Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Salon: Murder Your Darlings by J.J. Murphy

The Vicious Circle is meeting for their daily gathering at the Algonquin Round Table.

For the first time Dorothy Parker arrives early. But that’s a bad thing because she finds a dead body under their table.

While waiting for the cops, Dorothy meets aspiring writer William “Billy” Faulkner from Mississippi. Within minutes, Faulkner becomes the prime suspect. Dorothy takes it upon herself to clear his name and find the real killer.

As she begins her detective work, she enlists the help of her fellow writers including Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott, and Robert Sherwood. Can they find who killed drama critic Leland Mayflower before one of them becomes the next victim.

MURDER YOUR DARLINGS is set during the Roaring Twenties in New York. Author J.J. Murphy has taken real people, true facts and created a fictitious cozy mystery. For a trip back in time when flappers were fashionable and probation was in force, pick up a copy of MURDER YOUR DARLINGS and be swept away.

Author J.J. Murphy's website is Algonquin Round Table Mysteries

Murder Your Darlings by J.J. Murphy, An Alconquin Round Table Mystery, Obsidian, @2011, ISBN: 978-0-451-23199-4, Paperback, 324 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Now a note about a gala event occurring today at Hollywood Spy.

Dez, the master of movie information, is hosting his annual awards party. I’ve found my gown, just need to change and I'll be ready to go, how about you? 

Put on your fanciest gown or tux and pop over with me to see what's going on.


  1. I will check out that J J Murphy novel...

    As I had mentioned last week, I have started a weekly feature on Sunday, Sharing Poetry With You, where I would be sharing any poem that has made an impact on me. It could be a classic one or a contemporary one, and anything in between. Do check out what poem I share today by clicking on Sunday Salon: Sharing Poetry With You. You are invited to convey your thoughts on the poem posted. In one word or many words..your choice!

  2. The novel sounds charming! I'll have to look it up :)

  3. ah, I absolutely loved your gown, you looked stunning at the red carpet Masy! :)
    Hope you like the award I gave you at the gala ceremony!

  4. Mason - Thanks so much for this review. I always liked Dorothy Parker, so this is, I'm sure going to be a good read.

    And enjoy the awards!!!

  5. I like the idea of taking literary characters and creating a mystery involving them. It sounds like a fun read!

  6. This sounds like a wonderfully captivating mystery.

    I like how you feature one book for your salon post...something to ponder!

    Here's my salon today:

  7. Gautami, enjoyed your poem. You are helping me expand my reading into the genre of poetry, thanks so much.

    Jemi, hope you like it. It's set in an interesting era.

    Dez, thank you for my award. I'm honored and speechless.

    Margot, thanks. MURDER YOUR DARLINGS does put a little different slant to Dorothy and her fellow writers.

    Joanne, it was a fun read. J.J. Murphy did a good job of blending fact and fiction for an interesting read.

  8. Laurel-Rain, I have featured more than one book at a time but lately I don't seem to get more than one finished before Sunday Salon. I've got to do better. I like the variety you feature.

  9. Love the premise for the book.

    All my gowns are at the cleaners. I'll crash in a pair of jeans. LOL
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

  10. I've been trying to focus on only reviewing the books I like on my blog. That's the kind of review I read. Though it is nice to read reviews of books I should NOT read also....

    And this book sounds delightful.

  11. Glad everyone has dressed up for Dezz's event!

  12. I love that dress. Wish I could fit into something like that. Have fun!

  13. You look wonderful!

    The book does too. I love the roaring twenties and I love the girl on the cover with the cloche hat!


  14. what a fun-sounding book! And ooo, I love love love your dress!!! Congrats on the award~ muwah! :o) <3

  15. Definitely on the TBR stack. Thanks for the review.

  16. Dorte, I agree. The title and cover grabbed my attention first.

    Nancy, wish I'd thought of wearing jeans. Lot more comfortable. :)

    Deb, it is a delightful read.

    Alex, see you at the gala.

    Harvee, if only I could fit in something like this dress and look as good as the model. That's the wonderful thing about blogdom, this virtual dress fits perfect. LOL

    Clarissa, I love hats like the one on the cover but I can't wear them. My ears stick out.

    LTM, I think this would look great on you too. Congratulations on your award too.

    Mary, hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. Congratulations on your award too.

  17. A cozy mystery with literary characters-- it sounds like a charmer! And I love the cover!

  18. Eek, another fun book to add to my LOOOOOONG list of to reads. I enjoy Dorothy Parker and this sounds like a clever idea and my favorite way to learn history.

  19. KarenG, the cover takes you back in time doesn't it?

    Kathy, there are bits of history mixed in with the fiction. It's interesting.


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