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KING OF HEARTS: A Cassandra Swann Bridge Mystery Hardcover – February 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (February 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684802589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684802589
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,023,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan Moody has developed the character, Cassandra Swann, much farther than she was able to in her previous work, "Grand Slam". Swann discovers just how much the murder of her beloved father, Handsome Harry Swann, has affected her attitude about everything in life, particularly men. While busy teaching bridge, she juggles solving the murder of an Indian neighbor of her business partner; the apparent dissolution of her affair with handsome police detective Walsh; the intriguing liaison with an appealing young author; and the delightful if heavy-handed romantic forays of Charles Quartermain around the need to discover the truth about her father's death. This is a "can't put it down" book and a giant leap forward in the series
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