Book Review: “Wings In The Dark” by Michael Murphy

August 1, 2015 at 10:36 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Michael Murphy in his new book, “Wings in the Dark book coverWings In The Dark” Book Three in the Jake & Laura Mystery Series published by Alibi gives us another adventure with Jake Donovan & Laura Wilson.

From the back cover:   Witty and stylish in the classic Dashiell Hammett tradition, Michael Murphy’s latest high-flying Jake & Laura mystery features a Hawaiian honeymoon that’s interrupted when their friend Amelia Earhart is accused of murder.

Hawaii, 1935. Mystery novelist Jake Donovan and actress Laura Wilson are in gorgeous sun-soaked Hawaii, but their best-laid plans for canoodling on the beach are interrupted by a summons from famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart. It seems a local businessman has been gunned down next to her plane. In just days, the famous pilot intends to fly from Honolulu to Los Angeles, making aviation history over the Pacific. But now, without Jake and Laura’s help, Earhart’s flight might never take off.

Trailing a killer, the newlyweds’ sleuthing leads to a jealous pilot, a cigar-chomping female officer of the “Royalist Militia,” and a notoriously disagreeable lieutenant colonel named Patton. With a sinister killer lurking in the shadows, it’s safe to say the honeymoon is over . . . and the danger has just begun.

It is 1935 and Jake and Laura have now arrived in Hawaii for their honeymoon after the events of the second book, “All That Glitters”. Don’t worry you can read this all by itself and it will be just fine. Though I do recommend that you read the previous two books just for the sheer enjoyment of it. In terms of history there is a lot going on:  they are at the height of the Great Depression, they are six years before Pearl Harbor and two years before pilot Amelia Earhart disappears. None of this matters to them so much as they are on vacation. However there is a murder and it seems that Laura’s friend Amelia Earhart is framed and the only one who can solve this is Jake.  “Wings In The Dark” is a top-notch thriller filled with frame-ups, mystery 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. Jake and Laura as well as the other characters in this book are so well done you would swear they are real.  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 Enchanted Book Promotions.  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. I’m so glad you enjoyed book three in the Jake and Laura series, Wings in the Dark. Thanks for reading, reviewing and posting the review on your terrific blog.

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