Review

THE YANKEE CLUB, the first book in the Jake and Laura Mysteries by Michael Murphyis an historical mystery that kept me riveted from the get-go.

In Michael Murphy’s action-packed Prohibition-era novel of suspense, a mystery writer returns to the bright lights and dark alleys of New York City—uncovering a criminal conspiracy of terrifying proportions.

In 1933, America is at a crossroads: Prohibition will soon be history, organized crime is rampant, and President Roosevelt promises to combat the Great Depression with a New Deal. In these uncertain times, former-Pinkerton-detective-turned-bestselling-author Jake Donovan is beckoned home to Manhattan. He has made good money as the creator of dashing gumshoe Blackie Doyle, but the price of success was Laura Wilson, the woman he left behind. Now a Broadway star, Laura is engaged to a millionaire banker—and waltzing into a dangerous trap.

Before Jake can win Laura back, he’s nearly killed—and his former partner is shot dead—after a visit to the Yankee Club, a speakeasy dive in their old Queens neighborhood. Suddenly Jake and Laura are plunged into a conspiracy that runs afoul of gangsters, sweeping from New York’s private clubs to the halls of corporate power and to the White House itself. Brushing shoulders with the likes of Dashiell Hammett, Cole Porter, and Babe Ruth, Jake struggles to expose an inconspicuous organization hidden in plain sight, one determined to undermine the president and change the country forever.Jake has to find Mickey’s killer, clear his name, stop a conspiracy, and save Laura, the only woman he’s ever loved. If he’s really lucky he might even win her back. With the help of old childhood buddies and a new friend or two it should be a piece of cake…Really…

Jake Donovan, author of the popular Blackie Doyle mystery series, returns to New York on business. He’s barely back when the personal reasons he left New York for slap him in the face, his former partner, Mickey, dies right in front of him, he’s shot in the leg, and to add insult to injury, is accused of murder. It’s great to be back.

…a charming and likeable bunch I look forward to joining on their next adventure.

THE YANKEE CLUB is a thoughtfully conceived and executed historical mystery with shades of noir set in New York during the 1930’s, a fascinating era. The blending of factual and fictional events and people adds a degree of “it could’ve happened like this” while plenty of twists, turns, and action set a fast pace. The mystery savvy will figure it out quickly. In fact, it wasn’t the “who, what, and why” but “how the devil do they prove and stop it” that kept me glued.

Some of the characters leaned toward stereotypical; a bit more depth would have been preferable. However; they’re still a charming and likeable bunch I look forward to joining on their next adventure.

Do Jake and Laura have what it takes to join the ranks of fictions beloved sleuthing couples? Only time will tell but they’re off to a promising start.

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt

Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!