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Away in a manger
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From the author of In Farleigh Field ...

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.

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It's the Christmas season in 1905, and Molly Murphy Sullivan wants a quiet holiday at home in New York with her police-captain husband, toddler Liam, and 12-year-old Bridie, her ward. While shopping, Molly and Bridie are captivated by a poor waif singing for money. They try to help with warm clothes and food for the girl and her brother, and, soon enough, Molly and her family are drawn into the pair's lives. After learning that the kids' mother has disappeared, leaving them under the thumb of an abusive aunt, Molly is determined to find the missing mother along with taking care of her own family and visiting her husband, who is in the hospital after being shot. The discovery of the mother's locket leads Molly to upper-crust New York, where she discovers surprising connections and a trail of crimes, including murder. Molly remains an intrepid sleuth but one with whom readers identify. This excellent Christmas adventure offers much good will amid the harsh realities of the day.--Alessio, Amy Copyright 2015 Booklist
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