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Grand Slam Murders

(A Bridge to Death Mystery #1)

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  63 reviews
After four bridge players are poisoned, newspaper reporter Wendy Winchester sets out to catch a killer who's not playing with a full deck . . .
 
When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2019 by Kensington Books (first published January 29th 2019)
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Carrie
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Grand Slam Murders by R.J. Lee is the first book in the new cozy A Bridge to Death Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series the murder mystery in this first book is solved at the end without any cliffhangers.

This story really tosses a reader right into the action with the opening chapter joining the four wealthy ladies that are members of the Rosalie Bridge Club as they are about to play a game. However, instead of some competitive cards we end up with a four way murder when all are pois
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Ell
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Wendy is a journalism graduate working as a society editor for a small town Mississippi newspaper who hopes to break into a more promising and interesting career as an investigative reporter. Opportunity knocks to do some serious sleuthing when a shocking quadruple homicide involving the exclusive Rosalie Bridge Club occurs. With the help of her special friend and detective Ross and her police chief dad, Wendy uncovers that the members of the Rosalie Bridge Club were holding many of their cards ...more
Patricia
I enjoyed reading GRAND SLAM MURDERS, the first novel in a new series. When 4 of the wealthiest women in town are found dead as the result of poison while at their bridge club, a social columnist wants to play detective. Wendy, the society columnist, is fortunate to have the police chief as her father and is dating the lead detective on the case. And so it begins...
Cheryl
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting plot turn, 4 elderly rich woman play bridge together, after one get together all 4 are found dead of poison. Wendy wants to be a journalist and is stuck writing fluff articles for a newspaper and is sure if she solves the case and writes about it , it will be her big break. She sets out to interview all the families and finds out many secrets. 77
Patty
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grand Slam Murders by R. J. Lee is the 1st book in A Bridge to Death Mystery series, and my first book by this author. Wendy Winchester is a reporter stuck with society section of the newspaper, when she wants to write about crime. When four very rich women die suddenly while playing bridge, and it turns out to be murder, Wendy is determined to find the truth. I enjoyed this book, but I found it slow at times. I plan on reading this author again and looking forward to the next book in the series ...more
Rekha
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the concept of four wealthy widows murdered while playing a game. Who on earth might the perp be? Marleece seemed innocent, and so did Arden, the gardener. Wendy trusts Marleece but something feels off. Then comes the family of the deceased. Liddie Rose and her daughter seemed very close to each other while Hanna Lewis and her two sons were estranged. Sicily Groves had no children while Bethany Morrissey's daughter was somewhat shaky.

As the story proceeds, Wendy discovers some dark secre
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Lesa
Let me emphasize you do not need to know anything about bridge to read R.J. Lee's debut cozy mystery, Grand Slam Murders. I've never played bridge, and I know nothing about it, but the entertaining Southern characters will bring me back for the next challenge.

Wendy Winchester has a journalism degree, and she's chafing at her role as society reporter for her hometown newspaper. However, the elderly newspaper editor believes Wendy does a fine job covering engagements, weddings, and the social even
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Ann Bergeron
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never saw the end coming!

I love mysteries, but they generally become too predictable. When you can figure out the culprit, it can take the fun out of the reading experience.

When I received a copy of Grand Slam Murders I was instantly interested in reading the book because the fictional town of Rosalie (the setting for the book) is my hometown of Natchez, MS.

Within the first 20-25 pages I was completely hooked! The author has truly captured Natchez with all of her quirks and has created a book
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Debbie
Dec 31, 2018 added it
read and reviewed this for Mystery Scene Magazine read this in the first copy of 2019 of Mystery Scene Magazine
S Mille
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new series with an interesting twist on the amateur detective.

The Gin Girls are all set for another day of drinking gin and playing bridge, until someone spikes the coffee, killing them. Enter Wendy Winchester, new junior member of the club and society writer of the local paper. Wendy knew the ladies, and she’s looking for a way to escape the society page and use her journalism degree. To her advantage, her father is the chief of police, and she’s dating the lead investigator.

I enjoyed this bo
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Mary Brown
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Synopsis:

After four bridge players are poisoned, newspaper reporter Wendy Winchester sets out to catch a killer who's not playing with a full deck . . .

When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer with the exclusive club, Wendy takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies.

She also has
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Sandra
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grand Slam Murders by R. J. Lee is the first book in A Bridge to Death Mystery series.

Four wealthy widows, prominent figures in small town in state of Mississippi, choke to death during their regular bridge get together. To say that town is abuzz would be an understatement.
Therefore, local journalist Wendy and fellow bridge player gets her chance to make it big and move from writing about local wedding to some real investigative journalism. Her father as a police chief and her boyfriend a leadin
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T Olsen
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A murder mystery with four victims makes for a lot of different motives, and a journalist is just right for solving everything. Great characters and plot, well written story with a nice flow.
Barbara Tobey
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clever cozy mystery. I am familiar with Bridge, but not especially a fan of the game. The four fatalities and the finger pointing at the suspects are intriguing. The solution is a face palm. Enjoyable reading to get there. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Teri
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, mystery
The "Gin Girls" of the Rosalie Bridge Club meet for an afternoon of card playing and strategy planning before their next tournament and turn up dead before the first hand is dealt. Known for their wild and crazy antics in their youth, these four widowed women are the social elite of the area harboring secrets about their past. They are still the pride of Rosalie but their deaths cast quite a bit of suspicion and fingerpointing to the housekeeper and groundskeeper of the club's host Miz Liddie.

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Katherine Rowland
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fic-mystery
The overall story here has so much potential that it became a little uncomfortable to read through the sub-par writing to get to the main plot, sort of like when you listen to a great speech delivered by a terrible speaker. There was a good balance of likable and unlikable characters and plenty of suspicion to go around, but it felt as though the author was trying to tack too many plot elements onto the main mystery plot: there was the living-in-a-small-town element, the wanna-be-investigative-r ...more
Kat
May 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Susan
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
It's true that the (two) African American characters in this book about a multiple murder in the quaint town of Rosalie talk in a rather stereotypical fashion, but the Caucasian characters aren't too convincing, either, so maybe we'll give a pass on that. (Or not, if you prefer.) Society journalist Wendy wants a real assignment, and the crusty editor of the newspaper says he'll let her write profiles of the four murdered women. Little does he know that with the help of her police chief father, a ...more
John Presler
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Rosalie Bridge Club, whose members are the wealthiest ladies in Rosalie, hopes to win the grand prize at the upcoming Mississippi Bridge Player's Duplicate Championship. The ladies of the Bridge Club are Miz Liddie, Miz Sicily, Miz Bethany, and Miz Hanna. They have been a close knit group for many years. They earned the nickname as the Gin Girls, based on their love of the beverage and their college escapades. The ladies have a routine they follow with a coffee toast before they play bridge. ...more
Janice Bates
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Y'all Ain't Gonna B'lieve This!

Coming from a Bluff City with a striking resemblance to fictional Rosalie, I felt like I knew these characters. There were the "haves" and the "have nots" - high society and common folk. R. J. Lee has done a remarkable job pulling off "Grand Slam Murders."

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about The Gin Girls and their offspring, about the bridge club and its restricted membership. I understood the struggle of aspiring journalist, Wendy Winchester, trying to be accepte
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Susan
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though I don't know much about Bridge, I enjoyed this debut cozy. Having so many murdered so fast was a surprise. Sometimes the reader has to wait almost forever before the body (or bodies) appear. Instead we have to wait awhile before we meet the main character, Wendy Winchester along with her father, the police chief and her detective boyfriend. She very much wants to report on more meaty news than what is needed in the society section. This is the investigation that will possibly make th ...more
Linda
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've always enjoyed mysteries that are not predictable, and this is definitely one of those. Plus, the characters are recognizable if you've ever lived in any small town. R. J. also introduces us to Wendy, the local journalist, who for some reason (probably because she can write about them) has been given entree into the most exclusive bridge club in town. The Gin Girls are found murdered and Wendy knows she can figure out who done it, plus her dad's the chief of police and she is dating a detec ...more
Judy Clark
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Get ready to meet The Gin Girls, four doyennes of an old-South town, who hold court around the bridge table weekly. Queen Bee Liddie Langston Rose holds prime seat at the card table. When unexpected death occurs, it is quickly ruled murder, and local society news reporter Wendy Winchester knows this is her opportunity to move up in the investigative crime reporting world. Her father is the police chief, and her boyfriend is the police detective. She begins interviewing those who knew the Gin Gir ...more
Carla Hostetter
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This author knows bridge and the workings of southern society. I especially liked his array of local characters. The Gin Girls were outstanding even though they all die in the first chapter. People like that, so vividly created, are never forgotten. I suspect Rosalie is a double for Natchez as I have gone on the tour of homes there and sampled the local wine. Nice to see a woman work her way up into crime reporting from the doldrums of writing the social notices. I especially liked Wendy's wonde ...more
Jann Barber
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I have read recently with a female reporter who wants to move up in the ranks at the newspaper. That is probably just interesting to me.

I give this five stars for several reasons. Originally from the South, I can relate to many of the quirks of the characters, although people exist everywhere with quirks. I also kept wondering how the author was going to handle the fact that there seemed to be only two main suspects who could have tampered with the sugar bowl. I was wrong
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Sandra
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
It says a lot about a writer when you realize who murdered four women and you keep reading the mystery. From the first I was convinced I knew what happened, but the small town characters kept me intrigued. I loved the main character, enjoyed her relationship with her police chief father, and appreciated her ambiguity about her boyfriend. It was easy for me to relate to her frustration with her job on the town paper as well as to her waffling boss. This book is an easy, fun read.
Peggy Clayton
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book and also the book cover ! First the book cover draws you in there is so many funny pictures and also it is just so attractive for a cover. Then the book once you start you are so drawn in as it is such a good mystery. I found myself going from one person to another for the" who done it". This is an author that I will be following and reading his mysteries as he hit a grand slam with this one. ...more
Pamela N.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this light reading. R.J.Lee seems to write in a style that is reminiscent of Agatha Christie, but more coherent and relevant. (Perhaps this is because there is a 75 or so year difference.) I enjoyed that there was a lot of research into the underlying premises, which makes a much more enjoyable read for me. Having played bridge, I could relate. I liked the characters, and the story line. I had a lot of fun, and finished the book without feeling something was missing.
Amy
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice cosy little mystery. The ending was unexpected and intriguing and the characters were fun. Made for a fun weekend read on a snowy day. Definitely the kind of light mystery I enjoy.
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway but the opinions expressed are solely my own.
Steven Webb
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captivating! A-can't-put-it-down kind of novel always lures you back for more! I am honored to have this book as part of my personal library. R.J. Lee's ability to capture a reader's attention will make Agatha Christie envious. I strongly recommend this novel. ...more
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R.J. Lee follows in the mystery-writing footsteps of his father, R. Keene Lee, who wrote fighter pilot and detective stories for Fiction House, publishers of WINGS Magazine and other 'pulp fiction' periodicals in the late '40's and '50's. Lee was born and grew up in the Mississippi River port of Natchez but also spent thirty years living in the Crescent City of New Orleans. A graduate of the Unive ...more

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