- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: Write Integrity Press (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098394850X
- ISBN-13: 978-0983948506
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,670,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Board to Death: A Trio of Mysteries in the Dangerous Games Series Paperback – September 27, 2011
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About the Author
Amy Barkman has been the Director of Voice of Joy Ministries since 1979, holding retreats and workshops in several states. She is the pastor of Mortonsville United Methodist Church and the founder of the Fun To Be One Club for kids. Her writing includes three years as a humor columnist, skits for radio, TV, and variety shows, children’s historical fiction, and a musical play “Claus and the King” which debuted in 2009. Her non-fiction book "Everyday Spiritual Warfare" was released in September, 2011. Her middle-grade novel “Which Witch?” releases October, 2011. www.AmyBarkman.com
Debbie Roome was born and raised in Africa and moved to New Zealand in 2006. Writing has been her passion since she was six years old, and she now works at it full time. Her first novel, Embracing Change, was released in 2010 and she is currently working on a second book. She also has stories in a number of anthologies and over 500 articles on various websites. In the last few years, Debbie has received a number of awards for her writing as well as placing in many competitions. Her compelling book Magnitude 7.1 & 6.3 about the New Zealand earthquakes releases October 2011. www.DebbieRoome.com
Tracy Ruckman is a freelance writer, publisher, and full-time student. She writes fiction and nonfiction, and has recently developed a love for scriptwriting. You'll find her stories in Christmas Miracles (2009) and A Pixel Perfect Christmas. She is currently working on another novel to be released in 2012. www.TracyRuckman.com
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A trio of mysteries in the Dangerous Games series
Victim by Amy Barkman--Polly has moved into a retirement campground (with a number of permanent residents) in order to downsize and simplify her life after her divorce. She is friends with most of the residents there and meets daily to play games in the community center. One of the favorite games is Victim. But the make-believe version of the game turns too real when the park manager is murdered in his camper. Sheriff Steve is someone Polly has known since childhood, but now a romance kindles as the investigation gets under way.
Mind Games by Debbie Roome--set in New Zealand, halfway across the world. Lindsay sells hard-to-find items and antiques. A gamer, Sheridan buys Mind Games from her and invites Lindsay over to play with his game group. However, the owner of the shop next door is murdered--and found with cards from the game in his pocket. The investigation seems to point to other members of the game group--including Lindsay. Will they be cleared and freed to find love?
Sentenced by Tracy Ruckman--Gretchen is running Kettle's On Campground for a friend. The chef on staff there, Melvin, appears to be the highlight. However, a bunch of campers meet to play Sentenced and a couple members of the group are murdered. Is Melvin's past catching up with him? Will they find the murderer before someone else dies?
BOARD TO DEATH is a set of cozy mysteries set in different parts of the world. They really have nothing in common except games and murders, but that's enough. The stories are not about the same characters as I thought they might be at first. But that's okay. I enjoy reading cozy mysteries, generally, and seeing if I can figure out who-dun-it. I had some guesses in each of the stories, but didn't figure it out for sure until it was revealed.
If you like cozy mysteries coupled with a light romance, then you'll probably enjoy BOARD TO DEATH. This isn't one who favors more heavy duty suspense. It was an okay read, but I didn't get very connected to the characters. Some of the stories were better than the others, but I won't tell you which was my favorite. Some recipes are included at the end of the book.
The problem? One of them turns up murdered.
As the investigation continues, Polly realizes that Sheriff Steve, the younger brother of her best friend, has feelings for her. In high school, he was the annoying younger brother. But now, nearing retirement age, those three years don't seem like such a big difference.
The second novella, Mind Games by Debbie Roome, is set in New Zealand. It is the story of a game sold online by the people in the first book. Lindsay sells hard to find items and antiques. One of her regular customers, Sheridan, buys it and invites her over to play with his game group.
The problem? The owner of shop next door turns up dead with cards from the game in his pocket.
Will Lindsay or Sheridan be implicated? Or will they be able to find their way through the mine field of mind games and find love?
The third novella, Sentenced by Tracy Ruckman, moves to Georgia where Gretchen is running a campground for a friend and up-and-coming chef Melvin looks to be the highlight of the trip.
The problem? The head of the Sentenced gaming group is murdered and another one follows.
Is Melvin's past about to catch up with him? Or is there another suspect willing to take the life of another?
When Tracy asked me if I'd consider influencing for this book, I looked at the Amazon page and read a couple reviews. One said "Encyclopedia Brown for adults." Now, I can't get my [loves-to-read] 10yo interested in Encyclopedia Brown, but just reading that made me happy.
I didn't solve any of the crimes before the characters did, and I was fine with that. The hints were there, but I was reading for pure enjoyment not to see if I could outwit the cops and characters. I'll likely reread it, now that I know the answers, to see if there were any other hints I didn't pick up on, kind of like watching Sixth Sense a second time, but I don't know that it'll become one of my annual rereads.
I recommend it to those who like a light mystery and some romance, complete with happy endings. I promise you won't be Board to Death ;).
If you're looking for more heavy duty suspense, this probably isn't for you, but for a fun read, it certainly fits the bill. I look forward to the release of the next book in the Dangerous Games series.
Overall rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars
Thanks to Tracy and Write Integrity Press for an influencer copy of Board to Death.
When Polly divorces her philandering husband, sells her house and becomes a full time camper in a Kentucky campground, she has to downsize and ada her collection of board games to a yard sale. Little does she know the Victim game will be a diagram for murder in the campground where she is parked.
Nor does she have an inkling Mind Games will be purchased on ebay by Lindsay, a collectibles store owner in New Zealand. When cards from this classic edition are used as a red herring in the murder of her neighbor storekeeper, Gretchen is on the suspect list.
The board games come full circle when Gretchen buys Sentenced from Polly as she travels through Kentucky in route to manage another RV park. Members of the Sentenced group meet regularly and play seriously to see who the regional and national winners are. More than one member of this group are not winners. They are murdered. Gretchen fears she may be next.
Each of these middle-aged widows and divorcees become involved in a romantic adventure while helping the sheriff find the killers.
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