Why should Dorothy Parker’s friends be the only ones making “enviable names” in “science, art, and parlor games”? Dorothy can play with the best of them—as she sets out to prove at a New Year’s Eve party at the Algonquin Hotel. Since the swanky soiree is happening in the penthouse suite of swashbuckling star Douglas Fairbanks, some derring-do is called for. How about a little game of “Murder”?
Each partygoer draws a card to be detective, murderer, or victim. But young Broadway starlet Bibi Bibelot trumps them all when her dead body is found in the bathtub. No one knows who the killer is, but one thing is for sure—they won’t be making gin in that bathtub.
When more partiers are put in peril, it becomes clear the game is indeed on, and it’s up to Dorothy, surprise guest Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the members of the Round Table to stay alive—and relatively sober—long enough to find the killer…
About the Author
J. J. Murphy has been a life-long Dorothy Parker fan and is the author of two previous Algonquin Round Table Mysteries: Murder Your Darlings and You Might as Well Die.
What People are Saying About This
Praise for the Agatha Award-nominated Murder Your Darlings:
“Sparkles with a wit to match the original Algonquin Round Table. I devoured it, chuckling all the way.”—Rhys Bowen
“Dorothy Parker—satirist, poet, and one of the great wits of the twentieth century—is the feisty heroine of this delightful mystery…I loved it!” —Suspense Magazine
“A brilliant first novel ... Murphy has courageously ventured into [Dorothy] Parker's world, and does quite a creditable job ... And the mystery ain't bad either.” —Mystery Scene
Praise for You Might as Well Die:
“Pure entertainment with some very funny scenes…Well researched and well written…Murphy [is] a talented and intelligent writer, whose fictional characters remain true to the spirits of their originals… You Might as Well Die and its predecessor, Murder Your Darlings, are bonbons for fans of the 1920s.” —Gumshoe Review
“[A] charming 1920s period piece…With a strong sense of time and place, fans will enjoy this engaging Americana as the superb twisting investigation enhances a feeling of being part of the Round Table.” —Genre Go Round Reviews