In a Gilded Cage
Molly Murphy joins her unconventional neighbors Sid and Gus, as well as other Vassar graduates, at a march for women’s suffrage during the Easter parade in New York City. It is the turn of the 20th century, and a number of people, male and female, feel distinctly uncomfortable with the idea of women voting. The women’s participation soon attracts the attention of onlookers, and the situation becomes ugly. The police arrest the women for disturbing the peace. Only the intervention of Molly’s beau, a police captain, enables the women to go free. Molly’s acquaintance with the Vassar alumni provides her next two cases: one would like to look into her family history, and the second would like to find out if her husband is cheating on her. However, deaths begin to mount—deaths that are written off as illnesses. Molly isn’t quite sure that illness is the real culprit, particularly since the two cases seem to converge, centering on Emily Boswell, who hired Molly to find out more about her long-dead parents. As Molly throws herself into these dangerous cases, she and Daniel try to work out their differences of opinion about the suitability of the work she is doing. This is the eighth book in a most enjoyable and atmospheric series.