Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Tour: The Yankee Club by Michael Murphy

Author: Michael Murphy
Publisher: Random House Alibi
Date of publication: August 2014

In 1933, America is at a crossroads: Prohibition will soon be history, organized crime is rampant, and President Roosevelt promises to combat the Great Depression with a New Deal. In these uncertain times, former-Pinkerton-detective-turned-bestselling-author Jake Donovan is beckoned home to Manhattan. He has made good money as the creator of dashing gumshoe Blackie Doyle, but the price of success was Laura Wilson, the woman he left behind. Now a Broadway star, Laura is engaged to a millionaire banker—and waltzing into a dangerous trap.
I am a fan of black and white movies, especially film noir.  You know, the old detective stories where the women are glamorous and the men wore suits and hats and you never know who to trust? Those movies are what The Yankee Club reminded me of, so the story didn't disappoint. I found myself really enjoying the story as well as the characters. I liked not ever really knowing who was a good guy or who Jake could trust. I won't talk too much about the plot, because I don't want to give away a few surprises.

What I found amusing about the book was the inclusion of famous people of that time.  Dashiel Hammett, Cole Porter, Ethel Merman, the Kennedy clan  and more make cameo appearances in the book.  I thought that made the story really fun. Especially, when events that were happening around Jake ended up helping each artist in their creative process.  

I think fans of this genre will love this story.  It looks like it is the beginning of a great new series.  I want to read more Jake and Laura adventures!
About the author:

Michael Murphy is a full time author and part time urban chicken rancher in Arizona. He lives in Arizona with his wife of forty-one years and the four children they adopted this past year. In August, Random House Alibi will publish his ninth novel, a historical mystery set in the prohibition era, The Yankee Club.

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Michael Murphy’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, August 4th:  Reading Reality
Tuesday, August 5th:  5 Minutes for Books
Wednesday, August 6th:  Bibliotica
Friday, August 8th: ImaginativeMinds*
Monday, August 11th:  The Book Binder’s Daughter
Tuesday, August 12th: Read a Latte
Thursday, August 14th:  The Reader’s Hollow
Friday, August 15th:  Mystery Playground  – Author Guest Post “Drinks with Reads”
Monday, August 18th:  Joyfully Retired
Tuesday, August 19th:  Life by Kristen
Wednesday, August 20th:  Nightly Reading 
Thursday, August 21st: A Book Geek
Monday, August 25th:  Laura’s Booklist
Wednesday, August 27th:  From the TBR Pile
Friday, August 29th:  Harlie’s Books


Michael Murphy said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed The Yankee Club and the famous characters that dropped in from time to time to help Jake and Laura solve the mystery.

Anonymous said...

I do like when famous character make appearances in a novel. What fun!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.