Monday, December 8, 2014

The Yankee Club - Teaser Tuesday and First Paragraph / First Chapter

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Hang onto your fedora! Author Michael Murphy takes readers on a wild ride through Prohibition-era New York City in this stylish, well-written mystery. From the Broadway stage to the speakeasies of the Bronx, mystery writer (and ex-detective) Jake Donovan rubs shoulders with Cole Porter, Dashiell Hammett, Babe Ruth, and a host of other famous New Yorkers, all while trying to save the United States government and the love of his life from a sinister plot. Does Jake get the girl? Will the bad guys succeed?? You'll keep guessing until the exciting ending. 

First Paragraph:
Chapter 1 - The Return of Blackie Doyle
     As my train drew closer to New York City, the dining car's rhythmic sway offered no comfort to the painful memories I left behind two years earlier. I ignored the blank sheet of paper in front of me. Rain spattered against the window, and lightning streaked above the countryside. The train didn't slow as we headed into a torrential storm.

Teaser Tuesday (from 17% on my Kindle):
     My experience as a detective and mystery writer let me develop insight into the criminal mind, but I'd learned next to nothing about women. However, one thing I knew for certain. When a dish called me darling, she wanted something.

Genre: Mystery / Private Investigators
Book Length: 264 Pages
Amazon link: The Yankee Club

*FYI:
  • Download The Yankee Club now for just 99 cents
  • All That Glitters, the next Jake & Laura Mystery, is scheduled for release in January. It's available for pre-order now at $2.99.
  • Michael Murphy also wrote Goodbye Emily - a novel about Woodstock and one of my favorite books.

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52 comments:

Cleo Bannister said...

Another great sounding book from you Sandra, that teaser made me chuckle. Thanks for sharing, here is my TT https://cleopatralovesbooks.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/teaser-tuesday-december-9/

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The Yankee Club was a fun read. It was well written and full of details that really brought prohibition-era New York City to life. I highly recommend it.

Suzie Quint said...

This one doesn't do it for me, but everyone has different tastes. That's why having so many books to choose from works.

Deasy Yolanda said...

I love your teaser! hope you'll enjoy this one, Sandra. Have a great week.

PD Workman said...

Nothing like a hard-boiled detective novel!

Mine this week is a Christmas story: http://pdworkman.com/excerpt-from-the-santa-shop-teasertuesday/

JoAnn said...

Prohibition-era New York City pulls me in every time. This sounds good!

Kim@Time2Read said...

I don't read a lot of mysteries lately, but the 20s setting intrigues me. I might just pick this one up!

Michael Murphy said...

Thanks for the kind words. As you might suspect it was a lot of fun creating these characters and working on the setting

Michael Murphy said...

Forgot to memtion I'm putting the final touches on book 3 in the series. It comes out in July.

Paulita said...

I like the look and sound of this one. Thanks for sharing it. Here's Mine

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Love the sound of this one...and the cover! I'm putting it on my wish list.

My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2014/12/first-chapter-first-paragraph-85-and.html

Monica's Bookish Life said...

Love the setting, love the intro, and love the cover! I'll look forward to your review!

grammajudyb said...

I like mysteries,but haven't read a lot lately. I will add this one to my list, because if you liked it I am sure I will too.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I agree! I love the variety of books that I encounter through Teaser Tuesday and First Chapter/First Paragraph.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for stopping by, Michael. I'm looking forward to reading more Jake and Laura mysteries.

kelley jensen said...

I do like the teaser :) Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

What fun! I love stories set in this era of prohibition, speakeasies, and train travel. Add a mystery, and I'm hooked. Thanks for sharing....and for visiting my blog.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Michael Murphy does a great job of portraying life during Prohibition in New York City. It's a "Nick and Nora Charles" kind of story -- stylish, clever, funny.

Michael Murphy said...

Thanks, everyone for stopping by. Thought I'd mention the 99 cent download offer expires December 13.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The cover appeals to me too. I love that Art Deco look!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I agree!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm fascinated by that era too. Whenever there's a "Thin Man" movie on TV, I'm watching it!

Emalie @ bookgatherer said...

This sounds nice, even though I'm not really into mysteries. Hope you enjoy and thanks for visiting my blog :)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

This was a delightful book. I'm forward to Books 2 and 3 in the series.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

That's great!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I recommend it without reservation.

Donna H said...

I like the cover for this book. Thanks for stopping by Girl Who Reads

Cat said...

Sounds fun - I'd keep reading!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks for letting us know, Michael. Mystery lovers had better grab it quick!

madamevauquer said...

That's a fun era to read about in NYC and since I love series mysteries, sounds like I may have another series to catch up with! Thanks, Sandra.

Mine this week, as you know, is also a series mystery. White Fire is set in present day but the mystery part is from the past. http://wp.me/pZnGI-gh

Nise' said...

The intro didn't quite grab me. I'd have to read a bit more. The teaser was great though!

Heather said...

Ha, great teaser! Mine: A Last Chance Christmas

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I always struggle with how long an excerpt to post. Don't want to make it too long!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Good teaser,enjoyed it.

Alex Margaret said...

Sound's good! Thanks for visiting my TT http://bookchick2013.blogspot.ca/2014/12/teaser-tuesday-120914.html

The Temperamental Author said...

This sounds interesting!
Thank for visiting my teaser! You asked if it was historical fiction - Savage Beauty is actually a biography about Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Laura Thomas said...

I love it! This sounds so good too! I think I'd love living in this era. Great music and love the language then:) "The dish."
Here's my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/12/09/teaser-tuesdays-91-a-zombie-christmas-giveaway-and-freebies/

Alice Audrey said...

Sounds like a hard boiled mystery. I like the idea of rubbing shoulders with the greats.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Sandra, yes, I think this might appeal to me. Thanks for sharing.

Emilie Peck said...

Too much fun! I couldn't help reading the teasers and whatnot in an old '50s pulp movie narrator voice.

Thanks for dropping by my TT!

sherry fundin said...

I love it. Your teaser makes me think of Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade. Michael Murphy writes some great books.
sherry @ fundinmental My TT ~ My Christmas Soldier

Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

I couldn't help but to imagine a square-jawed, hard-hitting, fast-shooting, intelligent police agent when reading your teaser! Great post :)

Margot said...

I really liked the main character in this book. Just this morning I started reading the second book in the series for a book tour in January. This second book is set in Hollywood. It's still 1933. So far, it's good. I hope you too enjoy Jake and Laura.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm looking forward to reading the next one!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Yes! Humphrey Bogart came to mind while I was reading it. The whole book was full of wiseguys and tough guys--just what you'd expect from that era.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

In this story, it worked! The characters traveled in those circles.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The language tickled me too.

jacquie said...

I love the era! It was such a fascinating time in history...and I actually got a picture in my mind when he referred to a woman as "dish"! LOL

Trish said...

I love the cover and the tease! thank you for sharing!

trish @ my teaser

Alicia Batista said...

Interesting teaser! I love murder mystery's and criminals running a muck type of books! I hope your enjoying it, and thanks for stopping by my TT @ Addicted Readers! :)

Laura Pol said...

Oooo a detective story! Sounds good and I like the teaser! Plus the cover is awesome! Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog earlier! :)

Louisa Paarsmarkt said...

Substitute another word, and you'd have now! And I think he knows the world pretty well! Great teaser! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!