Away in A Manger

Away in A Manger

eBook - 2015
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"It's Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once, Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: she and Daniel have a baby son and twelve-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl huddled in a doorway, singing "Away in a Manger." Bridie is touched by the girl's ragged clothes and wants to help her out if they can. They give her a quarter, only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. But Molly discovers the boy is the girl's older brother. They've come from England and their mother has disappeared, and they're living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly. Molly quickly realizes that these children are not the usual city waifs. They are well-spoken and clearly used to better things. So who are they? And what's happened to their mother? As Molly looks for a way to help the children and for the answers to these questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society. This is another compelling and richly drawn mystery from New York Times bestseller Rhys Bowen"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2015.
ISBN: 9781466853362
1466853360
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Summary: "It's Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once, Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: she and Daniel have a baby son and twelve-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl huddled in a doorway, singing "Away in a Manger." Bridie is touched by the girl's ragged clothes and wants to help her out if they can. They give her a quarter, only to watch a bigger boy take it from her. But Molly discovers the boy is the girl's older brother. They've come from England and their mother has disappeared, and they're living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly. Molly quickly realizes that these children are not the usual city waifs. They are well-spoken and clearly used to better things. So who are they? And what's happened to their mother? As Molly looks for a way to help the children and for the answers to these questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society. This is another compelling and richly drawn mystery from New York Times bestseller Rhys Bowen"-- Provided by publisher.

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maipenrai
Dec 15, 2016

(Book 15 in the Molly Murphy series)

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1_Great_Book
Nov 04, 2016

I so enjoyed discovering this series (thank goodness for displays in the library!) and am in the process of requesting more.
Turn of the century in NYC appeals to me, and the characters are well developed with a good plot.
Perfect for curling up with in a turn of the century home and spending a few hours under a warm blanket.

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readerpat
Apr 15, 2016

A good story with an exciting ending.

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merlinsilver
Mar 20, 2016

A terrific feel good Christmas time book. After such sad times in Bowen's previous book, it is so nice to have this one showing such Christmas charity. And even Molly's formidable mother-in-law showing her a gentler and kinder side.

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Roundcat
Dec 09, 2015

It's Christmas time and, after all the disturbing things that have happened in the past year (1905), the Sullivan family is looking forward to a quiet, family celebration with Daniel's mother and Bridie, their ward. However, Bridie, Molly and their neighbors, Gus and Sid determine to help a brother and sister who are begging on the streets, but seem to be uncharacteristic of street children. This is a feel good Christmas story, and very well done--shopping at FAO Schwarz, communicating by messenger, and a mix of cars and horse drawn carriages. A pleasant respite.

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