03 Jul 2014 No Comments
Pool shark Jessie Hewitt usually knows where the balls will fall and how the game will end. But when a body lands on her couch, and the cute cop in her kitchen accuses her of murder, even Jessie isn’t sure what will happen next. She also isn’t sure how to catch a killer, but she’s about to learn.
Her skill set doesn’t exactly fit the task, however. Jessie put herself through college hustling at a pool table, and nowadays makes her living writing racy novels. This middle-aged romance author has excellent people-watching skills, a keen imagination, and street smarts going way back. Come to think of it, Jessie is the perfect sleuth.
Playing With Poison is a cozy mystery with a lot of humor, a little romance, and far too much champagne.
“Going bra shopping at age fifty-two gives new meaning to the phrase fallen woman,” I announced as I gazed at my reflection.
This is a fun, light read. We have a little bit of mystery, a lot of humor, and memorable characters. The book has the feel of an outlandish sitcom.
I absolutely loved Jessie’s character. She’s smart, independent, sassy, and funny. A few of the other characters stretched credibility a bit, particularly Candy, but I didn’t much care because they made me laugh.
I also enjoyed the setting. The local bar has a kind of “Cheers” feel, with all the regulars and the bartenders knowing them all by name.
The mystery aspect fell short for me. I figured out who the killer was pretty quickly. The clues are obvious, despite the author’s attempt to lead us in different directions. But I still enjoyed following Jessie along as she tries to figure things out.
Overall, this book is a pleasant escape, more for the comical chick-lit aspect than the whodunit mystery.
Rye took a deep breath. “Can we have some tea?” he asked.
Tea! Was the man insane?
“Are you insane?” I didn’t wait for a reply. “You come in here and call me an ugly, old, bitch murderer, and then expect me to serve you tea?”
“I never said you were ugly.”
Thanks for reading.