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By Rhys Bowen

Irish immigrant Molly Murphy and her long island urban P.I. company are in the middle of a sweeping influenza epidemic and a struggle for women’s suffrage that lands her in detention center. Her betrothed, Police Captain Daniel Sullivan, finds her, yet he not often has time to bail her out, what with chinese language gangs battling for keep an eye on of a thriving opium alternate. the single comfort Molly can take from her vexing afternoon within the clink is that it made her a few new pals one of the Vassar suffragists---and introduced her a couple of latest cases.

For the 1st, Emily Boswell is confident her miserly uncle stole her inheritance and needs Molly to discover the reality in the back of her mom and dad’ lives and deaths. moment, Emily’s college roommate Fanny Poindexter wishes Molly to discover evidence of her husband’s philandering in order that she will be able to depart him with out one crimson cent. but if Fanny dies and her husband claims she’s a sufferer of the epidemic, it’s greater than Molly’s conscience can take.

Rhys Bowen’s Agatha and Anthony Award--winning old sequence maintains to respire existence into the prior with its wit and grace and its whole experience of early-twentieth-century big apple, which makes In a Gilded Cage her such a lot complete secret yet.

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Was once this husband you think this sort of guy? ” “No, he’s a attorney. From a very good family,” I stated. “I’m definite he has no such wisdom. ” “There you're, then. We’ll simply desire that your terrible pal is of a robust structure and rides out the flu how you did. ” “But what in regards to the hair? ” I requested. “What hair? ” “All 3 of them misplaced their hair. It got here out all over the place their pillows. That’s now not general, is it? I didn’t lose any. ” Daniel frowned. “I admit that's unusual. It jewelry a bell someway. ” He paused, then thumped one fist into his cupped hand. “But sprint it, I can’t for the lifetime of me imagine what it's. a person conversing approximately hair falling out lately. by no means brain, it's going to come to me. ” “But within the be aware you left me you acknowledged you had anything to inform me. i assumed you’d stumbled on that the combination was once poisoned. ” “I’m sorry to disappoint you. ” He came visiting to me and placed his palms on my shoulders back, a movement i discovered such a lot disquieting. “No, the article i needed to inform you was once that we’ve solved my arsenic case, partially because of you. ” “To me? ” “Yes, you have been the one that pointed out the fairway wallpaper containing arsenic. ” “And all of them licked wallpaper? ” He laughed. “They each one lived in a single room with acknowledged wallpaper. ” “But definitely that’s no longer adequate to kill an individual? ” “No, yet it’s an extra issue. they'd all come down with influenza, which had obviously weakened their resistance. They each one obtained an identical patent drugs: J. D. Rowley’s Flu-Stopper. It’s an inexpensive tonic, bought in the street via a snake-oil salesman. this stuff are a curse, you recognize. Made up via those that have just a smattering of information approximately medicines. ” “And the tonic contained arsenic? ” “It did. ” “But definitely the police verified the tonic, didn’t they? ” “They did take samples, after all. yet as with every patent medicinal drugs of this nature the quantities are usually not conscientiously measured and, worse of all, the combination used to be now not good. The arsenic separated out and sank to the ground of the bottle. If it used to be no longer good shaken, the sufferer drank a few doses that have been nearly natural arsenic. That, while extra to the volume inhaled from the wallpaper and their weakened , comprehensive them off. easy as that. ” I laughed. “Not humorous for them, in fact. nonetheless I’m joyful you’ve solved one in all your circumstances. ” “And we will be getting someplace with our chinese language tongs,” he stated. “We imagine we’ve taken a tender guy into custody who's ready to spill the beans if we supply him secure passage around the state to San Francisco. ” “And he’s going to inform you ways the opium comes into the rustic? ” “He’s already performed that. It’s introduced in via a guy who poses as a missionary. Trunks of Bibles exit and an identical trunks come again, filled with opium. no longer the main godly of fellows, may you are saying? ” “Anything you need to learn about missionaries, I’m your girl,” I stated. “I may give you a listing of missionary headquarters and names of a few missionaries who're within the neighborhood region. ” “Most efficient,” he acknowledged. “That may store my males your time. even supposing if this guy is simply posing as a missionary .

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