Book Review: Murder Your Darlings: Algonquin Round Table Mystery

Murder Your Darlings: Algonquin Round Table MysteryMurder Your Darlings: Algonquin Round Table Mystery by J.J. Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I chose this novel because I am a fan of the Algonquin Round Table, especially Dorothy Parker, and was intrigued to see them involved in a murder mystery. Frankly, I expected to find a trite, average mystery, full of stock characters and am glad to say I was wrong. This is an old-fashioned mystery, for sure, with only one victim, and many suspects, but that only makes it more interesting.

Mrs. Parker is our main character, and together with Robert Benchley, and other members of the Round Table, she tries to discover the killer. The scattering of other famous characters throughout the book was, for me, simply delightful, as were the various literary references. (My one wish would have been for more of Mrs. Parker’s poetry.) Among those famous personages we encounter is a young writer from Mississippi, Billy Faulkner, who Dottie takes a shine to; movie star Douglas Fairbanks;  boxing legend Jack Dempsey, and a host of others.

I won’t give away the ending, because that would be no fun at all. But I will say I was surprised, and because of that, I’m happy to recommended Murder Your Darlings, and I will be looking for the next in the series!

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