Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis by Keith Hirshland
Publisher: Beacon Publishing Group
(May 1, 2020)
Category: Mystery, Humor Tour
Dates June and July, 2020
Available in Print and ebook,
Description Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis by Keith HirshlandMurphy Murphy comes from a long line of male Murphys. All were named Murphy and all were cops. This Murphy heads the Department of Redundancy Department and his superior officer, Captain David “Dud” Hill has found him a case. The Captain’s niece is in a rock ‘n roll band called Serious Crisis, and it seems items belonging to members of the band have started to disappear. Were these items stolen? Were they simply lost? As Murphy Murphy works the case, he must chase down the clues all the while dealing with grammatical anomalies that drive him crazy. As Murphy gets closer to the answers he seeks, one more “thing” goes missing; the Captain’s niece. Suddenly, in an instant, the stakes in the case of Serious Crisis become a lot more dire. Part Jasper Fforde, part Michael Connelly; Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis combines humor, mystery, and grammar goofs as the detective pursues clues and suspects from coast to coast. It’s an entertaining and educational read for all ages.
The Interview Process Starts to Begin
“Another Irish?” Murphy looked up from his note pad to see Charlie, a towel slung over her right shoulder. She had changed. The tee shirt replaced with a white button down. Her hair, before hanging down around her shoulders, was now pulled back into a tight ponytail. She looks nice Murphy thought.
“You look nice,” Murphy told her, “and no thanks to the Irish. Got work to do,” he added.
“Thank you, good sir,” she replied and walked away. A few other people had come into the club. Whether they were early concert arrivers or early drinkers who just wandered in off the street, Murphy was unsure.
“You the cop?” the voice came from behind Murphy Murphy.
“Detective,” Murphy replied without turning around. “Why don’t you have a seat.” It was a statement, not a question.
“Don’t mind if I do,” DeMaio Turrell pulled up the barstool next to Murphy’s.
“You are?” Murphy asked, turning to face his first interview.
“DeMaio Turrell at your service,” the lead singer answered before he turned his attention to Charlie. “Excuse me,” he raised his hand getting her attention, “Could I trouble you for a beer?” She smiled and headed his way.
“Hey Walt,” she said, “Which one?”
“Walt?” Murphy asked his guest. “Walt is not DeMaio,” he added, jotting down something in his note pad.
“How about the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale,” he said to Charlie, pointing to the tap. “Given name is Walter,” he said to Murphy, “but I didn’t like it so I gave myself a different one.”
“Fair enough,” said the detective. They both watched Charlie perform a perfect pour.
“A detective huh?” Turrell sounded impressed, “The cop shop must be taking this one seriously.” He grabbed his glass and took a long drink. Foamed settled on his upper lip and he left it there. Murphy decided he liked this guy.
“Tends to happen when one of the victims is the favorite niece of the department’s Captain.
“Fair enough,” Turrell nodded and took another drink. This time he wiped his mouth with his forearm and extended his hand. “You got a name, detective?”
“I do indeed,” Murphy shook the singer’s hand, “It’s Murphy Murphy.” Turrell smiled.
“Like New York, New York,” he smirked, “A city so nice they had to name it twice. Or so the song goes,” the singer said.
“A Rodgers and Hart song,” Murphy nodded, “‘Manhattan’, I believe.”
“So, you run the robbery division?” Turrell changed the subject.
“In reality, I don’t,” Murphy responded, “I’m head of the Department of Redundancy Department.”
“Redundancy?” The musician looked quizzically at the detective. “Is that kinda like jumbo shrimp?”
“It’s actually nothing like that,” Murphy answered, “That would be an oxymoron.” Turrell took another drink from his beer and nodded.
“So, more like racecar,” he said thinking he had it, “You know, a word that’s spelled the same forward and backward.”
“Wrong again my new friend,” Murphy liked this game, “Racecar is a palindrome and Detective Leon Noel is in charge of that department. Redundancy is the superfluous repetition or overlapping, especially of words.”
“What the heck?” Turrell stared at Murphy, “What did you do, memorize the dictionary?”
“Yes,” Murphy said, not skipping a beat. “Some examples of redundancy would be ‘foreign imports’, or ‘pair of twins’, or ‘round in shape’, or,” he paused half a beat and made sure Turrell was paying attention, 'serious crisis’”. Turrell was indeed paying attention and gave the detective a warm, broad, smile. “Now why don’t you tell me what was stolen from you and when.” The singer nodded, ordered another beer, and did.
Murphy Murphy rested his forehead on the bar, his personal Moleskine notebook providing an inadequate pillow. His arms hung by his side. Half his rear end rested on the barstool, the other half did not.
“Having fun?” Charlie had approached.
“More than I can say.” The detective had just spent, in his mind, too many minutes with Herbert Tolles Albanese, Charles no middle name Gruber, and Big Joe Lionns.
“What can I get you?” Charlie asked
“How about the last thirty minutes of my life back?” Murphy lifted his forehead off the pad.
“Can’t help you there, but how about a Jameson? On the house.”
“Tempting,” Murphy admitted, “but I’m on the clock. Just water.”
“You got it copper,” she said, reaching for the dispenser.
Praise for Keith Hirshland“I really enjoyed following along with each person as you discovery more about each one along with how four unsolved mysteries may be linked to everything..’Big Flies’ story takes off like a flash.. This is a great adventure and one that I recommend you check out. You will not be disappointed.”-JBrownder Book Reviews “ I found myself intrigued by this talented writer’s style.. A mystery woven into another mystery. The suspense was great. I enjoyed following the characters throughout the book.. this novel was realistic, stunning, and one that all readers can easily connect to in one or more ways. Brilliant, clever, and mysterious. Keith Hirshland has a way that lured me in deep. I couldn’t stop reading it.”-Urban Book Reviews “This is an engaging story well told. The plot hinges on the power of secrets and secrets revealed but Keith fully understands the heart of the story is the unfolding of relationships fulfilled or not. Can we ever really know who we know? While this novel works beautifully as a nostalgic and fun caper tale it’s all wrapped up in fathers and sons, true and lasting friends and of course intriguing women. Keith is aiming high here. Really, really well done.”- David R. Hill, Amazon Reviewer “I had to dig my teeth in the first pages but once I did I was on a twisty turning ride. This one turned out to be worth the ride. A fast paced story with great characters. The plot had some twists making it entertaining. As the bodies begin piling up it's a race to solve the mystery. I enjoyed reading 'The Flower Girl Murder'. and look forward to reading more from this author. “-My Reading Journeys “Author Keith Hirshland provides a multi-layered storyline that has enough mystery, suspense, drama, treachery, secrets, and intriguing twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing, while weaving an intricate and complicated web of what the motive of the murders could have been, and the spectrum of possible participants who could have been involved in committing them. And if that isn't enough to captivate the reader, the author adds a wonderful touch of humor and a bit of romance into the mix to keep them entertained.”-Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Awards and Recognition for Keith HirshlandBook Talk Radio Club Memoir of the Year (Cover Me Boys I’m Going In) New Apple Awards Solo Medalist True Crime Category (Big Flies) Shelf Abound Award Winner Indie Book Competition (Big Flies)
Keith Hirshland is an Emmy Award–winning sports television producer with more than three decades of experience producing live and pre-recorded programs that aired on ESPN and ESPN2. Among the first forty people to be hired by the Golf Channel in 1994, Hirshland was in the middle of the action when that network debuted in 1995. He provided his talents for Golf Channel, as its live tournament producer, for two decades. Cover Me Boys, I'm Going In: Tales of the Tube from a Broadcast Brat is a memoir about his experiences in the television industry. Published by Beacon Publishing Group, Cover Me Boys was recognized as the Book Talk Radio Club Memoir of the Year. Hirshland’s second book, and first work of fiction, Big Flies, was published in 2016 and is the recipient of the New Apple Awards “Solo Medalist” in the True Crime Category. Hirshland followed that success with his third book, The Flower Girl Murder. In 2020 Beacon Publishing Group will release Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis, Hirshland’s third mystery novel. All four books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores. Keith Hirshland lives in Colorado with his wife and two dogs. Website: https://www.keithhirshland.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/khhauthorFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/KeithHirshlandAuthor/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/khhauthor/?hl=en
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Guest Review by Suzie Mamba
Oh Murphy Murphy, what are we going to do with you? This book reminded me of some of the great detective stories, like Agatha's Christie's novels starring the great, quirky sleuth 'Poirot.' Keith Hirshland has written in that same vein—a compelling, funny, slightly eccentric detective for the ages. Murphy Murphy comes from a long line of both cops and men named Murphy, having been named after countless grandfathers in the same tradition. Murphy works for the Department of Redundancy Department and is in charge of--and some might say slightly obsessed with--finding redundancies wherever they may be.
When Murphy gets put on the case of a rock band who has had some of their possessions turn up missing, he has to save the day using his brain, his wits and his quirks all at once. I am an avid fan of detective stories. There is nothing I love more than a mystery with a dashing hero who solves the mystery and, though Murphy Murphy might not be as dashing as some, he still fit right in with my idea of a quick-witted and charming sleuth. Murphy's back-and-forth with his Captain David 'Dud' Hill, his somewhat fumbling flirtation with the beautiful Charlie Carlucci, and his approach to solving the case were all so endearing and funny that I ended up really rooting for him as a character.
I'm not sure if this is the start to a new series by Hirshland but, if it is not, it should be, because it would make for an excellent one! I would love to read more of Murphy's cases and more from the zany characters of his world. I wish that I was allowed to give this one a higher rating! I highly recommend it if you love quirky detective books and mysteries!