Book Review: All That Glitters

All That GlittersPublisher: Alibi, 2015

A couple of months ago I read The Yankee Club (my review). It was set in New York city in the 1930s. Jake Donovan, a former detective, now a mystery writer, investigated the death of a good friend. While investigating he uncovered a conspiracy to overthrow FDR’s new government.

Now in All That Glitters, its a few months later and Jake is traveling with his girlfriend, Broadway actress Laura Wilson, to Hollywood. Laura has a contract with Carville Studios to star in a new movie.

The very night that Jake and Laura arrive in that glittering city, there is a Hollywood-style party. Lots of glamour everywhere and then – the son of the studio-head is murdered. Unfortunately, Jake is the main suspect since he had an argument with the man earlier.

Jake, of course, is innocent. Not to worry. Jake is very resourceful. I know he’ll get himself out of trouble and find the real killer. Watching Jake (and Laura) do all of that is loads of fun. Yes, a murder mystery can be very serious, but in this case there is lots of humor along the way. I love the inclusion of real-life celebrities in the story – one example being Louella Parsons, the legendary gossip columnist. I’ll admit to not liking this addition in the last book, but I was sold on it in All That Glitters.

Michael Murphy has a good thing going with this great new historical mystery series. After reading the first one, The Yankee Club, I really wanted more. The same is true of this second one. The books are short, fast-paced and a good look back and an interesting era and the people in it. The publisher, Alibi, is a new wing of Random House. They are specializing in quick-read, murder mysteries that are strictly e-books. I’ve read several Alibi books now and I will say it again:  Alibi (and Michael Murphy) has a good thing going.

Thanks to Alibi for my copy of the book and to TLC Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of it all. To see other stops on the book tour, visit the schedule here:  TLC Book Tours

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8 Responses to Book Review: All That Glitters

  1. Thanks so much for your kind words about my Jake and Laura series. As you might guess, I’m having a lot of fun with the characters and the time (thirties) the story is set in. Book three comes out this summer and I’m well into book four.

  2. Margot says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Thanks also for all the hours of good reading you’ve given me. I’m looking forward to books three and four and whatever other books you have in the hopper. Your books show that you had fun writing them. They’re fun to read.

  3. Beth F says:

    I usually love books set in the 30s. I’ll have to look for these.

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  5. This sounds like a series I’d really enjoy! I’m glad you can recommend it so highly. Thanks for being on the tour.

  6. DogsMom says:

    I have had this on my TBR pile for a while. I must get started!

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