Wings in the Dark coming July 14

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Author Michael Murphy

To read an excerpt from Wings in the Dark, click on the book cover. You’ll find chapter 1 “Under the Cover.”

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.

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

“With a nod to Dashiell Hammet’s iconic Thin Man, Michael Murphy’s Jake & Laura mystery series are a treat for those who enjoy their mysteries with a splash of wit, a dash of old Hollywood glamor, and a large dose of chemistry. While not a screwball comedy, Wings in the Dark has many of the classic elements that made The Thin Man a beloved legend – a charming couple, a thrilling mystery, shady suspects, action, humor, and more than a touch of romance.” Crittermom

“Author Murphy does an absolutely fantastic job of taking historical moments and figures and blending in a mystery story that has all the excitement and toughness of a period detective story while appealing to the modern reader.” Looking For A Good Book Blog

“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.” Jay Williams

In Michael Murphy’s action-packed Prohibition-era novel of suspense, mystery writer Jake Donovan returns to the bright lights and dark alleys of New York City—uncovering a criminal conspiracy of terrifying proportions.

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Journey back to Hollywood’s Golden Age. 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.

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