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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. 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.


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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. 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.

30 review for Playing With Poison

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    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 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.  For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    ShoSho

    This book was my first ever cozy mystery . I was trying to choose a book for a challenge . I had a few option and decided to read the book with the most interesting first sentence. And this was it :“Going bra shopping at age fifty-two gives new meaning to the phrase fallen woman,”I announced as I gazed at my reflection. (p. 1). Kindle Edition. The mystery was really good ,I couldn't tell who was the killer so I had to finish it in one sitting to find out who the killer was . I liked the humor I la This book was my first ever cozy mystery . I was trying to choose a book for a challenge . I had a few option and decided to read the book with the most interesting first sentence. And this was it :“Going bra shopping at age fifty-two gives new meaning to the phrase fallen woman,”I announced as I gazed at my reflection. (p. 1). Kindle Edition. The mystery was really good ,I couldn't tell who was the killer so I had to finish it in one sitting to find out who the killer was . I liked the humor I laughed and smiled a lot . I enjoyed this book so much that I have already put #2 in the series on my wishlist.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    Fun start to this cozy mystery series! I enjoyed the main character's sense of humor. I would recommend it and its free with kindle unlimited. Fun start to this cozy mystery series! I enjoyed the main character's sense of humor. I would recommend it and its free with kindle unlimited.

  4. 4 out of 5

    April

    GUEST REVIEW FOR EARGASMS - BY KIMBERLY HOLGATE Let me start by clearing up what took several pages and a murder for me to get to. Jessica (Jessie) Hewitt, AKA Adele Nightingale, is not as the synopsis would have you believe a pool shark she is a historical romance writer and if the plot of her current story, which is intermittently laid out throughout the book, is anything to go by shes not a very good one. But don't worry the actually story in Playing with poison is well written. Jessie donned GUEST REVIEW FOR EARGASMS - BY KIMBERLY HOLGATE Let me start by clearing up what took several pages and a murder for me to get to. Jessica (Jessie) Hewitt, AKA Adele Nightingale, is not as the synopsis would have you believe a pool shark she is a historical romance writer and if the plot of her current story, which is intermittently laid out throughout the book, is anything to go by shes not a very good one. But don't worry the actually story in Playing with poison is well written. Jessie donned in her writing attire, a blue bra under a white men's shirt, is working on her new story when her neighbor Candy Poppe's boyfriend, Stanley Sweeter ends up dead on her couch. Jessie is quickly sized up for shackles by Captain Wilson Rye whether he has decided on prison or the bedroom for there location is the question. Jessie is accused of not only having an affair with the much younger man but also loosing all her money in one of his bad investments. to get her name cleared and the pesky reporter off her doorstep she needs to find who really killed Stanley. She enlists the help of two of her neighbors and best friends Karen Sember and Candy Poppe. As an easy to hate character Stanley's potential killers range from colleges to investors to Jessie's own ex husband but all roads lead to the Stone Fountain the bar across the street from Jesse's condo where she occasionally plays pool and the last place Stanley was seen alive. I had a problem with how little Candy Poppe seamed to care that her boyfriend was dead as well as how much Jessie's age, 52, was brought up and moped about as well as her fading good looks. Wilson tells Jessie she's a little scary several times but I have no idea why. The murdered was a surprise but to be honest there really wasn't enough information to actually solve the crime but it's still fun to try. I was pleased that the police did not come off as stupid and inept like they do in most cozy mysteries. Overall it was a humorous mystery with light flirtation between Jessie and captain Rye The book is narrated by Caroline Miller, who did a great job. She has a great tone and flow that adds to the read. It was easy to differentiate characters and I liked that she didn't try to go too deep for the male voices. She doesn't read excessively fast so its easy to listen to in 3X speed and still understand. I like a nice brisk read and she gives it plenty of energy to keep the story moving. I am eager to listen to more of this series! Definitely giving me happy ears this week! Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brenda H

    I don’t often read cozy mysteries but I needed one for a challenge and this one sounded like it would be entertaining and interesting. It was. Playing With Poison by Cindy Blackburn is the first book in the Cue Ball Mysteries series. The main character, Jessica Hewitt, is a romance writer by the name of Adele Nightingale. She is sitting at home working on her latest novel when her neighbor (Candy Poppe!)’s boyfriend shows up at her door and proceeds to die on her couch. When the lead homicide det I don’t often read cozy mysteries but I needed one for a challenge and this one sounded like it would be entertaining and interesting. It was. Playing With Poison by Cindy Blackburn is the first book in the Cue Ball Mysteries series. The main character, Jessica Hewitt, is a romance writer by the name of Adele Nightingale. She is sitting at home working on her latest novel when her neighbor (Candy Poppe!)’s boyfriend shows up at her door and proceeds to die on her couch. When the lead homicide detective seems to be considering Jessie a suspect, she decides that she needs to find the real killer in order to clear her name. The dialogue is witty and sharp. The characters are interesting and different. And, the mystery is surprisingly well-written and keeps the reader guessing. I will be looking for more in this series when I have need of a cozy or even, just when I need something different from my usual fare of thrillers and mysteries. Rating: 3.5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melina

    This was a great mystery. I just love Jessica Hewitt, she is the bomb. She definitely has it all together. Well, maybe she does drink a little to much champagne, I mean, whose drink of choice is usually champagne. But oh well, she is still great, and she got the job done. This book is also filled with other great, funny, eccentric characters, that Cindy makes you feel like you know personally. And if you like animals, there is also a great kitty cat in this book. Her neighbor, Candy Poppe's, fian This was a great mystery. I just love Jessica Hewitt, she is the bomb. She definitely has it all together. Well, maybe she does drink a little to much champagne, I mean, whose drink of choice is usually champagne. But oh well, she is still great, and she got the job done. This book is also filled with other great, funny, eccentric characters, that Cindy makes you feel like you know personally. And if you like animals, there is also a great kitty cat in this book. Her neighbor, Candy Poppe's, fiance' knocks on Jessica's door one night and she lets him and he makes it to the couch, and then proceeds to die. What should Jessica do. First she is a suspect. Then, Candy is the main suspect and is arrested. What insues is a hilarious and somewhat scary, at the end, journey. I was kept guessing throughout the story, which is what I love about a good cozy mystery. I'm so glad to be included in this book tour for Cindy, she has immense talent and I can't wait to read the rest of the Cue Ball Mysteries.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Santi

    2.5 Stars! First let me just say that I didn't hate this book, it wasn't really my cup of tea but it wasn't horrible either! The mystery was interesting, although some things didn't really seem believable (At least to me!), but I did enjoy the ending! This book has a bit of bad language, and (Although this book is clean) I also didn't like that the main character was an author of steamy romance novels, although to be fair, I was aware before I started this book that I was reading a mainstream stor 2.5 Stars! First let me just say that I didn't hate this book, it wasn't really my cup of tea but it wasn't horrible either! The mystery was interesting, although some things didn't really seem believable (At least to me!), but I did enjoy the ending! This book has a bit of bad language, and (Although this book is clean) I also didn't like that the main character was an author of steamy romance novels, although to be fair, I was aware before I started this book that I was reading a mainstream story. Again, this was a good story but it just wasn't for me, I found myself getting bored with the story at times and skimming quite a bit of the book. I recommend this book if you enjoy mainstream cozy mysteries!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Garen L. Herd

    Good read Cute, funny, and a pretty fast read. Loved the heroine, not just because she was close to my age, but, also because she is a plucky, smart mouth, pool shark. The hero is funny, sarcastic, and can't control "his woman". Recommend for a fast, fun read. Good read Cute, funny, and a pretty fast read. Loved the heroine, not just because she was close to my age, but, also because she is a plucky, smart mouth, pool shark. The hero is funny, sarcastic, and can't control "his woman". Recommend for a fast, fun read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Archer

    I absolutely loved this book. There's a freedom in the writing, such a refreshing heroine, and, of course, Candy's funeral outfit. Yay, Cindy Blackburn! I absolutely loved this book. There's a freedom in the writing, such a refreshing heroine, and, of course, Candy's funeral outfit. Yay, Cindy Blackburn!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    So 3 stars is a little on the high side. Basically, the story line was okay. However, it took way to long to get to the actual story. Jessie is a fifty plus, divorced writer of historical romances. When her friend's fiancé shows up at her apartment one evening and proceeds to die on her couch, she and the police detective are on the hunt for the murderer. Ending was decent. However, if I read the word "whimpered" one more time, I may have started whimpering myself! LOL. So 3 stars is a little on the high side. Basically, the story line was okay. However, it took way to long to get to the actual story. Jessie is a fifty plus, divorced writer of historical romances. When her friend's fiancé shows up at her apartment one evening and proceeds to die on her couch, she and the police detective are on the hunt for the murderer. Ending was decent. However, if I read the word "whimpered" one more time, I may have started whimpering myself! LOL.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sage Knightly

    3.5 Fun and quick read:)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Let me start by clearing up what took several pages and a murder for me to get to. Jessica (Jessie) Hewitt AKA Adele Nightingale is not as the synopsis would have you believe a pool shark she is a historical romance writer and if the plot of her current story, which is intermittently laid out threw out the book, is anything to go by shes not a very good one. But don't worry the actual story in Playing with Poison is well written. Jessie dawned in her writing attire, a blue bra under a white men' Let me start by clearing up what took several pages and a murder for me to get to. Jessica (Jessie) Hewitt AKA Adele Nightingale is not as the synopsis would have you believe a pool shark she is a historical romance writer and if the plot of her current story, which is intermittently laid out threw out the book, is anything to go by shes not a very good one. But don't worry the actual story in Playing with Poison is well written. Jessie dawned in her writing attire, a blue bra under a white men's shirt, is working on her new story when her neighbor Candy Poppe's boyfriend Stanley Sweeter ends up dead on her couch. Jessie is quickly sized up for shackles by Captain Wilson Rye weather he has decided on prison or the bedroom for there location is the question. Jessie is accused of not only having an affair with the much younger man but also loosing all her money in one of his bad investments. to get her name cleared and the pesky reporter off her doorstep she needs to find who really killed Stanley. She enlists the help of two of her neighbors and best friends Karen Sember and Candy Poppe. As an easy to hate character Stanley's potential killers range from colleges to investors to Jessie's own ex husband but all roads lead to the Stone Fountain the bar across the street from Jessie's condo where she occasionally plays pool and the last place Stanley was seen alive. I had a problem with how little Candy Poppe seamed to care that her boyfriend was dead as well as how much Jessie's age, 52, was brought up and moped about as well as her fading good looks. Willson tells Jessie shes a little scary several times but i have no idea why. The murdered was a surprise but to be honest there really wasn't enough information to actually solve the crime but its still fun to try. I was pleased that the police did not come off as stupid and inept like they do in most mysteries. Overall it was a humorous mystery with light flirtation between Jessie and captain Rye The book is Narrated by Caroline Miller I enjoyed her reading of the story. It was easy to differentiate characters and i liked that she didn't try to use a males voice just her own in a different tone. She doesn't read excessively fast so its easy to listen to in 3X speed and still understand.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Del

    Cozy mysteries are not one I usually reach for, but I wanted something light to read and Playing with Poison came to me at the right time, so I decided to give it a try. Jessie Hewitt’s young neighbor, Candy Poppe, is not at home, so her fiancé Stanley goes upstairs to Jessie’s condo. When Jessie opens the door, Stanley enters her apartment, falls on her couch, and dies. Enter lead detective Captain Wilson Rye and his partner Lieutenant Russell Densmore, investing officers for the town of Claren Cozy mysteries are not one I usually reach for, but I wanted something light to read and Playing with Poison came to me at the right time, so I decided to give it a try. Jessie Hewitt’s young neighbor, Candy Poppe, is not at home, so her fiancé Stanley goes upstairs to Jessie’s condo. When Jessie opens the door, Stanley enters her apartment, falls on her couch, and dies. Enter lead detective Captain Wilson Rye and his partner Lieutenant Russell Densmore, investing officers for the town of Clarence. Since the victim was found in her living room, Jessie becomes the main suspect. So begins the fun of trying to find the killer of Stanley Sweetzer and clear her name. Is Jessie capable of murder? If not Jessie, then who could have wanted Stanley dead? This debut mystery introduces Jessie Hewitt, historical romance author and pool shark turned amateur sleuth. Included in this fun adventure are Jessie’s neighbors (Karen, Candy, Bryce, and Peter), annoying news reporter- Jimmy Beak, Stanley’s co-workers, and the colorful patrons of The Stone Fountain bar across the street from the condos. If this story had to stand solely on being a mystery, I would not have continued reading it because the clues were not difficult enough to keep me guessing to the end. I was able to determine the killer’s identity about half way through the story, but I continued reading because the banter between Jessie and Wilson Rye was delightful and made me laugh. I gave it three stars because it made me laugh. I wanted a light read and I found it in this first of the cue ball series even though the mystery itself was easy to solve. I am thinking about reading the next book in the series to see what happens between Jessie and Wilson Rye. Hopefully clues in the next book will be a bit more complex and keep me guessing (complex? could I be asking too much of a cozy mystery…ha, ha). Fun book to read if you are looking for something light.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

    I received a copy of this book for free for a book tour in exchange of my honest opinion When her younger friend's boyfriend stumbles into Jessie's apartment and dies on her couch the pool shark now romance novel writer is suddenly accused of murder by a cute cop. Now it's up to Jessie to find the real murderer and shake the blame of her... Oh gosh this is the most amusing cozy mystery I have read in quiet a while. Jessie Hewitt is a middle-aged romance writer, so her historical romances are boug I received a copy of this book for free for a book tour in exchange of my honest opinion When her younger friend's boyfriend stumbles into Jessie's apartment and dies on her couch the pool shark now romance novel writer is suddenly accused of murder by a cute cop. Now it's up to Jessie to find the real murderer and shake the blame of her... Oh gosh this is the most amusing cozy mystery I have read in quiet a while. Jessie Hewitt is a middle-aged romance writer, so her historical romances are bought up quiet a few times through the book. She owns a white cat named snowflake and is friends with a couple of interesting characters. When the cop accuses her of murder, a series of entertaining events unfold which includes lots of champagne, a few crazy people, creepy older man, and a little bit of danger. Playing with Poison was entertaining, sweet, funny, laced with a little bit of romance and mystery that has you guessing until the very end. I love the dynamic relationship between Jessie and the cop Wilson Rye, the bickering between them throughout the book is amusing. Of course Rye wants Jessie to stay out of snooping around, even after he loses to her in pool, but it will take a lot more than that to keep Jessie out of it. It is filled with characters that will have you giggling. I loved Jessie's agent, because she was really out of this world, using Jessie's problems in order to get her book sales and fame. Jimmy, the annoying reporter was a hoot as well. Playing with Poison does not fail with keeping you involved and loving every second of it. A beautiful start to a fantastic serious with a lively package of characters that will have you coming back for more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Roy Murry

    Review of Playing with Poison By Cindy Blackburn Reviewed by Author Roy Murry The one behind the eight ball has the ability to end the game when playing straight pool or for you Europeans pocket billiards. In Playing with Poison, the sleuth protagonist Jessie has the ability to end the game on a positive note by calling the right pocket. However, she is put behind the eight ball, figuratively speaking, when a friend’s lover stumbles into her apartment unannounced. He says Jessie’s friend’s name and d Review of Playing with Poison By Cindy Blackburn Reviewed by Author Roy Murry The one behind the eight ball has the ability to end the game when playing straight pool or for you Europeans pocket billiards. In Playing with Poison, the sleuth protagonist Jessie has the ability to end the game on a positive note by calling the right pocket. However, she is put behind the eight ball, figuratively speaking, when a friend’s lover stumbles into her apartment unannounced. He says Jessie’s friend’s name and drops dead on her couch. The novel starts with that shocker, but continues on, in a light hearted and humorous pace, as Jessie and her new detective friend Captain Rye proceed to find the killer. Of which, Jessie Hewitt, aka Adele Nightingale novelist, is one. How ridiculous, she mentioned to Rye, who has taken her couch away as evidence. There is a cast of characters who wanted the dead-man dead, but only one did it. Jessie, who won’t let the police do their job, runs them all down to the anguish of Captain Rye. Sarcasm and sexual intrigue enter into their conversations and non-conversations relating to the case. Ms. Blackburn’s, first in a series, novel pleasantly entertains as her sleuth investigates using Jessie talk. The language of her romantic novelist character Jessie Hewitt is witty, direct at times and sarcastically on cue. Dialogue is what propels this mystery forward. It’s interesting, that when Jessie misses putting the eight ball in the pocket, the crime is solved by her and her new acquaintance Wilson Rye, at the same time, from different points of view. The ending is not what you’d expect. You’ll have to read it to find out.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    sie 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 autho sie 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)

    Reviewed by Gemini for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Playing with Poison is the first Cozy Mystery that I have ever read. Compared to the Romantic Suspense books that I have been enjoying over the past few weeks, this was not as intriguing. It could be argued that my comparisons were unfair and I can respect that. Needless to say, this cozy mystery was just too Murder She Wrote for me. Playing with Poison is the story of Historical Romance Writer Jessica Hewitt. She has the unfortunate luck of ha Reviewed by Gemini for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Playing with Poison is the first Cozy Mystery that I have ever read. Compared to the Romantic Suspense books that I have been enjoying over the past few weeks, this was not as intriguing. It could be argued that my comparisons were unfair and I can respect that. Needless to say, this cozy mystery was just too Murder She Wrote for me. Playing with Poison is the story of Historical Romance Writer Jessica Hewitt. She has the unfortunate luck of having her neighbor Candy Poppe’s fiance’, Stanley Sweetzer abruptly die on her couch. Turns out that he was poisoned. Of course, Jessica (Jessie) becomes the main suspect along with everyone else that lives in her building. While going through countless glasses of champagne, Jessie makes it her life’s work to find out whodunnit. This book has an extensive cast of characters that include a police captain that appears to have a soft spot for Jessie along with all of the people that patronize the local bar across the street, The Stone Fountain which must be the books version of Cheers. I make this reference because everything about the book seemed to be right out of the 80s. It did have it’s comedic moments but I feel as if the book dragged on longer than necessary which may have diminished it’s realism. Regardless, I would still recommend for someone that likes their books lite and their characters shallow. Source: Author

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Best-selling author and pool shark Jessie Hewitt is beyond shocked when her neighbor’s fiancé winds up dead on her couch. To make matters worse, she’s the prime suspect in the murder. As the cops confiscate her couch as part of their investigation, Jessie takes matters into her own hands. She has no intentions for going down for a murder she didn’t commit. Jessie soon discovers that there were a few people who wanted the guy dead, including his fiancé who happens to be a good friend of Jessie’s. Best-selling author and pool shark Jessie Hewitt is beyond shocked when her neighbor’s fiancé winds up dead on her couch. To make matters worse, she’s the prime suspect in the murder. As the cops confiscate her couch as part of their investigation, Jessie takes matters into her own hands. She has no intentions for going down for a murder she didn’t commit. Jessie soon discovers that there were a few people who wanted the guy dead, including his fiancé who happens to be a good friend of Jessie’s. For everyone’s sake, Jessie intends to find the real culprit, even though the handsome local detective Wilson Rye warns her to stay out of it. This book is filled with everything I love about cozy mysteries – a quaint setting, quirky characters, and a fast-moving plot. The characters range from loving to quirky and a bit eccentric. Not to mention an ex-husband who I quickly hated. It’s the first book in the author’s “A Cue Ball Mystery” series and I couldn’t put it down. It’s a fast-paced read with humor and mystery blended together to create the perfect story. I definitely have added the other two books to my shopping list. What a fun series. Oh – there’s even a cute white cat named Snowflake. FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Blogs

    This was such a fun cozy mystery! Jessie Hewitt, steamy romance author and pool player extraordinaire, was an enjoyable character who made me laugh. She is accused of murdering her neighbor’s boyfriend when he stumbles into her apartment and promptly dies on the couch. Jessie is perplexed and flat-out annoyed when Detective Wilson Rye informs her she’s the prime suspect. It is wonderful to see the tension build between them, and you can just tell they drive each other crazy…in bad ways and in go This was such a fun cozy mystery! Jessie Hewitt, steamy romance author and pool player extraordinaire, was an enjoyable character who made me laugh. She is accused of murdering her neighbor’s boyfriend when he stumbles into her apartment and promptly dies on the couch. Jessie is perplexed and flat-out annoyed when Detective Wilson Rye informs her she’s the prime suspect. It is wonderful to see the tension build between them, and you can just tell they drive each other crazy…in bad ways and in good. Jessie sets out to clear her name by finding out who the real killer is, and why, even though she’s been told she does not need to be sleuthing around. Jessie’s sleuthing is balanced with her writing her latest romance novel. It’s interesting to see that little story developing within the story as well. Detective Wilson Rye tells Jessie at one point that he is 90% sure she is innocent, and that gets her fired up. :) She is investigating all their friends, her ex-husband, the company the deceased worked for, and more. I wasn’t sure if I would like a book that involved pool-playing, but I really did like it. I thought the story would be a lot more focused on the game of pool, and it wasn’t. If you’re looking for a fun, cute cozy mystery, check out Playing with Poison. It’s a great start to a fun series!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Jessie Hewitt writes sexy romance novels. She is divorced, has a very old Porsche and lives in a loft with a roof garden. She is very smart and capable. Jessie is loyal and will do anything for a friend. At the present her anything for a friend is finding out who murdered a guy who deserved killing. This is a fun book. Stan, the murder victim, is not a nice man. And the people who are suspected of murder are first Jessie and then one of her good friends. So naturally, Jessie will have to find the Jessie Hewitt writes sexy romance novels. She is divorced, has a very old Porsche and lives in a loft with a roof garden. She is very smart and capable. Jessie is loyal and will do anything for a friend. At the present her anything for a friend is finding out who murdered a guy who deserved killing. This is a fun book. Stan, the murder victim, is not a nice man. And the people who are suspected of murder are first Jessie and then one of her good friends. So naturally, Jessie will have to find the actual murderer. This book is a book that I read in an afternoon, because I gave up doing anything else while I read. Jessie is a really terrific heroine who moves the story along. Her budding relationship with police Capt. Wilson Rye is adversarial as well as based on a strong attraction. All the secondary characters in the story are interesting and have back stories which make them more than one dimensional. The plot is well developed and presents each suspect and possible motive as perfectly reasonable. I love the humor and the mystery and the romance. I love the fact that the people you meet in the story are all interesting. Some not necessarily in a good way, but all interesting. I suggest if you get a chance, get this book and enjoy. And I am going to find the next entry in the series. I can't wait.

  21. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Jessie Hewitt is a pool shark that usually can run the table and knows where the balls will fall. She had no idea that a body would fall on her couch or that a cop would show up in her kitchen and accuse her of murder. How is she going to get out of this mess? Dollycas’s Thoughts Best first line ever: “Going bra shopping at age fifty-two gives new meaning to the phrase fallen woman,” I announced as I gazed at my reflection. I knew I was going to like Jessie right away! She is smart and fun and I wo Jessie Hewitt is a pool shark that usually can run the table and knows where the balls will fall. She had no idea that a body would fall on her couch or that a cop would show up in her kitchen and accuse her of murder. How is she going to get out of this mess? Dollycas’s Thoughts Best first line ever: “Going bra shopping at age fifty-two gives new meaning to the phrase fallen woman,” I announced as I gazed at my reflection. I knew I was going to like Jessie right away! She is smart and fun and I would love to hang out with her and shoot a little pool. She is also a romance novelist and her work as Adelé Nightingale is steamy but told to us readers in the most hilarious way. Her agent Louise is “fantastical”! These characters are a hoot!! and their dialogue is at times side splitting. A good plot, a fun setting and engaging characters come together to make the a lighthearted cozy that will put a smile on your face. A very entertaining debut! I am looking forward to Double Shot and Three Odd Balls.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tammy J Rizzo

    I was expecting a fun, light-hearted romp of a murder mystery, but what I actually got was much more than that! I got to meet some wonderful characters, and not simply the main character and her friends and associates! She is a romance writer, and I got to meet the characters SHE was writing about, as well! Her life is just going along like normal, when her downstairs neighbor's fiance shows up at her door and dies on her couch! Add a suspicious homicide detective who believes she was fooling ar I was expecting a fun, light-hearted romp of a murder mystery, but what I actually got was much more than that! I got to meet some wonderful characters, and not simply the main character and her friends and associates! She is a romance writer, and I got to meet the characters SHE was writing about, as well! Her life is just going along like normal, when her downstairs neighbor's fiance shows up at her door and dies on her couch! Add a suspicious homicide detective who believes she was fooling around with the dead guy, and her manic, writer's imagination, and just watch the sparks fly! This book is very much character-driven, and there are some wonderful characters here to drive the story! If you have ever enjoyed a steamy, sexy bodice-ripper romance novel, you'll probably enjoy the main character's works in progress. If you've ever enjoyed a cozy murder mystery, you'll probably enjoy the main character's nosy introduction to crime-solving. This book was simply VERY enjoyable! I loved it, on several different levels!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    I fell in love with this new series from the first sentence. Why? I laughed aloud. Books with humor are priceless if done well. The main character, Jessie Hewitt, is a 52 year old woman, possessing many talents. When the fiancé of her best friend, Candy, walks in and dies on her sofa, Jessie is geared to add a new talent to her repertoire, that of homicide detective. The humor is found throughout this mystery. Also, there is romance. Not only with the attraction between the real homicide detecti I fell in love with this new series from the first sentence. Why? I laughed aloud. Books with humor are priceless if done well. The main character, Jessie Hewitt, is a 52 year old woman, possessing many talents. When the fiancé of her best friend, Candy, walks in and dies on her sofa, Jessie is geared to add a new talent to her repertoire, that of homicide detective. The humor is found throughout this mystery. Also, there is romance. Not only with the attraction between the real homicide detective, but...well, I am going to let your mind wander as you will be surprised and delighted with the 'other' romance. Interesting characters abound in this quick-paced, witty, full of twists, and just plain fun murder mystery. So, pull up a chair, comfy of course, and offer your internal detective a cup of tea, and sit back for a rollicking read. The next book, "Double Shot" is out in Print and Kindle and I'm waiting impatiently for it's arrival.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    A witty, fun mystery! I read / listened to this book in audio format via audible.com. Anytime I can grab a book in audio version I do as it always adds a dimension of emotions, fun, suspense & thrills. Always has proper pronunciations and accents thus adding to the book more like listening to a movie! This is a book about a Historical Romance novelist who gets a visitor that dies on her couch! She knew the visitor as a friends boyfriend & instantly becomes a suspect for murder. With the help o A witty, fun mystery! I read / listened to this book in audio format via audible.com. Anytime I can grab a book in audio version I do as it always adds a dimension of emotions, fun, suspense & thrills. Always has proper pronunciations and accents thus adding to the book more like listening to a movie! This is a book about a Historical Romance novelist who gets a visitor that dies on her couch! She knew the visitor as a friends boyfriend & instantly becomes a suspect for murder. With the help of her cat Snowflake, she takes us on an adventure to discover who the murderer is. While making her discoveries, Jessica makes a new friend too, a detective. I enjoyed this book very much, finding the story to be witty & fun. Loved the characters names too. In audio format, this book was even more entertaining. I highly recommend this book to anyone who like Cozy Mysteries and or loves a book with a great sense of humor!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    This is a fun, light read. We have a little bit of mystery, a lot of humor, and memorable characters. The book has the feel of an outlandish sitcom. I absolutely loved Jessie's character. She's smart, independent, sassy, and funny. A few of the other characters stretched credibility a bit, particularly Candy, but I didn't much care because they made me laugh. I also enjoyed the setting. The local bar has a kind of "Cheers" feel, with all the regulars and the bartenders knowing them all by name. Th This is a fun, light read. We have a little bit of mystery, a lot of humor, and memorable characters. The book has the feel of an outlandish sitcom. I absolutely loved Jessie's character. She's smart, independent, sassy, and funny. A few of the other characters stretched credibility a bit, particularly Candy, but I didn't much care because they made me laugh. I also enjoyed the setting. The local bar has a kind of "Cheers" feel, with all the regulars and the bartenders knowing them all by name. The mystery aspect fell short for me. I figured out who the killer was pretty quickly. The clues are obvious, despite the author's attempt to lead us in different directions. But I still enjoyed following Jessie along as she tries to figure things out. Overall, this book is a pleasant escape, more for the comical chick-lit aspect than the whodunit mystery.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Namitha Varma

    This was a good, fun read. A breezy mystery with the right amount of humour and romance. I especially liked the story within the story format, albeit at a smaller scale, which suggests the consciousness of the writer, reminding us all the time that we are reading a story, after all. "Fantastical" as the storyline was, it wasn't impossible, like Psmith says (unusual versus impossible), and if the unusual gives us a lot of fun, who wants to question it, eh? The language and the turn of phrases were This was a good, fun read. A breezy mystery with the right amount of humour and romance. I especially liked the story within the story format, albeit at a smaller scale, which suggests the consciousness of the writer, reminding us all the time that we are reading a story, after all. "Fantastical" as the storyline was, it wasn't impossible, like Psmith says (unusual versus impossible), and if the unusual gives us a lot of fun, who wants to question it, eh? The language and the turn of phrases were good too, and the whole plot, language, idioms, etc. were quite contemporary. The language sets the right mood to enjoy the story. However, I did find the invocation of god's name every once in a while very annoying. But that is just a trifle. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to try out a cozy mystery, and I'm sure going to lay my hands on the other books in the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen B.

    The first in this cozy series Meet Jessica Hewitt whose good friend's fiancee entered her apartment, fell on her sofa and died. And of course Jessica is suspected of his murder by the handsome Captain Rye. Well of course I could have told you she wasn't guilty; she has a cat named Snowflake. But Jessie has to set out to find out who the real killer is. Her investigation into Stanley's Mulder leads her to a variety of sources, all the while trying to finish writing her next romance novel and avoid The first in this cozy series Meet Jessica Hewitt whose good friend's fiancee entered her apartment, fell on her sofa and died. And of course Jessica is suspected of his murder by the handsome Captain Rye. Well of course I could have told you she wasn't guilty; she has a cat named Snowflake. But Jessie has to set out to find out who the real killer is. Her investigation into Stanley's Mulder leads her to a variety of sources, all the while trying to finish writing her next romance novel and avoiding the crazy newsman who seems to get all the information, except the truth! I loved the feisty Jessica and all of the other characters with their quirks. This is a quick read and the red herrings had me guessing right to the end. If you're in the mood for a light, quick read, this book will take you smile.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Reis

    Jessie Hewitt, writer of sexy hot romance novels under the suggestive pseudonym Adelé Nightingale and a recent divorcee who lost the home to hubby, is trying to finish her current novel in her third floor loft apartment when the somewhat shady boyfriend of her young downstairs neighbor appears at her door, collapses on her couch while crying out his girlfriend's name and dies from poisoning. As the police focuses on her and her friend as potential suspects and a local TV reporter begins to hound Jessie Hewitt, writer of sexy hot romance novels under the suggestive pseudonym Adelé Nightingale and a recent divorcee who lost the home to hubby, is trying to finish her current novel in her third floor loft apartment when the somewhat shady boyfriend of her young downstairs neighbor appears at her door, collapses on her couch while crying out his girlfriend's name and dies from poisoning. As the police focuses on her and her friend as potential suspects and a local TV reporter begins to hound her to gain national exposure, Jessie bumbles along with her own amateur investigation to uncover the true murderer. The mystery is light and many characters are comically broad, but the story is brash, sassy and irreverent, making this book a quick entertaining read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dany

    What a pleasant surprise. I got this one as a kindle freebie and I really enjoyed reading it. I loved that the main character was a 52 year-old woman instead of the typical twenty-something that makes everything so predictable. Besides the murder part of the plot, I loved the "romantic" side of it because it was never too cheesy or distracting from the main storyline, which was the murder. Captain Rye was an excellent counterpart for the driven Jessie. He is smart, handsome and caring, and I hope What a pleasant surprise. I got this one as a kindle freebie and I really enjoyed reading it. I loved that the main character was a 52 year-old woman instead of the typical twenty-something that makes everything so predictable. Besides the murder part of the plot, I loved the "romantic" side of it because it was never too cheesy or distracting from the main storyline, which was the murder. Captain Rye was an excellent counterpart for the driven Jessie. He is smart, handsome and caring, and I hope to read more of those two in the following books. Four stars!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This book made me laugh from the very first sentence. The main character writes trashy romance novels for a living, is fiercely loyal to her friends, was raised by a pool shark dad, and drinks champagne everyday because everyday without her ex is one worth celebrating. Although I had an inkling who the murderer was fairly early on (and I turned out to be right) I never did figure out the motive. This was a totally entertaining, quick read.

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