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"Driven by the heart-pounding suspense of a high-stakes poker game, Bluff is a vivid, compelling novel about deceit, seduction, and delicious revenge that will keep you spellbound and cheering as you turn the last page." -Susan Cheever, New York Times bestselling author

One-time socialite Maud Warner polishes up the rags of her once glittering existence and bluffs her way i
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Published February 9th 2019 by Alibi (first published January 15th 2019)
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Dita
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
From the time I was a little girl I've played cards and loved a little gambling. My dad taught both my sister and I how to play every kind of poker at our kitchen table on Sunday nights. To this day, we all still play together and apart, so I knew this book would be fun and feel familiar.

Fortunately, you don't need to know a thing about cards to love Maud, her acerbic wit, her unapologetic posture and her nimble mind. Maud is a 56 year-old badass who has had enough.

This story opens with Maud wal
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Katie B
This book has one of the more memorable opening scenes I've read this year. Maud Warner, a 50+ year old socialite walks into the Four Seasons restaurant in NYC and shoots a man named Sun Sutherland. She then proceeds to walk out calmly and ends up boarding a train headed to Washington D.C. But why did she shoot Sun instead of the man he was lunching with, Burt Sklar, the person she blames for losing her family's fortune?

I think the real strength of the book is the writing style. It's quirky and
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Dita
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the time I was a little girl I've played cards and loved a little gambling. My dad taught both my sister and I how to play every kind of poker at our kitchen table on Sunday nights. To this day, we all still play together and apart, so I knew this book would be fun and feel familiar.

Fortunately, you don't need to know a thing about cards to love Maud, her acerbic wit, her unapologetic posture and her nimble mind. Maud is a 56 year-old badass who has had enough.

This story opens with Maud wal
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Holly
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I’m now playing the biggest poker hand of my life with no cards.”

Bluff is an entertaining and fun read! I don’t usually read mysteries but the outstanding cover grabbed my attention and piqued my curiosity. And I am glad it did. Bluff is a fine read which will keep you guessing and wondering, perfect for the beach or a rainy day at home.

Bluff is a somewhat atypical mystery in that the murder occurs in the opening pages and the novel is devoted to Why it happened. This does not diminish the book
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Julie Parks
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
This totally reads like badass women's fiction at its best. This time about an ex-socialite gone poor and on revenge. Fantastic book!



I just read this second paragraph in the book and knew I will absolutely love her:

I whisk a comb through my bobbed graying hair and apply a little lip gloss to my lightly made-up face. It's not an unattractive face, just an older one, silted with apprehension. I'm satisfied I look like what I'm supposed to be: a middle-aged lady of means with a conservative sense o
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debra
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fun , but required some a lot of suspension of disbelief. I think everything I've been reading lately has had some twisty, "but wait...there's more" turns, so that prob made it less something or other for me.
Jypsy
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked Bluff. It's a fun read. The heroine is a fifty something woman, which I find refreshing as characters go. She's likeable. The plot is complex and unpredictable. A great ending and entertaining throughout. I recommend this one.
Sarah Perchikoff
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omg this book is so FUN! Gossip, socialites, poker, long-held grudges, murder, appearances for appearance's sake, and long cons, OH MY! This book was everything I love. Badass ladies killing assholes and people talking shit about other people. What more could you want? Let's get to the review.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

One-time socialite Maud Warner polishes up the rags of her once glittering existence and bluffs her way into a signature New York restaurant on a sunny October day. When she shoots
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Brooke Banks
I did not think I could be won over for a story following the privileged rich. While I realized the writing was great from the get-go, the name dropping name brand fashion blah blah in the beginning had me thinking I was right - this wasn't going to work for me.

And then the one line right before the shooting...And then the wife...The run...The dinner.

Once I got a little farther than the Bookish First Impression preview, I couldn't put it down. When I had to put it down, I kept thinking about i
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Janet
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it!.

"Driven by the heart-pounding suspense of a high-stakes poker game, Bluff is a vivid, compelling novel about deceit, seduction, and delicious revenge that will keep you spellbound and cheering as you turn the last page." -Susan Cheever, New York Times bestselling author

One-time so
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Susan Beamon
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seldom do we get a murder mystery where we know exactly who done it, but we aren't sure about anything else. The intended victim may not have been the actual victim, but maybe it was. The three principal characters couldn't know each other, could they. It is all so simple, open and shut, but maybe it isn't. When the leader of the plat plays professional poker, we can't be sure of much.
I enjoyed the twists in this little tale of multiple revenges. The ultimate villain gets his just rewards and s
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☠Kensley
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Bluff is definitely one of those "un-put-downable" books, especially for crime fans. Usually, we see the main role of a character from a male's perspective, and that is what sets this novel apart from others of its kind. The true hero, or should we say "heroine," of this story goes beyond what we have come to expect as far as enjoyment of characters goes. The writing for this novel was intricately woven, and even at some of the spotty bits--every book has them--it still kept me entertained. The ...more
Patricia Doyle
Thankfully, I was on a bus trip and I could read all day. That’s good, because I could keep reading to the end and didn’t have to put this page turner down to let life get in the way. I was pulled in from the very beginning and was happily engrossed through to the last paragraph.

It’s about Maud who shot a man. We know she did it. Sounds simple, right. Not so much. There are twists and turns, cleverly written back stories, interesting characters, unlikable Burt and Sun, high society matrons, pok
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Staci
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun read! Bigotry, murder and larceny, oh my!

Maud Warner, middle-aged former socialite and poker savant, walks into the Four Seasons and shoots, the “Pope of Finance”, Sun Sunderland. And so begins a high-stakes game of poker - not with cards but with Maud’s life. Will she be able to pull off the biggest bluff of her poker career?

So many colorful characters in this story - just skating the edge of caricature-ish. Slimy Burt Sklar, the slippery “accountant to the Stars” - I felt the ne
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Robin Blankenship
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mad" Maude is an ex-socialite whose family was scammed out of a fortune by a slick, icky financial wizard and her whole life revolves around hating him. The story of Maude is woven intricately with other people from her world.

The writing on this one is interesting. You do not see this style often but it is done well. She writes characters well.

At first it was a bit slow but I loved the originality and the twists and turns to get there.

It was funny, clever, fun, twisty and very entertaining.
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Scottsdale Public Library
The author may not be related to another famous master of mystery with the same last name, but her witty book could easily fit in with those great films! Maud Warner, a former New York socialite, now fallen on hard financial times, loves the game of poker and uses her appearance as an older, clueless woman to great advantage in the high stakes games she plays. The stakes could not be higher, however, when Maude walks into the famous Four Seasons restaurant, shoots the man she hates and promptly ...more
Lana
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bluff is such a unique mystery-thriller, that is very appropriately named! I enjoyed every minute of this poker themed story! Maud Warner is an old poker player, but she’s still a good one! After being swindled out of her family’s money, Maud uncovers the truth and she takes matters into her own hands.
I loved this novel! And I loved Maud! I also happen to enjoy playing poker and will be looking for more from this author.
Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley for this advanced copy, my op
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Nancy
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read a few of Jane Stanton Hitchcock's frothy "society" novels and thoroughly enjoyed the "snark" and humor. But, this novel was in a class of its own in the way it used success at poker as an analogy for success in life. The "take" may not be unique, but the book itself was fresh and clever and very entertaining.

Perhaps because I am "a lady of a certain age," I immediately bonded with the heroine (or is she technically an anti-heroine?) . She used her perceived invisibility as both a shi
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Janet
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it!.

"Driven by the heart-pounding suspense of a high-stakes poker game, Bluff is a vivid, compelling novel about deceit, seduction, and delicious revenge that will keep you spellbound and cheering as you turn the last page." -Susan Cheever, New York Times bestselling author

One-time so
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Olga Fry
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought "Bluff" by Jane Stanton Hitchcock was a fun, comedic read, one that I enjoyed very much. The book focuses on Maud Warner, a 56-year-old woman, set to exact her revenge on what she perceives as wrongdoing against her mother. Her intended victim? Burt Sklar. However, she misses and ends up shooting Sun Sunderland. Was it by accident? On purpose?

I thought the characters were well-written and genuine people, people I would want to be friends with. That and the writing style is a real stren
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Liz (Quirky Cat)
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received a copy of Bluff through BookishFirst in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Bluff has got to be one of the most unique combinations I’ve seen in quite some time. It’s a thriller heavily influenced by poker and card games. That may sound a bit odd, but it actually worked really well.
The novel follows the events surrounding Maud Warner, AKA Mad Maud, and all of the chaos she creates. To be fair, she had reasons to do everything she did. Like a true thriller novel, Maud is a woman
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Donna172
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The opening scene of this book totally drew me in from the get go. Maud, an ex-socialite, walks into the upscale Four Seasons and shoots a man then calmly turns around and walks out the door. Unbelievably, she is able to do this and get on a train to another city without being caught. It is the use of what some might believe to be her weakness that allows her to get away with as much as she does. She is underestimated by those around her and she uses her knowledge of this weakness to help her g ...more
Energy
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bluff starts off with a bang, literally. Because Maud, or Mad Maud as they call her, has shot Sun Sutherland while he was dining at The Four Seasons. What continues is an unfolding of the people connected to Sun and subsequently, his best friend Burt Sklar, who was Maud's intended target.

Bluff is told through various pieces of information, not just Maud's point of view, by Sun's wife Jean, and Sklar and the stripper he's chasing after. Maud is a very strong character, she's smart, so much smart
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Jean Kolinofsky
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Maud Warner entered the New York restaurant and shot financier Sun Sunderland as he lunched with his friend Burt Sklar was he the actual target or was she really aiming for Sklar? Maud was raised as a member of New York society, but when her step-father died her mother turned over control of their finances to Sklar. After the death of her mother, Maud and her brother were informed that there was no money left from the millions that he initially controlled. Now Maud has carefully plotted her ...more
Tonstant Weader
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bluff is a whydunnit with a bit of howdunnit thrown it. We know whodunnit from the opening scene when “Mad” Maud Warner walks into the Four Seasons and shoots billionaire financier Sun Sunderland, though everyone is certain she was aiming for Burt Sklar, having accused him of stealing her family’s wealth. While this all sounds very serious, it has the light touch and spirit of a caper.

Since the narrative mostly follows Maud, we begin to identify with her and even root for her. Yup, she killed so
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RMazin
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If this were summer, Bluff would be the top book to read in my beach bag. But since it is too early for that trip, do not wait, read Bluff now! What a great way to spend a long afternoon, whether snowbound, beach bound or holed up on a rainy day.

Maud is a woman of a certain age. She is stylish but not as though she stands out. She is clever and a great poker player. People underestimate her, which always works in her favor. She is also hell-bent on revenge. Maud came from money, but now the fort
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Katherine
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bluff is Jane Stanton Hitchcock's sixth novel and pays homage to her newfound love of poker. The story is a quirky whodunit in which we already know whodunit, we just don't know why. Mad Maud Warner, former New York City socialite is convinced that shady Burt Sklar robbed her mother Lois of her fortune and had a hand in the death of Maud's beloved brother, Alan. She's taken every opportunity to let all of New York's elite know what a crook Sklar is but instead of gaining sympathy, all Maud has d ...more
Jill Meyer
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes to understand a novel, you should know something about the author. In the case of Jane Stanton Hitchcock, the author of "Bluff", you should know that Hitchcock is an oldish lady, of New York society background, who is an avid poker player. She and her parents were also taken for millions by a financial advisor who dealt in dubious deals. Funnily enough, the main character of "Bluff" - Maud Warner - shares those same life details.

Jane Stanton Hitchcock's book is the story of financial w
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Barbara
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bluff had me hooked right from the opening scene as a woman walks across New York City’s Central Park on a beautiful October day. She describes her outfit as she walks – from her suit, a St. Laurent from a few seasons ago, to her secondhand Louboutin shoes. The woman, Maud Warner, a 50+ yo former socialite, then enters The Four Seasons dining room, shoots a man, walks out, and hails a cab to take her to Penn Station where she boards a train for D.C.

As one might guess from the title, poker plays
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Diane Hernandez
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
“Poker has its own moral universe. Lying is called bluffing. Deception is the norm.”—from the new humorous revenge thriller Bluff

Maud is convinced that her parent’s financial advisor, Burt, stole all their money. However, she cannot get anyone to believe her.

Broke, Maud plays online poker. Skilled at the game, she wins. When the online casinos are shuttered by the government, Maud turns to live games. Throughout it all, she continues to nurse her grudge with Burt.

One morning, she walks into the
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Bestselling author Jane Stanton Hitchcock was born and raised in New York City, where she led a seemingly privileged life. Early on, she learned the trappings of wealth and fame are not nearly all they are cracked up to be, themes she has since explored in screenplays, stage plays, and novels dealing with murder and mayhem in high places.

Best known for her mystery novels, Jane is also an avid pok
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