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Karrin Murphy, sometimes called Karrie, and very rarely Mini Mouse,[1] is a human female, and a former member of the Chicago Police Department's Special Investigations division. She first appears in Storm Front.


That’s my Murphy, manufacturing her own damned silver lining when the clouds didn’t cough one up.Harry Dresden[2]

Karrin Murphy is the oldest child of Marion and Collin Murphy. She has at least two brothers and one sister, Lisa.[3] She is short-statured, blonde and blue-eyed.[4][5] She likes coffee with no cream and two sugars.[4]

Collin Murphy was a senior detective in the Chicago PD and an investigator in the Black Cat Department, covering the same territory as the modern-day S.I. department. He committed suicide when Karrin was 11.[3]

She owns a house in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago; a small house left to her by her grandmother.[6][7]

Murphy is a nominal Catholic, as is her family.[8] Her father's nickname for her was Karrie, and the only other person to call her that is Henry Rawlins, who Collin Murphy saved once from a demon with a shotgun loaded with rock salt.[9][10]

After Harry Dresden died, she has become far more paranoid.[11] Murphy is listed as executor on Dresden's bank lock box, and is entrusted with seeing to the care of his daughter.[12]

She's one of the few people privy to Thomas Raith being Dresden's half-brother[13] and Margaret Angelica being his daughter.[14] She is also aware that he suspects the existence of a Black Council.[15]


Karrin Murphy (colored)

Early relationships[]

In Summer Knight, it comes out that when she was seventeen years old, she married Gregory Taggart, who Harry Dresden estimates to be about a decade older. Some time later, Taggart left her; they tried to reconcile a few times, but it always ended in fighting.[6]

Her ex-husband died, 43 years old, at night, after a long fight against cancer. He had not told her about his illness, and she was devastated when learning of his death by discovering his obituary in the Tribune newspaper. She regretted not having been able to say good-bye.[6]

In Blood Rites, Murphy reveals that she had been married to Rich at some point, but were divorced. He felt she was ignoring him for her job; she thought he wanted her to stay at home so she wouldn't make him look bad at work and was using the excuse of wanting to have kids as a rationalization. Murphy flips when she finds out that Rich is engaged to marry her kid sister, Lisa Murphy. Rich is a police detective in New Orleans and is getting transferred to the Chicago FBI to be near Lisa and her family.[3]

In Proven Guilty, Rich (now called Rick) is an FBI agent called in to assist the Homicide Department in the SplatterCon!!! case by Detective Greene and aids him in questioning Molly Carpenter. Murphy intercedes. She does not get along with her ex-husband.[16]

Jared Kincaid[]

In Dead Beat, Karrin Murphy went on a sex-loaded vacation to Hawaii with Jared Kincaid, making Harry Dresden quite jealous. Though Murphy appears only briefly in the book, Dresden's actions are prompted by his desire to protect her from blackmail.[17]

In Small Favor, Murphy is very distraught over how badly wounded Kincaid is after engaging the Denarians at the Shedd Aquarium.[13] Later, she says it hurt to see him that way, but she is not sure how involved she is. She thinks it's stupid to get hung up on him since he's not interested in getting serious. Dresden believes it's that Murphy's detachment from Kincaid that keeps her able to be close to him.[18] At the end, Murphy has an odd look on her face as she watched Kincaid, wounded but looking rather paternal, crawl in next to the wounded Ivy, with his handgun in hand.[19]

Her relationship with Kincaid is disrupted by her burgeoning romantic feelings towards Dresden.[19]

Harry Dresden[]

My world would be a scarier place without you in it.Karrin Murphy to Harry Dresden[20]

In Proven Guilty, Murphy admits to being attracted to Harry Dresden, but is unwilling to act on it. First, she doesn't want to ruin their friendship and working relationship.[21] Second, she worries about their difference in lifespans: as a wizard, Dresden will live for centuries, and she wants someone who can grow old and raise a family with her.[16]

In White Night, Dresden remarks to Lara Raith that Murphy doesn't want to get serious with him. Raith responds that he doesn't want to be casual with her - before remarking that his lack of relations is respectful, but sad.[22]

In Small Favor, Murphy informs Dresden that she does not think Anastasia Luccio is right for him.[19]

In Changes, Murphy mentions her plans to have mindless sex with the nearest reasonably healthy male, and Dresden offers his company. While he's waiting for her to arrive, he's shot through the chest.[23]

In Cold Days, she accepts that Dresden hasn't died, but does not want to entrust the Swords Amoracchius and Fidelacchius, or Bob, to him. She is however unwilling to leave him alone.[24][25]

In Skin Game, she admits as being in love with Dresden and being prepared to do crazy things because of it, such as challenging Nicodemus Archleone in his face and losing out,[26][27] allowing her to lay the foundation of a potential future relationship with him.[28]

Freydis Gard[]

Huh. I’d officially seen everything now. Murphy asking for a rescue. From monsters and madmen, she’d never cried uncle.
It had taken a redhead.Harry Dresden[29]

Although Murphy never accepted any of Freydis' advances, the Valkyrie becomes quite infatuated with her over the course of Peace Talks, offering numerous times to share a bed, and with Dresden, if they wanted.[29] Even when Murphy holds grenades to their heads, preparing to kill them both, Freydis responds with "Gods, that's hot." before fleeing.[30]


Murphy should be a novelist, she writes so much fiction.Harry Dresden, on Murphy’s role in Special Investigations[31]

Whenever something inexplicable happens that the Chicago Police Department must handle, they send it over to Special Investigations. Conveniently, this is also where they tend to transfer out-of-favor officers. Murphy, however, takes the assignment so seriously that she hires a wizard as a consultant, much to her coworkers' consternation. She uses Harry Dresden as a walking supernatural library.[32]

In Proven Guilty, Karrin Murphy is demoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant, after leaving the scene of the crime for 24 hours while she was on duty. She is now partnered with Henry Rawlins,[33] who knew Murphy's father.

In Changes, she loses her job with the CPD altogether, thanks in large part to Rudolph.[23]

In Ghost Story, after Dresden's death, she leads the Chicago Alliance against various supernatural threats.[34][35]


In Blood Rites, Murphy works out with the other cops in her department at Dough Joe's Gym. She takes down brawny double-attackers in a blink.[36]

In Turn Coat, she is also a competition shooter. Harry Dresden saw her double-tap (like a pro-killer) two supernatural perps in the head in one smooth move in a "single pulsing hammer of sound".[37]



Harry Dresden and Karrin Murphy by Anie Miles

Harry Dresden first Sees her in Grave Peril, when attempting to cure Micky Malone.

He Sees her as she enters the room:

The door burst open. Murphy came through it, her eyes living flames of azure blue, her hair a golden coronet around her. She held a blazing sword in her hand and she shone so bright and beautiful and terrifying in her anger that it was hard to see. The Sight, I realized, dimly. I was seeing her for who she was.— Dresden[38]

Dresden Sees her again in Blood Rites, and she appears as an angel, her eyes were "azure flame", she bore a fiery shaft in her hands. Her robes had become smudged with filth, blood, and smoke. She bled from several wounds and moved like she was in terrible pain.[39]

Dresden Sees Murphy for the third time in Proven Guilty at Mercy Hospital. She appears similar to the previous instance, clearer than normal with her eyes flashing. She wears a "quasi angelic tunic of white, stained in places with the blood and mud of battle". A short sword with a blade made of bright, white light hangs beneath her arm in place of her sidearm.[40]


  • FN P-90 — 5.7x28mm bullpup pattern, personal defense weapon, with a top loading 50 round clear plastic magazine[41][42] and a suppressor.[43] Murphy names the weapon "George".[25] In "Wild Card", it was loaded with steel jacketed ammunition, allowing it to have greater effect on supernatural beings.[44] It was a gift from Kincaid, and is engraved with the words: "We'll always have Hawaii"
  • A pair of Japanese swords over the mantle.[6][7]
  • SIG Sauer semiautomatic pistol.[45]
  • .22 competitive shooting pistols.[46]
  • AT4 rocket launcher.[47]
  • Kriss Vector submachine gun.[48]
  • Spiked knuckleduster.[44]
  • Container of iron filings.[44]


In Small Favor, under the Denarian Deirdre Archleone's attack, she partially draws the sword Fidelacchius from its scabbard on Harry Dresden's shoulder. Brilliant white light shines from it, scaring Archleone off. Dresden states he believes that to be a job offer, Murphy countering she already has one.[49] Later she asks Dresden more about it but still declines, as she has already sworn an oath to protect Chicago.[19]

In Changes, Dresden entrusts her with Fidelacchius for the mission to save Maggie.[50] She joins Dresden's team to Chichén Itzá.[51] When she wields Fidelacchius, she screams a cry of defiance against the Lords of Outer Night, however it is not her speaking the words, but someone else speaking through her. As she slashes with the sword, the will of the Red King over Dresden's group is broken.[52]

In Ghost Story, Murphy acts as custodian to both Fidelacchius and Amoracchius and fiercely defends them against Felicia Raith of the White Court.[34]

In Cold Days, Murphy refuses to return the Swords to Dresden while he's the Winter Knight.[24]

In the series[]

Restoration of Faith[]


Harry and Murphy fighting Gogoth.

In "Restoration of Faith", Murphy finds Harry Dresden and Nicholas Christian in Faith Astor's company at the end of the bridge where they have fought the troll Gogoth. Mainly on the child's testimony, she lets Dresden and Christian go free rather than arresting them for the kid's kidnapping.[53]

"Welcome to the Jungle"[]

In "Welcome to the Jungle", Murphy calls Harry Dresden in to investigate the murder of Maurice Sandbourne. When Dresden confronts and destroys the hag responsible for it, she is less than thrilled, but Dresden feels he's going to get paid anyway.[54]

Storm Front[]

In Storm Front, Murphy calls Harry Dresden in on the case after Jennifer Stanton is found murdered in bed with Tommy Tomm, both of their hearts having exploded out of their chests. She is still irked by Dresden's secretiveness about magic.[4]

Fool Moon[]


Karrin Murphy and Harry Dresden by Chase Conley

In Fool Moon, Murphy struggles to deal with the fact that Harry Dresden lied to her the previous spring.[55] She is under investigation by Internal Affairs[56] but needs his help for an investigation into a possible serial killer.

She catches Dresden snooping around the Alphas hideout when he was supposed to getting her some information on werewolves[57] and is being grilled by Internal Affairs when he finally gets around to delivering that information.[58] She later arrests him because she thinks he lied to her after she found the circle drawing on Kim Delaney, torn apart by the loup-garou.[59]

Although Dresden escapes, Murphy catches up with him again during the loup-garou fight at SI headquarters. After shooting the wolf with some silver bullets she had made, she re-arrests Dresden.[46] During her next encounter with the loup-garou, she is saved by Ron Carmichael.[60] Murphy reappears to help Dresden in the battle at John Marcone's estate, although she still doesn't trust him.[61] During the final battle with the loup-garou, Dresden and Murphy find themselves in a stand-off, ending up saving each other from Agent Denton and the loup-garou respectively.[62]

Grave Peril[]

In Grave Peril, Murphy summons Dresden to the house of the sick Micky Malone;[63] Malone is a victim of The Nightmare, and Dresden Sees Murphy for the first time.[38] Following this encounter, she un-impounds the Blue Beetle and puts the word out about the missing Lydia.[64]

The Nightmare convinces Murphy that it is Dresden and attacks her in her office; Dresden intervenes and puts her into a dreamless sleep in order to prevent any further attacks.[65]

When she eventually wakes up, Murphy and Dresden visit Leonid Kravos' funeral with Dresden and explains how weak she felt as a victim of the Nightmare. Dresden explains that she shouldn't blame herself and later she turns up at his apartment with Michael Carpenter to comfort him about the loss of Susan Rodriguez.[66]

Summer Knight[]

In Summer Knight, we are introduced to Karrin Murphy's home for the first time when Harry Dresden goes to visit her to ask for help with the case: find out who killed Ronald Reuel. Murphy is in bad shape, emotionally, from the events of Grave Peril.[6] She provides him some basic information, but later he needs her help again and they meet at a Wrigleyville Wal-Mart. Murphy is the only one he can trust and he tells Murphy everything, about his past with Justin DuMorne and Elaine Mallory, about supernatural forces and politics, about The War he started with the Red Court and what they did to Susan Rodriguez, and about the Faeries and the Faerie Courts and Reuel's murder. And, about the White Council threatening to sell him out to the Reds.[67]

After their discussion, they are attacked by Mind Fog and some supernatural hitters including Grum, the Tigress and a Chlorofiend. Murphy initially freezes, but ends up saving Dresden from the chlorofiend with a chainsaw.[68] They retreat to the Alphas' house and Murphy is taken to the hospital after re-iterates to Dresden that she is the one that "put on the boots and kicked some monster ass".[69]

Death Masks[]

In Death Masks, Murphy hires Harry Dresden to investigate a corpse who apparently died of every disease known to man. As she introduces Dresden to Waldo Butters, she also informs them that some high level brass (including several mob hitters and some bigwig from Europe) are in town and that Homicide have handed some work off to SI.[70]

Murphy confronts Dresden at his apartment about the death of Francisca Garcia. She has been thrown off the case because Homicide (and Rudolph) got wind that the murder weapon matches the same cuts made on the diseased corpse.[71]

When Dresden calls to inform her of the Denarians' plot, she tells him that there are detectives almost at his house on the way to arrest him.[72] Later, Dresden has her call in a bomb threat at O'Hare International Airport.[73]

Murphy catches up with Dresden again after he is shot on top of the train and takes him to Butters' examination table to get patched up. When he thinks that he is being autopsied, she re-assures him that they are just removing the bullet. Apparently, John Marcone called her to arrange Dresden's rescue.[74]

Blood Rites[]

Blampire hunters

Harry, Murphy, and Kincaid on the hunt for Mavra's nest.

In Blood Rites, Murphy is instructing some members of Chicago PD in martial arts at Dough Joe's Gym, when Harry Dresden turns up. The two of them begin their own training routine, using staves, and Dresden asks her for help with his Black Court 'problem'. Murphy says that she would prefer it to clash with her family re-union as she dreads the event. Dresden gives her Mouse to look after for the day before he leaves to get some more help.[36]

Murphy is in a foul mood when Dresden turns up to collect the dog. Her mother called to inform her about her sister's engagement. Before he leaves to continue searching for the Black Court hideout, Dresden informs her of the other member of their soon-to-be team, Jared Kincaid.[75]

She investigates Arturo Genosa for Dresden and provides him some information[76] and later they go to IHOP to meet Kincaid and discuss the plan of attack against Mavra. After Kincaid antagonizes her, the two come to a respectful difference of opinion. [77]

After Dresden finds her at the Murphy family reunion, they learn that Murphy's sister's fiance is none other than Richard Boughton, her ex-husband. After some arguing, Kincaid calls and lets them know he is in position for the raid.[3]

Dresden introduces Murphy to Ebenezar McCoy and she then drives his truck to the Vampire lair. She struggles with the notion of killing Thralls, but eventually suits up with Dresden and Kincaid.[78]

During the raid, Dresden Sees Murphy again, noting that she carries more wounds than previously.[39] She disarms a booby-trap, resulting in an interesting exchange with Kincaid[79], and assists in the rescue of the hostages. She assists Kincaid in getting Dresden out of the burning building and patches him up in McCoy's car.[80]

As they recover in Dresden's apartment, they discuss the ongoing situation with the movie studio as well as the family issues relating to each other.[81] Murphy gives Dresden a ride on her bike to the Raith estate, where she meets Lara Raith.[82] After the race to the Deeps, Lord Raith captures Murphy and takes them both into the caves.[83]

Although Raith traumatizes Murphy emotionally, she eventually breaks free of his enchantment and fights back against the henchmen.[84] Raith knocks her unconscious, but Dresden gets her out of the Deeps following Raith's semi-deposal.[85]

Dead Beat[]

In Dead Beat, Murphy goes to Hawaii with Jared Kincaid and is away through most of the events. She asks Harry Dresden to water her plants and gives him the key to her house.[17] Mavra uses a photograph of Murphy killing a Renfield taken during the raid on her lair, as Blackmail against Dresden.[86] Later, Murphy calls Dresden's answering service to let him know she made it safely to Hawaii. During the voice message, she is interrupted by Kincaid, making Dresden jealous.[87]

Dresden threatens Mavra into agreeing to no longer target Murphy (and others) in order to get to him. Murphy visits Dresden when she returns and, seeing what terrible shape he's in, she doesn't tear into him about the wreckage of her house.[88]

"Something Borrowed"[]

Dresden & Murphy by Holly Robinson

In "Something Borrowed", Murphy is involved in the search for Georgia Borden on the day of the latter's marriage to Billy Borden, and the ensuing attempt to wake her before the marriage can take place.[89]

Proven Guilty[]

In Proven Guilty, Murphy assists Harry Dresden after his car accident[90] and after he tells her about the execution of a Warlock, she expresses significant concern about it taking place in her city.[91]

She later rescues him from a lengthy questioning at the scene of a murder.[92] Murphy steps in when her FBI agent ex-husband, Rick, threatens to arrest Dresden for his gun if he doesn't leave the case.[16]

Murphy joins Dresden, Charity Carpenter, and Thomas Raith to rescue Molly Carpenter from Arctis Tor.[93] She loses her position as head of Special Investigations for not showing up, having lost a day during that rescue attempt in the Nevernever. She is demoted to Detective Sergeant and partnered with Henry Rawlins.[33] Dresden and Murphy agree that it is likely Rudolph meddled in her demotion.[94]

White Night[]

In White Night, Murphy calls Harry Dresden in on a murder case. Although she is no longer in charge of SI, she says she'll pay him herself. The victim was a practitioner whose death appears to be a suicide. Dresden finds evidence that only a Wizard could find and believes it's murder.[1][95] At the crime scene, she attacks Molly who is sneaking up on her behind a veil and threatens to arrest her for trespassing.[95]

Murphy and Dresden collaborate on the case and the connected cases that lead to the uncovering of a power struggle within the three Houses of the White Court.[96] During their investigation, she drives Dresden to the meeting of the Ordo Lebes and asks him about the status of the war.[97] After they interview the Ordo, Murphy's car is blown up by an unknown assailant.[98] She later tells Dresden that she teaches a children's martial arts class and a rape-defense course every spring and fall because "once you have reached a point in your knowledge, the only way to improve is to teach others".[99]

After Little Chicago backfires, Dresden has Molly Carpenter bring Murphy to his apartment. He explains what he saw during the tracking spell and who Cowl is.[100] They then meet up at the new Velvet Room, where John Marcone has to intervene to stop Murphy and Hendricks from shooting each other.[101] After they leave the building and Molly sneaks up on them again, Murphy watches as Dresden grills and scares her before announcing that they will have words about his over-reaction.[96]

After she calls in the police to protect Elaine Mallory in hospital, she has to rescue Dresden from a stand-off with a hospital security guard over Mouse's presence. They talk, and Murphy helps Dresden see how his anger had been causing him to over-react a lot lately.[31]

When Dresden and Ramirez go to challenge Madrigal Raith and Vittorio Malvora to a duel at the White Court conclave in the Deeps, Murphy is part of Dresden's team that is waiting in the Nevernever to be let in for the anticipated big battle.[41]

After the battle, Dresden reaches into Murphy's bag to get his .44 when he sees the "boxy little machine gun" that she used in the Deeps. Murphy says its a P90 and that the magazine has clear plastic so you can always see how many rounds you have left. She got it in a box of Belgium chocolates from Jared Kincaid the year before.[42]

As they discuss the fallout from the battle, Murphy remarks that they never found out who blew up her car. When she asks how he bribed Marcone, Dresden tells her about the Unseelie Accords and how Marcone becoming a Freeholding Lord is a big deal - if not a perfect solution, as it gives him access to more power.[42]

"Down Town"[]

In "Down Town", Murphy calls Harry Dresden and Molly Carpenter to a crime scene in order to determine whether the supernatural is involved. Later, when staking Hendricks, she's called on the Laundromat owner's crime scene. Later, the two of them try to prevent the kidnapping of a third victim, but fail.[102]

Small Favor[]

Karrin on bike

Murphy on a bike

In Small Favor, Murphy calls Harry Dresden to the site of a burned down apartment building belonging to John Marcone. She asks him to investigate the fire off the books.[103] After Dresden sets up a spell to confuse the Gruffs tracking him, Murphy calls to find out what is happening due to the increased number of 'sightings'. They decide to meet at McAnally's Pub to discuss.[104]

When Dresden is running late to the meeting, he telephones her a beer, through Mac.[105] Murphy decides not to choke him to death once he does eventually show up, as he orders another couple of Mac's beers. Murphy learns that it is the Order of the Blackened Denarius who is back in town and responsible for kidnapping Marcone. She tries to strongarm Dresden into getting the police involved, but they agree that Dresden will decide when CPD should intervene, unless Murphy thinks that too many lives are in danger.[106] They are interrupted by "Tiny", the gruff who challenges Dresden. Before things get out of hand, Murphy challenges Tiny, much to the surprise of everyone else in the bar. Faced with mortal authority and her steel-jacketed rounds, Tiny retreats to find Dresden at a later opportunity.[107]

Murphy goes with Dresden to the Carpenter home, but on the way she notices they are being tailed. Molly Carpenter, who is in the car with them, attracts the attention of their pursuers, which causes them to attack. Two gunman exit the vehicle, and Murphy is shot. Molly provides her first aid and a veil and they all eventually get back into Murphy's car. She presses Dresden not to leave the scene as weapons were involved, but he wins the argument against going to jail. She also thinks carefully before painfully agreeing not to go to hospital.[108] It is only a muscle wound in her arm, so Murphy pushes her way into being a part of the Warden's meeting with the Denarians at the Shedd Aquarium.[109] She is blindsided a little by the attendance of Jared Kincaid, but resolves to remain a part of the meeting.[110]

When the meeting goes wrong, Murphy provides Dresden with CPR after he is half-drowned. He prevents her from grabbing a coin that drops from the dead body of a Denarian, after which she agrees that they should round up any remaining coins.[111] Murphy accompanies the wounded Kincaid to medical treatment (which has the bonus advantage of fining the location of one of Marcone's medical retainers.[2] Once they are reunited with the group at the Carpenter house, Murphy learns that Dresden has been dealing with his own Fallen Angel, and of the fallout from Lash sacrificing herself. Having been through some trauma herself, she provides him with some advice. Dresden tries to persuade her to stay with Kincaid, but she insists on assisting in the rescue of The Archive, Ivy.[112]

She and Thomas pull Harry Dresden out of the water after his battle with the Denarians on the island. When Deirdre Archleone attacks Dresden as he gets into the boat, she pulls her P-90 on the Denarian and it is knocked out of her hands. Dresden offers her Fidelacchius and when she partially draws it, it lights up blinding Deirdre, who retreats under the water, allowing them to escape. Dresden says he thinks that reaction is a sign of a job offer and she replies that she already has a job.[49] Later, Murphy talks with Dresden more about the Sword. He says there is no martyrdom required with being a Knight, but she still refuses. She also tells Dresden that she doesn't think that Anastasia Luccio is right for him; he responds by commenting on her reaction to seeing Kincaid with Ivy.[19]

"Wild Card"[]

In "Wild Card", Murphy is called in the investigation on two young women dead for no reason. As the dead escalates and tensions mount, she is the first to find the murderer and engage him into a fight, which brings her to the hospital. She recovers rapidly enough to join the raiding party to the Damen Silos where Harry Dresden wins a battle of wits against the fae and binds him to stay away from Chicago.[44]

"Dog Men"[]

In "Dog Men", Harry Dresden dreams that she's killed by Puck and that he cannot do anything to prevent it.[113]

"Last Call"[]

In "Last Call", she assists Harry Dresden during his investigation into the spell cast on McAnally's beer. During an attempt to disrupt Meditrina Bassarid's efforts to use the beer to set off a riot in Chicago's United Center, Murphy came under Bassarid's spell. Under Bassarid's influence, Murphy expresses interest in Dresden, before fighting against him on behalf of Bassarid when he refuses to "show [his] respect to the god", Dionysus. Murphy and Bassarid are defeated when Dresden knocks them both out with a "PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY" sign, after which the authorities intervene and Murphy is freed. Murphy herself does not remember her actions under Bassarid's influence, as her memory was wiped, and Dresden only relays part of the story to her.[114]

Turn Coat[]

In Turn Coat, Murphy helps and comforts Harry Dresden after he is first attacked by the Naagloshii as she has a guy who lets her know when certain vehicles (including Dresden's Blue Beetle) are impounded.[115] She then helps him look over the White Council file against Donald Morgan. She questions why Aleron LaFortier did not throw his death curse against Morgan and why there was no evidence of magic used at the crime scene. She suggests that Dresden follow the money.[37]

After they are trapped by Binder, and Morgan subsequently traps him, Murphy easily chases him down and apprehends him.[116] Although she doesn't charge him, she does negate his summoning powers effectively whilst in custody.[117] Together, she and Dresden manage to subtly take a sample of Binder's hair and track him to his employer.[118]

When they find out that the Wardens are on their way to collect Morgan, Dresden flies into a panic. Murphy manages to calm him down and explain that the bureaucracy of organizations such as the Council means that they have more time than he thinks.[119] Once they come up with a plan to deal with the Wardens and the traitor, Murphy recognizes her own limits and stays off the island.[20] She hires Vincent Graver to take photos of the Way into Chicago as Dresden is worried about his phone being bugged[120] and traces some phone numbers off Madeline Raith's phone to a couple of restaurants in Algeria and Egypt.[15]

"Love Hurts"[]

In Love Hurts, Murphy and Harry Dresden investigate a series of double suicides and link it to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. They attend the fair under the cover of a date and discuss Dresden's recent break up with Anastasia Luccio. When they discover they are being followed, they chase their tailer into a "Tunnel of Terror" ride. As he does not come out, they decide they must go in. They discover that the Baroness Leblanc of the Red Court has been experimenting with forcing people to fall in love in order find a way to weaken the White Court. Together Murphy and Dresden defeat the vampire.[121]


In Changes, Murphy drops in on Harry Dresden's apartment following the burning down of Dresden's office building. She deduces that he was present during the explosion and Dresden explains everything to her. After she learns that Maggie Dresden has been taken by the Red Court, she is determined to help him find and rescue his daughter and does what she can from her end.[14]

She warns Dresden when Rudolph and the FBI are about to arrest him and search his apartment[122] and vouches for him with FBI Agent Barry Tilly, whom she knows from martial arts.[123][12]

Murphy and Dresden meet to exchange information at McAnally's Pub and agree that someone other than his superiors is using Rudolph as an agent and decided to track who that is. They also discuss Susan Rodriguez's theory that Molly Carpenter has the hots for Dresden, with Murphy stating that it is obvious before noting that she is concerned about his mental stability.[124]

After she continues to defend him against Tilly, Dresden asks Murphy to take care of Maggie and his estate if anything happens to him. Rudolph then issues her with a cease-and-desist order, barring her from the office bombing case until she faces a special tribunal.[12] She fights the Reds who attack the FBI headquarters and helps Dresden get Tilly and Rudolph out safely.[125]

Dresden entrusts her with Fidelacchius for the mission to save Maggie[50] and she goes with him and his team to Chichén Itzá.[51] After the Red King imposes his will on the group, freezing them, Murphy makes an almighty proclomation and uses Fidelacchius to cut the Red King's spell. Dresden then sends Bob to protect her from the Lords of Outer Night as she charges forward[52] through hundreds of Jaguar Warriors and kills one of the Lords.[126]

After the battle, Murphy informs Ebenezar McCoy about the events on the altar and Dresden hands Maggie to her, asking her to drop the child with Father Forthill. Later she meets Dresden on the Water Beetle where she explains that she is worried about him punishing himself and that Rudolph has managed to launch another investigation, costing her her job. Dresden informs her of the location of both Fidelacchius and Amoracchius. They make a date for later that evening.[23]


In Aftermath, William Borden approaches her for help with his wife's kidnapping. Calling in a few favors and with a good amount of detective work, they trace her to a warehouse on Lake Michigan's shoreline, and rescue her.[43]

Ghost Story[]

In Ghost Story, Murphy has a buzz cut[127] and has become far more accustomed to dealing with the supernatural. She now leads the Chicago Alliance, a gathering of the Alphas, the Paranet and Molly Carpenter. The group is backed by John Marcone and the White Court. Murphy reveals to Marcone's representative that she does not completely trust Carpenter anymore.[128]

Murphy has taken up sparring with the Einherjaren in order to hone her skills. She tells Harry Dresden's ghost that they never found his body, among other facts surrounding his murder case and they discuss possible suspects. Dresden tells Murphy about Fitz and the gang who have kidnapped Mortimer Lindquist. As the gang killed her neighbor and wounded Abby during the kidnapping, she is after vengeance and when he won't give them up to her, she ends the conversation and walks away.[35] During their conversation, Murphy failed to mention Jared Kincaid as a suspect which leads Dresden to think that she can't face the fact that he might be Dresden's murderer.[129]

Father Forthill mentions that Murphy's judgement has been clouded since Dresden's death, and is growing more so as the fighting against the Fomor goes on.[130] Daniel Carpenter states that Murphy thinks Waldo Butters is loosing his mind due to the influence of Dresden's shade.[131]

She brings a team including Butters, William Borden, Andi Macklin and Marci to the Big Hoods hideout in an attempt to rescue Lindquist. Just before they breach, Dresden attempts to bring up their cut-short relationship but Murphy cuts him short, stating "it doesn't matter now." After the initial assault, she questions one of the Big Hood kids and she and Molly start to patch things up.[132] Murphy and the wolves are attacked by Corpsetaker and placed under some form of sleeping spell until Molly and Lindquist defeat the ghost. After the fight, Murphy and Lindquist discuss Dresden's ghost as they receive medical treatment. During this conversation, Murphy breaks down as she accepts that the shade was in fact Dresden and that this means he really is dead.[133]

Cold Days[]

In Cold Days, Murphy shows up to rescue Harry Dresden from an attack by Ace. Her nose has been broken since Dresden last saw her and it has not healed properly. They are in turn attacked by the Redcap and assisted by Cat Sith.[134] Afterward, Murphy and Dresden talk. She found Dresden by following Ace from Thomas Raith’s apartment. She tells Dresden that she is not angry at him and nor does she think he has gone bad. However, she doesn’t quite trust that he isn’t slowly bending to Mab’s will and asks him to hand over Bob. When he does, she tells him she also has the two Swords of the Cross, Fidelacchius and Amoracchius and she will not tell him where they are or give them back to him. They share a moment, and Dresden worries about what will happen between them if he does turn into a monster. Murphy replies saying that she works with a lot of monsters these days.[24]

Murphy joins Dresden and his team in the planning to stop the destruction of Demonreach[135] and explains to Dresden that her experience seeing psychologists in the past has given her insight that he is dealing with significant pressures and not facing them, namely his relationship with Maggie. As a result of their conversation, Dresden realizes who is behind the attack, however he still doesn’t fully trust Murphy, so keeps her by his side[136] as they roll out to prevent the spell from destroying the island. Dresden asks her if she brought the swords along. Murphy replies that as someone who has wielded one, she feels that this is not their fight. When the Wild Hunt comes for Dresden, she collects him on her Harley Davidson and they attempt to flee.[25] Dresden injures the Erlking and they both join the Hunt, with Dresden leading them toward Demonreach.[137] Just before they attack the assaulting army of Outsiders, Murphy kisses Dresden and says “For Luck. Star Wars style.”[138]

Murphy is caught up in Sharkface’s psychic assault, until Dresden breaks the attack. They then continue their attack on the Outsider’s barges. She takes a rifle from Dresden, giving him control of the Harley Davidson and starts shooting at the figures on the barge. She then pulls a hand grenade from one of the bike’s compartments and disables one of the boats tugging the barge.[139] When they make it to the island, they both collapse in a fit of laughter at the incredulity of the night. Sharkface begins a new attack, which Dresden rushes off to deal with, but not before grabbing Murphy and kissing her, promising that he is “not going anywhere”.[140]

She eventually joins Dresden on the hilltop and briefly saves him from Maeve before Murphy herself is captured by a Rawhead[141] Mab arrives on the island and confronts Maeve, who aims her firearm at Dresden. The Winter Queen releases Murphy’s shackles, allowing her to draw a concealed pistol she then uses to shoot Maeve, killing her and causing her Mantle to transfer into Molly Carpenter.[142]

While they wait for sunrise, Dresden falls asleep and Murphy places a blanket on him. When he wakes, they share some coffee and soup around the campfire and she cleans his wounds. They talk about starting a romantic relationship. When Murphy claims there are factors to consider, Dresden mentions Jared Kincaid, to which Murphy claims “not anymore.” The factor is the Winter Knight's Mantle and how it has changed him. Where he used to be scared of the monsters and mayhem, he was clearly not during this battle. What worries her is that she was also drawn to the moment. She brings up Carpenter as another issue and Dresden claims that it isn’t going to be a thing. Murphy has felt lost since she was fired, but says that she will always have Dresden’s back. They agree to keep the possibility of a future relationship open.[143]

Skin Game[]

In Skin Game, Harry Dresden goes to see Murphy as soon as he has his orders to assist Nicodemus Archleone in a robbery. After discussing Dresden’s mental state and getting him to agree that his wellbeing is important, she agrees to assist him in the job.[144] She joins him at the meeting of Archleone’s crew and tries to calm him when they are joined by Binder.[145]

Murphy drives Dresden to a ball with Hannah Ascher where they collect Anna Valmont[146] and return to her house.[147] That night, she walks in on Dresden waking up from an arousing dream involving her and tells him that they should talk once this mess is over.[148]

When they return to Archleone’s group, they are introduced to Goodman Grey, who not-so-subtly threatens to remove Murphy while he and Dresden bicker. She is tasked to assist Binder with the maintenance and loading of a number of firearms for his "associates".[149] After Dresden gets into a fight with the Genoskwa and it puts a nail through his chest,[150] Murphy takes him back to her house and has Butters examine him and remove the nail. She discusses Butters’ misgivings about Dresden’s condition his motivations, telling him to choose if he wants to live in fear of Dresden possibly being bad, or to stand with them. She feeds Dresden some pizza, gives him a new Smith and Wesson 500 before she ends up rolling on the floor with laughter when he tells her that he is “pregnant” with a parasite.[151] Afterward, she and Dresden return to the slaughterhouse. Murphy brings her Kriss submachine gun along with her rocket-launcher in case the Genoskwa gets in the way again. When Grey is talking to Murphy and asks her to dinner, Dresden points his new revolver at him and tells him to back off. Archleone starts informing them of the plan, the first step of which is to break into a vault of the Capristi Building, which Murphy recognizes as being owned by John Marcone.[152]

Butters is discovered eavesdropping on the conversation and the group chases him to the Carpenter home. Archleone and the Genoskwa prevent Dresden and Butters from making it safely inside and Murphy turns up, pointing the rocket launcher at Archleone, who claims that the weapon cannot harm him. In reply, Murphy reveals that it is not a rocket launcher, but a storage vessel for Fidelacchius which she draws and attacks with. She comes close to defeating Archlone but as he surrenders, he goads her into striking him by instructing the Genoskwa to crush Dresden’s skull. The improper use of the Sword disables it and Archleone shatters its blade.[26] Murphy is shot in the belly and has her arm and knee dislocated by Archleone. As he is about to run Murphy through the heart with his sword, Michael Carpenter walks out of his house and intervenes, offering himself in exchange for Murphy, Butters and Dresden going free. Dresden carries Murphy to the house.[27]

Once Archleone leaves, Dresden demands that Uriel heal her. When the Archangel replies that he cannot, Butters goes to work tending to her injuries. Though Murphy worries about her actions regarding the sword, Carpenter tells her not to worry and that they will deal with it. Butters decides that she needs a hospital and takes her there in Carpenter’s truck.[153]

Dresden visits Murphy in the hospital, where they both encourage Butters as he agrees to become a Knight. After Butters leaves, Dresden kisses Murphy and tells her to get better because they have some things to do, confirming to her that the dream she interrupted earlier involved the both of them. He kisses her again and slips her half of the diamonds he received during the heist.[28]

Peace Talks[]

In Peace Talks, Karrin Murphy and Harry Dresden are engaged in an intimate date when Detective Rudolph and Detective Bradley pay them a visit to discuss their involvement in the death of Harvey Morrison.[154] Later, when Dresden embroils himself in conflict with the Accorded Nations, Murphy cuts her way out of her cast so that she can assist him.[155] She helps him to dodge several parties who are tailing him,[156] and when they arrive at Château Raith, Freydis Gard is immediately smitten with Murphy for her feisty personality.[29] She later helps Dresden to infiltrate Marcone's castle, drinking her own blending potion so that she can be a getaway driver. However, Dresden has to send her away while he deals with an attack on the peace summit.[157]

Afterward, Murphy goes with Dresden to Demonreach, comforting him after his sorcerous fight with his grandfather.[158] On Demonreach itself, conflict breaks out and Freydis attempts to use Murphy as a hostage. In response, Murphy removes the clips from two fragmentation grenades, threatening to kill them both, which forces Freydis to leave and allows Murphy to throw the grenades safely into the water.[30]

Battle Ground[]

In Battle Ground, Karrin Murphy and Harry Dresden leave Demonreach and are attacked by a kraken, which Freydis Gard slays with a grenade.[159] At Mac's Dresden assigns Murphy to overseeing defenses and refugees, where he must leave her behind due to her injuries.[160] Murphy later joins Dresden on the battlefield, evacuating him from a battle with the Jotuns,[161] and later using an M72 LAW rocket launcher to take out Svangar, a Jotun who had once battled Thor himself.[162] Immediately after slaying the Jotun, Rudolph, panicking and accusing her of murdering a human, shoots her in the neck, fatally.[163] Dresden recovers her body, which Mab later lays in state during a brief lull in the fighting.[164] After the battle is won, Sigrun states that Odin has claimed her to become an Einherjar. She will return to the mortal realm only when the memory of her has faded from all those who knew her.[165]

Little Things[]

In Little Things, she is referred to as "Harry Dresden's lady" by Toot-Toot Minimus and having died.[166]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Small Favor, ch. 35
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Blood Rites, ch. 28
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Storm Front, ch. 2
  5. Fool Moon, ch. 1
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Summer Knight, ch. 7
  7. 7.0 7.1 Dead Beat, ch. 24
  8. Blood Rites, ch. 11
  9. Ghost Story, ch. 2
  10. Dead Beat, ch. 13
  11. Changes, ch. 18
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Changes, ch. 34
  13. 13.0 13.1 Blood Rites, ch. 34
  14. 14.0 14.1 Changes, ch. 5
  15. 15.0 15.1 Turn Coat, ch. 49
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Proven Guilty, ch. 22
  17. 17.0 17.1 Dead Beat, ch. 1
  18. Blood Rites, ch. 36
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Small Favor, ch. 46
  20. 20.0 20.1 Turn Coat, ch. 35
  21. Proven Guilty, ch.14
  22. White Night, ch. 42
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Changes, ch. 49
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Cold Days, ch. 27
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Cold Days, ch. 40
  26. 26.0 26.1 Skin Game, ch. 29
  27. 27.0 27.1 Skin Game, ch. 30
  28. 28.0 28.1 Skin Game, ch. 51
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Peace Talks, ch. 24
  30. 30.0 30.1 Peace Talks, ch. 35
  31. 31.0 31.1 White Night, ch. 32
  32. Storm Front, ch. 1
  33. 33.0 33.1 Proven Guilty, ch. 47
  34. 34.0 34.1 Ghost Story, ch. 9
  35. 35.0 35.1 Ghost Story, ch. 18
  36. 36.0 36.1 Blood Rites, ch. 06
  37. 37.0 37.1 Turn Coat, ch. 17
  38. 38.0 38.1 Grave Peril, ch. 13
  39. 39.0 39.1 Blood Rites, ch. 31
  40. Proven Guilty, ch. 16
  41. 41.0 41.1 White Night, ch. 39
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 White Night, ch. 43
  43. 43.0 43.1 Aftermath
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 44.3 "Wild Card", issue 3
  45. Turn Coat, ch. 18
  46. 46.0 46.1 Fool Moon, ch. 18
  47. Skin Game, ch. 13
  48. Skin Game, ch. 23
  49. 49.0 49.1 Small Favor, ch. 45
  50. 50.0 50.1 Changes, ch. 39
  51. 51.0 51.1 Changes, ch. 40
  52. 52.0 52.1 Changes, ch. 46
  53. "Restoration of Faith"
  54. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  55. Fool Moon, ch. 3
  56. Fool Moon, ch. 4
  57. Fool Moon, ch. 6
  58. Fool Moon, ch. 8
  59. Fool Moon, ch. 12
  60. Fool Moon, ch. 19
  61. Fool Moon, ch. 31
  62. Fool Moon, ch.33
  63. Grave Peril, ch. 12
  64. Grave Peril, ch. 14
  65. Grave Peril, ch. 19
  66. Grave Peril, ch. 39
  67. Summer Knight, ch. 18
  68. Summer Knight, ch. 19-21
  69. Summer Knight, ch. 22
  70. Death Masks, ch. 5
  71. Death Masks, ch. 16
  72. Death Masks, ch. 29
  73. Death Masks, ch. 31
  74. Death Masks, ch. 33
  75. Blood Rites, ch. 11
  76. Blood Rites, ch. 14
  77. Blood Rites, ch. 23
  78. Blood Rites, ch. 30
  79. Blood Rites, ch. 32
  80. Blood Rites, ch. 33
  81. Blood Rites, ch. 35
  82. Blood Rites, ch. 38
  83. Blood Rites, ch. 39
  84. Blood Rites, ch. 40
  85. Blood Rites, ch. 41
  86. Dead Beat, ch. 2
  87. Dead Beat, ch. 15
  88. Dead Beat, ch. 43
  89. "Something Borrowed"
  90. Proven Guilty, ch. 4
  91. Proven Guilty, ch. 5
  92. Proven Guilty, ch.13
  93. Proven Guilty, ch. 34–40
  94. Proven Guilty, ch. 41
  95. 95.0 95.1 White Night, ch. 2
  96. 96.0 96.1 White Night, ch. 30
  97. White Night, ch. 5
  98. White Night, ch. 6
  99. White Night, ch. 14
  100. White Night, ch. 16
  101. White Night, ch. 28
  102. "Down Town"
  103. Small Favor, ch. 4
  104. Small Favor, ch. 10
  105. Small Favor, ch. 15
  106. Small Favor, ch. 16
  107. Small Favor, ch. 17
  108. Small Favor, ch. 19
  109. Small Favor, ch. 27
  110. Small Favor, ch. 28
  111. Small Favor, ch. 34
  112. Small Favor, ch. 39
  113. "Dog Men"
  114. "Last Call"
  115. Turn Coat, ch. 6
  116. Turn Coat, ch. 19
  117. Turn Coat, ch. 30
  118. Turn Coat, ch. 31
  119. Turn Coat, ch. 33
  120. Turn Coat, ch. 46
  121. "Love Hurts"
  122. Changes, ch. 10
  123. Changes, ch. 13
  124. Changes, ch. 23
  125. Changes, ch. 35
  126. Changes, ch. 47
  127. Ghost Story, ch. 8 and 9
  128. Ghost Story, ch. 9–11
  129. Ghost Story, ch. 19
  130. Ghost Story, ch. 26
  131. Ghost Story, ch. 36
  132. Ghost Story, ch. 46
  133. Ghost Story, ch. 50
  134. Cold Days, ch. 26
  135. Cold Days, ch. 28
  136. Cold Days, ch. 39
  137. Cold Days, ch. 41
  138. Cold Days, ch. 42
  139. Cold Days, ch. 43
  140. Cold Days, ch. 44
  141. Cold Days, ch. 50
  142. Cold Days, ch. 52
  143. Cold Days, ch. 53
  144. Skin Game, ch. 5
  145. Skin Game, ch. 6
  146. Skin Game, ch. 9
  147. Skin Game, ch. 12
  148. Skin Game, ch. 14
  149. Skin Game, ch. 15
  150. Skin Game, ch. 22
  151. Skin Game, ch. 24
  152. Skin Game, ch. 25
  153. Skin Game, ch. 31
  154. Peace Talks, ch. 5
  155. Peace Talks, ch. 22
  156. Peace Talks, ch. 23
  157. Peace Talks, ch. 28
  158. Peace Talks, ch. 33
  159. Battle Ground, ch. 1-2
  160. Battle Ground, ch. 3
  161. Battle Ground, ch. 16
  162. Battle Ground, ch. 21
  163. Battle Ground, ch. 22
  164. Battle Ground, ch. 24
  165. Battle Ground, ch. 36
  166. "Little Things"

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