Grand Slam Murders (A Bridge to Death Mystery) by R.J. Lee
About the Book
Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07CWF82MH
After four bridge players are poisoned, newspaper reporter Wendy Winchester sets out to catch a killer who's not playing with a full deck . . .When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer with the exclusive club, Wendy takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies.She also has a professional motivation. A frustrated society columnist for the Rosalie Citizen, she's ready to deal herself a better hand as an investigative reporter. This could be her big break. Plus, she has a card or two up her sleeve: her sometimes boyfriend is a detective and her dad is the local chief of police.Partnering up with the men in her life, Wendy starts shuffling through suspects and turning over secrets long held close to the chest by the ladies. But when a wild card tries to take her out of the game, Wendy decides it's time to up the ante before she's the next one to go down . . .
Grand Slam Murders: A Bridge To Death Mystery by R. J. Lee
Hello, Mystery Readers! My name is Wendy Lyons Winchester, and I’m in shock. I was recently admitted to the exclusive Rosalie Bridge Club in my historic, river port hometown of Rosalie, Mississippi; I was their first admission in many years, and I was just starting to learn the game of bridge.
But to my horror, the four wealthy widows who admitted me, calling themselves the Gin Girls due to their fondness for the juniper berry brew, were recently poisoned together at one of their bridge luncheons. Someone stirred cyanide-laced sugar into their coffees, and they were all DOA at the Rosalie General Hospital. The town has been shaken to its roots.
Meanwhile, I have pulled myself together enough to go to the editor of the Rosalie newspaper where I work as society columnist (what a bore—but it was the only position open when I got my journalism degree three years ago!) to propose that he allow me to do a series of features on the murdered ladies and what they meant to Rosalie. My pitch was that because I knew the ins and outs of the social swirl of Rosalie, I was best qualified to undertake such an assignment.
My intention, however, is to do enough research and interviewing to actually solve these crimes myself and obtain justice for the ladies. In so doing, I hope to earn a promotion to the paper’s first, full-time investigative reporter and wave bye-bye to bouquets and sip n’ sees. I will be aided greatly by my chief of police father, Bax, and my sometimes detective boyfriend, Ross, who will no doubt leak things here and there from their official investigation during our daily encounters. I love solving puzzles and am an outside-the-box thinker and am confident I can uncover the monster who killed my bridge icons. Please follow me on my journey through a boatload of suspects, all of whom had the motivation to off these ladies. But be forewarned: nothing is what it appears to be.
About the Author
R. J. Lee follows in the mystery-writing footsteps of his father, R. Keene Lee, who wrote fighter pilot and detective stories for Fiction House, publishers of WINGS Magazine and other 'pulp fiction' periodicals in the late '40's and '50's.
Lee was born and grew up in the Mississippi River port of Natchez but also spent thirty years living in the Crescent City of New Orleans. A graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee) where he studied creative writing under Sewanee Review editor, Andrew Lytle, Lee now resides in Oxford, Mississippi.
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