Wings in the Dark (A Jake & Laura Mystery #3)
Witty and stylish in the classic Dashiell Hammett tradition, Michael Murphy’s latest high-flying Jake & Laura mystery features a Hawaiian honeymoon that’s 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.

Wings in the Dark (A Jake & Laura Mystery #3) Details

TitleWings in the Dark (A Jake & Laura Mystery #3)
Author
ReleaseJul 14th, 2015
PublisherAlibi
ISBN-139780553393378
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cozy Mystery

Wings in the Dark (A Jake & Laura Mystery #3) Review

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    Mystery novelist Jake Donovan and actress Laura Wilson are back in Wings in the Dark, the third book in the Jake & Laura mystery series. The newly wed couple are are in Hawaii on a honeymoon when they get pulled in to investigate a murder at a hanger. Hank Kalua, a businessman has been shot and the police are suspecting Amelia Earhart and now they must find proof that she is innocent.After reading All that Glitters, the second book in this series was I really looking forward to reading the s Mystery novelist Jake Donovan and actress Laura Wilson are back in Wings in the Dark, the third book in the Jake & Laura mystery series. The newly wed couple are are in Hawaii on a honeymoon when they get pulled in to investigate a murder at a hanger. Hank Kalua, a businessman has been shot and the police are suspecting Amelia Earhart and now they must find proof that she is innocent.After reading All that Glitters, the second book in this series was I really looking forward to reading the sequel and I was especially happy that Amelia Earhart that showed up in the end of All that Glitters was part of this book. Jake and Laura are a wonderful couple and they have finally tied the knot and are on a honeymoon with no planes whatsoever to get involved in a murder that is until a man dies close to Amelia Earhart plane and she was the only on there. Still Jake has promised Laura, no more dangerous cases, but Amelia husband will not take no for an answer and pressure Jake's agent to make Jake take the case. So now Jake and Laura must put their honeymoon on hold to find out who really shot Hank Kalua. Why did the man get shot, is someone trying to frame Amelia and is there a spy in Hawaii? It was nice to read a new Jake and Laura book, but I found the case in this book less interesting and much easier to crack than the previous book. I knew from the beginning who the spy was and that in many ways ruined the books story for me. It is one thing to suspect a character in a book, it's another to be quite sure of the identity of the one everyone is looking for. For one thing, there wasn't that many people in the book to suspect, not enough red herrings and that made the identification of the spy easy to figure out. But, I was a bit surprised in the end when Jake figured out something in the case that I hadn't though of. Also, even though the case was not the strongest part of the book is it always nice to read about a time I'm really fond of. And, the cameos of Shirley Temple and General George Patton was a nice touch. Also, the appearance of another famous person towards the end was quite interesting. Makes me wonder what the next book will be about.So in my humble opinion, not as good and charming as All that Glitters, but a decent read. I still have the first book unread and I'm looking forward to reading that one.I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!
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  • The Shayne-Train
    January 1, 1970
    A new location, the same old brilliance.Jake and Laura could go anywhere, anywhere, and the results would be the same. They could be in Utah, Istanbul, or goddamned Narnia. Regardless, they'll have a rollicking noir adventure that I'll be delighted to share with them.This time, it's the beautiful and exotic Hawaii. It has three vowels next to each other at the end of the word. Exotic. Boom.All the swell things that I've come to expect from Mr. Murphy are here: the twisty-turny murder mystery, th A new location, the same old brilliance.Jake and Laura could go anywhere, anywhere, and the results would be the same. They could be in Utah, Istanbul, or goddamned Narnia. Regardless, they'll have a rollicking noir adventure that I'll be delighted to share with them.This time, it's the beautiful and exotic Hawaii. It has three vowels next to each other at the end of the word. Exotic. Boom.All the swell things that I've come to expect from Mr. Murphy are here: the twisty-turny murder mystery, the famous-name dropping, the white-knuckle action, and the exquisitely written dialog.In addition to all that, there's some really interesting background stuff about America's slow trod into WWII, and about Hawaii's entry into the U.S.I'd love to throw back a few bourbons with Jake Donovan. And if he gave me a sock in the nose for making eyes at Laura, it'd still be more than worth it.Yeah, it's officially official. I'll follow these two anywhere, and will until the last word is written.
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  • Bill
    January 1, 1970
    Travel to Hawaii in 1935 to join mystery writer and former PI Jake Donovan and actress Laura Wilson as they try and help their friend Amelia Earhart take her historic flight from Hawaii to California.In Hawaii for their honeymoon, Jake and Laura get a call from their friend, Amelia Earhart; someone has murdered one of her backers in her hanger feet from her plane.Worried someone is out to stop her historic flight, Jake and Laura, despite their honeymoon, decide to help their friend, and begin to Travel to Hawaii in 1935 to join mystery writer and former PI Jake Donovan and actress Laura Wilson as they try and help their friend Amelia Earhart take her historic flight from Hawaii to California.In Hawaii for their honeymoon, Jake and Laura get a call from their friend, Amelia Earhart; someone has murdered one of her backers in her hanger feet from her plane.Worried someone is out to stop her historic flight, Jake and Laura, despite their honeymoon, decide to help their friend, and begin to uncover more than one who wants to stop Amelia Earhart – perhaps permanently.This is another page turner mystery steeped in the paradise of Hawaii and the romance of the time – witty and rich in the people and the emerging World War conflict of the times.
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  • Fungi From Yuggoth
    January 1, 1970
    Review: WINGS IN THE DARK by Michael Murphy (A Jake and Laura Mystery #3)Prolific novelist Michael Murphy is also a research mavens, bringing past eras vividly to life. In this installment of his delightful Jake and Laura Mystery series, the dynamic couple enjoy a gorgeous tropical vacation in Hawaii. Remember, this is 1935, the height of the Great Depression, 6 years before Pearl Harbor, 2 years before pilot Amelia Earhart s disappearance. Speaking of Amelia, the female pioneer pilot is a great Review: WINGS IN THE DARK by Michael Murphy (A Jake and Laura Mystery #3)Prolific novelist Michael Murphy is also a research mavens, bringing past eras vividly to life. In this installment of his delightful Jake and Laura Mystery series, the dynamic couple enjoy a gorgeous tropical vacation in Hawaii. Remember, this is 1935, the height of the Great Depression, 6 years before Pearl Harbor, 2 years before pilot Amelia Earhart s disappearance. Speaking of Amelia, the female pioneer pilot is a great friend of Laura, and when she is accused of murder, well, who else to enlist but mystery writer and former Pinkerton detective Jake, and actress-wife Laura?
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  • Lynx
    January 1, 1970
    Mystery author Jake Donovan and Hollywood starlet Laura Wilson have decided to spend their honeymoon in beautiful Hawaii, lazing in the sun, going out dancing and visiting their good friend Amelia Earhart. It’s a fresh start, with Jake promising Laura he’s through with Detective work. That is until a man is murdered and the finger is pointed in Amelia’s direction. While both aren’t too happy to be thrown into the middle of things it doesn’t take long for the duo to team up Nick & Nora style Mystery author Jake Donovan and Hollywood starlet Laura Wilson have decided to spend their honeymoon in beautiful Hawaii, lazing in the sun, going out dancing and visiting their good friend Amelia Earhart. It’s a fresh start, with Jake promising Laura he’s through with Detective work. That is until a man is murdered and the finger is pointed in Amelia’s direction. While both aren’t too happy to be thrown into the middle of things it doesn’t take long for the duo to team up Nick & Nora style and solve the case.This is the third book in the Jake and Laura Mystery Series, something I wasn’t informed of until I found myself reading spoilers of previous cases. As a stand alone mystery I didn’t find it all that compelling and without the connection that I’m sure others feel for the characters after two previous books I didn't find it as enjoyable as I had hoped I would. The characters were charming though and maybe in the future, when the spoilers have been wiped from my mind I'll give the series another shot starting from book one.If the premise interests you, make sure you begin at the beginning.*Thank you Random House and Netgalley for this review copy.*
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    I love the Jake and Laura mysteries. There's always some parts of nonfiction mixed in with the fiction. And the name dropping is all over the place. The stories put you back in the glamorous Hollywood days and add a lot of fiction to events actually going on during that time. Sometimes, Jake can be a little cheesy, as well as the story, but they are still both very entertaining. Jake's wisecracking thoughts are at times laugh out loud hilarious. You always know what he's thinking. I stumbled ont I love the Jake and Laura mysteries. There's always some parts of nonfiction mixed in with the fiction. And the name dropping is all over the place. The stories put you back in the glamorous Hollywood days and add a lot of fiction to events actually going on during that time. Sometimes, Jake can be a little cheesy, as well as the story, but they are still both very entertaining. Jake's wisecracking thoughts are at times laugh out loud hilarious. You always know what he's thinking. I stumbled onto these not too long ago and can't wait for the next one in the series! Thanks Alibi and Net Galley for providing me with this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. I found it very entertaining, dahling! Ha!!
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Mr Murphy concocts a compelling story with eminently likeable characters. The plot is wonderfully twisty, the story is multi-layered and addictive. I personally can't wait for the next Jake & Laura story!
  • Donna Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Michael Murphy’s Jake and Laura series is both engaging and interesting, the best blend of historical fiction and detective fiction I’ve seen in a long time. Until I got halfway through, it was headed for the land of five stars, and I am not sure how objectively I’ve been able to review it since that point. But I went with my gut, and ultimately, when it comes to fiction, that’s what every reader uses to judge a book. Thank you to Random House, Net Galley, and the author for permitting me a snea Michael Murphy’s Jake and Laura series is both engaging and interesting, the best blend of historical fiction and detective fiction I’ve seen in a long time. Until I got halfway through, it was headed for the land of five stars, and I am not sure how objectively I’ve been able to review it since that point. But I went with my gut, and ultimately, when it comes to fiction, that’s what every reader uses to judge a book. Thank you to Random House, Net Galley, and the author for permitting me a sneak peek; this title will be available to the public August 31. I rate this 3.5 stars, rounded up.Jake Donovan, our intrepid detective-turned-novelist, is working on his latest Blackie Doyle novel, but he takes a break from work to honeymoon with his bride, the famous actress Laura Wilson. He has sworn off detective work at her insistence, and has decided he likes being a novelist better, anyway. Fate intervenes, however, when Laura’s good friend, Amelia Earhart, finds a man dead near her plane. It’s shaping up to be a really great story. At this point, I am noticing the level of historical detail, and thinking of this as potentially great classroom material. A number of public schools teach language arts and history in a block simply titled “Literacy”, and since so many young folks have reading skills that aren’t up to snuff, sometimes the best way to teach history is by partnering it with historical fiction. The book is clean enough that no one is going to race to the nearest school board meeting to complain; no explicit sex. The possibility is exciting, for teenagers and perhaps also for the author and publisher. There are some wonderful, positive depictions of women, who were active in non-traditional roles during this time period. What a great book for teens as well as adults! It was then that I ran into the “J” word. Here, once I got past the slapped-out-of-nowhere feeling that racist terms generally evoke, I asked myself whether the historical circumstances of the novel merited the inclusion of this term in place of the correct term, “Japanese”. I also reminded myself that the rest of the book might be free of the term, and I could just push past it, as sometimes one must, and return to an appreciation of the story’s period flavor and nicely woven plot. The problem here is that the word kept popping up in nonessential places, as if it were a bit of window dressing, and it was accompanied by some rather nasty language about that group. And again, it was a word used commonly during the time period by Caucasians and some others. For that matter, so was a lot of racially and ethnically derogatory language; even in the early 1960’s, I can recall hearing casual conversations peppered with anti-Black, anti-Jew, anti-Italian terms when nobody was angry; it was just the way some white folks talked without even thinking. But most writers today would not choose to evoke that part of history in their writing. The harm outweighs the usefulness. In Wings in the Dark, the only place that it might have been contextually useful is when General Patton enters and leaves again, spewing his trademark xenophobic profanity behind him. But neither Patton nor his profanity is really key to the story line, either.I think about what I like to read; here on the west coast of the USA, most cities have a fairly hefty number of Asians and Pacific Islanders, and this was true of the district in which I taught history and literature until my recent retirement. I could never put this in their hands. What a terrible thing to do to them. And it’s a shame, because they would have enjoyed reading about Amelia Earhart. In fact, there is a magnet school dedicated to aviation and partnered with Boeing. Less the anti-Japanese slurs, they might have made great use of this book; with it, I could see students looking down and away; I could see parents coming to school or to board meetings looking for an explanation.Apart from the term—which hit me harder than it will most Caucasian readers—this is a strong piece of fiction. The pacing, dialogue, and character development are all strong. There are red herrings that I nibbled on and was fooled by, and the ending is about right; at least I think it is. Again, I struggled with objectivity. But I think without the four places that hit my ouch-button, I would have enjoyed the second half of this novel as thoroughly as I enjoyed the first half.
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  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.75 of 5Jake and Laura, who have become my favorite detecting couple, are up to their necks in another mystery in Michael Murphy's Wings in the Dark.Now married and off to have some alone time for their honeymoon, Jake and Laura are trying to enjoy their anonymity when their friend Amelia Earhart, who is planning a record-breaking feat (which could do much to galvanize a country that's been rocked by the depression) asks for the This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.75 of 5Jake and Laura, who have become my favorite detecting couple, are up to their necks in another mystery in Michael Murphy's Wings in the Dark.Now married and off to have some alone time for their honeymoon, Jake and Laura are trying to enjoy their anonymity when their friend Amelia Earhart, who is planning a record-breaking feat (which could do much to galvanize a country that's been rocked by the depression) asks for their help when she's surrounded by murder and sabotage. Anonymity was nice when they were trying to lie low and relax, but when they get involved in helping their friend, seeking assistance from the local police becomes a challenge.Author Murphy does an absolutely fantastic job of taking historical moments and figures and blending in a mystery story that has all the excitement and toughness of a period detective story while appealing to the modern reader. In this book Murphy shines by placing the action in a more confined area -- the island of Hawaii -- while presenting a much broader story arc; and the savvy reader will understand the implications and how Jake and Laura have been placed at the precipice of the second world war.It's difficult to pin-point just what it is about a Jake & Laura Mystery novel that appeals In the first book, I think I was definitely attracted to the characters -- specifically the real figures in history and how much fun Murphy had with them. Though real historical figures appear in the second book, I was definitely more attracted to the story and the development of the main characters. This third book builds on all of these things, as well as building on the historical events of the period and weaving in Jake and Laura, making them integral to history as we know it. It is fascinating, and it is fun.I read a lot of good books, but there are very few books or authors for whom I will buy their newest release, without question. Michael Murphy and the Jake & Laura series has joined that rank of 'must buys.' The only downside? The books appear to only be released in electronic format, meaning I can't very easily share them with friends and get them hooked on the series as well.Looking for a good book? If the Jake & Laura Mystery series isn't already on your "must have" list, it should be, and Wings in the Dark soars at the top of a crowded field of mystery series'.I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Crittermom
    January 1, 1970
    With a nod to Dashiell Hammet's iconic Thin Man, Michael Murphy's Jake & Laura mystery series are a treat for those who enjoy their mysteries with a splash of wit, a dash of old Hollywood glamor, and a large dose of chemistry. While not a screwball comedy, Wings in the Dark has many of the classic elements that made The Thin Man a beloved legend – a charming couple, a thrilling mystery, shady suspects, action, humor, and more than a touch of romance.Hawaii, 1935. Jake Donovan is a full-time With a nod to Dashiell Hammet's iconic Thin Man, Michael Murphy's Jake & Laura mystery series are a treat for those who enjoy their mysteries with a splash of wit, a dash of old Hollywood glamor, and a large dose of chemistry. While not a screwball comedy, Wings in the Dark has many of the classic elements that made The Thin Man a beloved legend – a charming couple, a thrilling mystery, shady suspects, action, humor, and more than a touch of romance.Hawaii, 1935. Jake Donovan is a full-time mystery writer, having put aside his past as a PI and Pinkerton agent. Hollywood has made Laura Wilson a household name, known for her beauty and her talent as an actress. The chemistry between these charming newlyweds is clear, as is their shared talent for landing in and getting out of sticky situations. When Laura's friend Amelia Earhart calls asking the two for help, Laura and Jake put their honeymoon plans on hold. One of the backers for her flight, a local Hawaiian businessman, has been found dead at the foot of her plane. The murder threatens to prevent Earhart from making aviation history – a direct flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles. Jake and Laura agree to investigate. They quickly discover that the victim had more than a few secrets, and more than a few enemies – an angry mistress, a brother jealous of his inheritance, Royalists angry at his American connections, and more. Far more troubling is that he might not have been the intended victim. Not everyone wants Amelia Earhart's flight across the Pacific to be successful.More than a few famous figures play a role in Wings in the Dark, much to my delight. The novel is a fun read, with a nice dose of history thrown in. I highly recommend Wings in the Dark to anyone who enjoys light mysteries with a dose of humor and romance.5/5Wings in the Dark is the third Jake & Laura Mystery. It is available for preorder and will be released July 14, 2015.I received a copy of Wings in the Dark from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.--Crittermom
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! Superb mystery story that I thoroughly enjoyed! The writing style is witty and very appropriate to the era in which the mystery is set. I loved the references to actual historical characters and events like Amelia Earhart, Patton, Hoover, the depression, Japanese expansionism, and the like which are interwoven throughout the story. I hadn’t realised that Hawaii used to have a royal family so learnt whilst enjoying the mystery. An enthralling mystery with strong characters, a complex plot an WOW! Superb mystery story that I thoroughly enjoyed! The writing style is witty and very appropriate to the era in which the mystery is set. I loved the references to actual historical characters and events like Amelia Earhart, Patton, Hoover, the depression, Japanese expansionism, and the like which are interwoven throughout the story. I hadn’t realised that Hawaii used to have a royal family so learnt whilst enjoying the mystery. An enthralling mystery with strong characters, a complex plot and fantastic ending tying things together superbly. My first move after reading this was to go purchase “All that Glitters” one of the earlier book in the series, so watch out for me reviewing that in the not too distant future!Set in Hawaii back in 1935, Amelia Earhart is going to be attempting to fly across from Honolulu to Los Angeles and, at the same time, mystery novelist Jake Donovan and his new wife, actress Laura Wilson are honeymooning on the island. Laura and Amelia are friends so when a prominent local businessman is murdered next to Amelia’s plane, it is Laura and Jack that Amelia and her husband call to help investigate the murder and help clear Amelia’s name. That’s the start of a great investigation, involving a jealous pilot, royalist militia, Lieutenant Colonel Patton and a Japanese assassin, complete with so many unexpected twists and turns, a real roller coaster full of suspense and angst! What a great recipe for a winning read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys thrillers and mysteries!Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bree Garcia
    January 1, 1970
    I just...I love these books so much.Jake and Laura are in Hawaii, celebrating their honeymoon, thinking that they can get away from the glitz and glamour of their new lives. When Amelia Earhart calls them, however, they're dragged into a world of murder, seduction, and worldwide problems. Jake has to find the killer of one of Hawaii's top businessmen, all while making sure Amelia's historic flight goes off unhitched. Laura just wants to have a perfect honeymoon with her new husband, taking in th I just...I love these books so much.Jake and Laura are in Hawaii, celebrating their honeymoon, thinking that they can get away from the glitz and glamour of their new lives. When Amelia Earhart calls them, however, they're dragged into a world of murder, seduction, and worldwide problems. Jake has to find the killer of one of Hawaii's top businessmen, all while making sure Amelia's historic flight goes off unhitched. Laura just wants to have a perfect honeymoon with her new husband, taking in the sight, lounging in their cabana, and staying away from prying eyes. Billy, a confused secretary, is thrown in the mix and has to remain calm when he finds out his secret lover may have a few more secrets than he wishes.At the end of the last book, Amelia Earhart makes a little appearance, and I couldn't wait until this one came out. I was lucky enough to snag this on NetGalley, and I'm so glad I did. This is quickly becoming my favorite mystery series, and for good reasons, too. Jake and Laura are fabulous, because they compliment each other well and always understand the other. Laura is shrewd and one of the world's most highly anticipated up and coming actresses, and she uses everything she has to help her husband solve this mystery. Jake reminds me of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca: cool, confident, and always keeping his real emotions hidden under the surface. The only bad part is now I have to wait for the next one.
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  • Nancy Neumann
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Net Galley and Ransom House for making this available for an honest review.More great fun with Jake and Laura.Finally married, Jake and Laura are honeymooning in Hawaii when Amelia Earhart, of all people, gets involved in a murder. Earhart reaches out to her friend Laura and her new husband to help solve the case. In the course of story, we come across Hawaiian royalists and Japanese spies. All making for a very entertaining adventure. My only complaint is that there never seems to be Thanks to Net Galley and Ransom House for making this available for an honest review.More great fun with Jake and Laura.Finally married, Jake and Laura are honeymooning in Hawaii when Amelia Earhart, of all people, gets involved in a murder. Earhart reaches out to her friend Laura and her new husband to help solve the case. In the course of story, we come across Hawaiian royalists and Japanese spies. All making for a very entertaining adventure. My only complaint is that there never seems to be enough Laura in these books. She's smart and capable, so let's involve her a little more in the mystery.Keep up the good work Mr. Murphy!
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  • Jay Williams
    January 1, 1970
    The fun continues s Jake and Laura tie the knot and honeymoon in Hawaii. America has not entered the war yet, and Hawaii is a mix of ethnicities. When a prominent businessman is killed in Amelia Earhart's hanger, she turns to her close friend, Laura, to get Jake on the case. There are all the twists and turns you have learned to expect from Murphy, and a palette of potential murderers. The characters are interesting and well-developed, the plot leaves doubt right up to the end, and the conclusio The fun continues s Jake and Laura tie the knot and honeymoon in Hawaii. America has not entered the war yet, and Hawaii is a mix of ethnicities. When a prominent businessman is killed in Amelia Earhart's hanger, she turns to her close friend, Laura, to get Jake on the case. There are all the twists and turns you have learned to expect from Murphy, and a palette of potential murderers. The characters are interesting and well-developed, the plot leaves doubt right up to the end, and the conclusion is extremely satisfying. This is a great book, a romp through the pre-war thirties that accurately captures the spirit of the time.
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  • Cathy
    January 1, 1970
    Jake and Laura are just as exciting as they were in the first novel. I love this series, Jake and Laura's banter, and how Murphy makes the reader laugh and cringe at the same time. The dips into history are fascinating, and beg the reader to learn just a bit more. Anyone who is a fan of Cussler's Isaac Bell series, will enjoy these as well. Similar history-mystery feel, yet a touch cozier.
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  • Trisha Perry
    January 1, 1970
    This was a awesome book, it picked up right where the last book left off. I love this old style nior mixed with the suspense and debonair of the main characters. Michael Murphy has a way with word whether it be for adults or kids his books never disappoint and this one is no exception.
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  • Marlene
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published at Reading RealityJake Donovan always tries to convince himself that whatever case he has walked, or in this case been strong-armed, into, it’s always going to be his last. For the good version of last, that he will have given up being a private detective and is now a full-time, and quite successful, author of hard-boiled mysteries.His new wife Laura Winston is rightfully afraid that one of these cases will be his last, for the bad definition of last, that he’ll get himself Originally published at Reading RealityJake Donovan always tries to convince himself that whatever case he has walked, or in this case been strong-armed, into, it’s always going to be his last. For the good version of last, that he will have given up being a private detective and is now a full-time, and quite successful, author of hard-boiled mysteries.His new wife Laura Winston is rightfully afraid that one of these cases will be his last, for the bad definition of last, that he’ll get himself killed. At the same time, Laura can’t help but get herself involved as well, partly to protect Jake, and partly because she can’t let go of the adrenaline rush either.And Laura has plenty of adrenaline in her life already. She is a Broadway actress and Hollywood star. In 1935, the combined incomes of a successful movie star and a best-selling novelist put Jake and Laura into a lifestyle that is both a million miles away from their hardscrabble childhood in Queens, and far from the difficulties of life for so many people during the Great Depression.A Depression which in 1935 shows no sign of ending.This time it’s Jake’s career that gets them into trouble, not that Laura’s connections don’t have a hand in it as well.Jake and Laura are in Hawaii for their honeymoon. Amelia Earhart is in Honolulu in preparation for her ground-breaking solo flight from Honolulu to California. But all is not smooth flying for the aviatrix, and she calls on her friend Laura and Laura’s husband Jake to investigate a murder that threatens to set back her scheduled flight.Someone murdered one of Amelia’s Hawaiian backers in her hanger while she was sleeping in her plane. The police can’t decide whether Amelia is the killer or the real target, so Amelia’s influential husband strong-arms Jake into helping with the investigation.The strong-arming was heavy-handed but very successful. Earhart’s husband George Putnam really was one of the Putnam’s of the publishing house G.P. Putnam’s. He just called Jake’s publisher and threatened to kill the man’s career if he didn’t cooperate.While Putnam’s methods were very heavy-handed, they were necessary, because the plot to stop Amelia Earhart’s flight reached into some surprising and deadly places – and also struck all too close to home.It’s up to Jake and Laura to protect Amelia, investigate the murder and find out both what the killer’s real agenda is and stop them before it is too late.It’s not just the life of Amelia Earhart that’s at stake. This flight, if it is successful, has the potential to continue America’s fascination with and expansion of air travel. If it fails, aviation will go into a depression even deeper than the U.S. economic situation.If the flight succeeds, Hawaii will become a vacation destination for mainlanders, both assisting and transforming the Islands’ economy. And if the flight succeeds, the U.S. Armed Forces will expand into air power and patrol the Pacific Ocean.In 1935, there is a lot of interest in the Pacific Rim in stopping that expansion. At any cost.Escape Rating B+: If you like historical mysteries set in the 20th century, or noir (kind of noir-lite) or stories where real history and real people are wrapped around a fun mystery, this series is an absolute hoot. Start with The Yankee Club and take a trip back to a different time, where so much is different, and so much is the same.Like The Yankee Club, Wings in the Dark is wrapped around some true historical events. Amelia Earhart really was in Honolulu in January of 1935, and this flight, with all its attendant hoopla, did take place. The implications of the flight were as they are in the book. Success meant an expansion of aviation, failure meant that aviation would die a quick and painful death.We’ve seen this in recent history as well. Every time the U.S. Space Program suffers a disaster, there is a retrenchment and reconsideration, even though all the participants signed on for the risk of being among the first people “out there”.The times in which Amelia’s ground-breaking flight took place are also an important part of the picture. Hawaii was part of the U.S., but there were still plenty of people alive who remembered the “good old days” of the monarchy. There is still loads of resentment at the way the U.S. managed to take possession of the Islands.Then there’s the war. The one that hasn’t happened yet, but is certainly looming on the horizon for those who have eyes to see. One of those people with eyes is then Lieutenant Colonel George S. Patton, who was stationed in Hawaii in 1935, mostly an exile in disgrace. Patton views the growing militarization of Japan with alarm, and fears that the Japanese military sees the potential rise of U.S. airpower as a threat to their hegemony.The mystery in Wings in the Dark circles, and sometimes barrel-rolls, around the murder in Amelia’s hangar. At first, it seems like an inside job as well as a crime of passion. Amelia’s female mechanic (and aviation rival) was having an affair with the dead man. But not all of the pieces fit this scenario.The dead man was an Islander who had thrown in his economic lot, very successfully, with the Americans. The Royalist fringe, including his own brother, were not happy with his plans for more American influence.Jake is sure there’s more than meets the eye, and when Patton provides scanty but convincing details of a Japanese assassin operating in the Islands, Jake starts to believe that this case is much, much bigger than he thought.Especially when his old friend, the American agent Landon Stoddard, shows up to stick the government’s oar in this particular choppy water. Whatever is going on, it is way bigger than a simple lover’s spat, no matter how deadly.This is a case where the “who benefits?” question will have world-changing answers.The fun part of these cases is always following Jake and Laura, and whomever they drag along in their wake. Any resemblance to Nick and Nora Charles from Dashiell Hammett’s Thin Man series is strictly intentional. And an absolute blast.
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  • Victor Gentile
    January 1, 1970
    Michael Murphy in his new book, “Wings In The Dark” Book Three in the Jake & Laura Mystery Series published by Alibi gives us another adventure with Jake Donovan & Laura Wilson.From the back cover: Witty and stylish in the classic Dashiell Hammett tradition, Michael Murphy’s latest high-flying Jake & Laura mystery features a Hawaiian honeymoon that’s interrupted when their friend Amelia Earhart is accused of murder.Hawaii, 1935. Mystery novelist Jake Donovan and actress Laura Wilson Michael Murphy in his new book, “Wings In The Dark” Book Three in the Jake & Laura Mystery Series published by Alibi gives us another adventure with Jake Donovan & Laura Wilson.From the back cover: Witty and stylish in the classic Dashiell Hammett tradition, Michael Murphy’s latest high-flying Jake & Laura mystery features a Hawaiian honeymoon that’s 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.It is 1935 and Jake and Laura have now arrived in Hawaii for their honeymoon after the events of the second book, “All That Glitters”. Don’t worry you can read this all by itself and it will be just fine. Though I do recommend that you read the previous two books just for the sheer enjoyment of it. In terms of history there is a lot going on: they are at the height of the Great Depression, they are six years before Pearl Harbor and two years before pilot Amelia Earhart disappears. None of this matters to them so much as they are on vacation. However there is a murder and it seems that Laura’s friend Amelia Earhart is framed and the only one who can solve this is Jake. “Wings In The Dark” is a top-notch thriller filled with frame-ups, mystery and murder. Mr. Murphy really knows how to write a good story and he has the uncanny ability to transport you back in time so that you feel that you are there. Jake and Laura as well as the other characters in this book are so well done you would swear they are real. I am so glad to have found Michael Murphy and am looking forward to the next book in this series.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Enchanted Book Promotions. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Linda Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Jake and Laura are finally married and hoping for a quiet honeymoon of sun and fun in 1935 Hawaii. Jake's background as a Pinkerton and new career as mystery writer along with Laura's acting skills make them formidable if reluctant crime solvers. Of course, the two have friends everywhere; this time it's Amelia Earhart, who is preparing for a solo flight across the Pacific. When they visit her at the hangar just a couple of nights before she is planning to take off they discover a murder victim, Jake and Laura are finally married and hoping for a quiet honeymoon of sun and fun in 1935 Hawaii. Jake's background as a Pinkerton and new career as mystery writer along with Laura's acting skills make them formidable if reluctant crime solvers. Of course, the two have friends everywhere; this time it's Amelia Earhart, who is preparing for a solo flight across the Pacific. When they visit her at the hangar just a couple of nights before she is planning to take off they discover a murder victim, shot once in the back and once in the head. The victim is Hank Kalua, a prominent businessman and chief financial backer of Amelia's flight in the islands. Suspicion immediately falls on Amelia but Hank had plenty of enemies, including his own family, militant Hawaiian Royalists, a spurned mistress and possibly the Empire of Japan. Both the British and American governments seem very interested in ensuring that the flight take place on schedule.The Jake and Laura mysteries are fun romps through the 1930's, full of name-dropping and historical detail. We meet Amelia Earhart, her husband George Putnam, General George Patton as a lowly Lieutenant Colonel trying to climb a stagnant career ladder and even J. Edgar Hoover. The famous and infamous people Murphy includes very much reflect the personalities in the historical record. For those unfamiliar with the somewhat murky history of US involvement in Hawaii, Wings in the Dark has some fascinating detail. This is a fast and entertaining read for historical mystery fans, especially those who enjoy witty mysteries from the 1930's. Jake and Laura fall into the tradition of The Thin Man, and are worthy successors.I have enjoyed all the Jake and Laura books and Wings in the Dark is no exception. Dark times are coming in the world and I'm interested to see how the darkness is shown in future books. Thanks to Random House Alibi and netgalley for an advance digital copy in return for an honest review.RATING- 4 Stars
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  • Ivyd
    January 1, 1970
    Jake and Laura have taken the big step and are on their honeymoon in Hawaii. Pre-Pearl Harbor, white sand beaches, and their friend Amelia Earhardt is slated to make her attempt to fly from Hawaii to Los Angeles. You can imagine everyone’s dismay when one of the prominent local businessmen backing the flight with prize money is found shot dead in Amelia’s hangar. Is his murder personal or is there a more sinister reason for his death.The third in the Jake and Laura series finds our sweethearts n Jake and Laura have taken the big step and are on their honeymoon in Hawaii. Pre-Pearl Harbor, white sand beaches, and their friend Amelia Earhardt is slated to make her attempt to fly from Hawaii to Los Angeles. You can imagine everyone’s dismay when one of the prominent local businessmen backing the flight with prize money is found shot dead in Amelia’s hangar. Is his murder personal or is there a more sinister reason for his death.The third in the Jake and Laura series finds our sweethearts newly married and enjoying the beaches and sights of Hawaii. When a man is shot to death in Amelia’s hangar she immediately calls on her friend Laura for help. Of course Laura includes Jake and George Putnam, Amelia’s husband, ensures Jake’s services are put to use on Amelia’s behalf.Poor Jake, caught between a rock and a hard place when he’s threatened with the loss of his career if he doesn’t “assist” the police, whether they want it or not.4 starsThere aren’t as many cameo appearances from historical figures or names dropped but when you have Hawaii and Amelia Earhart front and center they’re superfluous.Jake and Laura run into old acquaintances, one of which has Jake a tad green; who manage to assist and cause more trouble for our reluctant detective newlyweds. Granted, the whodunnit of the mystery won’t tax your grey cells but there’s a wicked twist and one heck of a climactic fight scene. That being said, it’s always enjoyable to spend a few hours with my favorite historical sleuthing couple, regardless. Anticipating Jake and Laura’s next adventure and celebrity encounters when they return to the mainland.Reviewed for Miss Ivy’s Book Nook, Manic Readers, and Novels Alive TV
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  • Laura Reading
    January 1, 1970
    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 wi 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.I did receive a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Susan Johnston
    January 1, 1970
    I'm getting really fond of this series. The two celebrities- he a famous author and she a famous actress- are on their honeymoon in Hawaii. One of her friends, famous aviatrex, Amelia Earhart, needs her help. Amelia is set to fly from Hawaii to California, a feat so far unaccomplished, but her flight may be shot down when a local businessman is found murdered beside her plane and she is the only other known person in the hanger at the time.Mr; Murphy likes to blend the fictional with the factual I'm getting really fond of this series. The two celebrities- he a famous author and she a famous actress- are on their honeymoon in Hawaii. One of her friends, famous aviatrex, Amelia Earhart, needs her help. Amelia is set to fly from Hawaii to California, a feat so far unaccomplished, but her flight may be shot down when a local businessman is found murdered beside her plane and she is the only other known person in the hanger at the time.Mr; Murphy likes to blend the fictional with the factual characters and to recreate the atmosphere of the dirty 30's. It works particularly well in this book as the local and global events conspire to change the face of Hawaii and the world forever.When Amelia's husband strong arms Jake into investigating the murder to clear his wife, there is the expected pushback from the local constabulary. There is also pressure on him to get involved by various National and Interntional organizations.Naturally, both Jake and Laura are put in harm's way but these two are highly capable so you know things will work out.This is a quick read and a light read. It is perfect for a hot summer's day by the beach.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. It is an old-fashioned mystery in the fashion of Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett. A historical mystery taking place in 1935, Jake (the main character, a former Pinkerton agent, a self-described "gumshoe", and a mystery writer) and his wife (a Hollywood movie star and confidant of Amelia Earhart)get involved in a homicide investigation. The murder takes place in Amelia Earhart's hanger several days before she is to attempt to fly solo across the Pacific from Hawaii I really liked this book. It is an old-fashioned mystery in the fashion of Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett. A historical mystery taking place in 1935, Jake (the main character, a former Pinkerton agent, a self-described "gumshoe", and a mystery writer) and his wife (a Hollywood movie star and confidant of Amelia Earhart)get involved in a homicide investigation. The murder takes place in Amelia Earhart's hanger several days before she is to attempt to fly solo across the Pacific from Hawaii to California. The victim is a rich Hawaiian businessman and the suspects run the gamut from a spurned girlfriend, the victim's disinherited brother, the leader of a Royalist America-hating military group, a bicycle shop owner, and an international spy. It is a quick read, but a good one.
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  • Jennifer Garlen
    January 1, 1970
    Michael Murphy brings us another fun, fast-paced mystery starring Jake and Laura, now on their honeymoon in Hawaii. Although the island setting removes the protagonists from most of the Hollywood scene, we do get Amelia Earhart as the friend who needs Jake to dust off his detective skills once again. Then as now, politics are complicated in Hawaii, and Jake and Laura get drawn into plenty of tricky situations with Royalist Hawaiians, American government agents, and mysterious Japanese spies.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    Jake and Laura take us on another thrill ride this time in the Pacific Ocean!
  • Julia David
    January 1, 1970
    I really like Jake and Laura and all the people they meet in their travels. Jake and Laura are in Hawaii on their honeymoon. Amelia Earhart has asked for their help when one of her backers turns up dead in her hanger. Jake keeps promising Laura that he won't do any more sleuthing, but things just happen to pull him back into that life. And she goes right along with him. As they try to find the killer, they uncover more and more intrigue. Good story.
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  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    http://openbooksociety.com/article/wi...Wings In The DarkA Jake & Laura Mystery, Book #3By Michael MurphyISBN13: 9780553393378Author’s Website: http://www.mjmurphy.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer AndraSynopsis: Witty and stylish in the classic Dashiell Hammett tradition, Michael Murphy’s latest high-flying Jake & Laura mystery features a Hawaiian honeymoon that’s interrupted when their friend Amelia Earhart is accused of murder.Hawaii, 1935. Mystery novelist Jake Donovan and actress L http://openbooksociety.com/article/wi...Wings In The DarkA Jake & Laura Mystery, Book #3By Michael MurphyISBN13: 9780553393378Author’s Website: http://www.mjmurphy.com Brought to you by OBS reviewer AndraSynopsis: Witty and stylish in the classic Dashiell Hammett tradition, Michael Murphy’s latest high-flying Jake & Laura mystery features a Hawaiian honeymoon that’s 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.Review:I was pleasantly surprised and pleased in reading this next title in the A Jake & Laura Mystery series. An easy flowing mystery in which the mystery carried through until the end of the story, and this is high on my priority list when reading mysteries :) As with All That Glitters (book 2 in the series), I am again enthralled with the writer’s style…it adds so much to the 1930’s feel.This story carries on in the life of Jake and Laura. They are on their honeymoon in Hawaii (as they were married by the ship’s captain during their voyage to the islands) and receive an invitation from Amelia Earhart to tour Oahu by air. Jake is not overly fond of airplanes and neither is his new bride, Laura, but this might just be an experience which could later be used is his writing of a future Blackie Doyle book, so Jake agreed to the tour.I love how Jake is still a bit of a bumbling “guy” with respect to his new wife. He will act in a certain way or say something and almost immediately he knows he has messed up! The plight of a newly married guy :) …:“How many ways could a sap like me say he was sorry? Let me count the ways. I tried to remember my favorite apologies over the years. When Laura returned, she bounded up the deck steps and past me without so much as a glance. She went inside and slammed the front door, shaking the walls of the cabana.”I loved a conversation that took place while a reporter was interviewing Laura…one question was directed to Jake during this interview:“What’s been your biggest accomplishment? You’ve had two careers, a detective and a mystery writer. “ Jake answers “My biggest accomplishment…marrying Laura. She’s one special person. If you write that, don’t make the words seems as sappy as they sound.”I quite enjoyed the banter between Laura and Jake and was happy to see that while Laura frequently became annoyed with something Jake would do, she did not hold a grudge and her playful, loving side came through.Amelia discoveries the body of a local business man in the hanger next to her plane one day while taking care of final preparations for the upcoming flight from Hawaii to California. Amelia’s husband and business manager seeks out Jake for assistance in solving the murder because if this is not solved immediately, the flight may have to be cancelled!Certainly a chuckle when Laura, Jake and Billy entered the office of Kalua Enterprises (after hours):Laura felt along the top of the doorframe for a key. “Sorry, darling, you’ll have to do your thing. “ Billy clamped his eyes shut. “What thing?” Laura smiled proudly. “Jake has many talents.” I wasn’t sure I still possessed the tools I needed. I searched through my wallet. The narrow file I kept from the old days was someplace back in Los Angeles. “Pardon me.” I plucked a hatpin from Laura’s silver beret. “You’re going to break in?” Billy let out a deep breath. “This…this isn’t legal.”I certainly enjoyed the naïveté of Billy. I must say though, he became more seasoned quickly while hanging around Laura and Jake! And they made a good team..While Jake was none to please to be working a murder investigation again during his honeymoon, you could sense that he was once again getting back into the groove of this type of work and began to enjoy himself and the challenges of investigating such a high-profile murder. A pure delight!The path to the killer was filled with twists and turns. It was a delight to live vicariously through the process that Mr. Murphy took the reader through to discover “whodunit” in this fast paced murder mystery. Thank you, Mr. Murphy for penning such a wonderful gumshoe murder mystery. I cannot wait for the next installment of Jake and Laura’s adventures.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Peter Faur
    January 1, 1970
    Over the past year and a half, Phoenix-based mystery writer Michael Murphy and his publisher, Alibi (a division of Random House), have issued three novels in Michael's Jake & Laura mystery series. I've read them all, and I gladly recommend them to you.The latest, Wings in the Dark, incorporates all the elements that make these books such fun - exciting locations, colorful characters (including a few drawn from the pages of history), snappy dialogue, and mysteries worthy of the name.Each nove Over the past year and a half, Phoenix-based mystery writer Michael Murphy and his publisher, Alibi (a division of Random House), have issued three novels in Michael's Jake & Laura mystery series. I've read them all, and I gladly recommend them to you.The latest, Wings in the Dark, incorporates all the elements that make these books such fun - exciting locations, colorful characters (including a few drawn from the pages of history), snappy dialogue, and mysteries worthy of the name.Each novel is written from the point of view of Jake Donovan, a former private eye turned mystery writer. He's done well with a series of novels about Blackie Doyle. By the time we get to novel three, he's also persuaded the love of his life, Broadway actress and movie star Laura Wilson, to marry him. Their trip to Hawaii in 1935 was meant to be their honeymoon, but as always seems to happen to Jake, he gets pulled into a murder investigation. This time, the victim is a local businessman who's helping to bankroll Amelia Earhart's historic flight from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland.Jake has supposedly given up sleuthing, but his work moves the case along farther and faster than anything done by the Hawaiian police. Laura's okay with Jake's involvement for two reasons. She's a bit of an amateur detective herself. More important, if the case isn't solved, her friend Amelia could be the killer's next victim, and Amelia's history-making flight will never occur.There are plenty of suspects - Hawaiian royalists, who resent the growing prominence and power of the U.S. in the islands; the Japanese government, who believes America is building a Pacific empire that must be stopped; Amelia's female mechanic, who has aviation aspirations of her own; the victim's brother, who got short shrift in the family will; and a few more.Amelia and her husband, publisher George Putnam, play prominent roles in the book. George Patton also makes a few appearances, and his proximity to a successful close to the case just might have contributed to his promotion from colonel to general!If you're a fan of Nick and Nora Charles, you'll enjoy Michael's work. The fourth book in the series, The Big Brush-Off, will be published next February. Do yourself a favor. Read the first three between now and then, and you'll be salivating for the next book.
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  • Zeb Kantrowitz
    January 1, 1970
    note: this was a free eBook from NetGalleyJake and Laura have finally been married (though Jake resents being called Mr Wilson) and are able to go on a honeymoon to Hawaii. They have booked a private cottage right on the beach at Waikiki. But when they arrive at their hotel they have a request from Amelia Earhart to come see her. Earhart is planning a flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles, hoping to help show that flights across the Pacific are viable for commercial flights.Amelia has been accused note: this was a free eBook from NetGalleyJake and Laura have finally been married (though Jake resents being called Mr Wilson) and are able to go on a honeymoon to Hawaii. They have booked a private cottage right on the beach at Waikiki. But when they arrive at their hotel they have a request from Amelia Earhart to come see her. Earhart is planning a flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles, hoping to help show that flights across the Pacific are viable for commercial flights.Amelia has been accused of the murder of a well-known Hawaiian businessman. Jake and Laura find themselves plunged into a side of Hawaii that tourists never see. Also involved in looking for the killer are the “Royal Militia”, that wants to place the Hawaiian Royal Family, back on their throne and declare independence from the United States. With the US Army Air Force involved, Jack gets to deal with the commander of the local base, Colonel George Patton.It’s very much like a “Thin Man” story (without the dog), very lighthearted with sly humor and side comments. Though Jake planned to give up sleuthing and concentrate on his writing, Laura convinces him that Amelia needs their help. So off they go to the “noir” side of town where they have to deal with assorted “heavies” and bad guys.You know that in the end they will solve the crime and Amelia will go off on her historic flight. It’s just the thing to read at the beach or beside the pool without having to tax your brain following the clues.Zeb Kantrowitz zworstblog.blogspot.com [email protected]
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  • John Purvis
    January 1, 1970
    “Wings in the Dark” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Michael Murphy (http://mjmurphy.com). This is Mr. Murphy’s third novel in the “Jake & Laura” Mystery series. I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are mild instances of Mature Language and Violence. This Mystery novel is set in 1930s Hawaii and picks up only a few weeks after the second novel in the series “All That Glitters” ends. The pr “Wings in the Dark” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Michael Murphy (http://mjmurphy.com). This is Mr. Murphy’s third novel in the “Jake & Laura” Mystery series. I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are mild instances of Mature Language and Violence. This Mystery novel is set in 1930s Hawaii and picks up only a few weeks after the second novel in the series “All That Glitters” ends. The primary characters are former detective, now mystery writer Jake Donovan and actress Laura Wilson. Donovan and Wilson are now married and celebrating their honeymoon in Hawaii. Wilson met Amelia Earhart earlier in California and re-aquaints with her in Hawaii as she prepares for a record setting flight from Hawaii to California. When a local business man is found murdered in the hanger with Earhart’s plane, she becomes a suspect. Earhart’s husband uses his influence in the publishing world to pressure Donovan into investigating and clearing Earhart’s name. Wilson and Donovan soon find that there are many possible suspects to the murder, and they find themselves in dangerous situations time and again. I enjoyed the time period of the novel along with personalities from history that are woven into the story. As with the other two books in the series, I found the 4 hours spent with this novel an enjoyable read. I give this novel a 4 out of 5. Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at http://johnpurvis.wordpress.com/blog/.
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