Grand Slam Murders (A Bridge to Death Mystery, #1)
After four bridge players are poisoned, newspaper reporter Wendy Winchester sets out to catch a killer who's not playing with a full deck . . .   When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer with the exclusive club, Wendy takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies.   She also has a professional motivation. A frustrated society columnist for the Rosalie Citizen, she's ready to deal herself a better hand as an investigative reporter. This could be her big break. Plus, she has a card or two up her sleeve: her sometimes boyfriend is a detective and her dad is the local chief of police.   Partnering up with the men in her life, Wendy starts shuffling through suspects and turning over secrets long held close to the chest by the ladies. But when a wild card tries to take her out of the game, Wendy decides it's time to up the ante before she's the next one to go down . . .

Grand Slam Murders (A Bridge to Death Mystery, #1) Details

TitleGrand Slam Murders (A Bridge to Death Mystery, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherKensington
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Grand Slam Murders (A Bridge to Death Mystery, #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Grand Slam Murders by R.J. Lee is the first book in the new cozy A Bridge to Death Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series the murder mystery in this first book is solved at the end without any cliffhangers.This story really tosses a reader right into the action with the opening chapter joining the four wealthy ladies that are members of the Rosalie Bridge Club as they are about to play a game. However, instead of some competitive cards we end up with a four way murder when all are pois Grand Slam Murders by R.J. Lee is the first book in the new cozy A Bridge to Death Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series the murder mystery in this first book is solved at the end without any cliffhangers.This story really tosses a reader right into the action with the opening chapter joining the four wealthy ladies that are members of the Rosalie Bridge Club as they are about to play a game. However, instead of some competitive cards we end up with a four way murder when all are poisoned.Wendy Winchester works for the local paper but instead of the hard hitting investigative journalism she wants to do she has been put in the position of writing the fluff pieces. When the four wealthy women are found to be murder victims Wendy is given the opportunity she has been waiting for to jump in and investigate the murder.I have to say Grand Slam Murders seemed to have some good points but it also had some things I wasn’t a huge fan of. One, I didn’t like the way we waited to introduce our sleuth and star of the story until after things got going which made it slower for me to connect o her, I was scratching my head a bit at that. But I do enjoy when a lead has some connection to law enforcement which Wendy did. Now I did think there were some interesting characters in here but I also thought things seemed to get a bit draggy as it went on with the questioning etc. Overall, 3 stars for this opener with the ups and downs for me.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Shelly
    January 1, 1970
    Wendy is a journalism graduate working as a society editor for a small town Mississippi newspaper who hopes to break into a more promising and interesting career as an investigative reporter. Opportunity knocks to do some serious sleuthing when a shocking quadruple homicide involving the exclusive Rosalie Bridge Club occurs. With the help of her special friend and detective Ross and her police chief dad, Wendy uncovers that the members of the Rosalie Bridge Club were holding many of their cards Wendy is a journalism graduate working as a society editor for a small town Mississippi newspaper who hopes to break into a more promising and interesting career as an investigative reporter. Opportunity knocks to do some serious sleuthing when a shocking quadruple homicide involving the exclusive Rosalie Bridge Club occurs. With the help of her special friend and detective Ross and her police chief dad, Wendy uncovers that the members of the Rosalie Bridge Club were holding many of their cards close to their chest. Secrets are unearthed and lies are discovered. There are many twists and turns and enjoyable characters to meet along the way. This is a good start to a new series.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading GRAND SLAM MURDERS, the first novel in a new series. When 4 of the wealthiest women in town are found dead as the result of poison while at their bridge club, a social columnist wants to play detective. Wendy, the society columnist, is fortunate to have the police chief as her father and is dating the lead detective on the case. And so it begins...
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Grand Slam Murders by R. J. Lee is the 1st book in A Bridge to Death Mystery series, and my first book by this author. Wendy Winchester is a reporter stuck with society section of the newspaper, when she wants to write about crime. When four very rich women die suddenly while playing bridge, and it turns out to be murder, Wendy is determined to find the truth. I enjoyed this book, but I found it slow at times. I plan on reading this author again and looking forward to the next book in the series Grand Slam Murders by R. J. Lee is the 1st book in A Bridge to Death Mystery series, and my first book by this author. Wendy Winchester is a reporter stuck with society section of the newspaper, when she wants to write about crime. When four very rich women die suddenly while playing bridge, and it turns out to be murder, Wendy is determined to find the truth. I enjoyed this book, but I found it slow at times. I plan on reading this author again and looking forward to the next book in the series.I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    read and reviewed this for Mystery Scene Magazine read this in the first copy of 2019 of Mystery Scene Magazine
  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Synopsis:After four bridge players are poisoned, newspaper reporter Wendy Winchester sets out to catch a killer who's not playing with a full deck . . .When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer with the exclusive club, Wendy takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies.She also has a Synopsis:After four bridge players are poisoned, newspaper reporter Wendy Winchester sets out to catch a killer who's not playing with a full deck . . .When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer with the exclusive club, Wendy takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies.She also has a professional motivation. A frustrated society columnist for the Rosalie Citizen, she's ready to deal herself a better hand as an investigative reporter. This could be her big break. Plus, she has a card or two up her sleeve: her sometimes boyfriend is a detective and her dad is the local chief of police.Partnering up with the men in her life, Wendy starts shuffling through suspects and turning over secrets long held close to the chest by the ladies. But when a wild card tries to take her out of the game, Wendy decides it's time to up the ante before she's the next one to go down . . . (Goodreads)Review:The characters are well rounded and well developed. Wendy is smart, inquisitive and persistent and I liked her inner drive. When there is multiple murders in her small community, she knows that she has to investigate. Curiosity is in her DNA and she cannot help but want to solve the mystery. It may help her in her career also. I enjoyed getting to know her and her friends and family. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. One thing I found unique about this book is that the murders take place right in the first chapter and there are multiple victims. The author is very talented in creating suspense with the written word. There were a lot of twist and turns and at times I felt like I was on a rollercoaster. The ending was surprising and just another example of that rollercoaster ride. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I will definitely look for the next book in this series.I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    Let me emphasize you do not need to know anything about bridge to read R.J. Lee's debut cozy mystery, Grand Slam Murders. I've never played bridge, and I know nothing about it, but the entertaining Southern characters will bring me back for the next challenge.Wendy Winchester has a journalism degree, and she's chafing at her role as society reporter for her hometown newspaper. However, the elderly newspaper editor believes Wendy does a fine job covering engagements, weddings, and the social even Let me emphasize you do not need to know anything about bridge to read R.J. Lee's debut cozy mystery, Grand Slam Murders. I've never played bridge, and I know nothing about it, but the entertaining Southern characters will bring me back for the next challenge.Wendy Winchester has a journalism degree, and she's chafing at her role as society reporter for her hometown newspaper. However, the elderly newspaper editor believes Wendy does a fine job covering engagements, weddings, and the social events in Rosalie, Mississippi. She's even managed to become the second substitute in the Gin Girls' bridge club. The Gin Girls are four wealthy widows, the doyennes of the town, who have been eccentric since they were in high school. Nothing these women do can shock the town anymore. However, when they all keel over before their bridge game, dead of poisoning, that does shock everyone.While the crime reporter covers the murders, Wendy is given the task of interviewing family members and telling the story of the Gin Girls. She relishes the task, and finds a way to even interview the two suspects, Liddie Langston Rose's maid/cook, Merleece, and the gardener. It seems before Liddie died, her last act was to point to the two of them, and say, "You!" And, of course, some of the men in town are eager to pin the murder on the black maid who poured the drinks for the Gin Girls. Wendy is convinced, with some advice from her father, the police chief, and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, a cop, that she's the one who can put all the puzzle pieces together to find the person responsible for the death of the Gin Girls.While Wendy is a little too over-the-top sweet at times for me, the cast of characters is a treat. It's a Southern town, with Mississippi politics and views, which the author knows well. It may be R.J. Lee's first mystery, but the twist at the end shows a clever hand. Fans of fun southern mysteries will be watching for the next Bridge to Death mystery.
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  • Rekha Rao
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the concept of four wealthy widows murdered while playing a game. Who on earth might the perp be? Marleece seemed innocent, and so did Arden, the gardener. Wendy trusts Marleece but something feels off. Then comes the family of the deceased. Liddie Rose and her daughter seemed very close to each other while Hanna Lewis and her two sons were estranged. Sicily Groves had no children while Bethany Morrissey's daughter was somewhat shaky.As the story proceeds, Wendy discovers some dark secre I loved the concept of four wealthy widows murdered while playing a game. Who on earth might the perp be? Marleece seemed innocent, and so did Arden, the gardener. Wendy trusts Marleece but something feels off. Then comes the family of the deceased. Liddie Rose and her daughter seemed very close to each other while Hanna Lewis and her two sons were estranged. Sicily Groves had no children while Bethany Morrissey's daughter was somewhat shaky.As the story proceeds, Wendy discovers some dark secrets and hushed up pasts of the four ladies. The Gin Girls, as they were known in Rosalie, were very famous since their school days. Paparazzi, publicity and photo shoots - the girls lived on these as teenagers. Liddie was known to have a sharp tongue. She had many enemies, after all, in any argument, hers was the last word.I loved Lee's writing style. It was fantastic, precise and clear. His storytelling skills are excellent - keeps the reader hooked on to the story until the end. The characters were likable and character development as the story proceeds was really good. I liked everything about the story except the ending. The identity of the perp was shocking and unexpected. At the same time, the reason for killing the four widows - not something that I would like to read as an ending to such a fantastic story. I loved the story, sans the ending. I wouldn't call it a bad ending because it gives the story a unique twist. I haven't read a story before which highlights the selfish aspects of a negative mind. So kudos to the author for trying out something different. It was unexpected and maybe I was hoping the reason for murders to be something else - something to do with the will perhaps?Grand Slam Murder is a good start to the series and I am looking forward to reading the next book(s) in this series. R.J Lee is an excellent storyteller and there is no doubt about it. If you like cozies with a unique twist, then do check out this book.Overall Rating: 4.5/5
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  • Snow Mille
    January 1, 1970
    A new series with an interesting twist on the amateur detective.The Gin Girls are all set for another day of drinking gin and playing bridge, until someone spikes the coffee, killing them. Enter Wendy Winchester, new junior member of the club and society writer of the local paper. Wendy knew the ladies, and she’s looking for a way to escape the society page and use her journalism degree. To her advantage, her father is the chief of police, and she’s dating the lead investigator.I enjoyed this bo A new series with an interesting twist on the amateur detective.The Gin Girls are all set for another day of drinking gin and playing bridge, until someone spikes the coffee, killing them. Enter Wendy Winchester, new junior member of the club and society writer of the local paper. Wendy knew the ladies, and she’s looking for a way to escape the society page and use her journalism degree. To her advantage, her father is the chief of police, and she’s dating the lead investigator.I enjoyed this book. Parts seemed to drag a bit, but I loved how it opened - we spend the first pages following the Gin Girls in the hour or so before their deaths, switching to other characters moments before. I also liked the series set up: many amateur detectives can seem a little silly at times, digging into a death they have no valid reason to. However, with Wendy, she’s a journalist and has reasons to be asking people questions. Her connection to the police is stronger as well; while you might argue why the police might reveal something to the general public, in this case, it’s a dad talking to his daughter, something he’s done (somewhat) her whole life. Recommended. I’m looking forward to others in the series.I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley.com and voluntarily chose to review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Even though I don't know much about Bridge, I enjoyed this debut cozy. Having so many murdered so fast was a surprise. Sometimes the reader has to wait almost forever before the body (or bodies) appear. Instead we have to wait awhile before we meet the main character, Wendy Winchester along with her father, the police chief and her detective boyfriend. She very much wants to report on more meaty news than what is needed in the society section. This is the investigation that will possibly make th Even though I don't know much about Bridge, I enjoyed this debut cozy. Having so many murdered so fast was a surprise. Sometimes the reader has to wait almost forever before the body (or bodies) appear. Instead we have to wait awhile before we meet the main character, Wendy Winchester along with her father, the police chief and her detective boyfriend. She very much wants to report on more meaty news than what is needed in the society section. This is the investigation that will possibly make that switch happen. Overall this is a good start to a series and I will read the sequel to find out if the pacing, etc. has improved - there were some places that dragged a bit but that may be the fact that it's a first in series. Lots of things need to be set up. The characters, the setting and the mystery all kept my attention as a good mystery should. My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    Grand Slam Murders by R. J. Lee is the first book in A Bridge to Death Mystery series.Four wealthy widows, prominent figures in small town in state of Mississippi, choke to death during their regular bridge get together. To say that town is abuzz would be an understatement.Therefore, local journalist Wendy and fellow bridge player gets her chance to make it big and move from writing about local wedding to some real investigative journalism. Her father as a police chief and her boyfriend a leadin Grand Slam Murders by R. J. Lee is the first book in A Bridge to Death Mystery series.Four wealthy widows, prominent figures in small town in state of Mississippi, choke to death during their regular bridge get together. To say that town is abuzz would be an understatement.Therefore, local journalist Wendy and fellow bridge player gets her chance to make it big and move from writing about local wedding to some real investigative journalism. Her father as a police chief and her boyfriend a leading detective on the case will help provide insight information.So Wendy decides to start invesigation on her own, hoping to be the one to find out the truth.I loved the beginning of the book as it reminded me of classic mystery stories where rich people die and the buttler, or in this case maid are suspected of doing it.However I must say that from there on I slowling started to lose interest. Wendy's questioning of suspects seemed slightly repetitive and tedious. It looked like doing regular interviews and lacked suspense and mystery. I found it somewhat bland.I found the characters well developed and engaging. There were many twists and turns and that help in keeping things interesting.I look forward to reading more as it has potential to turn things around and make it a solid series.
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  • Ann Bergeron
    January 1, 1970
    I never saw the end coming!I love mysteries, but they generally become too predictable. When you can figure out the culprit, it can take the fun out of the reading experience.When I received a copy of Grand Slam Murders I was instantly interested in reading the book because the fictional town of Rosalie (the setting for the book) is my hometown of Natchez, MS. Within the first 20-25 pages I was completely hooked! The author has truly captured Natchez with all of her quirks and has created a book I never saw the end coming!I love mysteries, but they generally become too predictable. When you can figure out the culprit, it can take the fun out of the reading experience.When I received a copy of Grand Slam Murders I was instantly interested in reading the book because the fictional town of Rosalie (the setting for the book) is my hometown of Natchez, MS. Within the first 20-25 pages I was completely hooked! The author has truly captured Natchez with all of her quirks and has created a book full of the most delightful characters. But best of all--I didn't figure out the crime! I was in suspense throughout the entire book, until the lead character solves the crime.If you are looking for a fun, captivating, clever read--the this is the book for you!
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  • Pamela N.
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this light reading. R.J.Lee seems to write in a style that is reminiscent of Agatha Christie, but more coherent and relevant. (Perhaps this is because there is a 75 or so year difference.) I enjoyed that there was a lot of research into the underlying premises, which makes a much more enjoyable read for me. Having played bridge, I could relate. I liked the characters, and the story line. I had a lot of fun, and finished the book without feeling something was missing.
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  • Barbara Tobey
    January 1, 1970
    Clever cozy mystery. I am familiar with Bridge, but not especially a fan of the game. The four fatalities and the finger pointing at the suspects are intriguing. The solution is a face palm. Enjoyable reading to get there. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
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  • T Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    A murder mystery with four victims makes for a lot of different motives, and a journalist is just right for solving everything. Great characters and plot, well written story with a nice flow.
  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Surely Liddy's maid Merleece didn't intentionally serve poisoned coffee to the ladies of the Rosalie Bridge Club, killing four of them. That's what Wendy, a frustrated journalist sets out to prove, even as her sweetie Ross, a detective, and her dad, the chief of police, need to find who did it- and fast. This is classic cozy material. It's set in small town Mississippi, there's an intrepid amateur, and there's lots of secrets among the victims. My quibble is that killing off four women at once w Surely Liddy's maid Merleece didn't intentionally serve poisoned coffee to the ladies of the Rosalie Bridge Club, killing four of them. That's what Wendy, a frustrated journalist sets out to prove, even as her sweetie Ross, a detective, and her dad, the chief of police, need to find who did it- and fast. This is classic cozy material. It's set in small town Mississippi, there's an intrepid amateur, and there's lots of secrets among the victims. My quibble is that killing off four women at once was a bit much. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. I'm curious where this series will go next.
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  • Amber
    January 1, 1970
    I recieved an advanced copy of this book and I loved it. It kept me thinking the whole time
  • SHERRY
    January 1, 1970
    A fun read.
  • Rita Kramer
    January 1, 1970
    Grand Slam Murders is a great read!! With each turning of the page you are closer to the end but you are so wrapped up itn it that you don't want it to end. You keep asking yourself who did it and why, the ending is such a suprise.
  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    I think this series has a lot of potential and this book has lot of the problems that you can meet in the first installment of a series.There're a lot of good ideas but somehow it fails to deliver.I'm curious about the next installment in this series.Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting plot turn, 4 elderly rich woman play bridge together, after one get together all 4 are found dead of poison. Wendy wants to be a journalist and is stuck writing fluff articles for a newspaper and is sure if she solves the case and writes about it , it will be her big break. She sets out to interview all the families and finds out many secrets. 77
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