From Publishers Weekly
In her third appearance, following Take-Out Double, British bridge expert and amateur sleuth Cassandra Swann pursues an investigation that hits very close to home. Discouraged by her failure at dieting and uncertain of her relationship with police officer Paul Walsh, Cassandra continues to conduct evening bridge classes at a nearby school. There the enrollment of an Indian couple, the Drs. Sammi and Vida Ray, captures the interest of Cassandra and a friend, who come to suspect Vida is being physically abused. Meanwhile, a horse named Handsome Harry comes in third in the Grand National. When Cassandra was a young girl, her pub-owner father, called Handsome Harry, had been fatally stabbed in a brawl and the person responsible never identified. Cassandra learns that the owner of the horse had been one of her father's female companions; her curiosity and sense of loss reawakened, she begins to investigate the death of her father, known also as the King of Hearts. Moody offers a vibrant cross section of English social strata in such characters as coarse-mannered Charlie Quartermain, Cassandra's ardent admirer, and country gentlewoman Brigid Fraser, who uses phrases like NOSD ("not our sort, dear"). References to the game of bridge are few, but Moody's characterization is utterly winning and her story's conclusion a sure slam.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
In a normally quiet English village, many facades await cracking. Despite a knack for humorous self-deprecation, Cassandra Swann has little patience for the shortcomings of others. But her cynicism is justified when racially motivated threats against one of her Pakistani students results in murder. Naturally, Cassandra and friend Natasha become involved, but Cassandra has already begun investigating the 22-year-old murder of her father. The plot is further complicated by her police officer lover, a gambling, wannabe swain, and a psychopathic phone caller. Crisp prose, a complex plot, and a wicked sense of humor make this a great read.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.