Rhy Bowen’s In A Gilded Cage caught my eye on the library shelf because of the woman’s fashionable dress on the cover. I checked it out and after reading the first few lines, I knew that I was in for a treat. It was written in first person and that immediately drew me in as I listened to what Molly Murphy had to share with me.
It takes place in New York in 1918 during the women’s suffrage movement and Molly’s tone was light and amusing. I packed my bags and traveled back into this historical era when women were standing up for the right to vote.
Molly Murphy has her own small detective agency and she is asked to join her neighbors Sid and Gus on a walk in the Easter Parade. But the Vassar graduates have a secret mission and they plan to wear banners for Women’s Right to Vote across their dresses.
Needless to say, this does not go over well with the police and all of the women are arrested. Molly, though from Ireland, has the chance to meet many of the prominent women who all attended Vassar College. Thus, she meets Fanny and Emily who both become the main focus of the story.
The women are surprised to know that Molly Murphy is indeed a detective and her affiliation with the police captain helps them get out of jail without spending a night. Daniel is Molly’s intended and helps her on several occasions.
Both Fanny and Emily hire Molly Murphy for private reasons. Fanny suspects her husband of cheating in a long-standing affair and Emily is not sure of her parentage and possible inheritance. Her uncle is less than honest yet quite wealthy while she struggles to make ends meet while working for a pharmacist.
Then, the tide changes when three of the Vassar women die a similar and mysterious death. It seems like influenza but there are other odd symptoms like hair loss and vomiting.
Who wants these society women dead? What are the ties that bind? Why are they a threat? As Molly tirelessly works to get to the heart of the matters, Emily is spared though Fanny is not as fortunate. They Molly and Daniel put their heads together and act as a dynamic duel. The shocking murderer is revealed.
As in life, there are many twists and turns along with false leads but as the saying goes, “There are no secrets in the Book of Life.” Read In a Gilded Cage and be reminded that all that glitters is truly not gold!
Lynn M. May 12, 2018