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Cold reading murder / R.J. Lee

By: Lee, R. J, 1946-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Lee, R. J., Bridge to death mystery: 3.Publisher: New York, New York : Kensington Pubnlishing Corp., [2021]Copyright date: ©2021Description: 296 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1496731476; 9781496731470.Subject(s): Women journalists -- Fiction | Bridge clubs -- Fiction | Psychics -- Fiction | Haunted houses -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Mississippi -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: "Who could have predicted it? The daughter of Police Chief Bax Winchester married to a cop--Detective Ross Rierson. It's a beautiful wedding, and the newlyweds are in bliss--even if they do have to postpone their Hawaiian honeymoon for now. In the meantime, Wendy is teaching a group of newbies the game of bridge so they can join the Rosalie Country Club Bridge Bunch. One of the newcomers, flamboyant psychic Aurelia Spangler, invites the group to meet at her new home. The historic Overview mansion sits atop the High Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, and the local lore is that it's possibly haunted, definitely cursed by the original builder, who fell down the stairs to his death. Unfortunately, the house is about to claim another life. Following a night of bridge practice and cold readings by their clairvoyant host, Aurelia is found dead in her home by Wendy, a suicide note and cocaine residue by her corpse. But Wendy, an investigative reporter for the Rosalie Citizen, doesn't buy it. The scene seems phonier than Aurelia's act, and now Wendy needs to call the bluff of a cold-blooded killer playing a psychic bid..."-- Publisher description.
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Fiction Davis (Central) Library
Fiction Collection (New)
Fiction Collection (New) LEE Checked out 11/12/2021 T00837745
Total holds: 0

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

In the third Bridge to Death Mystery by R.J. Lee, Bridge expert and small town investigative reporter Wendy Winchester must put her amateur sleuthing skills to the test while investigating the death of a flamboyant psychic... <br> <br> Bridge expert and investigative reporter Wendy Winchester knows a thing or two about navigating life along the Mississippi River, but murder isn't something she foresees...<br> <br> Who could have predicted it? The daughter of Police Chief Bax Winchester married to a cop--Detective Ross Rierson. It's a beautiful wedding, and the newlyweds are in bliss--even if they do have to postpone their Hawaiian honeymoon for now. In the meantime, Wendy is teaching a group of newbies the game of bridge so they can join the Rosalie Country Club Bridge Bunch.<br> <br> One of the newcomers, flamboyant psychic Aurelia Spangler, invites the group to meet at her new home. The historic Overview mansion sits atop the High Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, and the local lore is that it's possibly haunted, definitely cursed by the original builder, who fell down the stairs to his death. Unfortunately, the house is about to claim another life.<br> <br> Following a night of bridge practice and cold readings by their clairvoyant host, Aurelia is found dead in her home by Wendy, a suicide note and cocaine residue by her corpse. But Wendy, an investigative reporter for the Rosalie Citizen, doesn't buy it. The scene seems phonier than Aurelia's act, and now Wendy needs to call the bluff of a cold-blooded killer playing a psychic bid...

Sequel to: Playing the devil.

"Who could have predicted it? The daughter of Police Chief Bax Winchester married to a cop--Detective Ross Rierson. It's a beautiful wedding, and the newlyweds are in bliss--even if they do have to postpone their Hawaiian honeymoon for now. In the meantime, Wendy is teaching a group of newbies the game of bridge so they can join the Rosalie Country Club Bridge Bunch. One of the newcomers, flamboyant psychic Aurelia Spangler, invites the group to meet at her new home. The historic Overview mansion sits atop the High Bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, and the local lore is that it's possibly haunted, definitely cursed by the original builder, who fell down the stairs to his death. Unfortunately, the house is about to claim another life. Following a night of bridge practice and cold readings by their clairvoyant host, Aurelia is found dead in her home by Wendy, a suicide note and cocaine residue by her corpse. But Wendy, an investigative reporter for the Rosalie Citizen, doesn't buy it. The scene seems phonier than Aurelia's act, and now Wendy needs to call the bluff of a cold-blooded killer playing a psychic bid..."-- Publisher description.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Publishers Weekly Review

Lee's chatty third Bridge to Death mystery featuring Rosalie, Miss., investigative reporter and bridge expert Wendy Winchester (after 2020's Playing the Devil) opens at Wendy's wedding reception following her marriage to police detective Ross Rierson. As she swans across the vast reception tent, she spots the table devoted to her five new bridge students, among them clairvoyant Aurelia Spangler. Aurelia, new in town, suggests that the next lesson be held at her home, where she proposes to give cold readings to each of the other bridge students. The day after the readings, Wendy stops by Aurelia's house and finds the woman dead, a suicide note and a dusting of cocaine on the table in front of her. Refusing to believe Aurelia took her own life, Wendy sets out to find the murderer. Another death raises the stakes, but the detecting gets lost amid bridge games, Wendy's father's blossoming romance, and other personal developments. Cozy readers who can overlook the feeble mystery plot will have fun. Agent: Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Mar.)

Kirkus Book Review

A Mississippi newlywed takes a pre-honeymoon break to solve a case of murder. Wendy Lyons Winchester and Detective Ross Rierson have just tied the knot under the benevolent gaze of her father, Police Chief Bax Winchester. Wendy, whose job as investigative reporter for the Rosalie Citizen still leaves her plenty of time for bridge, has started teaching a group of five novice players. One of them, Rosalie native Sarah Ann O'Rourke, is under the thumb of her extremely religious mother. The others, all new arrivals, are Charlotte Ruth, the nervous widow of a man who died by suicide; Vance Quimby, an author who's soaking up Mississippi atmosphere; Aurelia Spangler, who claims to be psychic; and talented Milton Bagdad, who delivers singing telegrams for Party Palooza. Wendy agrees to give the first lesson at the home of Aurelia, whose prognostications make the others so nervous that Milton actually flees town. When Wendy discovers Aurelia dead of a cocaine overdose, the intuition that's helped her solve several murders encourages her to insist that her husband and father ignore Aurelia's suicide note and investigate. After Bax asks an old friend with ties to dope dealers to sniff around for the source of the cocaine, the friend's murder makes Wendy even more certain that Aurelia was murdered. She digs up plenty of hidden secrets about the people who visited Aurelia the day of her death, but which of them was worth killing for? A very Southern mystery with authentic characters, a well-hidden killer, and some helpful bridge tips. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.