'Hush Now, Don't You Cry' by Rhys Bowen
Published on Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 11:40am
Join us on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m., to discuss Rhys Bowen's Hush Now, Don't You Cry.
The 11th in the Agatha and Anthony award-winning series finds newly-married Molly Murphy and her husband, Daniel Sullivan, a captain in the New York Police Department, invited to stay at the Newport, R.I., estate of Alderman Brian Hannan. To everyone's consternation, so have all his immediate family. When the alderman is found dead at the base of cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, Molly -- even though she promised Daniel that she would not do any more sleuthing -- cannot restrain her curiosity.
The family is annoyed by the presence of Molly and Daniel. Daniel suspects that he was invited by the alderman because he is a police detective. Molly doubts the local police belief that it is an accidental death. As the cast of characters grows, so do the possible scenarios, from ghosts to liability for faulty subway construction to dismayingly contemporary issues in the Catholic Church.
Rhys Bowen evokes society in 1904 Newport and Tammany Hall politics with deft prose, drawing the reader into Molly's world, that of an Irish immigrant to New York City in an era when women's roles were rapidly changing.
The Cleveland Park Mystery Book Club meets on the first Thursday of the month, at 6:30 p.m., at Barnes & Noble, 12th and E streets, NW.