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  • Posted December 31, 2012

    A Friendly Game Of Murder is the third book in the An Algonquin

    A Friendly Game Of Murder is the third book in the An Algonquin Round Table Mystery series.

    I'll admit that when I started the first book it took me a little while to appreciate all the one liners and double meanings that go on, for the most part, between Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley. This series will give you a chuckle or laugh on just about every page.

    It's New Years Eve at the Algonquin Hotel and Alexander Woollcott is trying to get everyone interested in the game of Murder that they usually play. Before they can get started Dr. Hurst, a guest, announces that there is a case of smallpox at the Algonquin and the hotel is put under quarantine. Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford then invite all the guest to their penthouse to party hearty until the end of the quarantine. As the party is beginning to get underway, Bibi Bibelot, sheds her silver fox coat and doesn't have stitch on. She heads for the bathroom and order for champagne to be brought so she could take a bath and invited everyone to watch. The one thing she did have on was a silver locket, which Dorothy saw Dr. Hurst hand to Fairbanks when they first got to the penthouse. Then Dorothy hears a heated argument between Dr. Hurst and Bibi. Soon after Dorothy goes to check on Bibi and finds her dead in the bathtub with no real apparent injuries. And it is a locked room mystery, as the door is locked and a bath towel is up against the door on the inside. It is also a locked hotel mystery, too. And the "valuable" silver locket is missing also.

    With the help of friends from "The Table", Woollcott thinks of him self as a detective, but this time they Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to help. Dorothy adoringly calls him Artie. Only Dorothy would do that.

    If you are looking for a lot of quick one liners and a few come backs, this the series to check out. Never a dull moment when you are sitting around the Algonquin Round Table.

    One example of the humor: Dorothy and Benchley are riding in the elevator with Sir Arthur and Benchley asks Dorothy what school she attended, she quips back--Elementary, my dear Benchley, Elementary.

    Love the humor in this series and certainly looking forward to the next book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

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    I loved this book, as well as the first two in the series - Murd

    I loved this book, as well as the first two in the series - Murder Your Darlings and You Might as Well Die. Of course I was always a big fan of Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley having discovered them back in the 1970s. If you are looking for a witty, and yet well-written mystery that takes place during Prohibition, this is it!

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    Well, I think this book is just awesome. Of course, I'm the auth

    Well, I think this book is just awesome. Of course, I'm the author, so what do you expect? 

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    Posted March 31, 2013

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