Random House Alibi will reveal the cover for book three in the Jake and Laura series, Wings in the Dark, February 2. Stop by and take a look!

“You know how it is when you have the perfect cup? The aroma is great, the perfect balance in taste, it’s hot enough to warm your soul, but not too hot to burn your tongue and the mug fits perfectly in your hands. All the senses are engaged and you forget the world around you. That is this book to a mystery reader- it has the impeccable balance.” Lilac Reviews Book Blog

“Jake and Laura really do remind me of Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora. They are fun, witty, and charming and the novel is filled with the same kind of 1930’s Hollywood glamour that made the film of The Thin Man such a classic.” Goodreads review

I am sad because this book is author Michael Murphy’s follow-up to the first book in the Jake & Laura Mystery series, The Yankee Club. This story picks up right on the heels of The Yankee Club‘s ending…and I did not get a chance to read that book first. You can bet I will pick up a copy though and read it. Openbooksociety.com article.

In Michael Murphy’s rollicking new Jake & Laura mystery, the hard-boiled writer and the aspiring movie star head for sun-drenched Los Angeles, where a cold-blooded murderer lurks behind the scenes.

Just arrived from New York, Broadway actress Laura Wilson is slated to star in Hollywood’s newest screwball comedy. At her side, of course, is Jake Donovan, under pressure to write his next mystery novel. But peace and quiet are not to be had when an all-too-real murder plot intrudes: After a glitzy party, the son of a studio honcho is discovered dead from a gunshot wound. And since Jake exchanged words with the hothead just hours before his death, the bestselling author becomes the LAPD’s prime suspect.

In 1930s Tinseltown, anything goes. Proving his innocence won’t be easy in a town where sex, seduction, and naked power run rampant. With gossip columnist Louella Parsons dead-set on publicizing the charges against him, Jake has no choice but to do what everyone else does in the City of Angels: act like someone else. Blackie Doyle, the tough-talking, fist-swinging, womanizing hero from Jake’s novels wouldn’t pull any punches until he exposed the real killer—nor will Jake, to keep the role of a lifetime from being his last.

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Michael Murphy’s action-packed Prohibition-era novel of suspense, a mystery writer returns to the bright lights and dark alleys of New York City–uncovering a Nazi  conspiracy that threatens the new administration of President Roosevelt.

Scott Parsons’s review of The Yankee Club:

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.

Jay Williams’s review of All That Glitters:

The cast of characters is as good as anything Damon Runyan came up with and made the story compelling on so many levels. I so enjoyed Murphy’s ability to capture the environment and immerse the reader. The dramatic ending was better than a movie. You can’t miss with this book.


During Hollywood’s Golden Age, Jake, the hard-boiled writer and Laura the aspiring movie star head for Tinseltown, where a cold-blooded murderer lurks behind the scenes.

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