Rhys Bowen, IN LIKE FLYNN
Writing historical fiction is always a challenge. The author does extensive research but has to be careful not to let the details she has lovingly gathered become so numerous as to slow down the pace of the book. Rhys Bowen is one who has been very successful in this mystery genre. Aside from stand alone works of historical fiction, she also is currently maintaining two historical mystery series: the Royal Spyness Series about a minor Royal in 1930’s Britain, and the Molly Murphy series about an Irish immigrant in early 1900’s New York City. This novel is in that series. Molly works as a private detective while trying to find a suitable man to marry, which is difficult given her high standards. This book is well-plotted, and, while the historical detail seems authentic, it is never intrusive. We learn only what we need to know. If you like historical mysteries, give Bowen a try.