Molly Murphy, Rhys Bowen's plucky P.I. in 1903 New York, sails back to her native Ireland on a case searching for the sister of an Irish-American impresario. She was too sick to travel and was left behind when the family took a famine ship to New York fifty years ago, and now the man wants to settle his fortune on her. But, before the ship reaches Ireland, her maid is found murdered and a famous Irish actress goes missing. Molly is shocked to discover a cache of rifles in the actress' luggage, and even more shocked to come upon her own brother trying to collect the bags in Dublin-now mixed up in the freedom movement, in which Molly herself becomes unwillingly embroiled. And someone else seems to be on the trail of the missing woman - someone who wants to make sure Molly never finds her.
Rhys Bowen's novels have received a remarkable number of awards and accolades, including the Anthony and Agatha Awards for mystery as well as the Herodotus Award and the Bruce Alexander Historical Award. Rhys is also the author of the Edgar Award nominated Evan Evans series. Born in England, she now lives in San Rafael, California, with her husband.