Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Murder Your Darlings - 1st in the Algonquin Round Table Mystery series
Author: J. J. Murphy
Release Date: January 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Historical Mystery
Year/Setting: 1920's/New York City
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
J. J.'s Website/Blog: www.jjmurphy.com
During the roaring 20's, in New York, a group of writers, reporters and literary geniuses (or so they thought) used to meet for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel. They were fondly named the Algonquin Round Table.
Once in a while, during their discussions one of them, or more, found themselves under the table because they were mostly very serious drinkers. On one such morning, however, when they were getting ready to lunch, a guest of one of the writers was found under the table. He wasn't dead drunk however, he was just dead. A very charming, wannabe writer from the south named Billy Faulkner, is suspected of the murder. Some of the lunch bunch, namely Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott, and Robert Sherwood, have decided to help Billy out and be amateur detectives to find out who did the deed. With a very difficult mystery on their hands the literary mavens proceed to stick their noses into a murder case and the police are really miffed at them all. So, hopefully before the cocktail hour comes around they can solve this case and outwit the culprit.
I really enjoyed this cozy. Being a former librarian, I am familiar with these writers and found the story captivating. These people really knew how to have a good time without hurting anyone. They are so interesting and I'm hoping that the author comes up with some more good stories featuring the Round Table. So enjoy, and I'll talk to you soon.
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