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Agata Stanford’s third novel in her Dorothy Parker Mysteries Series, Mystic Mah Jong, has again recreated the Regulars of the Algonquin Hotel Round Table.
- Reviewed by Mr. Tomato
If you’re old enough to remember the 1920’s or more likely remember mom and dads old pictures and also like murder mysteries; the fast paced action, witty conversation and glib repartee of the flapper era; you will like Agata Stamford’s recreation of the atmosphere of the crowd at the Algonquin Round Table.
The action starts when Madame Annabelle Olenska, psychic medium of Washington Square, is found murdered in her bed the morning after Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley attended her rhonchus séance. Told from Dorothy’s point of view, the murderer is tracked with the help of Robert Benchley and Aleck Woollcott and other regulars.
Soon another psychic and a private detective turn up dead, and Dorothy investigates with the help of the Algonquin lunch bunch, delving into the pasts of the victims, eavesdropping from closets, chasing clues around town and generally sleuthing about. And with the aid of the Round Table’s newspaper men—Frank Pierce Adams (FPA), Heywood Broun, Harold Ross among them—and, of course, the antics of The Marx Brothers, the reader follows the clues and joins in the fun to the rollicking and surprising conclusion.
Agata Stanford is an actress, director and playwright who grew up in New York City. While attending The School of Performing Arts, she would often walk past the Algonquin Hotel, which sparked her early interest in the legendary Algonquin Round Table. She has written seven plays and two musicals. She is currently at work on the fourth novel of her Dorothy Parker Mystery Series.