Title: Playing With Poison
Author: Cindy Blackburn
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Publication Date: November 7, 2013
Page Count: 251
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
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. She also isn’t sure how to catch a killer, but she’s about to learn.
Her skill set doesn’t exactly fit the task, however. Jessie put herself through college hustling at a pool table, and nowadays makes her living writing racy novels. This middle-aged romance author has excellent people-watching skills, a keen imagination, and street smarts going way back. Come to think of it, Jessie is the perfect sleuth.
Playing With Poison is a cozy mystery with a lot of humor, a little romance, and far too much champagne.
Playing With Poison by Cindy Blackburn is the first book in the cozy Cue Ball Mysteries series. Each book of this series will feature it’s on mystery to be solved so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so.
This series features Jessie Hewitt who has a bit of a double dose of quirkiness to her as a cozy characters. Jessie grew up learning to shoot pool and can take the best of them when challenged to a game but she also makes her living as a romance novelist under a pen name.
Single and in her fifties Jessie lives alone but has some great friends around her but when she comes home to a friend’s ex lying on her couch Jessie has no clue what happened. When it’s found that the man is dead Jessie calls in the police however when the sexy detective pretty much accuses her of murder Jessie decides she better look into what happened herself.
Playing With Poison has that quirky feel of a cozy that a reader notices right away and with it comes some laughs along the way. What I found with this one though was I couldn’t quite get it through my head Jessie was an older character until the author would remind me yet again, she just didn’t feel that way most of the time. Also, some of the dialog just felt a bit off to me at times but overall this seemed to be a cute series starter.
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About the author:
Cindy Blackburn writes cozy mysteries because she thinks grim reality is way overrated. When she’s not thinking up unlikely plot twists and ironing out the quirks and kinks of her lovable characters, Cindy is feeding her fat cat Betty or taking long walks with her cute hubby John. A native Vermonter who hates snow, Cindy divides her time between the south and the north. Most of the year you’ll find her in South Carolina. But come summer she’ll be on the porch of her lakeside shack in Vermont. Yep, it’s a place very similar to Lake Elizabeth. Cindy’s favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory, her favorite movie is Moonstruck, and her favorite color is purple. Cindy dislikes vacuuming, traffic, and lima beans.