Thanks to all of you

There are so many steps involved in launching a book. Here’s just a few:

  • virtual book launch parties
  • guest posting on book blogs
  • sharing reviews on twitter, Facebook, Google + etc.

It’s been a hectic three weeks since the release of book two in my Jake and Laura mystery series, All That Glitters.

Another Jake and Laura mystery

Another Jake and Laura mystery

Work remains promoting the book, but I didn’t want to neglect all my friends who’ve done so much to help. Many of you are on Goodreads. Special thanks to you for adding the book to their to-read lists, recommending it to friends, posting comments on blog appearances and posting reviews. Words can’t express my gratitude for all you’ve done.

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Latest Reviews for All That Glitters

“You know how it is when you have the perfect cup? The aroma is great, the perfect balance in taste, it’s hot enough to warm your soul, but not too hot to burn your tongue and the mug fits perfectly in your hands. All The senses are engaged and you for get the world around you. that is this book to a mystery reader-it has the impeccable balance.” Reviewer Felita Daniels, Lilac Reviews. Read the entire review.

“Jake and Laura really do remind me of Dashiell Hammett’s Nick and Nora. They are fun, witty, and charming and the novel is filled with the same kind of 1930’s Hollywood glamour that made the film of The Thin Man such a classic.” 

Popcorn Reads Book blog. Read the entire review here.

Another Jake and Laura mystery

Another Jake and Laura mystery

Thanks to all of you who’ve taken the time to read and post reviews of The Yankee Club and All That Glitters. Readers are the best!

In news about the Jake and Laura mystery series, Random House Alibi will release book three, Wings in the Dark, July 14. Final touches are being made for the book cover that will be revealed in soon, but you can still pre-order now at the Kindle Store, the Nook store, of wherever ebooks are sold.

For more details on The Yankee Club, All That Glitters and Wings in the Dark, go to my website.

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Goodreads

Many of you are on Goodreads, a terrific social site for book lovers. If you’re not a member you might want to join the 35 million people who read and share reviews, join groups and book discussions.

Like any social media site, you can set up your profile, search for friends with similar interests, as well as searching for your favorite authors and reviews of books you’re considering purchasing.

If you are a member, I hope you’ll stop by and check out what readers are saying about All That Glitters and The Yankee Club.

Here’s my profile page. If we’re not yet Goodreads friends, send me a friend request. Happy reading.

Inspired by The Thin Man movies

Inspired by The Thin Man movies

Another Jake and Laura mystery

Another Jake and Laura mystery

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All That Glitters is here!

Another Jake and Laura mystery

Another Jake and Laura mystery

On the heels of the wildly successful The Yankee Club, Random House Alibi today released All That Glitters, book two in the Jake and Laura mystery series set in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

It’s available for download for just $2.99 wherever ebooks are sold including the following locations:

Amazon Kindle   Barnes & Noble Nook   Kobo     Google Play     eBooks.com     iBooks     Books-A-Million

What others are saying already:

“All That Glitters is a fun read throughout with great characters and a colorfully rendered atmosphere. I enjoyed The Yankee Club and thought All That Glitters was even better. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.” Goodreads reviewer Linda Baker

“…it’s like a script from the “Thin Man” or a Kathrine Hepburn-Cary Grant screwball comedy.” Blogger Zeb Krantrowitz

“I liked this book.  I liked it a lot and of the various mystery books and mystery series’ that I’ve read, this is far and away my favorite.  I can’t wait for more.Looking for a good book?  All That Glitters is gold.” Looking for a Good Book Blog

 “The cast of characters is as good as anything Damon Runyan came up with and made the story compelling on so many levels. I so enjoyed Murphy’s ability to capture the environment and immerse the reader. The dramatic ending was better than a movie. You can’t miss with this book.”  Book Reviewer Jay Williams:

“There has been a serious lack of mysteries in my bookshelf, and I’m so glad that I found these. Jake and Laura are the best, and they make such a great team.” Goodreads reviewer Bree Garcia

All That Glitters, the new episode of Michael Murphy’s Jake and Laura series, a cozy mystery series if ever there was one, is full of Depression-era flavor, complete with celebrities from the time and place in which is it set. The writing is tight and sassy. Murphy has penned a winner!” Seattle Book Mama Blog:

“Journey back to those tough Depression days with Jake and Laura as they find themselves in what looks like a disaster for their relationship and their jobs in one terrific mystery with echoes of the great Dashiell Hammett.” Goodreads reviewer Bill

A special thanks to everyone who has read and taken the time to review All That Glitters.  Authors greatly appreciate reviews.

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Pinterest Classic Movies Board

I had great fun writing All That Glitters set during the classic age of Hollywood. I recently created a Pinterest board about the pre-code movies, you know the naughty, bawdy films released before June of 1934.

Do you have any favorite classic Hollywood photos?

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All That Glitters Excerpt

Thanks to everyone who made the recent sale of the first Jake and Laura novel, The Yankee Club such a big success. The release of the second Jake and Laura mystery, All That Glitters will be here soon. Pre-order now and download January 6!

For an excerpt, click on the link below and find out what’s happened since The Yankee Club ended.

  All That Glitters by Michael Murphy (Excerpt)

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All That Glitters and more books in 2015

2014 has been a wonderful year for me as a writer and personally. I just finished the third Jake and Laura novel that comes out in July, and in a few weeks All That Glitters comes out, January 6. I also have a blog tour January 6 through January 30 to look forward to.

The year’s been successful with the release of the first Jake and Laura mystery The Yankee Club and the recognition of my Woodstock novel, Goodbye Emily.

My professional success is due to the representation of a wonderful agent, Dawn Dowdle, who formed Blue Ridge Literary Agency a few years ago when I was looking for an agent.

Dawn represents many talented mystery and romance authors. Like me, they have books coming out next year. Here’s a few terrific books and their authors I thought might be of interest.

Wagon Train Cinderella, a western romance novel by Shirley Kennedy will be released February 3, but is available for pre-order now. Take a look.

Kelly Moran has two books coming out int he first quarter of 2015, Ghost of a Promise is a paranormal romance has a January 26 release date, and Return to Mea contemporary romance will be released March 3. Both can be pre-ordered now and they’ll download on their release date.

Every Move She Makes by Janine Gallant will be released March 31. It’s a romantic suspense. Like most of the others, it’s available for pre-order now.

Betsy Ashton‘s, Max Max Uncharted Territory, is coming in June. Betsy is a writer, a thinker, a golfer, wife mother and grandmother. Her first Mad Max novel Mad Max Unintended Consequences, available for a limited time for just 99 cents.  When her daughter is murdered, Mad Max Davies and her grandchildren, including the paranormally gifted Emilie, set out to solve the crime and bring the killer to justice.

A couple of weeks ago Angel Nicholas‘s novel Sweet Deception was released. It’s a terrific romantic suspense novel. Take a look.

Another novel released earlier this month was mystery writer Susan Union‘s Paws of Death, the second in the Randi Sterling mystery series. Susan, a horse woman…horse person?… is a member of Sisters in Crime, American Horse Publications, and the American Quarter Horse Association.

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Special Offer on The Yankee Club

For a limited time,  you can download The Yankee Club for just $.99. If you haven’t read the Prohibition-era mystery, now’s your chance. Download at the Kindle Store, Nook Store or wherever ebooks are sold.

Don’t let the offer expire. Just click on the link below. It’s that easy!

Kindle      Nook       Kobo       Google Books       iBooks       ebooks.com

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Laura Wilson’s bio

The last post gave the background for Jake Donovan. He and Laura Wilson are the two main characters in my Prohibition-era mystery series that started with The Yankee Club and will continue January 6 with All That Glitters.

If you read The Yankee Club, you know Laura had a tough life growing up. Things began to look up when she and her old man moved to Queens where Laura met Jake, but there was much about her life that didn’t make the final manuscript of either novel, so I thought I’d share with this post.

Laura was born in 1902 and didn’t remember much about her mother who left when Laura was three. Her father began to drink much and blamed Laura for her mother’s departure, ignoring his own failings as a husband, parent and a man.

As she grew, her father recognized her mother’s beauty in Laura and his resentment grew, as did his consumption of alcohol. The beatings were always there, but they got worse, the older Laura got.

When she was twelve, Laura and her old man moved to Queens into Jake and Gino Santoro’s neighborhood. She got to know Jake a year later during the school’s production of Tom Sawyer. Her interest in acting came from her desire to escape the painful reality of growing up.

With Jake in Europe during the Great War, Laura graduated from high school and left home that day. She never saw her father again. She moved in with other actresses, and when Jake came home from the war and asked her to marry him, she wanted to say yes. She’d loved Jake since high school, but she’d vowed never to be dependent on any man.

When Jake became a Pinkerton detective and left New York, Laura concentrated on her acting even more. She outgrew the teenage roles in off-Broadway plays, but landed minor parts as female sidekicks in musicals and comedies, but men noticed and remember her for her black-haired, green-eyed beauty. Broadway

When Jake returned to New York due to his father’s ill heath, Laura and Jake resumed their relationship, but still wouldn’t marry him. They shared an apartment after his father died.

Jake started his own detective agency with Mickey O’Brien, and Laura helped out around the office. At her request, Jake taught her to handle a gun, and she often accompanied him on investigations.

Laura landed a lead in a romantic comedy and her career took off. Jake had begun to write and had his first novel published, but their successful careers led to new conflicts. Jake left for Florida and Laura became a leading lady on Broadway.

The Depression had a devastating impact on Broadway. Theaters  closed and actors, including plenty of Laura’s friends lost their jobs.

Laura however, continued to land leading roles. Nearly two years after Jake left, she landed the lead in Night Whispers at The Longacre Theater. One night, a cocky scoundrel from Hollywood, Eric Carville, makes his way back stage and presents Laura with an opportunity she can’t turn down. She signs a contract with Carville studios.

Jake returns from Florida, and the next two weeks are told in The Yankee Club. When the play ends, Laura and Jake leave for Hollywood,  and the events that take place when they get there are told in All That Glitters, coming January 6.

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Another Jake and Laura mystery

 

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Jake Donvan

Several of The Yankee Club reviews have praised the two main characters in the series, Jake Donovan and Laura Wilson.

“Jake and Laura remind me a bit of the characters from The Thin Man–a couple who find themselves solving crimes together,” Goodreads review

“Jake isn’t superhuman – he’s a guy with a strong background in police/detective work who’s been out of the game a bit.” Daniel’s Goodreads review.

Those who’ve read The Yankee Club, know a lot about Jake Donovan, but much of his background never made it into the manuscript. So, I thought I’d share more about Jake’s life particularly before 1933, the start of the novel.

Jake, the son of Pat and Marie Donovan, was born in Queens, New York in 1900, making him 33 during the events that take place in The Yankee Club. His mother died of influenza during the plague of 1908. Pat Donovan, always a dreamer who longed to move the family to Florida, raised Jake and his two older sisters, Mary and Teresa as best he could. He made sure the kids attended church on Sundays at St. Timothy’s. In addition to values, his father taught Jake to take care of himself and to box, a skill that came in handy later in life.

Jake was fourteen when Laura and her old man moved into Jake’s neighborhood. That first year, Laura mostly kept to herself, but Jake got to know her better a year later when they both tried out for a school play. Laura landed the part of Becky Thatcher while Jake was Tom Sawyer. During rehearsal they shared their first kiss. Jake was in love.

He didn’t know Laura’s father slapped her around when he drank, which was often. By the time Jake found out, he and Laura were high school sweethearts, and he and his buddies Gino and Danny straightened her old man out.

Jake and Laura dated through high school. They talked about marriage, but life doesn’t always turn out the way young people plan The United States went to war the year Jake graduated. He lied about his age (seventeen) and joined the army where he was dispatched to Europe and met a fellow New Yorker, Micky O’Brien.

War changes people, but combat didn’t change Jake’s feelings about Laura who struggled to become a young actress as a way out of her house. When he returned, Jake proposed, but Laura turned him down. She was determined to make it on her own as an actress.

Stung by Laura’s rejection, Jake landed a job as a Pinkerton detective hoping to leave Queens and his broken heart behind. He got his wish when he was assigned to the Baltimore office where he met Dashielle Hammett. For the next few years, Jake worked at various Pinkerton offices around the country, including Omaha and Los Angeles.

Jake’s father contacted tuberculosis in 1927. With his sisters married and in other states, Jake quit his job as a Pinkerton and returned to Queens to care for his father, who died a year later.

By this time, Laura had landed a small role on Broadway. Jake proposed marriage again. Laura turned him down but they moved in together. Jake and Micky O’Brien opened their own detective agency at the same time Jake began to write mystery novels.

Empire Press published the first Blackie Doyle novel. The book was a big success, as were the next two novels, but in spite of the stock market crash and the spread of the Great Depression, Jake wanted more.

Laura’s landed the lead in a Broadway play the week Jake proposed again. When Laura rejected him again, Jake turned the detective business over to Micky and left town.

Unlike his father, Jake made it to Florida where he continued to write. He might have stayed there permanently, but in 1933, Jake’s editor, Mildred, wasn’t satisfied with the third Blackie Doyle novel. She insisted he return to New York briefly to work out the differences.

What happened when he arrived is chronicled in The Yankee Club.

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Inspired by The Thin Man movies

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