You Might as Well Die
When second-rate illustrator Ernie MacGuffin's artistic works triple in value following his apparent suicide off the Brooklyn Bridge, Dorothy Parker smells something fishy. Enlisting the help of magician and skeptic Harry Houdini, she goes to a séance held by MacGuffin's mistress, where Ernie's ghostly voice seems hauntingly real...
OK, to anyone who's reading this, here's some fun background about this book you won't find anywhere else!
The idea for the mystery in this book comes from these three unlikely facts:
- Tupac Shakur released more albums after his death than during his life.
- Elvis Presley earned $55 million in 2012—thirty-five years after his death.
- Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime (for 400 francs), yet In the la ...more
Along with the hilarious members of the Algonquin Round Table we met in Murphy’s first book, Murder Your Darlings, including Dorothy’s closest friend Robert Benchley, the characters ...more
No, not that! The Algonquin Round Table gang is up to their necks in another mysterious death. But this death is one that involves noted wit and writer Dorothy Parker before it even happens.
Second-rate artist and illustrator Ernie MacGuffin slips Dorothy Parker an envelope during one of the famed Round Table lunches at New York’s Algonquin Hotel. Shortly after giving Mrs. Parker the envelope, he jumps off the Brooklyn Bridge and is pre ...more
All the elements from the first that I loved: the members of the vicious circle, lots of Keystone-cops-ish sleuthing, snappy repartee, and murder and mayhem are in this book too.
The addition of Harry Houdini adds some extra fun and flash to this one, which has the gang investigating the apparent suicide of a sometime-member of the round table group. As always there's much more to it, and all kinds of confusion and behind the curtain shena ...more
Robert Benchley by her side Dorothy opens the envelope a few minutes ahead of schedule and finds it to be what she feared...a suicide note.
While all this is going on Tony Soma , manag ...more
Ernie MacGuffin, an annoying second-rate artist who hung on the fringes of the Round Table Group slips Ms. Parker a suicide note, instructing her not to read it until after midnight. Hours later he apparently leaps to ...more
Dorothy believes there is more to the story and enlists the help of Harry Houdini, magician and skeptic. They attend a séance where the dead artist is expected to be contacted ...more
This book was released on December 6th. As I mentioned in the disclosure I received a copy in advance. My goal was to have my review posted on the release day, but life got in the way. My husband and I were involved in a bad car wreck and that combined with the schedule at school totally messed up my blogging schedule.
Summary: When second-rate illustrator Ernie MacGuffin's artistic works triple ...more
Dorothy Parker has the dubious honor of being selected by Ernie MacGuffin, an artist of covers for pulp magazines, to what turns out to be his suicide note. Parker and and Benchley, shortly before midnight, are leaving their favorite speakeasy when Park ...more
I enjoyed this book mostly for the clever dialogue between Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley. I think that J.J. Murphy depicted both them correctly with their dependence on alcohol, her depression and a hint of a possible affair to come.
The mystery starts when not so good illustrator hands Dorothy an envelope that she later find ...more
In this book we learn that Dorothy tried to commit suicide at some point in her life and her friend, Ernie Macguffin asks her about it. It seems Ernie wants to commit suicide to make his name famous. As Dorothy reads a note from him in a speakeasy where they owe more than $500, she learns that Ernie planned on commi ...more
This novel begins when a failed illustrator, Ernie MacGuffin, decides to throw himself off the Brooklyn Bridge in order to increase the value o ...more
It was a good mystery, allowing the reader to guess the twist and then throwing in another twis ...more
I enjoyed this mystery, and think it's even better than the first book in the series (a very good sign!). The author is finding Dorothy Parker's voice and the quotes blend in better. Altho the book is meant to be frothy and humorous ("madcap" frequently comes to mind while reading), I find my favorite parts are the darker, melancholy sides of Mrs. Parker and Mr. Benchley. Their relationship is very interesting to follow, an ...more
I even enjoyed the fictional characters in this one, which was a slight improvement over the firs ...more
There are some predictable areas of within the story, but the characters--including Harpo Marx and Houdini--are diverse and fun to run along with. It's a fast read and de ...more
All in all a good story and ...more