On the Slam

On the Slam

by Honor Hartman

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ISBN-13: 9780451221407
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Series: Bridge Club Mystery Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dean James, a seventh-generation Mississippian, is a librarian and Edgar-nominated author of over twenty works of fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction has won both the Agatha Award and the prestigious Macavity Award. Writing as Miranda James, he is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks series, featuring librarian Charlie Harris and his trusty rescue cat Diesel. He is also the author of The Trailer Park Mysteries, writing as Jimmie Ruth Evans and the Bridge Club Mysteries, writing as Honor Hartman. As Dean James, he's authored The Deep South Mystery Series and The Simon Kirby-Jones Mysteries. He lives in Houston, Texas, with two cats and thousands of books. See www.catinthestacks.com to discover even more!

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On the Slam 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Jim53 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Recently widowed Emma Diamond has moved to a new neighborhood, next door to her long-time best friend, Sophie. Emma took up bridge after her husband's death, at the urging of her brother and his partner. She is still a beginner but gets involved with her neighbors' games. When the very unpleasant leader of the homeowners' association is murdered during a game, Sophie gets Emma to host some games to help solve the crime.Emma is a fairly engaging character. She tells the storyt in the first person. The neighbors are portrayed in a pretty standard fashion. Emma's gay brother is described very matter-of-factly; his sexual preference does not affect the story, so I guess he's just there for some diversity. As a mystery, the story is mediocre. The "bridge tips" mentioned on the cover are for the most basic beginner.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
It has been six months since Emma Diamond¿s husband died in an automobile accident to escape the memories that are everywhere in the abode they shared, Emma moves to a house next door to her friend Sophie. One of the first people she meets in the upscale complex is the homeowners¿ association president Janet McGreevey, a virago who orders her not to let her cats roam loose on the streets and to keep her porch swing out of the front of her home. Emma takes an immediate dislike to the overbearing shrew. However, when Janet invites her and Sophie to come over to play bridge, the latter persuades the newcomer to go so as to get on the good side of the martinet. --- While several people play bridge, Janet eats a spinach dip brought by Marylou Lockridge, who loathes the president also, but knows not to antagonize her as the mean spirited woman will find a way to hurt anyone who doesn¿t treat her right. Janet suddenly keels over and dies from an allergic reaction to peanuts added to the spinach dip. Emma believes someone else added the peanuts during the evening festivities and she finds herself playing sleuth to find out who it is.. --- ON THE SLAM is the first book of what looks to be a terrific amateur sleuth series. Emma gains reader empathy from the onset as she struggles with grief while trying to move on with her life. Sophie, in many ways, steals the game, as a caring supportive person who makes her friendship ¿contract¿ to help Emma cope. The story line is well plotted and contains quite a few twists and tricks as Emma bids on who killed the despot. --- Harriet Klausner