Grand slam murders / R.J. Lee.

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      First Kensington trade paperback edition.
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      Summary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 December #1

Society columnist for the small newspaper in Rosalie, Mississippi, Wendy Winchester hopes to become an investigative reporter, and she sees her big chance when four society matrons drop dead at their pre-bridge luncheon one afternoon. Her boss assigns her a series of pieces celebrating the lives of the four women. It turns out the members of the exclusive Rosalie Bridge Club, also known as the Gin Girls, were poisoned, and the hostess' maid, Merleece, is the chief suspect. Wendy believes Merleece is innocent, and, with leaked information from her police-chief father and detective boyfriend, she questions other possible suspects under the guise of interviewing them for her upcoming articles. While her boss is looking for complimentary stories, the intrepid Wendy is determined to tell the truth about the women and their often wild pasts. Lee vividly captures life in a quirky southern town ruled by a rich elite, and heightens interest with a plot that exposes past secrets and a budding romance. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 December #3

Lee (the Cherry Cola Book Club series, as Ashton Lee) deals a winning hand with his welcome mystery debut, a series launch. After an alcohol-fueled lunch at the Rosalie, Miss., home of Liddie Rose, Miz Liddie and three other socially prominent widows, collectively known as the Gin Girls, prepare to play a grand slam contract as practice for an upcoming duplicate bridge tournament. But first they must drink their usual toast with cups of coffee, which Miz Liddie's servant, Merleece, provides. Soon after, all four drop dead of cyanide poisoning at the bridge table. Society reporter Wendy Winchester, whose father is the Rosalie police chief, joins the subsequent murder investigation, fearing that Merleece has been framed. That Wendy's been dating police detective Ross Rierson complicates matters. An attractive protagonist, plenty of Southern charm, a long suit of colorful characters, and a plot that comes up trumps at the surprising end all bode well for future installments. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Feb.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.