Why is it that everyone insists on making such a big deal about New Year’s Eve? Everyone is in such a lather to have so much fun that the night ceases to be enjoyable and becomes instead one long, tedious chore.
Take this New Year’s for example. Douglas Fairbanks is having a splendiferous party in his penthouse suite in the Algonquin Hotel. Everyone is supposed to be there. Then a certain Broadway starlet, Bibi Bibelot, shows up. It’s not enough that she’s already the center of attention, she steals the show by prancing naked across the living room, then hopping into a bathtub full of champagne. And then she’s really in the spotlight when she’s found dead in the same bathtub, with the door locked from the inside!
Who popped her cork? Everyone seems to have a motive for her murder—from Fairbanks’ wife, to a rival Broadway actress, to a creepy old doctor from out of town. Speaking of doctors, did I mention that “Dr. Watson” himself, Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle, gets caught in the hotel that night and someone (okay, me) forces him to play detective to help solve Bibi’s murder?
All I wanted for New Year’s was a little midnight kiss from my friend Robert Benchley.
I’m done with trying to plan out my fun on New Year’s Eve. I’m playing it by ear from now on.
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Dorothy Parker most recently appeared in YOU MIGHT AS WELL DIE, the second book of the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries. She soon returns in the third installment (along with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) in A FRIENDLY GAME OF MURDER, coming New Year’s Eve, December 31 (now available for pre-order).