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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Playing the Devil (A Bridge to Death Mystery #2) by R.J. Lee


Playing the Devil

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Kensington




Goodreads synopsis:
Reporter and bridge player Wendy Winchester once again plays ace detective when a country club member is murdered in a hot tub . . .

Now an investigative reporter for the Daily Citizen in the Mississippi River port of Rosalie, Wendy still likes to unwind over a game of cards. Following the demise of the Rosalie Bridge Club, she's started her own group at the Rosalie Country Club. During the first meeting of the Country Club Bridge Players, the dummy has barely been laid down when another dummy gets in a scuffle at the bar across the room. Bridge player Carly Ogle's husband Brent is at it again.

After the club's new female golf pro breaks up the fight, Brent storms off to soak in a hot tub. But the bartender soon finds the bullying Brent dead in the water, clubbed over the head with the pestle the barkeep uses to crush leaves for mint juleps.

Racist, sexist, homophobic, and an all-around lout, Brent made enough enemies to fill a bridge tournament. So Wendy has to play her cards right to get the story—and stay out of hot water long enough to put the squeeze on the killer . . .

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4.5 Stars

This is the second book in the A Bridge to Death mystery series by R.J. Lee.

It is exciting to find all these new to me authors that I can try. And this book was definitely a winner to me! After reading this I went back and picked up book one on my Kindle.

This was a very complex Agatha Christie-like mystery. Wendy Winchester has a nose for sleuthing and her cop boyfriend and police chief father keep trying to get her to detect for them but she is having none of it. Her dream is being an investigative reporter. Wendy gets pulled into a mystery when a man ends up dead at a country club during a power outage. The victim was one of those annoying know it all types who used to be the quarter back in high school and in his current job shows up much of his competition. But all is not what it seems in his life. He is not very well liked and thus someone got tired of his BS and offed him!

I enjoyed this. Following along with Wendy was a very satisfying sleuthing experience. I never do seem to figure these things out but I liked watching the drama unfold in the pages of this cozy mystery. Such a well written and complex murder mystery. And there is even a clever twist at the end which I thought was pretty awesome!

I look forward to reading the previous book in this series and getting up to speed with all of Wendy’s accomplishments. Loved this so much! Looking forward to book three!

If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.


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