A Draw of Death

A Draw of Death

by Gin Jones


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A Draw of Death by Gin Jones

After twenty years as a political wife, the now-divorced Helen Binney should be able to organize a small event for the local library without breaking a sweat. But she didn't plan on the guest speaker, a controversial celebrity poker player, literally drawing a hand of death. Whose buttons did he push a little too hard? Was it really, as the police believe, the niece of Helen's handsome lawyer/friend, Tate? Getting to the truth would be a lot easier if it weren't for a cranky runaway cat, a group of poker players who put the "fanatic" in fan clubs, and death threats that may or may not be imaginary from an end-of-the-world cult. With the stakes so high, can Helen save Tate's niece without drawing death herself?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511734219
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/16/2015
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Gin Jones is a lawyer who specializes in ghost-writing for other lawyers. She prefers to write fiction, though, since she doesn't have to worry that her sense of humor might get her thrown into jail for contempt of court. In her spare time, Gin makes quilts, grows garlic and serves on the board of directors for the XLH Network.

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A Draw of Death 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ReadingInMyFreeTime More than 1 year ago
what i enjoyed most about this book was that the heroine was unlike those i usually find in a cozy mystery.  many are young, beautiful, and act a bit dumb at times- or at least make some dumb decisions.  helen was middle aged, with lupus, and used her brain.  
traveler7 More than 1 year ago
This is the first Helen Binney Mystery I have read, and I don't think you need to read the others first, although I have no idea why she divorced her ex-husband, the governor of Massachusetts. She has two adult nieces who check on her often, but they live far from Wharton, the fictional small town where Helen lives alone. Just her luck, a murder happens – and the victim is the library guest speaker she had arranged for, a famous poker player. Helen wants to help solve the case only because the suspects are friends. It is very interesting to see how she manages to solve the case despite her lupus and bad hip, her inability to drive or to walk without a cane, and no access to police evidence, I like the heroine's attitude. Helen isn't bitter or angry at her ex, or at the fact she has lupus; she's not self-pitying or needy. She doesn't shy away from the mentally ill woman who lives on the streets. Helen is more likely to catch a stray cat herself than to ask someone else to do it for her. There are plenty of murder suspects in the story, and I was surprised at the revelation, which is what you hope for in a whodunit. The book does not end with a cliffhanger, although it does end with a hint of romance, so if you want to see the romance develop you will have to read future books in the series. He is a very nice gentleman! BTW, there is no bad language, no sex, and no violence except for brief non-graphic descriptions of the murder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If innane conversations were eliminated, the book would be only 50 pages long!
julie_ss More than 1 year ago
This was my first Helen Binney mystery and  I was pleasantly surprised to find a female character unlike the typical cozy mysteries. I look forward to reading the other books in the series
tiltron More than 1 year ago
It is amazing how Gin Jones can come up with all these interesting books. Former Massachusets First Lady, Helen, once again involved in solving a murder. This time victim is a wealthy, eccentric, professional poker player. Makes the plot a little different and fun to read.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
A Draw of Death is as awesome as the first two Helen Binney cozy mysteries.  I adore the main character and most of the secondary ones as well. I am fascinated and appreciative that the author has Helen deal with the medical problems inherent with Lupus.  Although the development of these problems varies, Jones uses Helen's symptoms to create a strong character with frustratingly limiting physical problems which in turn affects how she has to adjust to address the murders that keep falling in her path. The most recent symptom to appear is a mental fog that makes it difficult for this quick minded woman to focus on a murder that implicates Tate and Jack's niece. Of course Helen is not going to share her difficulty so she battles on mostly by herself. Lupus affects so many people that Gin Jones is doing a service by allowing us to see how it affects this marvelous character but it does not in anyway interfere or take away from the story.  Kudos to Ms Jones.
tonichelle-929 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book in this series but will not be my last!  Helen Binney is not your typical heroine but that is what makes her so interesting.  I really enjoyed A Draw of Death and will be reading the first two books in this series.  Great job Gin Jones!
Kellyann02 More than 1 year ago
A Draw of Death was a great read. I was intrigued by the main character Helen Binney, who while struggling with illness continues to solve mysteries. I love that despite some challenges she faces, she continues to help the ones she loves. Overall, it was a great, fast paced whodunit. I am looking forward to the next Helen Binney adventure.
Cece56 More than 1 year ago
Helen Binney thought she had retired from public life after divorcing the Governor.  She is living in  small town with her boyfriend/lawyer friend, Tate, working in her garage doing wood work.  Helen is suffering from a debilitating illness.  When Tate's niece is accused of murdering a celebrity poker player, Helen and her friends get to work to solve the case. This story has good characters and a great storyline.  I have read other books in this series and thought this one was very well written. Gin Jones has a hit in this series!  
niki8272 More than 1 year ago
snicknick More than 1 year ago
This was my first Helen Binney book! I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the prior 2 books as well as the next in this series. :)
Froggiejc More than 1 year ago
Another great read about the Helen Binney and her way of getting to the crux of a murder. Love her character and the interaction with Tate. At times it gets really funny. This book was a read to the end without stopping. I am waiting for the next one..