Review: Murder Your Darlings by J.J. Murphy

Description (from cover):

‘I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I’m under the table,
After four I’m under my host.
–Dorothy Parker
On this particular morning, legendary wit Dorothy Parker is not the one under 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…’

My thoughts:

Wow! What a read. I was pleasantly surprised by the historically themed cozy mystery that features literary geniuses such as Dorothy Parker and William Faulkner. Set in the 1920’s the Algonquin round Table is quite famous for their literary endeavors and for their lives flouting Prohibition and notorious gangs that run New York City. However, when someone ends up dead under their famous table, everyone is suspect. Friends turn against friends and everyone is on edge trying to figure out who was murdered and why.

I personally love books set in the 1920’s. Give me a mystery and some fabulous characters and I know I will be amused. I loved this book! Dorothy Parker’s wit is so amusing and made me laugh in so many different places in this book. I found it really hard to put this one down and I am immediately beginning on the next in this series, You Might as Well Die, as I can’t wait to see what Dorothy and her quirky cohorts get themselves into this go around.

A cute murder mystery where everyone is suspect and there is no lack of clues. This one will leave you guessing until the very end and will leave you with a stitch in your side from all the laughter. Highly recommend this series to lovers of historically based mysteries or even cozy lovers who are looking for a little something outside the normal cozy mystery mold. A great read and one that I was delighted to have read!

Overall Rating: 5+

Title:  Murder Your Darlings
Author:  J.J. Murphy
Series:  Algonquin Round Table Mystery #1
Publisher:  Signet
Publication Date:  January 4, 2011
Pages:  336
Genre:  Historical Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

2 thoughts on “Review: Murder Your Darlings by J.J. Murphy

  1. I'm glad to see that you like this one. I picked it up a while ago on a whim and it's sitting on one of my TBR piles waiting to be read. Sounds like I might need to move it up the ranks.


  2. I have this one on my shelf waiting to be read. But now you've written a glowing review, I need another historical mystery for the challenge I'm doing, and it would make for a good cozy cull. Perhaps should bump it up my list.


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