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Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game Hardcover – August 4, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061728381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061728389
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Gossip Girl meets Dynasty in Bagshawe's compelling sequel to the late Sydney Sheldon's Master of the Game (1982), which chronicled the sticky power struggles of the Maxwells, America's richest family. A new generation of Maxwells includes Eve, an evil temptress brutally scarred by her controlling cosmetic surgeon husband, and her identical twin sister, Alexandra, an angel in comparison. Alexandra dies giving birth to a daughter, Lexi, while Eve survives the birth of her son, Max. Eve plots to take back the family's business empire, rearing Max to hate and, at age 10, kill his father. Lexi's father, Peter, and her big brother, Robbie, surround Lexi with love, but she's traumatized at age eight when she's kidnapped and raped. Years pass as Lexi and Max square off, while across the ocean the most famous barrister in London embarks on a quest that will eventually lead him to Lexi, but not without many shocking twists. Bagshawe (Adored) expertly channels Sheldon's lurid, feverish prose. (Aug.)
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'A master storyteller at the top of his game.' USA Today 'Compulsively readable.' New York Times Book Review FLAWLESS 'Bagshawe's prose is as breathless as her plotting' Mirror --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Tilly Bagshawe upset the nuns at her catholic girls' boarding school by getting pregnant unexpectedly at seventeen. Expelled but undaunted, she gave birth to a beautiful daughter alone and went on to Cambridge University as a single mom, taking her baby with her. Tilly had a successful career in finance before fulfilling her dream of becoming a writer. Now married with two more children, she lives in Los Angeles and London. In addition to her bestselling novels, Tilly has contributed to numerous British newspapers and magazines including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Elle, The Sunday Times, The Times and The Daily Mail.

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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Having been a fan of some of Sidney Sheldon's earlier novels, I always considered his greatest achievement to be "Master of the Game." A sprawling, multi-generational page turner that charts one family's rise from abject poverty to the heights of a financial dynasty--"Master" traversed the globe from the diamond mines of Africa to the international boardrooms and bedrooms of the elite. Unforgettable characters like Jamie McGregor, the "Master" Kate Blackwell, and her twin granddaughters Eve and Alexandra have stayed with me for over 20 years!

So with curiosity, I picked up Tilly Bagshawe's "Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game." I'm not a huge fan of this recent trend of publishers branding sequels (with different authors) in this way. I'm too cynical to find much meaning in this commercial appeal--I'm sorry, but this is not Sidney Sheldon's book no matter how large his name looms on the cover. However, Bagshawe does a nice job keeping the spirit and pacing of her predecessor alive.

Picking up with Eve and Alexandra (albeit briefly) late in life, "Mistress" is essentially about their offspring. Sexy, scandalous, and moving at breakneck speed through the years--this is the quintessential beach read. There's murder, molestation, betrayal, fraud, kidnapping, addiction and everything in between. Fun and superficial, this is entertainment for entertainment's sake. Often times, I wished for a bit more substance. The leaps in time prevent any real connection to the characters, but things do slow down at pivotal moments. I enjoyed "Mistress" and had a good time revisiting some familiar places with some old friends. But unlike "Master," if you ask me about "Mistress" in twenty years--I don't expect this tale to endure quite so vividly!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Via on January 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Like many other Sidney Sheldon's fans, I was very much looking forward to and excited about reading the sequel to one of Sheldon's masterpieces. This novel however was a sad attempt of creating that sequel. One of the things I enjoy about reading a Sheldon's novel is the build-up and the suspense of the plot, which he then always ended with a clever & satisfying revelation. Unfortunately, although the author of this novel tried to provide a similar experience, it failed horribly. The plot outlined many build-ups, but the revelations were lame. The timeline of events also raised my eyebrows, since it made it sound so easy and fast for people to become millionaires.
The ending was definitely disappointing, no satisfaction, like it trailed off in the middle of nowhere.
Overall, I feel sorry that Sidney Sheldon's legacy is tainted by this author. As one of Sheldon's big fans who have read every single novels he'd written, I hope this author's next attempt (After The Darkness) will be a lot better, or just stop writing using Sheldon's name.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Muldawer on July 6, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While it was a clever idea to create a sequel to Sidney Sheldon's Master of the Game, Tilly Bagshawe's poor writing, random organization, and lack of integrity to the original characters had me bored and barely able to finish the book.

From what I could ascertain, it seemed that Ms. Bagshawe was working from a bare bones outline of Master of the Game, and indeed some of the book was a recap of the original book. But there was so much that didn't fit and so much that was resolved without struggle.

Frankly, I am astounded that this book earned a starred review. As a big fan of this genre and especially of Sidney Sheldon, I thought I would devour it. Instead, I was frustrated by pedestrian writing, unrealistic plot twists, and characters acting without rhyme or reason.

My advice? Save you money, go to the library, and check out the original Sidney Sheldon books. There's no comparison. Sidney Sheldon was truly Master of The Game.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hawaii808 on July 29, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read every Sidney Sheldon book and this doesn't even come close. I am so very disappointed in Tilly Bagshawe. Sidney Sheldon must be turing over in his grave! He would never exploit children and the suspense was not even there. I wish I hadn't spent my money on this garbage
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tia on September 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This was a painful book to read. I can appreciate that the author and the publishers were trying to keep Sidney's spirit alive by writing this sequel, but they should have taken a lot more time to come up with a better effort. I feel like this book was only written to exploit Sidney's longtime fans. That is the only reason I can think of that garnered the excuse to release this book. It's full of cliches, it's cheesy, its devoid of character delevolpment, and the plot is tacked together from various previous Sheldon novels. Don't waste your money. I will remember this the next time a "Sheldon" book is released.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Glenda M. Hockett on July 20, 2010
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This book was terrible. The story would have been better if the molesting children was left out. I only read half the book and put it down. It was disgusting. Sydney Sheldon would never have written this. Would not recommend to anyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vinette B. Brown on October 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have enjoyed all of Sidney Sheldon's books except for this one. No way did he write this. Maybe the first sentence and Ms. Tilly Bagshawe took over... and did it poorly. She wrote that she wanted to honor his memory with this book but she did not come close.
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