Book Review: Wings In the Dark

Wings In the Dark
: Michael Murphy

Publisher: Alibi

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

My Reason For Reading This Book:

I’ve read the first two books in this great new mystery series and I had to keep going. The two main characters are worth spending time with. They are former private investigator and mystery writer, Jake Donavan, and Broadway and Hollywood actress, Laura Wilson. The stories are set in the 1930s. Each book has featured the fictional side of real (and famous) people.

What the Book Is About:

It’s 1935. Jake and Laura are finally married and are now on their honeymoon in Hawaii. They are trying hard to keep a low profile and just enjoy their tropical paradise, and each other.

But also on the island is their friend Amelia Earhart. Amelia doesn’t want to bother them because she is busy getting ready for her big flight from Hawaii to the Pacific coast. It’s never been done before. And then, a local businessman is killed right near Amelia’s plane.

Amelia is accused of murder which could mean all sorts of bad consequences. Amelia needs Jake and Laura’s help. The two detectives ferret out the clues and meet some interesting people along the way, including George Patton.

What I Thought:

Michael Murphy does not disappoint in this third installment. He’s very thorough in his research, which I really appreciate in an historical mystery. He also knows how to keep the dialogue flowing and how to keep everything lighthearted. This is not a heavy-handed mystery. It’s meant to be light and full of fun. It’s just right for a sit-on-the-porch-it’s-raining kind of summer day. Give it a try.

Here are the first two books in the series links to my reviews:

The Yankee Club

All That Glitters

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3 Responses to Book Review: Wings In the Dark

  1. Kay says:

    I like the sound of this series, Margot. The time period is fun and the inclusion of ‘real’ people is also fun, if it’s done well. I’ll give the first book a shot.

  2. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series, Margot. I’m enjoying bringing Jake and Laura to readers. Busing working on the next installment coming in February, The Big Brush-Off.

  3. Terra says:

    Oh goody, a new to me mystery series that sounds great.

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