Murder Your Darlings by J. J. Murphy

22 Aug

Murder Your Darlings by J. J. Murphy

Murder Your Darlings by J. J. Murphy

This is the August 2011 read for my book club – Pikes Peak Bookworms.

From the back of the book:

On this particular morning, legendary wit Dorothy parker is not the one under the Manhattan’s famed Algonquin Round Table.  Someone else is — and he’s not dead drunk, just dead.

When a charming aspiring writer from Mississippi named Billy Faulkner becomes a suspect in the murder, Dorothy decides to dabble in a little detective work, enlisting the help of tablemates Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott, Robert Sherwood, and other famous and fabulous literary cohorts.

With a marvelous Manhattan mystery on their hands, it’s up to the Algonquins to outwit the true culprit — preferably before cocktail hour — and before the clever killer turns the tables on them. . .

What I liked about this book: It’s not your typical cozy. Thanks to Dorothy Parker, you get just a hint of snarkiness in this book that you don’t find in many cozies.  Parker’s acerbic wit comes through loud and clear.  I like that it’s historical fiction and a mystery.  It’s not easy to work real people into a piece of fiction, but Murphy does an excellent job. I thought characters were rich and well developed. They were not just cardboard cutouts of famous people.  Reading this book made we want to do a little research on this famous circle of writers and critics.

What I didn’t like about the book:  I found the police detectives very irritating, but that’s not something I would hold against the book. I don’t think we are supposed to like them. Though I will say that I was surprised that they turned out to be rather smarter than I had imagined in the beginning.

All around, I found this a very enjoyable read. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes cozy mysteries with a historical bent. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.


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