Title: Playing with Poison
Review: Jessie Hewitt is a fifty two year old divorced single woman who writes romance novels, loves her roof top garden, cat snowflake and plays a mean game of pool. One day her neighbors boyfriend falls dead on her couch and she is accused of murder by a handsome cop a few years younger than her.
Play with poison had me laugh as Jessie was writing her romance novels while trying to keep her neighbor and friend Candy Poppe out of jail for the murder of her boyfriend. Even with the topic of murder the author keeps the story light, and a humorous pace that keeps the reader wondering who done it. The dialogue is witty and sarcastic but it propels the mystery forward never dragging it out. The characters dialogue seems to flow and feel completely natural as if this is how the author talks like she writes.
I will admit I did get a little lost with the endless cast of characters and keeping them all straight was a bit annoying and sometimes I felt they were not necessary to keeping the story going forward.
No sex in the book but enough sexual tension wondering if Jessie and her Cop will end up together.
"You mean you write this stuff?
Yes, I actually do. Believe it or not, my steamy sex scenes are stuff of legend in romance circles. I'm damn good.
A slow grin made its way across his face. Oh Ms. Hewitt, I'm sure you are."
The author characters names had me laughing each time I read the Candy Popped and Stanley Sweeter alone with Jessie pen name Adelè Nightingale. You can tell that Cindy Blackburn had a lot of fun writing this novel.
This book is a fun pool or beach read.
Thanks Heidi for this review.
Published: Published September 18th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Page Count: 251
Quick Review: 4 out 5 stars – for grammar and spelling error on my Kindle edition.
Why I Read this Title: Sent by the publisher for review
Synopsis: Pool shark Jessie Hewitt usually knows where the balls will fall and how the game will end. But when a body lands on her couch, and the cute cop in her kitchen accuses her of murder, even Jessie isn't sure what will happen next.
Playing With Poison is a cozy mystery with a lot of humor, a little romance, and far too much champagne.
Author Information: See authors site here.