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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2012 Cindy Blackburn (P)2014 Cindy Blackburn
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5 out of 5 stars
By hellkatjen on 07-08-14

Engaging and amusing

Would you consider the audio edition of Playing With Poison to be better than the print version?

No, but its a very good edition nonetheless. I like that when you're listening, things you might have skimmed come to your attention and you go "I don't remember reading that!"

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes it did, because we all wanted to know who killed the money guy. I was suspicious of the actual killer from very early on. But then, I've snorted a hell of a lot of detective novels in my time.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Miller – was your favorite?

Well now ... in the book, my favourite character was the detective. But I have to admit, in the audio version, I got quite fond of "Karen", the redhead.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I swooned. In all the right places, and in a manner entirely appropriate to some of the novelist's characters :)

Any additional comments?

Listening to the story is great, I picked up so many bits I must have inadvertently "skimmed" , and Caroline Miller gives each character just enough definition to make them recognisable, but not in an over-the-top way. I liked Caroline's "Candy" better than I did the original :)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lance Frazon on 11-13-14

Great Story for Mystery lovers of a Certain Age!

Thoroughly enjoyed this mystery, enough suspects to keep everyone interested and the twist end is classic. Especially enjoyed the comedic moments, the situations are so real life, you just have to laugh out load. One can almost picture the our heroine, great real life feel and responses from the characters! I think listening to this mystery is better than reading, one get the full atmosphere, which is real, one feel as if you could actually find the Stone Fountain!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Suzy Twerds on 04-05-16

bit too American

really enjoyed this although it took a little while to adjust to the American accent

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5 out of 5 stars
By FibreFay on 10-26-15

An interesting mystery of jealousy and poison .

An author of romance novels helps solve a murder when the victim dies on her couch. She is the first suspect but quickly gets involved in solving the case with a detective.

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