Book Review: “All That Glitters” by Michael Murphy

January 14, 2015 at 1:29 am | Posted in Books | 4 Comments
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Michael Murphy in his new book, “all that glitters book coverAll That Glitters” Book Two in the Jake & Laura Mystery Series published by Alibi gives us another adventure with Jake Donovan & Laura Wilson.

From the back cover:   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.

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.

Jake and Laura have now arrived in Hollywood after the events of the first book, “The Yankee Club”. Don’t worry you can read this all by itself and it will be just fine. Though I do recommend that you read the first one just for the sheer enjoyment of it. Laura is going to be in a movie, Jake is hired to help with the plot. The the person he gets into an argument with is murdered and Jake is the prime suspect. Now he is trying to solve the case to get himself off the hook. “All That Glitters” is a top-notch thriller filled with blackmail, betrayal and murder. Mr. Murphy really knows how to write a good story and he has the uncanny ability to transport you back in time so that you feel that you are there. The characters in this book are so well done you would swear they are real. My only complaint was the language it is “R” rated. I suppose it makes them sound tough but Bogart, Cagney and the others never spoke like that and those stories are classics. Other than that this is grade A+. I am so glad to have found Michael Murphy and am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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  1. Love your book blog. It’s an honor that you read and posted your review on your blog. Thanks so much.

  2. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy this series! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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