Monday, January 19, 2015

TLC Book Tours Book Review: All That Glitters

Author: Michael Murphy
Title: All That Glitters
Publisher: Alibi
Publish Date: Jan 6, 2015
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours & Net Galley
Book Blurb: 
In Michael Murphy’s rollicking new Jake & Laura mystery, the hard-boiled writer and the aspiring movie star head for sun-drenched Los Angeles, where a cold-blooded murderer lurks behind the scenes.

Just arrived from New York, Broadway actress Laura Wilson is slated to star in Hollywood’s newest screwball comedy. At her side, of course, is Jake Donovan, under pressure to write his next mystery novel. But peace and quiet are not to be had when an all-too-real murder plot intrudes: After a glitzy party, the son of a studio honcho is discovered dead from a gunshot wound. And since Jake exchanged words with the hothead just hours before his death, the bestselling author becomes the LAPD’s prime suspect.

br> In 1930s Tinseltown, anything goes. Proving his innocence won’t be easy in a town where sex, seduction, and naked power run rampant. With gossip columnist Louella Parsons dead-set on publicizing the charges against him, Jake has no choice but to do what everyone else does in the City of Angels: act like someone else. Blackie Doyle, the tough-talking, fist-swinging, womanizing hero from Jake’s novels wouldn’t pull any punches until he exposed the real killer—nor will Jake, to keep the role of a lifetime from being his last.

Review: If you love historical mysteries, you are definitely going to want to grab a copy of All That Glitters by Michael Murphy. It is the second book in the Jake and Laura mystery series and it is a page turner.

Murphy really brings 1930s Hollywood to life. The speakeasies, the sultry dames to name a few things.

This isn't a cozy mystery. Jake is a mystery writer who was a former gumshoe. It makes him a far more credible sleuth than most. His fiancee, Laura, is sweet and sassy actress, who is much smarter than the average actress is portrayed as being.

When the writer of the screenplay that Laura is starring in, ends up with a bullet to his head, and Jake is the most likely and yet least likely suspect, he knows he has to clear his name.

Through his investigation, you get to know the actors and studio bosses and stage moms and all of them are pretty quirky. I love the teenage, Sonny, whose career is derailed thanks to Shirley Temple.

This is a fast, fun mystery. There are so many people and scenarios as to whodunit that it will keep you guessing until the very end.

I can't wait to go back and read The Yankee Club!

Rating: 5 flowers


Michael Murphy said...

Thanks so much for reading and reviewing book two in the Jake and Laura series, All That Glitters. It's an honor to be on your terrific blog.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Jake & Laura sound like my kind of crime-fighting duo! I'm glad you enjoyed reading about them!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Jake & Laura sound like my kind of crime-fighting duo! I'm glad you enjoyed reading about them!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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