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Wings in the Dark

(A Jake & Laura Mystery #3)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  54 reviews
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 b
ebook, 214 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Alibi
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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 seque
The Shayne-Train
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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 ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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 ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.75 of 5

Jake 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
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 myst
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 ...more
Bree Garcia
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Nancy Neumann
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
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
Jay Williams
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Trisha Perry
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Jake 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
Victor Gentile
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 gorge
Linda Baker
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Susan Johnston
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jennifer Garlen
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jake and Laura take us on another thrill ride this time in the Pacific Ocean!
Julia David
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Wings In The Dark
A Jake & Laura Mystery, Book #3
By Michael Murphy
ISBN13: 9780553393378
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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 Wil
Peter Faur
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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
Zeb Kantrowitz
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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note: this was a free eBook from NetGalley
Jake 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
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
My Reason For Reading This Book:

I’ve read the first two books in this great new mystery series and I had to keep going. The two main characters are worth spending time with. They are former private investigator and mystery writer, Jake Donavan, and Broadway and Hollywood actress, Laura Wilson. The stories are set in the 1930s. Each book has featured the fictional side of real (and famous) people.

What the Book Is About:

It’s 1935. Jake and Laura are finally married and are now on their honeymoon i
John Purvis
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Wings in the Dark” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Michael Murphy ( This is Mr. Murphy’s third novel in the “Jake & Laura” Mystery series.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through 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 primar
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