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The Dorothy Parker Murder Case (Jacob Singer #1)

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Dorothy Parker Murder Case, The by Baxt, George
Paperback, 284 pages
Published November 1st 1989 by Intl Polygonics Ltd (first published 1984)
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This book was a romp through the world of Dorothy Parker and her Algonquin literary crowd. I'm rarely inclined to pick up a biography, so this book was a perfect way to gain insight into Parker's character while enjoying a light read.

The story is filled with familiar historical figures like Flo Zigfield and his Follies' girls and actor George Raft (before he "made it.") The prohibition era really came to light with Baxt's description of parties, politics and gangsters. It was great fun.
The Dorothy Parker Murder Case is the first of thirteen fictional celebrity mysteries written by George Baxt. Later novels feature such luminaries as Mae West, Clark Gable, and Bette Davis--to name just a few. While each novel features a different cast of stars, Detective Jacob Singer is the lawman in each case.

The opener has Dorothy Parker, Alexander Woollcott and their Algonquin Round Table colleagues mixed up in a murder mystery that starts with a strangled Ziegfeld Follies girl who is discov
Michael Mallory
Several authors have capitalized on using real literary or entertainment figures of the twentieth century as characters in mysteries, and Baxt is one of them. Some authors go to great lengths to ensure that the real-life characters are depicted as they actually were, but Baxt ISN'T one of them. His approach is more gossip magazine than biography, and he habitually chose some of the wittiest people of their era--such as Dorothy Parker--and turned them into groaning punsters. If Burlesque punchlin ...more
Pretty good! This turned out far more humorous and witty than I initially expected. Gave me a better sense of who Dorothy Parker's contemporaries actually were. The mystery was alright--it definitely took a backseat to the humor and intrigue Mrs. Parker followed around the book. The ending was perfect.
Dorothy Parker solving a mystery. I found myself with a feeling of deja vu. I felt that I had read about the very same murder in a different, more recent series. I just couldn't enjoy it. The characters were well written, the dialogue was excellent. I believe I'll try the next in Mr. Baxt's series.
Eric Secoy
An amusing murder mystery set among the literary set of the Algonquian round table in 1920s New York, complete with bathtub gin, Ziegfeld floozies, and a bon mot a minute.
I enjoyed this a lot. Baxt is a bit off the wall, and so am I. Fun mystery.
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George Baxt, the US playwright, scriptwriter and novelist, was born June 11, 1923; he died June 28, 2003, New York City, USA.

He began his career as a radio announcer, an actors' agent, and television scriptwriter. He claimed that as an actors' agent he threw James Dean out of his office because he needed a bath. George Baxt's career developed into scriptwriting cult horror films. He made a contrib
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