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A fast-paced, readable debut . . . Spano has created an enjoyable read, which bodes well for future entries.” Quill & Quire on Dead Politician Society
About the Author
Robin Spano is a crime writer and the author of Dead Politician Society. She lives in Steveston, British Columbia.
- File size : 1374 KB
- Publisher : ECW Press (Oct. 1 2011)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 423 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005MQB8HQ
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,459 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Death Plays Poker is the second in Robin Spano's series and it's fast-paced ride. The book is also filled with humor mixed with layers of angst as Clare deals with handlers who keep threatening to pull her off the case. She's also facing a growing attraction to Nate, confusion about her boyfriend back home, and news that her father is dying. These problems add depth to a character who's determined to find the killer despite her discomfort with the spoiled rich "princess" persona. Spano does a great job with multiple points of view, quick short chapters, and mounting suspense. This book has everything I love in mysteries: an interesting protagonist, humor, quick pacing, and a clever plot. I also learned something about the world of professional poker. A great read!
In addition to learning about Clare through her actions and decisions, we learn about the other characters in the book, as each one takes control of a chapter's POV. I'm not a poker player, but going by what I see of tournaments on TV, Spano has done a good job of making these egotistical and big-talking poker players believable. And Clare can bluff with the best of them, which is good since she has a lot of money in the pot, and it's not her money. Bit by bit, she whittles away at the players' alibis as well as their stake in the tournament.
I thought this was a fun and suspenseful read. I like Clare Vengel and will look for the next book in the series.
I give Death Plays Poker by Robin Spano a rating of Hel-of-a-Writer. She made her characters in this who-dunnit believable, interesting, and memorable.
After reading the first book of the series (Dead Politician Society), I eagerly awaited the release of this one.
The main character is smart, rough-around-the-edges, and has a hard time not saying what she means - my kind of girl.
I also enjoyed entering the world of high-stakes, professional poker, which I knew nothing about before reading this book.
I couldn't put it down, and the only disappointing thing is that I have to wait a whole year before the next one comes out!
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Back to the book...this was a fun read about 2 investigations that seemed to be connected: a cheating ring going on in the professional poker circuit, and a series of murders of poker players that seemed to be people who got too close to the cheating ring (or were expendable). That part of the story kept you guessing pretty much the entire way through, mostly because not enough information was given about either case to let you figure them out.
Instead, the story was more about the characters than the investigations, which I actually enjoyed immensely. Because poker is social, and in many cases all about the characters at your table with you.
My one critique was that there were so many characters (and some with more than one name) that it got a little confusing until you sorted them all out. The informal writing style didn't help in this regard, and the author hopped around a lot from character to character (much like banter at a poker game). But as the book progressed it got more cohesive. Otherwise, great job, and I'll be looking to see how Clare does in other books.