Publisher: 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