Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen

Historical Mystery Short Story
The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen is 38 page cozy mystery, short story that features the character, Molly Murphy. This was the first time reading something by author, Rhys Bowen.

I was able to download The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen.

I heard about Rhys Bowen as a mystery writer for quite a few years now, but had never read anything by her until now. I decided to read The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen, because it's a short story, which will give me a short sample of Rhys Bowen's writing style. Additionally, The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen is the first in the Molly Murphy Mysteries, so I figured that if I enjoyed Rhy Bowen's writing and the leading character of Molly Murphy, then I would continue reading the Molly Murphy Mysteries series.

I was a bit disappointed after reading The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen. I thought that Rhy Bowen's writing was good, but felt like this short story was more of a teaser read. Meaning that, I felt like The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen was basically an introduction to the character of Molly Murphy for those of us yet acquainted with her. The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen also felt too tidy of a story, with Molly Murphy solving the crime rather too quickly for someone who has never been a crime solver before. Plus, the criminal seemed too eager to just go along with things rather too easily for my taste.

The following is a plot summary for The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen from Amazon:
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 father and brothers. The Hartleys are hosting a ball at their manor house, and there will be so many fine gentlemen and ladies in attendance that Lady Hartley needs Molly to help some of her guests prepare for the ball.
Beautiful debutantes, dresses of the finest fabrics, and sparkling chandeliers are all on display, as are heirloom jewels like the Amersham rubies—a stunning and priceless ruby necklace that has been in the Amersham family for generations. When the rubies go inexplicably missing from Lady Amersham’s neck in the middle of the party, the high-spirited Molly must rely on her wits to solve her first case in Rhys Bowen’s charming prequel to her beloved Anthony and Agatha Award–winning historical mystery series.
I am giving The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

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