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Murder at Bridge

Anne Austin

Book Overview: 

Inhabitants of the small town of Hamilton joke that they are afraid of being the dummy when playing Bridge, for fear of being murdered. Meanwhile, Special Investigator Bonnie Dundee demands a re-enactment of the ‘death hand’ to try and find out why, and how, the victim was killed during a high society Bridge party.

Recommended for fans of John Grisham, Scott Turow, Michael Connelly, Janet Evanovich and David Baldacci.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Judge Marshall had nodded stiffly, and John C. Drake had muttered the semblance of a greeting.... Were they all overdoing it a bit—this reacting of their hostility to the sole remaining outsider of their compact little group?... Dundee stroked his chin thoughtfully.

But Penny was saying in her abrupt, husky voice: "Above the line, 1250; below the line 720, making a total of 1970 on this hand, Karen."

"Won't Nita be glad?" Karen gasped, then began to run totteringly, calling: "Nita! Nita!" But in the hall she collapsed, shuddering, crying in a child's whimper: "No, no! I—can't—go in there—again!"

It was Dundee who reached her first—Dundee and not her outraged and excited old husband.

"Mrs. Marshall—listen, please," he begged in a low voice, as he lifted her so that her head rested against his arm. "You have been splendid—wonderful! Please believe that I am truly sorry to distress you so, and tha. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was part of an anthology (Afternoon Tea Mysteries, a compilation of cozies - hey, it was 99 cents), and ... meh. A murder occurs in the middle of a bridge game (the victim being the dummy, who stepped away, and really? People are fine with being called the dummy?), and as it turns out bridge...more

fun easy read. Interesting to read 1920's pulp mystery. Overly complex method used, but that added to the odd charm of the book.

This is one of those perfect books, the kind you can sit down and be engrossed with for hours, or just read one or two chapters at a time and keep it on the bedside table, knowing it'll welcome you back anytime, like a toasty warm fire.

James "Bonnie" Dundee is the Special Investigator to the Dist...more

3.5 stars

This was fun, cozy, frustrating at times, and I couldn’t guess what was going to happen! I really enjoyed this book and Dundee’s theories and of course Strawn’s :)
A fun way to spend a day!

A good mystery

A little wordy. It could probably be cut in half but enjoyable reading. Lots of characters which can be confusing and a lot of wordiness but worthy of a try

You'll need a pad of paper and a pencil to take notes during the reading. Its a complex who-dunnit and there are plenty of suspects and plenty of alternate solutions. Its the story of a double murder at a house during a party. Both victims killed at different times but the same people are present...more

A good solid murder mystery, somewhat in the vein of the early Ellery Queen, although the plotting hasn't the same imaginative ingenuity.

Bridge is currently all the rage in the small flyover town of Hamilton. One evening, during a session at the home of Nita Selim, Nita becomes the dummy hand and...more

Got all the way to end and did not really have clue who was the murderer. all kinds of red herrings in this book. I did really see why having Penny's father come back in the end was included. seemed like an odd thing to bring in at the end.

This classic mystery will keep you hooked till the end. After Nita Selim is murdered during a high society bridge party in the town of Hamilton, Investigator Bonnie Dundee takes on the case, one method he decides to employ is a re-enactment of that evening's events particularly those surrounding...more

Got a kindle and am reading all of the old stuff. this is just great!

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