Thirteen Diamonds

Thirteen Diamonds

by Alan Cook
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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