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Murder Your Darlings (Algonquin Round Table Mystery Series #1)

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    After I finished reading this book, I wanted to go to a murder m

    After I finished reading this book, I wanted to go to a murder mystery dinner!! This was a great "first in a new series" featuring Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table gang. Filled with smart remarks full of wit and some could say heart, this story had me smiling and wanting more! This is a great read for those that enjoy literary figures and the time period of prohibition and New York in the 1920's. I wasn't familiar with many of the characters prior to beginning this story, but wanted to learn more as I read further (they are based on real literary figures from the time period). I appreciated the historical notes that the author included at the end of story. I'm not much for historical time period books but wanted to try something new and I'm glad I did. Definately looking forward to more in this series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2012

    A fresh and entertaining start... New to me author J.J. Murphy

    A fresh and entertaining start...

    New to me author J.J. Murphy delivers a fresh and entertaining start to a historical mystery series that revolves around the Algonquin Round Table with Dorothy Parker front and center. Mr. Murphy does a commendable job of bringing the Depression-era time period to life and with plenty of snarky sarcasm and wisecrack dialogue from the characters. Though the mystery itself does not seem too complicated a case, I found myself so immersed in the story and the characters that I had a very difficult time trying to figure out whodunit. In the end, I was very surprised.

    The only problem I had with this story was the numerous references to Mrs. Parker’s lack of funds. Repetitive comments made by Mrs. Parker about her inability to pay for cab fare, food or drink frustrated me. I kept expecting her to be arrested on a theft of services charge for consuming food or beverage or hiring a taxi that she couldn’t pay for. The story has several scenes of Mrs. Parker and Mr. Benchley making jokes and sarcastic comments, so I was left to wonder if the comments about her bankrupt status were also another of their standing inside jokes with one another.

    Overall, I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of mysteries and if you’re not a fan, I recommend it for the entertaining characters and witty dialogue. I will be looking for the next book in the series as Dorothy Parker is a success in not just poetry and writing but also holds her own with murder cases.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Round Table Deserves Round of Applause

    I didn't know much about the Algonquin Round Table or Dorothy Parker, but now I'm hooked on this new series. Wonderfully witty and filled with puns and word play, I hated to see it end. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Mystery/History Combo

    This is a great combination of '20s Mystery and '20s NYC history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Interesting read with a twist

    gives a flavor of a different era and lifestyle.Real characters make it an interesting read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

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    A vivid taste of the Roaring Twenties in New York City

    It is the 1920s with Prohibition in full swing. Vanity Fair columnist Dorothy Parker, renowned for her wit, lives in the Algonquin Hotel. She is going to the restaurant where she and her fellow writers have their own table dubbed the Round Table. Dorothy notices a pair of legs sticking out from the table and assumes one of the regulars has arrived.

    She finds the corpse of Leland Mayflower, the Knickerbocker News drama critic. At the same time William Faulkner introduces himself to Dorothy; telling her he came from Mississippi to immerse himself in the culture as he hopes to one day write about what he sees and feels. The police look at the young writer as a suspect so Dorothy and her friend Mr. Robert Benchley begin to ask questions. Faulkner saw the person who killed the critic and the cops seek him out as he is a known gun for hire. However someone kills the culprit before the police can interrogate him. Mobster Mick Finn takes the second murder personally as the gun man worked for him; he cannot afford to allow someone to get away with killing one of his men or he will lose face. The killer, the mobster and the police keep their sights on Parker and Benchley with the former wanting to insure they can't identify him and the latter hoping they can.

    This historical mystery is very atmospheric; giving armchair time traveling readers a vivid taste of the Roaring Twenties in New York City. Dorothy is portrayed as a good friend, a tough broad and a highly regarded member of the literary intelligentsia. Celebrities appear in cameo roles, which enhance the realism of Murder Your Darlings so that the grateful audience will appreciate Parker-Benchley, amateur sleuths.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

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    I liked the book but in my opinion it was longer then necessary.

    I liked the book but in my opinion it was longer then necessary. I did figure out who the murderer was, but even though I did know who I liked the ending. I did like how the author describes the characters and settings. I would recommend reading this book.

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