Michael Murphy, author of the Prohibition-era Jake and Laura mystery series. Read an excerpt from The Yankee Club.


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The Yankee Club

With all the style and wit of the classic “Thin Man” movies, The Yankee Club follows a detective turned mystery writer and a Broadway actress in 1933 as they investigate the murder of their childhood friend, along the way uncovering a Nazi plot against newly elected President Franklin Roosevelt.

Scott Parsons Goodreads review

“This is a highly entertaining novel, very skillfully written. Murphy has done a great job of creating a story that reads like it could have been written by one of the greats of noir fiction. I highly recommend it.” Scott Parsons

Every Read Thing Review

“Michael Murphy pens a solid mystery that is rich in 1930s culture. The crackling dialogue, the prohibition era setting and the plot are in the same vein as a Hammett or Chandler whodunit.”

Jay Williams Goodreads review

“Everything in this story could be a cliché, but it reads as fresh and interesting as a newspaper extra. Every character is a mix of good and evil, and readers may recognize themselves or their friends as the characters are so true to life. This is definitely a book to keep in your library for regular re-reading.” Jay Williams

Michelle's Bookshelf

“There’s a lot here to enjoy, and Murphy takes full advantage of the setting, which I really appreciate as a reader. We meet sexy ruby-lipped women who swing their hips as they work the streets, Cole Porter seeking inspiration to overcome his writer’s block, elevator operators who look straight ahead and desk clerks who look the other way. The City is practically a character in this action-packed mystery, complete with bloody fights and gunshots in rain-slicked streets.”

Goodreads Review

“Woo-wee, I loves me some noir. And this is noir done RIGHT. It has all the fixin’s: extremely likable protagonist who routinely gets brutalized, beautiful dames with secrets to hide, a case that unfolds in layers, and some swell Prohibition name-dropping.”


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