Complete Molly Murphy Mystery Series Books in Order

Have you been looking for a complete list of the Molly Murphy series books in order?  Then look no more!

My very favorite reading is historical mystery series, and British author Rhys Bowen‘s historical Agatha award-winning Molly Murphy mysteries are among my most beloved mystery series.

Are you a fan of the captivating Molly Murphy Mystery Series? Or perhaps you’re new to this thrilling world of detective novels and looking to embark on a gripping journey. Either way, I’ve got you covered with a comprehensive list of all the books in the series, presented in order. 

Get ready to dive into the world of Molly Murphy and her enthralling adventures!

Molly Murphy mystery series books in order

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Molly Murphy Mysteries by Rhys Bowen

The Molly Murphy Mystery Series, written by Rhys Bowen, follows the life and detective work of a feisty, independent Irish immigrant, Molly Murphy, in early 20th century New York City. With its immersive historical setting, intriguing mysteries, and memorable characters, this series has captured the hearts of mystery book lovers worldwide.

Molly Murphy, the fearless Irish sleuth main character, boards a ship headed to America and a new world.  She is in search of the welcoming promise of freedom and finally arrives on Ellis Island. 

Unfortunately, Irish immigrant Molly is immediately entangled in a precarious position where she becomes a main suspect of a murder aboard the ship.

After being questioned about her own story and trying to hide the past she is running from, Molly is allowed to head off onto the anonymous shores of America and start her new life.     

Now, let’s explore each book in the series, including a brief glimpse into the storylines!

Complete List of Molly Murphy Series Books in Order

The Prequel:  The Amersham Rubies (2011)

The Amersham Rubies - Prequel to Molly Murphy Series Books in Order

Note that the prequel was actually published in 2011, ten years after the first book was published.  

However, it’s written as a true prequel with a setting prior to that of the first book in the series, Murphy’s Law.  I encourage you to start reading the series with the prequel and get to know the character before she officially becomes private detective Molly Murphy!

Book 1:  Murphy’s Law (2001)

Murphy's Law

Molly Murphy, seeking refuge in America, becomes a murder suspect and must use her determination and wit to clear her name.  The Irish sleuth heads into her new future, covering the streets of Manhattan from the Lower East Side to Greenwich Village.

Awards Earned

  • Agatha Award winner, best novel
  • Reviewer’s Choice winner, best historical novel
  • Herodotus Award winner, best first historical novel
  • Mary Higgins Clark award finalist
  • Audie Award nominee, Solo Narration—Female (Nicola Barber, Narrator)

Book 2:  Death Of Riley (2002)

Death of Riley

Finally embracing her new role as a private detective, Molly begins working for the old detective agency run by Paddy Riley but soon finds herself solving an unexpected mystery.

Awards Earned

  • Agatha Award nominee
  • Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee

Book 3:  For the Love of Mike (2003)

For the Love of Mike

Molly finds herself with two cases, one finding a missing Irish girl and another involving the harsh world of the garment industry in turn-of-the-century New York.

Awards Earned

  • Anthony Award winner, best historical novel
  • Bruce Alexander Memorial Award winner, best historical novel
  • Freddy winner, Sleuthfest, Florida
  • Macavity Award nominee, best novel

Book 4:  In Like Flynn (2005)

In Like Flynn

Molly is hired to investigate a pair of spiritualist sisters and heads to the elite Hudson River Valley.  The case expands into solving a 5-year-old mystery of a kidnapped child, and Molly finds herself deeply involved in a dangerous situation.

Awards Earned

  • Macavity Award nominee, best historical mystery

Book 5:  Oh Danny Boy (2006)

Oh Danny Boy book 5 in Molly Murphy Mystery Series Books in Order

Molly is asked by Detective Daniel Sullivan to help prove his innocence when he is accused of illegal activity.  It’s the most important case of her career so far!

Awards Earned

  • Macavity Award winner, best historical mystery
  • Barry Award nominee, best mystery

Book 6:  In Dublin’s Fair City (2007)

In Dublin's Fair City

Molly returns to Ireland for a case and finds herself entangled in a web of secrets and betrayal starting on the trip home.

Book 7:  Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (2008)

Tell Me Pretty Maiden

After stumbling across an unconscious female in Central Park, Molly sets out to help the amnesia-stricken woman before the victim is shoved off into an insane asylum.

Awards Earned

  • Bruce Alexander Memorial Historical Mystery nominee

Book 8:  In a Gilded Cage (2009)

In a Gilded Cage

Marching with suffragettes in the New York Easter parade lands Molly in jail, but once sprung, she heads straight into investigating the possible murder of one of the suffragettes.

Book 9:  The Last Illusion (2010)

The Last Illusion

Molly is hired to help a renowned magician, Harry Houdini, who fears for his life, but the case takes a deadly turn.

Book 10:  Bless the Bride (2011)

Bless the Bride book 10 in Molly Murphy Series Books in Order

Molly heads to the Westchester County countryside to plan her wedding with her future mother-in-law, but is sidetracked with the desire to solve one last case before giving up her private investigation business.

Book 11:  Hush Now, Don’t You Cry (2012)

Hush Now Don't You Cry

Reluctant to give up her sleuthing, the incomparable Molly Murphy Sullivan investigates the murder of an alderman, taking on the dangerous Tammany Hall in the process.

Book 11.5:  The Face in the Mirror (2013)

The Face in the Mirror

Molly finds herself a bit bored with the expected “no detecting” married life, but unintentionally becomes involved in helping a young woman with her haunted house problem.

Book 12:  The Family Way (2013)

The Family Way

Pregnant with their first child, Molly becomes consumed with helping other mothers after learning of five missing baby reports.

Book 12.5:  Through the Window (2014)

Through the Window

While on bed rest after giving birth to her son, Molly continues to play detective after noticing odd happenings across the street.

Book 13:  City of Darkness and Light (2014)

City of Darkness and Light

Molly and her young son Liam travel to Paris and find themselves entangled in a dangerous web of secrets, art, and murder.

Book 14:  The Edge of Dreams (2015)

The Edge of Dreams book 14 in Molly Murphy Series Books in Order

Molly and her son Liam miraculously survive a terrible train crash, which Molly believes contributes to her strange dreams, a key to solving the latest mystery.

Book 15:  Away in a Manger (2015)

Away in a Manger

Christmas in New York City finds Molly and her family, including twelve-year-old Bridie, enjoying the festive season and stumbling across a mystery of a young girl who sings like an angel.

Book 16:  Time of Fog and Fire (2016)

Time of Fog and Fire

Molly’s husband, police captain Daniel Sullivan, is sent to San Fransisco on a case, and Molly is soon on his trail after receiving a mysterious summons, unknowingly entering a fiery situation.

Book 17:  The Ghost of Christmas Past (2017)

The Ghost of Christmas Past

The Sullivans head to a Hudson Valley estate for a Christmas escape from the city only to find themselves caught up in a strange story of a missing girl who amazingly shows up on Christmas Eve, ten years after she went missing.

Book 18:  Wild Irish Rose (2022)

*Co-written with Clare Broyles, Rhys Bowen’s daughter

Wild Irish Rose

A strange occurrence has Molly solving another murder on Ellis Island, this time supposedly committed by another Irish immigrant who remarkably looks nearly identical to Molly herself.

Book 19:  All That Is Hidden (2023)  

*Co-written with Clare Broyles, Rhys Bowen’s daughter

All that is Hidden

Molly is stunned when Daniel announces he will be running for office on the Tammany Hall ticket and the family will be moving uptown.  Molly is determined to help Daniel get out of whatever trouble he has obviously found himself in.

Book 20:  In Sunshine or in Shadow (2024)  

*Co-written with Clare Broyles, Rhys Bowen’s daughter

In Sunshine or in Shadow book 20 in Molly Murphy series books in order

Molly heads out of the city and ends up in an artists’ community with her friends Sid and Gus.  Unfortunately a dead body puts a damper on the events and Molly finds herself wrapped up in another investigation.

This is just a glimpse into the thrilling world of the Molly Murphy Mystery Series. With 20 captivating books, readers have plenty to explore and savor. Whether you’re a fan of historical mysteries or simply crave a compelling tale, this series is sure to keep you hooked from beginning to end.

So pick up your favorite Molly Murphy mystery and embark on an unforgettable journey filled with intrigue and suspense. I hope this series will also become one of your most beloved series!

Frequently Asked Questions

​Do I have to read the Molly Murphy series in order?

Technically the books in this series can be read as stand-alone novels.  But I highly encourage you to read them in order, starting from the first book in order to get full enjoyment from the storylines!

Who are the main characters in the Molly Murphy Mystery series?

The main character is Molly Murphy, an Irish immigrant turned private investigator.  Supporting characters are police captain Daniel Sullivan, and Molly’s friends, Sid and Gus.

Happy reading!

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