Thirteen Diamonds

Thirteen Diamonds

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by Alan Cook
     
 

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Lillian Morgan, a retired mathematics professor who can remember any number but not what she did yesterday, is resigned to living a boring life when Gerald Weiss, a Nobel-prize-winning Economist and fellow resident of Silver Acres Retirement Community starts choking and then dies during a weekly meeting of the bridge club.

Gerald was holding a bridge hand of

Overview

Lillian Morgan, a retired mathematics professor who can remember any number but not what she did yesterday, is resigned to living a boring life when Gerald Weiss, a Nobel-prize-winning Economist and fellow resident of Silver Acres Retirement Community starts choking and then dies during a weekly meeting of the bridge club.

Gerald was holding a bridge hand of 13 diamonds when he died, which is rarer than winning the lottery. When the autopsy reveals that his death was caused by an extreme allergic reaction to shellfish in what was supposedly a tuna casserole served by the bridge club lunch committee, Lillian decides to investigate the possibility of murder.

With the help of her best friend, Lillian finds out that two of the four members of the lunch committee were more-or-less girlfriends of Gerald; there may even be senior sex involved. A third member of the lunch committee owed Gerald money and the bridge hand may be a fraud.

Lillian’s investigations almost get her expelled from Silver Acres, but she persists, coming close to getting herself killed in the process.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000907177
Publisher:
Alan Cook
Publication date:
04/10/2010
Series:
Lillian Morgan , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
358,951
File size:
250 KB

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Meet the Author

After spending more than a quarter of a century as a pioneer in the computer industry, Alan Cook is well into his second career as a writer.

DANCING WITH BULLS
In Alan's first children's book, Matthew and Mason are on vacation on the Greek island of Crete when they are whisked back in time 4,000 to the Minoan civilization at Knossos Palace. Captured, they escape death by becoming bull dancers on a team with other slaves. Beautifully illustrated by Janelle Carbajal.

HIT THAT BLOT
The fourth Carol Golden novel takes Carol into the exciting and dangerous world of tournament backgammon. She listens to a caller who calls himself Danny on the crisis hotline Carol volunteers for say he is afraid he'll be murdered. A backgammon player, herself, Carol, disobeys the hotline rules and sets out to find and help Danny. She needs all her experience with spies and detective work to survive this adventure.

DANGEROUS WIND
In the third Carol Golden novel, Carol is abducted by a shady government group and required to help find an old boyfriend of hers she doesn't remember (because of her amnesia) who is trying to bring about the "downfall of the western world." She will travel to all seven continents before she can figure out what's going on.

RELATIVELY DEAD
Having recovered her identity (lost in FORGET TO REMEMBER) if not her memory, Carol Golden seeks out some of her cousins in the second Carol Golden novel, only to find out they appear to be targeted for murder. While trying to figure out what's going on, Carol encounters the Grandparent Scam and a Ponzi Scheme, and finds out that she may be one of the targets of the murderer.

FORGET TO REMEMBER
Carol Golden isn't her real name. She doesn't remember her real name or anything that happened before she was found, naked and unconscious, in a Dumpster on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California. After some initial medical assistance, government at all levels declares her a non-person. She can't work because she doesn't have a Social Security number, which she can't get because she doesn't have a birth certificate. She can't even legally drive a car or fly on an airplane. This is the first Carol Golden novel.

Alan's Lillian Morgan mysteries, CATCH A FALLING KNIFE and THIRTEEN DIAMONDS, explore the secrets of retirement communities. They feature Lillian, a retired mathematics professor from North Carolina, who is smart, opinionated, and skeptical of authority. She loves to solve puzzles, even when they involve murder.

RUN INTO TROUBLE
Silver Quill Award from American Authors Association and named Best Pacific West Book by Reader Views. Drake and Melody are teamed up to run a race along the California Coast for a prize of a million dollars—in 1969 when a million is worth something. Neither knows the other is in the race before it starts. They once did undercover work together in England, but this information is supposed to be top secret. The nine other pairs of runners entered in the race are world-class
marathoners, including a winner of the Boston Marathon. If this competition isn’t enough, somebody tries to knock Drake out of the race before it begins. But Drake and Melody also receive threats calculated to keep them from dropping out. What’s going on? The stakes increase when startling events produce fatalities and impact the race, leading them to ask whether the Cold War with the USSR is about to heat up.

HONEYMOON FOR THREE
Silver Quill Award from American Authors Association and named Best Mountain West Book by Reader Views. Suspense takes a thrill ride. It is 1964, 10 years after Gary Blanchard’s high school adventures in The Hayloft. He and his love, Penny, are going on the trip of their lives, and, oh yes, they’re getting married along the way. What they don’t know is that they’re being stalked by Alfred, a high school classmate of Penny who has a bellybutton fetish. The suspense crackles amid some of the most scenic spots in the western United States, including Lake Tahoe, Reno, Crater Lake, Seattle, and in Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as the redwood trees and rocky cliffs of the northern California coast.

THE HAYLOFT: a 1950s mystery, takes us back
to bobby sox, slow dancing, bomb shelters—and murder. Within two weeks after starting his senior year of high school in the 1950s, Gary Blanchard finds himself kicked out of one school and attending another—the school where his cousin, Ralph, mysteriously died six months before. Ralph’s death was labeled an accident, but when Gary talks to people about it, he gets suspicious. Did Ralph fall from the auditorium balcony, or was he pushed? Had he found a diamond necklace, talked about by cousins newly arrived from England, that was supposedly stolen from Dutch royalty by a common ancestor and lost for generations? What about the principal with an abnormal liking for boys? And are Ralph’s ex-girlfriends telling everything they know?

HOTLINE TO MURDER, his California mystery, takes place at a listening hotline in beautiful Bonita Beach, California. Tony Schmidt and Shahla Lawton don't know what they're getting into when they sign up as volunteer listeners. But when Shahla's best friend is murdered, it's too late for them to back out. They suspect that one of the hotline's inappropriate callers may be the murderer, and they know more about them than the police do.

ACES AND KNAVES is a California mystery for gamblers and baseball card collectors. Karl Patterson deals in baseball cards and may be a compulsive gambler, so he's surprised when his father, Richard, CEO of a software company, engages him to check up on the activities of his second in command. It doesn't hurt that Richard assigns his executive assistant, Arrow, an exotic and ambitious young woman, to help Karl, but none of them expects to get involved in murder.

Alan splits his time between writing and walking, another passion. His inspirational book,
WALKING THE WORLD: MEMORIES AND ADVENTURES, has information and adventure in equal parts. It has been named one of the Top 10 Walking Memoirs and Tales of Long Walks by the walking website, Walking.About.Com.

Alan lives with his wife, Bonny, on a hill in Southern California.

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Thirteen Diamonds 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
True More than 1 year ago
Lillian a retired professor of mathematics living in a retirement center suspects a unlikely murder. Her hunches along with the puzzles give the reader some mind challenges. The ending is a surprise climax. I read this book during one hot day in the shade. It was enjoyable as a light mystery. Kept me thinking. I recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: A reader from North Carolina 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As titled
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very entertaining, fast paced and smartly written cozy mystery. The trend now is to include some type of hobby or interest within novels. This one has mathematical puzzles and solutions which makes it unique. It also takes place in a retirement community which is unusual. Its very very funny and has lots of possible suspects. It was hard to put down. Definitely worth $.99. I'm starting to shop for other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago