Polar opposites and bridge partners, 60-something former nun Rose and her sister-in-law Peg, who knows how to push all of Rose’s buttons, are drawn into a mystery—one they must work together to solve—when the bridge club’s most accomplished player is murdered, and they fall under suspicion. - (Baker & Taylor)
"Rose Donovan looks for the good in everyone. With her sister-in-law, Peg, that sometimes requires a lot of searching...But after forty years of bickering, they're attempting to start over, partnering up to join the local bridge club. Peg and Rose barelyhave a chance to celebrate their first win before one of the club's most accomplished players is killed in his home. As the newest members, the sisters-in-law...decide to start some digging of their own"-- - (Baker & Taylor)
From the award-winning author of the Melanie Travis Canine Mysteries, senior sisters-in-law Peg Turnbull and Rose Donavan get along about as well as stray cats and pedigree pooches most days. But aside from being Melanie Travis’s beloved aunts, outspoken Peg and even-keeled Rose do have something in common—a true knack for solving murders . . .
When a typically closed-off Peg attempts online dating at Rose’s strong urging, the experience plays out like an embarrassing mistake. At least, until she matches with Nolan Abercrombie—intelligent, attractive, and a self-proclaimed dog lover. The two share an instant connection that has Peg cautiously excited to finally bring someone special into her busy world of Standard Poodles and conformation shows.
Before Peg can admit that Rose was right and let down her walls for the budding romance, a terrible accident claims Nolan’s life. As details about his background and tragic death come to light, Peg has a serious hunch that someone successfully plotted to kill her first real date in decades . . .
With suspects galore and a slew of puzzling clues to peel through, Peg and Rose team up to solve a dangerous mystery unfolding before their eyes. The question is: Can the unlikely duo turn their radically different personalities into an advantage as they scramble to ID the guilty culprit—or will they manage to work against each other and find themselves precisely where a meticulous murderer wants them to be?
Laurien Berenson is the award-winning author of the long running Melanie Travis mystery series and the new Senior Sleuths series starring Peg Turnbull and Rose Donovan. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and the New York Times. She and her husband live on a farm in Kentucky surrounded by dogs and horses. Visit her online at www.laurienberenson.com. - (Lightning Source, Inc. Ebooks)
Publishers Weekly Reviews
This solid series launch from Berenson, a spin-off from her Melanie Travis canine mysteries, features Melanie's forthright aunt, Peg Turnbull, a dog show judge in Greenwich, Conn., and Peg's sister-in-law, Rose Donovan, a former nun who married a former priest. From the moment they first met, the two women disliked each other, their animosity fueled by Rose having never considered Peg to be good enough for her brother. Now, both women are in their 70s, and Peg is widowed. Peg is taken aback when Rose asks Peg to be her partner at a bridge club. "I can't spend all my time doing good works," Rose explains, adding, "Besides, bridge isn't a frivolous game." Against her better judgement, Peg agrees to take part. Most of their fellow card players are retired and have been teamed together for years. When one of them is murdered, the two ladies decide to investigate. Their sleuthing efforts often take second place to the rapport that builds between the protagonists and the many tips on poodle care and dog training. Fans of the Melanie Travis series will be delighted. (Sept.)
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