- File Size: 689 KB
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Publication Date: November 7, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009D99R0I
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,649 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Playing with Poison: A Humorous and Romantic Cozy (Cue Ball Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Ms. Blackburn has written a very engaging story. She has filled her book with a great group of characters. Since most of these characters have a good reason for wanting Stanley dead, it isn't easy to figure out the identity of the culprit. I was hooked before I finished reading the first page--actually, it was the first sentence that pulled me in. Being of a certain age, or as Candy puts it, old, that sentence had me nodding my head and chuckling. Throughout the book, Jessie gives us a sneak peek into her work-in-progress, which enhanced the story and made me laugh. This is a well-written story with humor, believable dialogue, extremely likeable characters, and just the right amount of romance--everything I love in a story!
I've just downloaded the next two books in this series: Double Shot and Three Odd Balls. Looking forward to reading them. Can't wait to see what Ms. Blackburn has in store for Jessie and her friends. Happy reading!
It starts out with her friend's fiance coming to her condo and dying on her couch. Of course, since it happened in her home, she is the prime suspect. She didn't kill the man so she wanted to find out who did. She soon learned that the man wasn't well liked so the list of suspects was long.
I really liked Jessie. She was a 52-year-old historical romance writer who wore some unusual clothes at times because she worked from home and was alone most of the time. When someone did come to the door and she was wearing a blue bra and white shirt, it was a problem. Due to the investigation, this did happen to her. Jessie was a pool shark who put herself through college playing pool. This skill came in handy when she was investigating. I loved her relationship with Capt. Wilson Rye. They were often annoyed with each other, making their attraction something they didn't want to focus on.
The quirky characters add to the humor in this book. Most of them are likable but some are not. They all help the story along making it funny, somewhat romantic and a good mystery.
The story goes on with the many attempts at finding out who had poisoned the fiance. There are many suspects, including Jessie's own ex-husband and his new wife. The detective makes many requests of Jessie to leave the investigation to he and his colleagues, but Jessie refuses to rest until she finds out who the real killer is.
Despite the story line being about a murder, the book is full of humorous situations. It's an easy read and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series to see how Jessie and her new detective friend, Wilson Rye, are getting along.
It is an easy to read book with a lot of characters and yet somehow, I was was able to keep up with all of the characters because of the vision she helped to create in my head. That is amazing because I read a story very slowly. I read at the doctors office or just before I go to sleep. It can sometimes take me a month to finish reading a book and I don't like having to go back several chapters to refresh my memory. With Playing With Poison, I was able to remember what had gone on before and could pick up reading pretty much where I left off. Although, it kept my interest so much that I actually read it in a little over a week.
I thought the author kept the characters individual personalities at the forefront of the story and I felt I got to know them... from flamboyant Candy Poppe to Snowflake, the cat. I knew them all. To me it was very well written and I look forward to reading another one of Cindy's books.
I received this book for free as part of my Kindle. I am under no obligation to write my review. This is my own opinion and as with all books, others opinions may vary from mine.