Friday, August 7, 2015

Wings In The Dark Review

Title: Wings in the Dark
Author: Michael Murphy
Genre: Historical / Cozy Mystery

Witty and stylish in the classic Dashiell Hammett tradition: in Michael Murphy's latest high-flying Jake & Laura Mystery, their Hawaiian honeymoon is interrupted when their friend Amelia Earhart is accused of murder.

Hawaii, 1935. 
Mystery novelist Jake Donovan and actress Laura Wilson are in gorgeous sun-soaked 
Hawaii, but their best laid plans for canoodling on the beach are interrupted by a summons from 
famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart. It seems a local businessman has been gunned down next to her 
plane. In just days, the famous pilot intends to fly from Honolulu to Los Angeles, making aviation 
history over the Pacific. But now, without Jake and Laura's help, Earhart's flight might never take off. 

Trailing a killer, the newlyweds' sleuthing leads to a jealous pilot, a cigar-chomping female officer of 
the "Royalist Militia" and a notoriously disagreeable lieutenant colonel named Patton. With a sinister killer lurking in the shadows, it's safe to say the honeymoon is over . . . and the danger has just begun.

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This exciting historical action mystery can easily be enjoyed as a stand alone.
I am sure that once you meet Jake and Laura you will want to dive into their other adventures.

On the surface, the story revolves around Amelia Earhart's 1935 attempt to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean. Amelia and Laura Wilson, well known, beautiful actress, have become friends. With Laura and new husband, mystery writer Jake Donovan, in Hawaii on their honeymoon at the same time as Amelia's flight, of course they will get together. It just does not happen under the best of circumstances.

A wealthy and influential business man, who was a major supporter of Amelia's flight, is murdered in the hangar. Not only does Amelia look guilty but even if no one believes her to be a murderess, her flight may be off. That has great political implications.

Jake and Laura, being who they are, take up the cause of protecting Amelia, finding the true murderer, and making sure the flight can continue as scheduled. Throw in a cast of other interesting and adventurous characters plus a few historical celebrities and you will be drawn back in time with this exciting crime noir.

With more than a nod to Dashiell Hammet's writing style, you'll find wit and humor in Michael Murphy's series. It is a great escape read and may spark your interest in finding out more about the historical events of the times. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

Historical mystery writer Michael Murphy
author of the Jake and Laura mystery series

Website: http://mj




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