Saturday, December 15, 2012

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?


By Dorothy Parker of the Algonquin Round Table Mysteries, by J.J. Murphy

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.

So here comes the jackpot question: What are YOU doing New Year’s Eve? Post an answer below and you're entered in the Cozy Christmas Giveaway to win a copy of A FRIENDLY GAME OF MURDER. Come back tomorrow to see if you've won. 

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).

61 comments:

  1. A friend and I watch bad movies (we can watch good movies any time). Our favourite - Plan 9 from Outer Space.

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  2. We eat Chinese Food and then settle down early.

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  3. I stay in and watch the ball drop on tv with my family..nothing like spending time with your family.

    Kimberlee
    http://girllostinabook.blogspot.com
    girllostinabook@hotmail.com

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  4. I'm curling up with a good book, my husband with a fire in the fireplace and watch on television when each country celebrates the coming of 2013!
    Lynn/MI

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  5. Spending it with my daughters watching movies & eating chinese food. Happy 2013! :)

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  6. My husband and I will go to the VFW Club where we're on the list for a prime rib dinner. Otherwise, we'll stay in, watch movies or whatever looks good on TV. May be we'll have a wine toast.

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  7. Watching the ball drop from home with my husband (if we stay awake). kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. Spending it with my husband at home. My daughter and granddaughters come over and we have dinner together. And later watch the ball drop with my husband.

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  9. Waiting for the ball to come down and to bed. Of course I will be reading a good book. ;)

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  10. Spending it with my family, my "adopted sister" and her husband. Seeing if I can manage to stay awake until midnight!

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  11. We are headed to the annual VFW Warriors New Year's Eve Party. Never been before, but I hear it's supposed to be a blast.

    Beverly aka Booklady

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  12. Pizza, champagne, a roaring fire (that I'll have to stay up with) countdown on tv. Good times!
    Steve

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  13. babysitting for friends so they can go out and enjoy themselves!!

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  14. My daughter and I will watch a movie together, maybe play a game or two. Just enjoying time as a family. God and family are the most important.

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  15. my NewYear'sEve plan is to watch the Countdown on TV....that's my annual tradition!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

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  16. Having family over for dinner and then playing board games.

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  17. My husband and I are going to a show at a local theater. It's the Rat Pack and we're looking forward to it.

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  18. Probably spending a quiet evening with family.

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  19. I still have not any plan for New Year, probably bbq :)

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  20. We just spend a quiet evening at home!

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  21. I don't know yet but I won't be prancing naked across the living toom and then getting into a tub full of champagne, I can tell you that! Sounds like a fun book!

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  22. Nice dinner at home with my husband and two sons, playing games, and watching the ball drop! Hopefully it will be snowing! So much to be thankful for this past year!

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  23. Oh gosh I don't know yet, my husband and I always clash heads over this. We use to spend it with my family, but last year we spent it with his friends. I have an achy feeling it's once again going to be spent with his friends...

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  24. I'll be working. I work evening shift and will, hopefully, get home just before midnight. I'll hug my animals, have a glass of champagne and go to bed. If I wasn't working I wouldn't go out-too many crazies-I'd stay home and have some snacks and champagne! (Can you tell I like champagne?!)

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  25. We'll probably just stay home this year and watch the ball drop with the kids. My boys also like to watch all of the special stunts that ESPN usually hosts. Crazy stuff!

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  26. I usually watch festivities on television as being out with all those drinkers and drivers scares me. I take down the Christmas decorations and enjoy savoring a few last minutes with each of the ornaments.
    Ann

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  27. I watched Dick Clark for years. I will probably have something for my teenagers.
    Sandy 2012

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  28. I'll probably be working a jigsaw puzzle while watching TV - unless I'm napping!

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  29. I love all these ideas...Personally, I'd like to stay home curled up in bed with Hemingway...One of his books, of course! ;-)

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  30. It's almost a superstition with me: stay up and see the new year in, for luck's sake; and what I am doing as old passes into new presages what sort of year it will be. (Long story, not worth telling.) And I shall probably lift a flute of champagne as a toast and a wish: may the new year usher in more good than evil, more to lift the heart than to break it.--Mario R.

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  31. Will have lobster and Champagne for a later dinner, and stay up watching old Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies until midnight when we set off the outdoor fireworks.

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  32. My husband and I usually watch TV.

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  33. We always stay home on New Years enjoying a nice dinner and watching the ball drop on TV.

    Katie J.

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  34. I'll be visiting my parents in Texas, we'll probably be watching football or a movie, putting together a jigsaw puzzle and eating something good but on the junkfood side...

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  35. Im planning on staying home, and watching a movie and / or the New Years celebrations on TV. - and reading a good book before bedtime! =)

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  36. I am looking forward to nice evening in with a fire in the fireplace and maybe a movie or a good book!

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  37. I hope to have a quiet evening at home with my sweetie. No drunk drivers to avoid!

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  38. At home- watching an old movie - or maybe reading one of my wonderful cozies.

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  39. We have stayed home almost every year. Just a quiet night, maybe some fondue, a movie. When the kids still lived at home (both are now in college) we had game night with them, which was fun. Usually pretended midnight was at 9pm when they were little, so they could shout "Happy New Year" and pull the strings on those little popper things on the front porch. Cleaning up the colored paper the next morning was always worth the joy on their faces when they did it though.

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  40. Reading a book... most likely the new Dorothy Parker Algonquin Mystery!

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  41. I stay home and read a book. I wait up until the celebration of the dropping of the Watermelon in town is over and people are done shooting off fire works. Then go to sleep.

    Yes, Vincennes, IN drops a large watermelon, you can look it up if you don't believe me. :)

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  42. We wil be staying at home.
    Patti Smith

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  43. For the first time ever, I am giving a small party for some of my boyfriends friends. Bit nervous, especially as I have to work the whole day first. What kind of dishes to serve?

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  44. Staying at home with hubby and our boys..and watch the fireworks at midnite

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  45. If, and that's a BIG IF, my partner is off and not working NY's Day we will have dinner out, and see a movie. It's a long held tradition.

    If she has to work (3x time plus time due) I'll pick up Chinese and we'll watch a video.

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  46. staying home with my hubby and three kids.

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  47. Staying and celebrating at home with Hubby, kids, and mother-in-law!

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  48. Maybe watch the countdown

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  49. I haven't stayed up for New Years for a long time. I try to be asleep before the noise begins. I've had plenty of all nighters though.

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  50. I'll be going to my brother's (next door). Then I'll go home and watch TV and read. I stay off the roads tonight of all nights!

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  51. I won't be doing much of anything for new year's just staying up late reading a cozy.

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  52. New Year's Eve I'll be at home trying to stay awake until the clock strikes 12.

    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  53. Read a cozy at home where its warm and safe make a list for the New Year's accomplishments at Midnight and get up early every year to work out

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  54. This is only time of the year that we eat snack food, doritos and dip. Then we watch the ball drop down and have cheesecake. Also, my husband is a sucker for any TV show telling about the year pass but I skip them. Otherwise I will end up in tears over all the bad news!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  55. I'd love something fun like this to do on New Year's Eve.

    tbranco24 AT gmail DOT com

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  56. I missed commenting yesterday, but I do like your attitude. (Sounds like a love of a book!)

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  57. Thanks for playing along everyone. Sorry I wasn't around much...one of those busy days. The winner of a copy of Iced Chiffon is D. Mess.
    Please email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com

    Anyone waning a packet of Iced Chiffon goodies just let me know and I'll mail it off.

    Also, I have a Street Team of readers who support the Consignment Shop mysteries. If you'd to join I'll send you info.
    Thanks everyone and have a wonderful Christmas.
    Hugs, Duffy

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  58. I'm pretty sure my hubby is working (works evening shift where it has to maned 24 7)so I'll just be on the computer or reading. I certainly never get asked to parties like in that book. lol.

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