Witty and stylish in the classic Dashiell Hammett tradition, Michael Murphy’s latest high-flying Jake & Laura mystery features a Hawaiian honeymoon that’s interrupted when their friend Amelia Earhart is accused of murder.
Hawaii, 1935. Mystery novelist Jake Donovan and actress Laura Wilson are in gorgeous sun-soaked Hawaii, but their best-laid plans for canoodling on the beach are interrupted by a summons from famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart. It seems a local businessman has been gunned down next to her plane. In just days, the famous pilot intends to fly from Honolulu to Los Angeles, making aviation history over the Pacific. But now, without Jake and Laura’s help, Earhart’s flight might never take off.
Trailing a killer, the newlyweds’ sleuthing leads to a jealous pilot, a cigar-chomping female officer of the “Royalist Militia,” and a notoriously disagreeable lieutenant colonel named Patton. With a sinister killer lurking in the shadows, it’s safe to say the honeymoon is over . . . and the danger has just begun.
Praise for Wings in the Dark
“Wow! . . . An enthralling mystery with strong characters, a complex plot and a fantastic ending tying things together superbly . . . I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys thrillers and mysteries!”—Splashes Into Books
“The third installment in Murphy’s series is just as much fun as the first. The mystery is full of twists with an ample amount of red herrings, suspects, and action.”—Mystery Please!
“Jake and Laura are a really engaging crime-fighting couple.”—It Takes a Woman
“I heartily recommend the Jake & Laura mysteries, and this book specifically, if you like cozy mysteries that have a flair for the dramatic, a great sense of style, and an epic amount of witty banter. Goes well with fresh-caught seafood, grilled over an open fire on the beach, and drinks served in coconut shells.”—Bibliotica
Praise for Michael Murphy’s Jake & Laura mysteries
“Glittering with a hint of Nick and Nora, Michael Murphy’s 1930s Manhattan provides a witty setting for murder and mayhem.”—Mary Daheim, bestselling author of The Alpine Yeoman, on The Yankee Club
“[Jake and Laura] are fun, witty, and charming, and [All That Glitters] is filled with the same kind of 1930s Hollywood glamour that made the film of The Thin Man such a classic.”—Popcorn Reads
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Old time Hollywood glamour mysteries. Just love them!!
I love the Jake and Laura mysteries. There's always some parts of nonfiction mixed in with the fiction. And the name dropping is all over the place. The stories put you back in the glamorous Hollywood days and add a lot of fiction to events actually going on during that time.
Sometimes, Jake can be a little cheesy, as well as the story, but they are still both very entertaining. Jake's wisecracking thoughts are at times laugh out loud hilarious. You always know what he's thinking. I stumbled onto these not too long ago and can't wait for the next one in the series!
Thanks Alibi and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I found it very entertaining, dahling! Ha!!
A Romp Thru the Pre-War Thirties
The fun continues s Jake and Laura tie the knot and honeymoon in Hawaii. America has not entered the war yet, and Hawaii is a mix of ethnicities. When a prominent businessman is killed in Amelia Earhart's hanger, she turns to her close friend, Laura, to get Jake on the case. There are all the twists and turns you have learned to expect from Murphy, and a palette of potential murderers. The characters are interesting and well-developed, the plot leaves doubt right up to the end, and the conclusion is extremely satisfying. This is a great book, a romp through the pre-war thirties that accurately captures the spirit of the time.