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DOUBLED IN SPADES: A Cassandra Swann Mystery Hardcover – May 6, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1st Scribner ed edition (May 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684802597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684802596
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,392,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Cassandra Swann is a middle-aged bridge expert living in the Cotswolds. This description may sound overly cozy, but the novel avoids terminal cuteness. Moody's fourth Swann story is dynamic, funny, and brilliantly plotted, right to the very end. When Cassie goes to visit occasional bridge partner Naomi in the hospital, she has no idea that she will soon find herself investigating the woman's murder. In a clever running joke, Cassie keeps trying to tell people that she and Naomi barely knew each other; nevertheless, Cassie is soon endangered by con men and stalkers and sorting through her not-even-friend's history of molestation. As with the best mystery puzzles, it is never clear until the very end who did what to whom--or who whom really is. The sweet little subplot about Cassie's personal life should whet readers' appetites for more details about Cassie and her ever-reliable friend Charlie. Ilene Cooper

From Kirkus Reviews

A fourth adventure for Cassandra Swann (King of Hearts, 1996, etc.)--zesty, zaftig, divorced--who's now starting up a business as a bridge instructor from her cottage in the Oxford countryside. Meanwhile, preoccupied with computer technology and taking wary note of a mysterious stalker in a white car, she finds time for a visit to a sick friend--poor (but rich) Naomi, who thinks her husband has been trying to kill her. Later, when Naomi's found an apparent suicide, strangers converge to convince Cassie that murder has occurred--among them are Naomi's muscular lover Philip and her needy, punk-haired daughter Lucy, returned from the secret exile of adoption (Naomi had always claimed to be childless). Cassie sleuths her way through multiple crimes and even finds the stalker, aided not at all by her moody policeman sometime-lover Paul and a little too much by her boisterous would-be lover Charlie, who turns out to be both sexually sensitive and rich. This latest in Moody's series shows some signs of having been written too speedily, including excessive personal-life padding, grammatical gaffes, and a lurid climax--all remediable by a more carefully worked final draft. Still, Cassie is lively, pleasant company. And the transatlantically accessible enjoyment Moody provides her readers puts a gloss on any number of gaucheries. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

Susan Moody began writing crime novels with Penny Black, the first of the seven Penny Wanawake crime novels.

Her first acclaimed suspense novel was Playing With Fire, and was followed with equal success by Hushaby, House of Moons,and The Italian Garden. All of them were translated in several languages.

Takeout Double, the first of the Cassandra Swann series, was published in 1993, and followed by Grand Slam, King of hearts, Doubled in Spades, Sacrifice Bid and Dummy Hand. Susan has also written a number of short stories.

Susan achieved a long-standing ambition to produce a best-seller, with Love Over Gold, the story of the Gold Blend coffee couple! This sold nearly 200,000 copies world wide and

made the Sunday Times best-seller list. It was unfortunate that she chose to write it under a pseudonym.

She has also written a sequel to Francis Hodgson Burnett's children's classic, the Secret Garden. Misslethwaite was shortlisted for the annual award of the Romantic Novelists' Association and sold over 50,000 softback copies in the first month of publication. It was published in the US as Return to the Secret Garden.

In all, she has published 29 novels, most of them crime and suspense. Susan spent two years as a Creative Writing Tutor in Her Majesty's Prison, Bedford. She is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association, serving in all as a CWA Committee member for seven years. She is a long-standing member of the prestigious Detection Club and served for three years as the President of the International Association of Crime Writers.

In 2000, she published The Colour of Hope, which was phenomenally successful and sold in 20 different Countries. Since then she has published Dancing In the Dark and Losing Nicola. Loose Ends will appear in October 2012

She spent a semester in Tasmania, Australia, as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tasmania, has taught a course in the Crime Novel at the University of Copenhagen, has given a master-class in crime writing on Meridian TV, and has led many courses and workshops in creative and crime writing in England, the US and Australia.

Susan is married to the Australian mathematician, Professor John Donaldson, who has three sons and one daughter, as well as twelve grandchildren. Susan has one grandchild of her very own. She has homes in Tasmania, France and south-east Kent.

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