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A Friendly Game of Murder
An Algonquin Round Table Mystery, No 2
J.J. Murphy

Signet / Berkley
December 31, 2012 / ISBN: 0451238990
Mystery / Historical / Amateur Sleuth / New York / 1920s / Holiday: New Year


Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks

“Mrs Parker,” said Alexander Woollcott, “how about a friendly little game of Murder?”
                                                 – A Friendly Game of Murder

As I mentioned in the review for You Might as Well Die, you might want to read up on the Infamous Round Table and the members who lunched daily at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 through 1929. I’m quite certain this intellectual assembly and the historical era they lived will mesmerize you.

It’s New Year’s Eve in New York. Where better to celebrate than the Algonquin Hotel with Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford? The main characters, Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley, want to be where all the fun is…. After all isn’t that what New York and the 1920s are all about? When Drama Critic Alexander Woollcott asks Dorothy Parker to join him in a little game of murder, she declines – until she spies the ultimate whodunit author in the Hotel lobby –Arthur Conan Doyle (Sir Arthur). When the Hotel is quarantined due to a case of smallpox. Parker’s wish comes true as she spends the night with Benchley and Sir Arthur. Well, sort of… They actually spend the night trying to find out who murdered Bibi Bibilot - the naked Starlet whose only goal in life is to get attention and keep it. Be prepared: Sleuthing and romance put Parker and Benchley in some sticky situations that will make you react.

A Friendly Game of Murder is as entertaining as New Year’s Eve in New York can be (in print) - partying, drinking, nudity, murder and madness. What I enjoy most about this series is the humor. It’s reminiscent of the lighthearted black and white movies - plenty of humorous quips that catch you off guard. Personalities abound with this quirky set of characters, and Sir Arthur is a great addition to the storyline., Who better to give Parker a lesson in sleuthing?

A Friendly Game of Murder is a laugh-out-loud mystery you’ll want to share with others…

Reviewed 2013