering responses to the big Mama's boy are just not in character with her other qualities. The endless forced confrontations between the two, which always start with him yelling "Molly...", are tiresome. Her responses to him have made me think less of her as a heroine, not more. I have to say, I was disappointed in this book that Daniel actually recovered from pneumonia! I was hoping Bowen might give her a fresh start. I did initially purchase the next book in the series (In the Family Way) as I thought I'd come this far, I should finish the series. However, I returned it after listening for a couple chapters. No more.

Having said all this, Bowen's other series, Royal Spyness, is still delightfully refreshing and funny after seven books. The hero and heroine in that series are much better matched and believable. I hope it continues that way and I'd recommend that series. But as for Molly Murphy, I've enjoyed her wit and the various areas she has taken us to (sweatshops, suffragettes, Ireland, etc.), but I'm done. Her best adventures were without Daniel.

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  • bawkpeters
  • 2018-02-11

Love this series

This story wasn’t as good as others in the series. I love the series for Molly’s character, the historic references, Molly’s friends and husband Daniel. Other reviewers seem to hate him but I adore him and find he very much appreciates Molly for who she is and his sometimes overbearing attitudes are in keeping with the historical context and the fact that he’s a cop and does know the real dangers that exist. In the context of the era of these stories he is actually very enlightened.

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  • Lynn See
  • 2014-12-11

I love Rhys' books

I love Rhys' books. She is a masterful story teller. I can't wait to read what's next!!

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  • P. David Mobley
  • 2022-04-22

Totally Molly

This was one of my favorite Molly Murphy stories. It was nice that it was all Molly and she showed her true value as a detective!! Once again Rhys Bowen did her magic in making us wait to the end to knowing who the murderer was. And Nicola had her work cut out for her with more characters, especially male characters, than normal. But as always she did an amazing job!!!

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  • Lori Dykes
  • 2022-03-29

Fun

Just adore Molly and her fearless approach. Hopefully Daniel will eventually just accept what she does.

It got a little tense with his health but all righted itself with Molly’s world.

On to the next.

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  • Rosemarie Benintend
  • 2022-03-08

PERIOD AUTHENTICITY!

I read the reviews, and I realize many readers have very little understanding of the VERY patriarchal society represented in this series.

I HATE IT when heroines of another era are portrayed as twenty-first century 'empowered' women, who AREN'T locked in insane asylums FOR LIFE for 'not knowing their place', like such women often were.

Happily, these are people OF THEIR TIME--NOT contemporary characters playing dress-up.

Daniel is truly STRUGGLING to allow Molly to be the extraordinary PERSON she is, and not a woman who accepts her place as an inferior 'in a man's world'.
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Although the Irish characters are beautifully portrayed, the way this narrator makes Daniel lisp and deliver his lines in a cloying, coquettish way is a real TRIAL to wade through. It certainly doesn't do the character justice.

I LOVE the way Daniel TRIES. I'm old enough to remember when the majority of men did NOT.
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And yes, the ending was too pat.

Again, the murderer was insane and again, openly confessed.

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  • Sofia Vazquez Saut
  • 2020-11-06

Honeymoon from hell!

I enjoyed visiting the 1900’s Newport with Molly Murphy. Good plot, the ending is not predictable. Some parts of the book were so good I couldn’t put it down. The way the honeymoon developed is not a great way to start a marriage thought. Catholics beware if you don’t have an open mind, don´t read the book.