Murphy’s Luck

Sometimes rotten luck is better than no luck at all.

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Master of a thousand hobbies, but jinxed from birth with horrendous luck, Murphy Drummer has developed some eye-popping abilities.

When Murphy goes in search of a luck-free zone where the world might be safe from his puzzling disorder, charmed Joy Daley stumbles into his whammy-charged path. Churning out both miracles and mayhem, Murphy whimsically upends the lives of everyone in Joy’s life.

At first, Murphy’s victims question who he is; at last, they’ll be questioning who they aren’t. A comical love story of wood-tapping proportions.

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Amazon Reviews

5.0 out of 5 starsWhat a fun read. The characters were entertaining and well written
on April 11, 2017
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What a fun read. The characters were entertaining and well written. And though the storyline was not complex, it was compelling and enjoyable.


5.0 out of 5 starsWhat a lucky find!
on March 29, 2017
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This book was a great read! It stands out from the crowd of storylines and makes you feel delightfully lucky!

on March 29, 2017
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absolutely loved it! Fantastically humorous, yet at times you felt really bad for the main character.

Didn’t want it to end!
on March 13, 2017
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I read a lot of books. Many of them I find through my daily Freebooksy e-mails. Some of them are duds, but most of them are good. Murphy’s Luck is one of my Freebooksy finds and belongs in a new list I’ve just created: books so good that any plans I had irritated me. I did not want to do anything else but read. This is the second of those books (that I can recall that particular irritation), so I’ve just created a “Read This” list on Amazon. I’m hoping you can find it by searching for my name. I’ll keep adding to it, and I think Benjamin Laskin will appear in the list more than once!

Murphy is such an interesting character. He reminded me a little of Mike from Stranger in a Strange Land – they’re both quirky and innocent. The things that happen around him and how he reacts to them are so compelling. The other characters in the book (canine as well as human) were interesting and endearing, and I truly cared about what happened to each of them!

Now that I’ve finished the book, I’m longing for more. I’d love a sequel! Also, I just glanced at the book’s cover again. What I thought was odd and interesting before has much more meaning now. I just spent some time scouring it for clues.

Please give this book a chance. I hope you love it as much as I do.

 


Absolutely wonderful!
on March 9, 2017
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I have read four of Mr. Laskin’s books and I loved them all. I have read them all more than once actually. His writing style takes your mind to a new level of understanding the world around you. The detail he weaves into his stories is something that sets him apart from other writers. He has lived and learned and became wise. The birth of his stories are astonishing masterpieces. He surprises you when you are least expecting it. In every one of his books is a lesson to be learned (if you are willing to stop and think about it and change your perspectives about life). I am a tremendously huge fan of his and will continue reading his books. He inspires me to do great things.

 


A FUN READ
on February 27, 2017
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Enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Not complicated and a page turner. Poor Murphy… anticipating the next disaster was fun too. Characters leapt off the page.

 


Thank you
on February 21, 2017
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Different and refreshing. I truly enjoyed this adventure.
Will be interested in reading more from this author. Thanks for sharing.
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on February 13, 2017
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I loved everything about this story. Murphy’s journey is one I was intrigued to observe. Thanks for a great read.

 


Five Stars
on February 12, 2017
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I loved this! It’s well written, imaginative and highly entertaining. I read it in one sitting.

 


Very cute book!
on February 12, 2017
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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it but was pleasantly surprised at how it drew me in!


5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful charming and a good time read.
By Peggy on October 23, 2016
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A great story of luck and love. Read it, you won’t regret it!
Don’t forget to catch a falling star!


5.0 out of 5 stars Fun filled pages
By FL Transplant on October 23, 2016
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I thoroughly enjoyed the quirky characters and the dialogue. The plot moved along at a good pace and the images were memorable. I am interested in reading another novel by this author.


5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting read
By PJM on October 21, 2016
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This is a fun book to read. I recommend it to anyone who needs a little luck in their day.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
on October 20, 2016
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I know this is different from the other books I read but I really liked it. It was very comical and sad at times about Murphy.

 


5.0 out of 5 stars This one I loved.
on October 19, 2016
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I had goosebumps by the end of this tale. I’ve only left a review on one other book because I’m that picky. This one I loved.

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!

on October 19, 2016
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What a wonderful book! I’m home stick today and this actually put a smile on my face…more than one! Great main character and a bunch of secondary characters that are fantastic. It’s all about perspective!

 


5.0 out of 5 stars Murphy’s Law with a Twist
on October 19, 2016
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What a great story. What fun. It’s like Murphy’s Law with a twist. Love the romance among the various characters. Love how the predictions keep showing up as coincidences. Very clever and entertaining with a big dollop of funny and crazy. Great characters and situations. I’ll take a second helping.

 


5.0 out of 5 stars different but relate-able
on October 17, 2016
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Once again one of my reviews is not showing up, an issue since have been a member on site for literally years. Murphy’s Luck was not ‘my usual genre’, whatever that means. Not sure this book is any certain genre; it appealed to me in so many ways, and read it twice at the time, so that is saying a lot considering how many books are waiting in print, kindle, and kindle unlimited for me. Maybe his genre is ‘different but relate-able’, just enough differences to still be a story I haven’t lived but would find interesting to hear by the fireside one night. Wishing him and us many more happy returns.

 


5.0 out of 5 stars Murphy’s Luck
on October 4, 2016
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What a great read! Well written, a cast of quirky likeable characters, & a storyline that put a smile on my face & had me giggling from the first page. If you are after something witty & somewhat whimsical, you can’t go wrong with Murphy’s Luck.

 


4.0 out of 5 stars  Quick, entertaining read!
on October 1, 2016
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I enjoyed the fast-moving, imaginative plot and characters in this book. However implausible or ridiculous the situation, I found myself rooting for Murphy until the end!

5.0 out of 5 stars Can you hear the world

on September 2, 2016
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What a fun book! At first you feel sorry for the young child Murphy Drummer. Catastrophes happen everyplace he goes every day. Murphy’s parents died on the way home from the hospital and his Grandfather moved in to take care of him. School was a nightmare but he had one good teacher. She gave him a suggestion that changed his life. The day came–when he was in his 30’s that he had to leave the house. So funny about his bus trip and his time in the big city–I can’t give anymore away but I thought it was a cracking fun book. Hope you enjoy it also.

5.0 out of 5 stars Cute book
on August 17, 2016
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Our family likes to joke that if it wasn’t for bad luck, we’d have no luck at all, so I could commiserate with Murphy. All the characters were likeable,and the story was easy to follow without being boring

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book

on August 11, 2016
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This book was super fun. great characters and great storyline I looked forward to the next catastrophe that Murphy was going to happen upon.

4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud

on August 2, 2016
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I haven’t laughed so hard at a book in a long time. I figured part of it out but how they got there was the gun part.

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little feel good story

on August 2, 2016
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Inventive and funny. Enough switch backs to keep the story interesting but not so many that is was difficult to follow. Nice Sunday afternoon book. Good for kids, too.

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable

on August 1, 2016
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This was very interesting and enjoyable to read. It gets your attention and holds it for the entire book. You never know what Murphy is going to do next.

5.0 out of 5 stars The story is light and fun, easy to read

on July 18, 2016
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This was a very enjoyable read. The story is light and fun, easy to read, and engaging enough to keep you interested to its end.

4.0 out of 5 stars Luck?

on July 17, 2016
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Didn’t think I would like this book but was pleasantly surprised. Fun characters intertwined within the story. Humorous situations happening continuously. Good read.

5.0 out of 5 stars What an enjoyable and fun book to read! I loved it.

on July 16, 2016
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What an enjoyable and fun book to read! I loved it. The characters were well developed and so likeable I felt like I knew them and was right there with them. I laughed and worried with them and they made me think about life. No foul language and no sex scenes, just a great story. I really look forward to reading more by this author.

5.0 out of 5 starsGreat Fun Read well worth the time

on July 16, 2016
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I downloaded Murphy’s Luck as a free book from Amazon. From this first chapter, this book captured my imagination and never let go. I loved this unconventional story about a man circled, but rarely touched himself, by bad luck. Murphy was a wonderful character, and I enjoyed his innocence and compassion. Laskin created some wonderful characters and whisked me off for a couple hours of great reading.

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

on April 14, 2016
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Fun book. Made me want to come back day after day.

5.0 out of 5 stars Murphy’s Luck by Benjamin Laskin
on April 4, 2016
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I don’t read a lot of Literary or Speculative Fiction, however this was fun. It included just enough fantasy to keep me interested and the wordplay was entertaining. Poor Murphy feels like he is cursed and he has separated himself from society as much as possible for what he perceives as the greater good for all concerned. He has built his own sanctuary in and around his house. He fills his time learning new hobbies and writing about them in his syndicated newspaper articles. He also corresponds with his readers. When his devoted grandfather, who raised him from infancy, passes away he sees no other choice than to quit his job and move to an even more secluded environment. Of course he doesn’t make it very far before disasters start happening around him again.

The sequence of events and characters introduced into the storyline are unique but not out of the ordinary. They are all much more realistic than any of Murphy’s neighbors were in his old neighborhood. (They were all a lot of miserable people looking to place blame on anyone besides themselves for their misfortunes.) When Joy Daley, a journalist, encounters Murphy, she is intrigued and puzzled by what she sees happening around him. Joy is unlike anyone Murphy has ever met and he isn’t quite sure what to make of her. However, he finally accepts her kindness, and Joy is able to slowly bring a fresh perspective into Murphy’s life.

I loved Joy and Murphy’s journey as much as I relished the well-developed secondary characters of Brock Parker, Joy’s straight-laced police detective fiancé, and the misty-eyed tarot card reader Freya who states, “The Universe works in mysterious ways…” as Brock’s world is turned upside down. I found this a relatively quick, light read with skillful levity in all the right places.

FYI: A small amount of adult language, hardly worth mentioning. **Originally written for “BigAl’s Books and Pals” book blog. May have received a free review copy.** March 25, 2016


5.0 out of 5 stars A very fun book to read.

on March 30, 2016
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This was a very fun book to read. I was hooked from the first chapter. I was intrigued with the whole concept of the character who personified “Murphy”. Some of the scenes were so funny I found myself smiling and laughing out loud. This would make a great romantic comedy movie.
I even enjoyed the philosophy thrown in. I look forward to reading more of Benjamin’s books.

 


5.0 out of 5 stars Murphy’s Luck
on March 27, 2016
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I downloaded Murphy’s Luck as a free book from Amazon. From this first chapter, this book captured my imagination and never let go. I loved this unconventional story about a man circled, but rarely touched himself, by bad luck. Murphy was a wonderful character, and I enjoyed his innocence and compassion. Laskin created some wonderful characters and whisked me off for a couple hours of great reading.


5.0 out of 5 stars Luck
By Billie Kretzschmar on January 16, 2016
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Really enjoyed this book. Ill be practicing living in the moment and feeling the vibrations. what a great, fun read.

5.0 out of 5 stars Such a fun read. Greatly enjoyed. Quite different
By geniemackbrown on January 14, 2016
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Great reading not at all the usual, I enjoyed the characters as well as the story line quite different will look for more from this author.

Excellent
By Karen on December 27, 2015
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I enjoyed this odd story from start to finish. I would have liked it better if there was more of it to read


5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Light Well Done Read
By Kneed2No on December 26, 2015
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Murphy’s Luck was a light pleasurable read. It was good to read a book in which no one got shot or killed. It kept my interest throughout. Well done Mr. Laskin! Lucky for me to have found it. And it was free for me to boot.

It’s a fun and goofy book, just read it and enjoy
By J. Hay on December 24, 2015
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This isn’t anything like what I usually read, but it is lighthearted and enjoyable. It seems like an old fashioned tall tale but modern and well written.


5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun!
By campingcorgi on December 20, 2015
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What a great read! Tightly written with a enchanting use of language. I tried to notice every humorous connection, but I am sure I saved some for the re-readings to come!


5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2015
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Loved this book. Kept my attention through the whole book. Loved that he kept his house. Clean read.

5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the read
By Donna Talamantes on December 19, 2015
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Very entertaining!!!

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2015
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This was a cute book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading, there is no such thin as coincidence I look for these in my life.

5.0 out of 5 stars What a unique and wonderful storyline!
By Robinread on December 16, 2015
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I loved this book. It’s hard to compare it to most of the books I read, but I totally enjoyed the author’s sense of humor. There are so many things going on in the book that are funny, so much joy when some of the characters reverse their usual behavior. I’m looking forward to reading more of Benjamin Laskin’s books.

5.0 out of 5 stars What a good book ! ! !
By MIMI on December 14, 2015
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Had a lot of fun reading this story. Light hearted humor with a dash of romance. Wonderful ! ! !


5.0 out of 5 stars I really Like this book
By Amazon Customer on November 16, 2015
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I really Like this book, it was surprisingly Good. With a smart ending.

5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable – check it out!
By M. Simeon November 1, 2015
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I truly enjoyed this book! If you are on the fence about purchasing it – I hope I can give you a gentle nudge. Quirky and full of “coincidences” it is a fun read! I hope you will give it a try! I will be choosing another book by Benjamin Laskin soon. Read this one and you will see why. Happy reading!

Quirky but very entertaining!
By Southern mystery fan on October 28, 2015
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Loved the main character & found myself rooting for him as the story unfolded . Unusual storyline and the characters blended in to make it a very enjoyable read.


5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
on October 24, 2015
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Wonderful, entertaining, had me laughing out loud. I really enjoy Mr. Laskin׳s sense of humor.


5.0 out of 5 stars Like the story
on October 13, 2015
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Really interesting book could not put it down. Like the story.

5.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted read

on October 11, 2015
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A quick, light-hearted read with a little junior high school boy humor mixed in. It makes a reader wish for more coincidences in every day life to bring one out of the mundane ordinariness.

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it

on October 9, 2015
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So funny and captivating from the first page

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable

on October 7, 2015
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Great book by a new favorite author. I enjoyed all his other books, and continue to search for anything newly written by him. Mahalo nui loa Mr. Laskin for hours of enjoyable reading; I’m anticipating to more of the same.

5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and uplifting

on October 7, 2015
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This is very quirky, and funny and a little sad in places but you come away better than when you went in.

5.0 out of 5 stars Most surprising!

on October 4, 2015
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I really enjoyed the book, but kept waiting for the “rest of the story”. I feel as though I’ve read every other line instead of what I did read. It’s a good book, and you will most likely enjoy it as a fun read.

5.0 out of 5 stars fun and heartwarming

on October 4, 2015
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Original,fun and heartwarming.

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book

on October 2, 2015
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Wow! This book really makes you think about how things happen and why they happen. I enjoyed it immensely. Thanks.


5.0 out of 5 stars so much laughter!
on September 26, 2015
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This was the first time I literally laughed out loud while reading Murphy’s story. but despite the numerous comical scenes, I still sense a certain poignancy in the story. I can’t forget the jail scene with Murphy, Morris and Leroy. That was so hilarious yet very touching.

5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
on September 26, 2015
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Enjoyable quick read. You really want to find out what happens next. Kind of like an Odd Thomas book but not as involved.

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
on August 31, 2015
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Funny, clever, a great read.

4 stars –  Murphy is the man of my dreams

on August 27, 2015

i had a ton of fun reading this book. it started off with a bang and then kept my interest to the very last page. so few books manage to do that. it seems like every other new book i read starts off well, then lags a lot in the middle and finishes up well enough, but not well enough to overlook that lag. none of that here. Murphy is a wonderful guy and i was with him all the way. a delight!


5.0 out of 5 starsI laughed out loud!
on August 23, 2015
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I enjoyed this book very much. The main character was very likable and I enjoyed getting to know him. There were many times where I laughed out loud while reading this. I am looking forward to reading more of Mr Laskin’s work.

5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book!
on August 23, 2015
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The best book I’ve read in a while . I will definitely be looking for more books from this author!

5.0 out of 5 starsFunny and heartwarming!
on August 22, 2015
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I really enjoyed this book! It is very heartwarming, funny and light. Finished it in a day!

5.0 out of 5 starsLovely story!
on August 19, 2015
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was a quick, quite lovely story. Murphy will stick with you after you finish, and that’s a very lucky thing.

5.0 out of 5 stars easy and not so full of characters
on August 18, 2015
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Murphy’s Luck started off a little bit slow, but I soon became interested in how it was going to proceed. After all, most people have heard of “Murphy’s Luck”, if something can go wrong – it will.
I found this book to be an entertaining read, easy and not so full of characters, that you forgot who they were, when they appeared again.
This is the only book that I have rated at 5 stars. After reading about Benjamin Laskin’s other books I will be keeping an eye out for them as well.

5.0 out of 5 starsgive us more like Murphy’s Luck
on August 18, 2015
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Always happy to find a good read that stands apart from the kindle crowd of just-like-all-the-others, and has something a bit different to say, and says it well. Enough reviews have already been published describing the plot, characters, etc, so I’m just posting a few more well-deserved stars for wonderful writing. Have also read and enjoyed “The Will” by this author and look forward to reading more of his work.

5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly Good Yarn
on August 13, 2015
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The story of Murphy Drummer is irresistible, original, clever, and just plain fun! With just the right mixture of whimsy and woe, the reader is flung onto a roller coaster of lives, loves , and bank robberies, spiced with an occasional tarot card. Don’t miss it!

5.0 out of 5 starsSurprising!
on August 12, 2015
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I won’t lie, I downloaded this book because it was free. It isn’t the type of story I usually read. There are no monsters, elves or dragons. But I loved it. Murphy and Joy should have been annoying, but they were loveable and quirky. Highly recommended.

5.0 out of 5 starsloved it!
on August 11, 2015
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this book was Sooooooo good! I truly enjoyed every minute of it! it was funny and thought provoking… an easy read … couldn’t put it down!

5.0 out of 5 starsCouldn’t put this one down.
on August 9, 2015
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The story flowed smoothly and kept your attention as it unfolded making it hard to put the book down. It was whimsical yet thought provoking also.
Great read.

5.0 out of 5 starsMagical!
on July 31, 2015
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What a great read. This was funny and lighthearted, which is just what I needed.

5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book

on July 31, 2015
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This was a great book and a very easy read. It was a lot of scientific ideas on Murphy’s law. I cannot wait for more books by this author

 5.0 out of 5 starsenjoyed story
on July 31, 2015
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I enjoyed the light mood this story had. A few too many characters to keep track of at first, but I tend to have to leave story at times and come back later to figure out who I was at. Very much enjoyed.

5.0 out of 5 starsCharming
on July 31, 2015
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A really enjoyable story. Love Murphy, he’s so sweet. I wasn’t sure when I started if I was reading a children’s book or where it would go, but, wow! I will be reading his other books and recommending this to my friends.

5.0 out of 5 starslove!
on July 31, 2015
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Loved everything about this book! Gentle, delightful, humorous. Points out vividly that what we believe about ourselves is likely not what others believe about us.


5.0 out of 5 starsRead it – you’ll find yourself smiling and laughing outloud
on July 30, 2015
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I read a fair amount of books and see a fair amount of movies. While I laugh often it tends to be under my breath, but with Murphy’s Luck I found myself laughing outloud all the time. The book is hilarious. But don’t think it shallow and just going for a laugh. There’s plenty of philosophical meaning with twists and turns. The characters are developed well and there’s a surprising amount of details that go unnoticed at first but are fun once you keep your eyes open. A great read.

5.0 out of 5 starsFun, quirky and totally enjoyable!
on July 29, 2015
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I really liked Murphy right from the start and the author takes us along on his journey in a very engaging way. Each character in the book was detailed and caught my interest. I will be reading more of this author for sure!

5.0 out of 5 starsSerendipitously
on July 27, 2015
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A really delightful book, full of coincidences, fate, magic. Particularly enjoyed all the word play. Murphy’s Law at its finest. Highly recommend!

5.0 out of 5 starsSuper cute story!
on July 27, 2015
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I truly enjoyed reading this story.
Although it was a bit choppy in places, that didn’t detract from the good feelings the story evoked! I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially someone that needs a bit of a pick me up!

5.0 out of 5 starsEnjoy the journey
on July 26, 2015
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Consider this thing called “luck”. Consider all aspects of “luck”. Murphy’s Luck is a story that leads you through those considerations with entertaining whimsy and humor. Yet there are several spots along this story’s journey that will give you pause to consider the more serious workings of life that you otherwise most likely take for granted. Enjoy the journey!!

5.0 out of 5 starsA heartwarming romp, suitable for young and old alike
on July 19, 2015
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Just happened to stumble on this book and was thoroughly delighted by the twists and turns and laugh-out-loud fun that ensued. If you like puzzles, numbers, wordplay, slapstick, love stories, and more, you’ll love Murphy’s Luck! I was looking for a quick read and a departure from the spate of darkly suspenseful books that seem to line the shelves lately, and this little gem delivered. Mr. Laskin created a charming cast of characters with just enough depth to satisfy those with more philosophical inclinations. Will need to read this one again to unearth more of the multitude of clues, references, foreshadowing, and bits of wisdom buried inside. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Laskin’s novels.

5.0 out of 5 starsCharmed!
on July 9, 2015
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Thoroughly enjoyed this sweet and captivating novel! Like all good books, it’s free-flowing
story has a powerful message that makes this an intriguing as well as fun read.
It’s charm is irresistible. Books like this are why we like to read!
Much thanks to my dear friend who gifted this book to me…it did not disappoint and I’ll be sure to pay it forward and gift to other friends.

5.0 out of 5 starsLAUGHING OUT LOUD IS GOOD FOR YOU, RIGHT?
on June 19, 2015
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Tired of reading mysteries, thrillers, who’s going to marry the next Billionaire? Finding nothing new in books featuring mail order brides, how to be debt free or coping with grief? Are you interested in a book that is whimsical, a little over the top, with humor thrown in? I recommend “Murphy’s Luck” written by an author who must have a strange outlook on life but is an excellent purveyor of words. He marches to a different drummer and if you read the book you’ll get my humor from those words.


5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars – Laughing Out Loud Is Good For You, Right?
on June 19, 2015
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Tired of reading mysteries, thrillers, who’s going to marry the next Billionaire? Finding nothing new in books featuring mail order brides, how to be debt free or coping with grief? Are you interested in a book that is whimsical, a little over the top, with humor thrown in? I recommend “Murphy’s Luck” written by an author who must have a strange outlook on life but is an excellent purveyor of words. He marches to a different drummer and if you read the book you’ll get my humor from those words.

5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars – Feel great story
on June 16, 2015
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We have had this book in our house for 2 weeks and so far 3 of us have read it without putting it down. It is a really sweet story. One that both my teenagers and I enjoyed. I would happily recommend it to anyone.

5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars – Great read!
on June 7, 2015
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Really enjoyed reading this book – face paced, intriguing & with great humor!
Can’t wait for the next book!

Funny!
on June 5, 2015
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I had to give this 5 Stars as I’ve never laughed out loud so much during scenes. The author creates vivid character; even the ones you don’t like are interesting. Poor Murphy seems to have no luck and wherever he goes, chaos follows. Can he live a normal life? Can he find a girlfriend? Can he walk down a street without someone having to an ambulance? I only wish there had been one more public transportation scene. An air plane would have been nice…
if you like humor you’ll like Murphy’s Luck.


5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars – Great Adventure!

By Leah Kahalani on May 21, 2015 – Verified Purchase

This book is filled with so many enjoyable, unpredictable surprising twists and turns. It’s both light and comical as well as touching. Keep ’em coming!


5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars – A sweet, heartwarming story of embracing your luck, good or bad

By Taylor B. on May 5, 2015

Murphy’s Luck is one of those books where you find yourself rooting for every character for different reasons. I loved the storyline and the idea of changing your luck — or realizing your luck wasn’t all that bad the first place. I thoroughly enjoyed Benjamin’s book and shared it with all my family and friends once I finished it (which only took a day or two). Benjamin is an incredible author with a huge amount of talent in storytelling. You can see it all happening before your eyes! Murphy’s Luck is a perfect example of that. You’ll love it!


5.0 out of 5 stars5.0 out of 5 stars 

Murphy’s Luck turned out great

on May 30, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Thoroughly enjoyed Murphy’s Luck. Is a quick read + different than the other books that Benjamin has written. This is a fun read with a happy ending!!


Murphy's LuckMurphy Drummer is bad luck personified. As Murphy’s Law states: anything bad that can happen will happen. This is Murphy’s lifelong mantra. After a lifetime of causing havoc wherever he goes, he becomes the ultimate agoraphobe and locks himself inside so he can’t cause any more damage. Keeping himself busy with a multitude of hobbies, Murphy becomes the “Hobby Guy” with a devoted following. Eventually, Murphy has to leave the safety of his cocoon and comes in contact with his polar opposite: Joy Daley, who is  touched by lady luck wherever she goes, and who might just change Murphy’s luck for the better.

What makes Murphy’s Luck work best is the tenderness Laskin has for each one of his characters. Everyone has been touched by luck – good or bad – so anyone can sympathize with Murphy’s predicament. The novel reads like a fable, a bit Forest Gump-ish, in the way that Murphy is extraordinarily goodhearted, but causes an uproar wherever he goes. No matter how down on his luck he is, the book is a light and entertaining read. You’ll feel for him because Laskin is so adept at characterization, but you’ll be comforted by his antics, even when things are going wrong. There’s also a good message about creating your own luck. Murphy might be called “Bummer Drummer” but this book is far from it: a heartwarming, joyful and entertaining read.

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