• Time of Fog and Fire

  • A Molly Murphy Mystery
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (915 ratings)

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Time of Fog and Fire

By: Rhys Bowen
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
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Publisher's Summary

Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband, Daniel, a police captain in turn-of-the-century New York City, is in a precarious position. The new police commissioner wants him off the force altogether. So when Daniel's offered an assignment from John Wilkie, head of the Secret Service, he's eager to accept.

Molly can't draw any details of the assignment out of him, even where he'll be working. But when she spots him in San Francisco during a movie news segment, she starts to wonder if he's in even more danger than she had first believed. And then she receives a strange and cryptic letter from him, leading her to conclude that he wants her to join him in San Francisco. Molly knows that if Daniel's turning to her rather than John Wilkie or his contacts in the police force, something must have gone terribly wrong. What can she do for him that the police can't? Especially when she doesn't even know what his assignment is?

Embarking on a cross-country journey with her young son, Molly can't fathom what's in store for her, but she knows it might be dangerous - in fact, it might put all of their lives at risk.

©2016 Rhys Bowen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Absolutely marvelous; what a wonderful novel!

NO ONE tells a better mystery story than Rhys Bowen. Listening to one of her books, be it a Mollie Murphy mystery or a Lady Georgie//Royal Spyness mystery, always brings me great enjoyment and pleasure. I love her writing! Bowen and Jacqueline Winspear, who writes the wonderful Maisie Dibbs mysteries, are the grand dames of modern British mystery authors. One can never go wrong by choosing a book by Rhys Bowen or Jacqueline Winspear. (Winspear's next Maisie Dobbs mystery will be released on March 29, 2016 and is now available for pre-order at Audible.)

Time of Fog and Fire is set in 1906 in New York and San Francisco. Molly Murphy Sullivan, her husband (New York policeman) Daniel Sullivan, and their 18 month old son Liam find themselves in San Francisco during the great earthquake of 1906.

Nicola Barber narrates beautifully!

This book and all in the Molly Murphy series as well as all those in the Lady Georgie/Royal Spyness series have my unconditional and complete recommendation for those who love mysteries.

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Another Fun Adventure!

It’s hard to properly review the 16th installment of a series - if you’re already a fan and have made it this far in the series, you don’t need any feedback because you’ll read every new book no matter what!

All I can offer is the same advice as what I wrote for Book 15: If this is your first Molly-Book then stop right now and start with Book 1; it's totally worth it.

I’m hooked and ready for Book 17 :)

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Hopefully a One-Off

I've thoroughly enjoyed this series up to this point, but this book was a huge letdown. From books 1 to 15, the author developed Molly's character from a wide-eyed immigrant to an ever improving keen detective. Yet in this book, Molly seems to have lost her good senses. She blabs every confidential detail in her possession to every person she encounters, she misses every blatant warning sign, acts and reacts on pure emotion, and basically becomes the living embodiment of every negative stereotype men of that day held against women. If you are new to this series, I highly recommend NOT starting with this one. Honestly, I wished I had skipped it and hope the next one puts Molly back on track.

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Unbelievable

I have listened to the previous books in this series and found them fun. Sometimes even quite engaging. But in this one, the heroine is bizarrely stupid–blabbing about her husband's undercover operation to new acquaintances in a way detracts from any interest in the story. I don't understand why it is so highly rated.

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Delicious

Another fantastic Molly Murphy book. This one takes place in San Francisco during the famous and deadly earthquake and fire of 1906. I couldn't stop listening to the book - Nicola Barber does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. This one might be my favorite. Although I highly recommend the whole series! Now I need to wait a year to find out ... Well you better listen to it yourself to find out what.

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Ground Shaking

Maggie is off on a huge undertaking, and all alone with only her baby Liam. Train travel across the Continent to San Francisco, the “Wild West”. There she must face news that her husband has had a fatal accident. She lifts her chin, moving on with the attempt to bring her husband’s body back to NY. However, things do not go smoothly, in fact, she is terribly shaken up by the 1906 SF Earthquake.
The story paints a realistic picture of the devastation and disruptions from normal life. Most interesting.

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Molly is smarted than this...

I still love the series, but was a bit disappointed at Molly. She talks freely about Daniel's secret mission to anyone! The San Francisco history was fascinating and fun.
I will always get new Molly Murphy books!

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Enchanting Tale

This was an excellent story - intrigue and un-expected turns. Would probably speaks more to the female gender - but enough intrigue for those who emjoy

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narration is terrible

If you could sum up Time of Fog and Fire in three words, what would they be?

Love the story but could not understand a lot of narrations. I guess I will go back to paper books.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

no

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

only to the narration - awful

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Trite and predictable.

Characters are like cardboard cutouts. Stilted dialog. Reader does a decent job with week material.

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  • Mrs. C. Hunt
  • 02-15-20

Time of Fog and Fire

A brilliant story, with many mystery to solve not knowing if she will ever make it. Read with great feeling by Nicola Barber.

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  • Lynda
  • 12-07-18

GREAT STORY

This story was more than I expected really exciting in parts sad in certain parts and also a little scary during the earthquake. Molly was such a brave woman. Enjoyed this that much have listened to it quite a few times.