Jake and Laura Mystery Series

I hope you’re enjoying the Jake and Laura mystery series and wanted to share some background of how the books came about. The series was inspired by the charm, wit and sophistication of The Thin Man movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. I’m such a fan of Powell’s that he appears in book 2 in the series, All That Glitters.

Of course, Dashiell Hammett wrote the original novel that launched the series. I’m a big fan of his as well and Hammett appears in The Yankee Club.

I had several goals in mind for creating the series; 1) capturing the time, end of the Prohibition-era 2) create compelling characters. I hope readers find Jake and Laura interesting and enjoyable. 3) reflect the humor and sophistication of The Thin Man movies.

Inspired by The Thin Man movies

Inspired by The Thin Man movies

The Yankee Club is a New York speakeasy. The story, based on actual historical events, follows Jake, a former Pinkerton detective who’s become a successful mystery writer as he reconnects with Broadway actress Laura Wilson who’s engaged to a powerful business man. Jake and Laura uncover a Nazi plot to replace the new American President, Franklin Roosevelt.

All That Glitters,  finds Jake and Laura in Hollywood where Laura

Another Jake and Laura mystery

Another Jake and Laura mystery

is about to star in her first movie. Her career and their future is in jeopardy when Jake becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a studio executive.

Wings in the Dark will be available for download July 14, finds Jake and Laura in Hawaii. Their honeymoon is interrupted when their friend Amelia Earhart is suspected of shooting a prominent Honolulu businessman.Wings in the Dark_Murphy

Reviews indicate readers are enjoying the series and have made the connection to The Thin Man series:

“Glittering with a hint of Nick and Nora, Michael Murphy’s 1930s Manhattan provides a witty setting for murder and mayhem.”—Mary Daheim, bestselling author of The Alpine Yeoman, on The Yankee Club

“[Jake and Laura] are fun, witty, and charming, and [All That Glitters] is filled with the same kind of 1930s Hollywood glamour that made the film of The Thin Man such a classic.”—Popcorn Reads

Hope you’re enjoying the series.


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Oscars and The Golden Age of Hollywood

Sunday’s Oscars were a tribute to modern Hollywood. The telecast left me longing for days gone by.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was the brainchild of Louis B. Mayer, of MGM who wanted an organization that would mediate labor disputes and improve the industry’s image.

The first awards ceremony of the new organization was held in 1929, shortly after the birth of what is now considered the Golden Age of Hollywood with the release of The Jazz Singer in 1927.

Winners had been announced three months in advance eliminated the suspense, much like Sunday’s event. Best picture of 1929? Wings.


Janet Gaynor on receiving the first ever Oscar for best actress said, “Naturally, I was thrilled but being the first year, the Academy Awards had no background or tradition, and it naturally didn’t mean what it does now. Had I known then what it would come to mean in the next few years, I`m sure I`d have been overwhelmed. At the time, I think I was more thrilled over meeting Douglas Fairbanks.” – on receiving the very first Best Actress Oscar.

The Academy moved away from involvement in labor and focused on Hollywood’s image. In the 1930’s movies grew in popularity, in spite of The Great Depression. Throughout the decade, MGM dominated film making giving rise to the star system that produced so many famous Hollywood actors.


Why is the award called Oscar? While the origin of the name isn’t clear, a popular story has it that upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick remarked that it resembled her Uncle Oscar.

I’ve always enjoyed the Golden Age of Hollywood so it was only a matter of time before I wrote about it. It was a fascinating journey researching the era and writing, All That Glitters and sharing with a few details about Oscar and the Golden Age of Hollywood.




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Jake and Laura

Wings in the Dark_MurphyThe Jake and Laura Prohibition-era mystery series funny, suspenseful and romantic.  Wings in the Dark, the third book in the series, finds the couple in Hawaii where Amelia Earhart is about to attempt a flight across the Pacific. Penguin Random House Alibi will release the ebook July 14. Pre-order now for just $2.99 for your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or any ebook device.

Those of you who follow the historical mystery series know Jake
Donovan is a former detective who has become a successful mystery Yankee Club with the rose crop 4writer, while the love of his life, Laura Wilson, is a popular actress. The series began with The Yankee Club where Jake returns to the bright lights and dark alleys of New York City. He and Laura encounter Cole Porter, Babe Ruth, Ethel Merman, Joe Kennedy and his sons while uncovering a criminal conspiracy that threatens the government.

All That Glitters  finds Jake and Laura in sun-drenched Hollywood where the actress is about to star in her first film while a murderer

Another Jake and Laura mystery

Another Jake and Laura mystery

lurks behind the scenes.  The novel takes place during the Golden Age of Hollywood where they meet William Powell, Carole Lombard, Jack Benny and others.

You can download The Yankee Club and All That Glitters now for just $2.99, wherever ebooks are sold.    




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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.

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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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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

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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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