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Wings in the Dark by Michael Murphy

Title: Wings in the Dark, A Jake and Laura MysteryWings in the Dark

Author: Michael Murphy

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Alibi

Published: July 14th, 2015

Rating: 5/5

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 and fantastic ending tying things together superbly. My first move after reading this was to go purchase “All that Glitters” one of the earlier book in the series, so watch out for me reviewing that in the not too distant future!

Set in Hawaii back in 1935, Amelia Earhart is going to be attempting to fly across from Honolulu to Los Angeles and, at the same time, mystery novelist Jake Donovan and his new wife, actress Laura Wilson are honeymooning on the island. Laura and Amelia are friends so when a prominent local businessman is murdered next to Amelia’s plane, it is Laura and Jack that Amelia and her husband call to help investigate the murder and help clear Amelia’s name. That’s the start of a great investigation, involving a jealous pilot, royalist militia, Lieutenant Colonel Patton and a Japanese assassin, complete with so many unexpected twists and turns, a real roller coaster full of suspense and angst! What a great recipe for a winning read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys thrillers and mysteries!

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com          barnes and noble

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