Today I welcome back TLC book tours to my blog with another great book by Michael Murphy. I invite you to read my review and enter the giveaway for a $25 gift card and a copy of Michael’s first book, The Yankee Club.
All that Glitters is the second installment of Michael Murphy’s Jake and Laura mystery series. This book has all of the same qualities that made the first book a great read. This book is set in 1933 in Hollywood, when Jake and Laura take a train cross country from New York to begin their new life in Hollywood.
Laura Wilson has signed a contract to be in movies for Carville Studios. I loved the setting in old, glamorous Hollywood with its enchanting actors, lavish parties and the glitz of the big screen. It was interesting to see the history of how movies with speaking actors, called “talkies,” developed. It was a very exciting time for people involved with the big screen; these movie studios provided people with a good laugh through their screwball comedies even though the country was in the midst of a depression.
When Jake and Laura get off the train in California, Jake immediately understands that there are a variety of unsavory and dishonest characters involved in the movie business. Jake has a fight with Eric Carville on his first night in Hollywood while he is at a party with the “who’s who” of Tinseltown. It is well-known that Eric, the son of the movie studio’s owner, is a bully that is used to pushing everyone around; but now he has met his match in Jake Donovan.
Of course, the Jake and Laura series wouldn’t be complete without a mystery. When Eric ends up dead, Jake is the prime suspect and in order to clear his name he is drawn right back into his role as a gumshoe. Even though he was supposed to leave his detective life behind in New York, his instincts won’t let him wait for the police to prove his innocence.
If you enjoyed the first book in the Jake and Laura series, then you will equally love reading ALL THAT GLITTERS. Michael Murphy has pulled off another successful novel with interesting characters, a riveting story, and a great setting that transports us back to Prohibition Era Hollywood.
About The Author:
Michael Murphy is a full-time writer and part-time urban chicken rancher. He lives in Arizona with his wife of more than forty years and the four children they adopted this past year. He’s active in several local writers’ groups and conducts novel-writing workshops at bookstores and libraries.
The author is giving away a $25 Gift Card to the book store of your choice as well as a copy of the first book in the Jake and Laura series, The Yankee Club. Giveaway ends 1/30.
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