Molly Murphy takes up the suffragette cause and lands two new cases.
Barely recovered from influenza, Molly joins several Vassar graduates in an Easter Parade protest. They’re jailed but released by Molly’s longtime love, recently reinstated Police Captain Daniel Sullivan (Tell Me Pretty Maid, 2008, etc.). Meanwhile, Molly’s made a new friend. Emily Boswell works at a pharmacy after having been thrown out of the mansion she called home by the proverbial wicked uncle. Learning that Molly is a detective, she enlists her help in tracing her roots. Emily’s missionary parents reportedly died in China, and she was raised by distant relatives she called Aunt Lydia and Uncle Horace. But she suspects that this story is false. Joining Emily on a visit to her wealthy college friend Fanny Poindexter, Molly picks up her second case when Fanny asks her to discover whether her husband Anson has a mistress. Molly doggedly investigates Emily’s background, but her other case is short-circuited by Fanny’s sudden death from an atypical flu. Molly naturally suspects Anson, but when several other Vassar classmates die in the same way, Molly wonders if poison is involved. Both Emily’s chemist shop boyfriend and a skeptical Daniel test some hair samples Molly has gathered, with no conclusive results. Not until Emily also falls ill does Molly discover the truth about the deaths and Emily’s background.
Mystery mavens will spot the killer early, but feisty, independent Molly and the historical New York background give good value.