The Amersham Rubies

The Amersham Rubies Molly Murphy residing in a humble cottage is hired by Lady Hartly to help at a party When heirloom rubies vanish from Lady Amersham s neck Molly relies on her wits to solve her first case A short s

  • Title: The Amersham Rubies
  • Author: Rhys Bowen
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Molly Murphy, residing in a humble cottage, is hired by Lady Hartly to help at a party When heirloom rubies vanish from Lady Amersham s neck, Molly relies on her wits to solve her first case A short story prequel to mystery series.

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    1. 3.5★While on holiday I couldn't settle to anything "heavy" so I thought it was time I tried out something by Rhys Bowen.& for a kindle freebie it was quite good. Bowen managed to give Molly some good character development (no doubt helped by this prequel being written after some of the Molly Murphy books) & I enjoyed Bowen's writing style. It is just that the (weak) ending was on you before you knew it, leaving me with a slightly unsatisfied feeling. But it was just good enough that I [...]

    2. A nice little short story preceeding the Molly Murphy novels set in Ireland before Molly heads to the US.

    3. The problem with this "prequel" is not that it is short (although it's much shorter than anticipated,) but that it is stupid. The young, poor, put-upon heroine figures out a deep and complicated mystery, from a mark, a bruise (that shouldn't be showing yet,) and a passing sentence. It was just a little too Encyclopedia Brown. Not only that, but on the sheer strength of her character (as a poor working class servant,) threatens and shames the wealthy upper class into admitting their crimes. WOULD [...]

    4. This was very short, too short really to form a strong opinion either way as to whether I really like it. But what I read was enjoyable and I would like to read more in this series of mysteries. The main character, Molly Murphy, came across quite well too, even in this short read.

    5. Just a sad excuse for a short teaser story and an introduction to the Molly Murphy series. The young girl makes these ridiculous jumps to conclusions that the reader can't even begin to understand due to the lack of evidence. How the character made her assumptions, that she believed to be right and to solve the "mystery" is not made very clear. And given the mediocre writing, I'm not sure had it been much longer of a story that the writer could have accomplished showing how the character made he [...]

    6. Very short story.Pleasant enough read, but a little too short. I would be interested to read more in the series, I think.

    7. The Amersham Rubies is a (very) short story prequel to the Molly Murphy series that gives readers just the tiniest glimpse into Molly's life prior to hopping on a ship and crossing the Atlantic.Aside from it being "okay," there isn't really much else to say about it, since it was over before I even got into the story. A flash of action, the crime occurs and then Molly's figured it out and unmasked the criminal - all before readers have even been given the clues. Since we were given none of the d [...]

    8. Good short anecdote about Molly before New York. However, it was much too short and it felt anticlimactic.

    9. I honestly don't understand the need for this prequel "story." It doesn't add to the character or series, it's over in a flash as it only takes about five minutes to read, and is rather ridiculous. Plus, there's a character who apparently doesn't remember Molly at all when they meet in the fourth book, In Like Flynn, which was odd. While it was short (and free), The Amersham Rubies was just unnecessary and pointless.

    10. Wow. If I had read this short story prior to reading the first book I would never have started the series. Molly tells the blackmailer he has to give the money back or she'll tell the women's husband? Molly doesn't really understand the whole concept of blackmail, which makes me think she is not as smart as she thinks she is. She also comes across as too self righteous.

    11. I would have rated this higher but at 14 pages there is not enough room for me to decide how good it actually is. I liked the young heroine and I think this series has potential but I'll need to read more to decide.Nook ebook

    12. This really didn't add anything worthwhile to the Molly Murphy series. It was too short to advance the story.

    13. Hmmm, a cozy mystery series I might like. This little story was quite good. It moved along quickly and I now want to read the next in the series.

    14. Main Character:Molly Murphy - A young Irish woman helping out at a ballSynopsis:Before Molly Murphy crossed the Atlantic or even had an inkling that she might someday become a much sought after private investigator in New York City, young Molly lived in Ireland in a small cottage with her father, brothers and little else.While keeping herself and her home together, Molly receives a request from Lady Hartley—the lady of the country estate where Molly lives, and the family that employs Molly’s [...]

    15. Very (surprisingly) quick "prequel" mystery to the Molly Murphy series (in fact only 34% is the short story, the rest is passages from Bless the Bride). But even with it's few pages, it seemed off. I read this after reading the first eight books. She seems a lot smarter and observant at 18 than she is at age twenty something after living in New York on her own for two years. As it said in one of the books, she solves her mysteries mostly on luck, not deducing actual evidence. Evidence can be scr [...]

    16. At first I thought this was a great idea: Write a short story and offer it as a free ebook, hooking people into an existing series of books. If I read a short story and loved it, I would totally look for other books by the author. Unfortunately, this story is way too simple, boring, and doesn't provide enough character detail to get you hooked and make you want more. If I wasn't already a fan of the Molly Murphy mysteries, I certainly wouldn't have started reading them after reading this story. [...]

    17. This was a very short story that leads up to the full length novels about Molly Murphy. This was so short that it actually should have been included in the first novel. There was not really anything to this story and the tone certainly didn't match the time frame of the book. The characters were undeveloped and the story pretty much went nowhere. So the buck stops here as this story doesn't encourage me to move any further into the series. Pretty much a waste of time. Thank goodness is was free! [...]

    18. The Amersham Rubies started off pretty interesting. I was drawn in and my curiosity was piqued. Unfortunately, the conflict wasn't resolved in a realistic fashion and I found the resolution too abrupt. This is another one that is meant to draw the reader into the series and not necessarily this story. Does this technique work? I love historical fiction mysteries but this novella didn't draw me in. There was little character development but it was adequate for the short story mystery presented. I [...]

    19. Poorly WrittenThis book - or rather, short story - has a fair premise, but the format felt too brief to be a satisfying read. I think it might have been better if it was fleshed out into a whole novel. Also, it could use more editing in the area of punctuation. I did not read the included excerpt from a subsequent book, so I can't comment on that.

    20. This was my first read by this author and though I really wanted to be impressed I just wasn't. I think my teenager has written better developed short stories! The whole thing felt too rushed and assumed. Bleh

    21. I was not aware that this was a short Really short story! Molly murphy is a chapter you want to get to know more! I felt the author should have wore this in a feel book and not just teased his audience!

    22. Enjoyable short mystery story. This is a prequel to the Molly Murphy series and would probably be more fun for someone who is already familiar with the series. But it did leave me wanting to read more

    23. This was interesting, but hardly more than a short story about a peasant girl who thwarted a high-born folks' crime.

    24. Very short intro to a new series. I gave it 3 stars because it was too abrupt and pat. Having read another Rhys Bowen series, I know there is much moreI can't wait to delve into this seriesIm definitely intrigued.

    25. A quick read but very good. In this short novella Molly "susses out" the "thief" and solves the crime with little hoopla. The story is presented in a direct fashion and is entertaining. The handling of class difference and their life in Ireland and England make interesting reading.

    26. Interesting little back story, a little too neatly wrapped up, but showing Molly's quick mind and problem-solving abilities.

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