Murphy, Murphy: And the Case of Serious Crisis by Keith Hirshland

Winner of Book Talk Radio Book Club – Best Book 2020

OK – there is grammar humor – what more could an editor possibly want? I’m also a huge fan of Jasper Fforde, and this book nicely follows behind (I could not help myself!) his style.  Detective Murphy Murphy, who works in the Department of Redundancy Department (come on, you know that was enough to pique your interest) has been assigned a case.  Murphy starts with a simple case of missing items and ends up with extensive travel and missing persons!

This book is cozy mystery-ish in that it has great supporting characters whose interaction with Murphy is half the fun.  You can tell that the author had enjoyed naming the other characters and there were several that caused a giggle.

As a side note, the author did something clever.  At one point, he mentions a book title and when I looked it up (because yes, I am that kind of reader), I discovered it was another book by him! It was a definite nice touch and way to go with cross marketing!

Every year, Claire Perkins of Book Talk Radio Club in the UK awards some of the best books in the independent market.  This is the fourth year she allowed me the privilege of reviewing the winner and finalists.  Thank you to her and the winners for allowing me this fun!  The finalists’ books will be reviewed throughout December and January. 

For more about this author, CLICK HERE.


Murphy 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.

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