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Thirteen Diamonds (Lillian Morgan Book 1) Kindle Edition

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I really enjoyed this book because the protagonist is different from any
other...The writing is energetic and very funny, which is also
a good way to describe Lillian.
--Robyn Glazer, Pipl Profiles

From the Author

My novels don't usually star crime fighting professionals. The protagonist is everyman--or woman--thrown into a situation new to him or her, involving suspense, and often murder. They must rely on their wits and newfound courage to put their shattered worlds back together. The partial exception to the amateur theme is Run into Trouble, in which Drake and Melody are former undercover operatives.


I use both male and female protagonists, and in some cases, a combination. Following is a one-liner about the sex of the protagonist(s) and theme in each of my mysteries:

 
Dangerous Wind--(Carol Golden)--female--trying to stop world chaos.
Relatively Dead--(Carol Golden)--female--finding relatives who are dying and possibly scamming.
Forget to Remember--(Carol Golden)--female--amnesia mystery. Facing the world as a non-person.
Run into Trouble--couple--the Cold War turns hot on the California coast.
Honeymoon for Three
--(Gary Blanchard)--couple--honeymooners with a stalker.
The Hayloft--(Gary Blanchard)--male--murder in high school in the fifties.
Hotline to Murder--couple--murder on a crisis hotline.
Aces and Knaves--male--murder in San Francisco.
Catch a Falling Knife--(Lillian Morgan)--female--sexual harassment and murder in college.
Thirteen Diamonds--(Lillian Morgan)--female--murder in a retirement community.


Series? Carol Golden is the protagonist in Dangerous Wind, Forget to Remember and Relatively Dead. Gary Blanchard is featured as the protagonist in The Hayloft, and ten years later, in Honeymoon for Three. Lillian Morgan, a retired math professor, is the protagonist in Thirteen Diamonds and Catch a Falling Knife.

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  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Publisher: FirstPublish; 1 edition (October 15, 2000)
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2000
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001KZHASY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,314 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After spending more than a quarter of a century as a pioneer in the computer industry, Alan Cook is well into his second career as a writer.

Alan's short story, "Checkpoint Charlie," has been included in the anthology, "Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold: Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War," edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson.

His latest book for young people is the second Matthew and Mason adventure, "Pictureland," that takes place in a dystopian world behind a painting on their wall. The first Matthew and Mason adventure is "Dancing with Bulls," that takes place at Knossos Palace on the island of Crete, 4,000 years ago. It is illustrated by Janelle Carbajal.

Alan has written a number of mysteries, including the Carol Golden amnesia novels: "Hit that Blot," "Dangerous Wind," "Relatively Dead" and "Forget to Remember." He has also written "Run into Trouble," "Honeymoon for Three,"The Hayloft," "Hotline to Murder," "Catch a Falling Knife" and "Thirteen Diamonds." "Run into Trouble" received a Silver Quill award from the American Authors Association and was named Top Pacific West book by Readers Choice. "Honeymoon for Three" received a Silver Quill award from the American Authors Association and was named Top Mountain West book by Readers Choice. Alan's short story, 'Hot Days, Cold Nights,' appears in the Mystery Writers of America anthology, "A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime," edited by Jeffery Deaver.

Alan splits his time between writing and walking, another passion. His inspirational book, "Walking the World: Memories and Adventures," has information and adventure in equal parts. It has been named one of the 'Top 10 Walking Memoirs and Tales of Long Walks' by the walking website, walking.about.com. He is also the author of "Walking to Denver," a light-hearted fictional account of a walk he did. "Freedom's Light: Quotations from History's Champions of Freedom," contains quotations from some of our favorite historical figures about personal freedom. And "The Saga of Bill the Hermit" is a narrative poem about a hermit who decides that the single life isn't all it's cracked up to be. Alan lives with his wife, Bonny, on a hill in Southern California.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Talbot on July 22, 2004
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Prior reviews have summarized the plot of this book so I'll only add that it is a fine mystery. Lillian, the protagonist, is a sharp, feisty and likeable retiree. Except for the villian and the villian's pawns, all the characters are attractive. Lillian's Watson, Tess, of the bad feet, is clever, practical and a true friend. There's even a sub-plot of a romance between Lillian's granddaughter and a bartender/student. We have plenty of suspects, lots of motives, and a scary ending. I neither play bridge nor understand math, except as it pertains to dollars and cents, but that fact didn't prevent me from finding this a very entertaining way to spend an evening.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2000
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I don't have any trouble sleeping, but I did keep the night light burning late finishing this unusual mystery. Alan Cook has concocted an intriguing plot that keeps you turning the pages, not only to solve the crime (What IS the crime??)but also to figure out the puzzles he skillfully weaves into the story. (His heroine is a retired math professor). The setting isn't the international jet set scene, not is it the courtroom. Cook instead chooses a posh retirement community where the resident roster reads like a Who Was Who in America.(Do you recognize yourself?) Your stereotypes will crash as Cook details with accuracy and humour the shennanigans among the current inhabitants of the digs as he leads us down the investigative path. Besides writing a book that is just a great and easy read,Cook has achieved a wonderful characterization of the heroine not so much through description of her but through her dialogue and its tone. She is a pistol, and reminded me of Miss Marple as she goes about her dry witted and relentless pursuit of the scoundrel. You'll like her, and cheer her on even as her more conservative counterparts try to put the brakes on her activites. Keep an eye on this budding novelist; he's finding his voice!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lynda W. Clark on August 11, 2006
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Cook has told a masterful murder mystery in the improbable setting of an assisted living facility that will break any stereotypical viewpoints you may have about the people who reside in them. Very humorous in spots. Great interplay between sleuth mother and exasperated son.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By drkhimxz on January 8, 2011
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There are so many pitfalls into which the "old lady in a senior community" sub-genre can fall, some of which nag at enjoyment of this book, that I was surprised that the book rose above its flaws to be an interesting and, at times, a gripping, entertainment. So, the leading elder-lady was at times unbearably nosy, a true "NOSY PARKER", a menace to all the innocents who surrounded here, often entering into unbelievable situations, difficult to like, etc., somehow, the author finally made it all gel, and we are able to take her as she is.
This is the first of a series, the Lillian Morgan (senior lady, former Math Professor), which should improve now that the character is introduced and, presumably, the author is freed to concentrate more on plotting and strengthening her character.
Good for most readers of "cozy" mysteries.
(Of course most specific comments had to be omitted to preserve the mystery from being unwrapped before the reader has opened the book.)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SkiBum on April 3, 2002
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This book wasn't bad; it was just very disappointing after the intriguing setting, unique sleuth, etc. The "detective" is an elderly retired mathematics professor from Duke University, and the plot includes several fascinating math puzzles (with solutions at the back of the book). Although the world's worst mathematician (and unable to solve even the simplest math puzzle), I was fascinated by that. And, as a huge fan of Miss Marple who also loves Emma Lathen's elderly John Thatcher, I was prepared to greatly enjoy this elderly sleuth and setting -- but I didn't. Although neither expecting nor wanting stark realism in mysteries, and fully prepared to suspend disbelief (as a child, I loved fairy tales, Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie), even I found the plot hopelessly and unbelievably convoluted. But if you're not expecting another Agatha Christie or Emma Lathen, and want a light, simple read, you'll probably enjoy it greatly ... the math puzzles, alone, make it a worthwhile, intriguing read. I'm probably grading it too harshly because of my passion for Christie and Lathen ... Hopefully, this is the first book in a series, and its successors will have more believable solutions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Happily Retired on March 19, 2011
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I loved this book. It was funny, suspensful, and intriguing. Loved the Senior Center setting and Lillian Morgan character. In fact, as soon as I finished, I purchased Alan Cook's other Lillian Morgan mystery, "Catch a Falling Knife" and plan to read it right away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Domestic Gnome on December 7, 2010
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Really enjoyed this book - Lillian is a trip as are her associates in the retirement community. The book reminds us that older folks are mostly us but just a bit slower or creaky. It's like with kids - they're small, not stupid - only this time it's they're old, not retarded. Cook handles the characters and the setting especially well but the plot is pretty standard fare. Chances are you will enjoy the book - and for 99 cents, it's a terrific bargain. Would have offered five stars but predictable plot dropped it one. For those who care, not a profanity to be found and minimal violence.
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