Grand Slam Murders (A Bridge to Death Mystery) by R.J. Lee

About the Book

 Grand Slam Murders (A Bridge to Death Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 149671914X
ISBN-13: 978-1496719140
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 . . .

Character Guest Post

Hello, mystery readers!  My name is Wendy Winchester, and I live and work in the historic Mississippi River port of Rosalie, Mississippi.  After I received my journalism degree from Mizzou, I took the first newspaper job available to me in my hometown—the social column.  That was three, long years ago, and I am bored to death doing fluffy wedding and baby shower write-ups.Just recently, however, something happened here in Rosalie that shook the town to its roots.  The four wealthy widows who comprise the exclusive Rosalie Bridge Club were all poisoned together at one of their bridge luncheons.  Cyanide-laced sugar was stirred into their coffees, and they were all DOA at Rosalie General Hospital. This was particularly horrifying for me because the ladies had all recently admitted me to the club as a fledgling member, and I was just beginning to learn the game.  But I pulled myself together and went to my admittedly sexist editor, Dalton Hemmings, and suggested he let me do a series of features on the ladies, including what they meant to Rosalie.  It is my intention, however, to do enough research to take a crack at solving these crimes and get some justice for the four Gin Girls, as they called themselves due to their fondness for the juniper berry brew.  Luckily, my father, Bax Winchester, is the chief of police, and my on-and-off boyfriend, Ross, is a police detective. I expect to be leaked things now and then by the men in my life, and I am bound and determined to discover what monster committed Rosalie’s only quadruple homicide in its long, storied history.  There are suspects out the wazoo, including my dear friend, Merleece Maxique, who worked as a domestic servant for one of the ladies and is being touted by our racist District Attorney, Harry Keller, as the leading suspect. I am determined to prove otherwise and get a much-needed promotion to my paper’s first, full-time investigative reporter.  I invite you to follow my journey, full of enough dazzling twists and turns to keep you compulsively turning the pages.

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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