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Thirteen Diamonds (Lillian Morgan Book 1) by [Cook, Alan]
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Length: 172 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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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.

Product Details

  • 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 LLC
  • 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: #595,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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I purchased this ebook mostly because the price was cheap! What a pleasant surprise! A well written plot, likeable characters, sadness & humor. A retired math professor and her common sense friend work at solving a mysterious murder during a card game in a retirement complex. I caught myself laughing about the antics of Lillian, the self-appointed detective wanna be. I spend alot of time at the assisted living facility where my mother lives so I felt connections to the characters in this book. A good read.
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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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An interesting mystery at a retirement community. Give a senior a mystery to solve and some will surely sink their teeth into it--or it may come back and bite them! When a very popular man collapses and dies in the first hand of a bridge game, all are devastated, especially the women. The death is blamed on anaphylactic shock by a severe allergy to shellfish. Not everyone assumes the death is accidental. Bring on Lillian and her friend Tess, who are determined to prove it was murder.

Alan Cook has done a lot of unusual research to bring us this murder mystery. Mental games, a "perfect" bridge hand, friends and suitors all combine to solve the mystery...or to confuse it. Complicated connections in Lillian's own life adds both to the mystery and to her stress and her peace of mind. Several missteps along the way make the story more enjoyable. This is a quick, easy and entertaining read. I love the puzzle-solving aspect of the book, and I always enjoy learning something new. A touch of romance, a different way of looking at the lives of retirees, this is not a nursing home--this is a vibrant retirement community with individual apartments and individual interests all of which play a part in this quirky yet human book. Just goes to show you even the elderly are young when it comes to solving crimes!
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