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Posted January 24, 2001
Retirement community resident dies with a winning bridge hand!
Lillian, a retired math professor, lives in a retirement community, and enjoys the bridge club. One day, after eating some salad, and just after the bridge hands are dealt, another resident, Gerald Weiss, starts choking, and ultimately dies. At the time, Lillian, and her friend Tess, notice that George had been dealt 13 diamonds - an extremely rare, and extremely good, bridge hand. Lillian starts thinking about the astronomical odds that someone is dealt such a hand, combined with the odds that two minutes later that same someone dies, and begins to wonder if the death is just one of those things, or if something more sinister has happened - like murder. I became more and more involved, and more and more curious, as Lillian and her sidekick Tess start there search for the truth behind George's death. Sometime later, Lillian discovers that another resident, Ellen had a prior relationship with George years earlier, before the retirement community. Her husband and George had co-authored a book, but just before publication, her husband died. And¿her husband's name did not appear as co-author¿George took all the credit. More people become involved in the detective work, and someone Lillian did not have on her 'short list' becomes a prime suspect. Cook gives the story a very dynamic and fast-moving conclusion -- don't start reading the last half in the evening, unless you don't mind staying up all night. The conversations, situations, and characters seem very realistic, very believable. Don't miss this one!
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