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BOOK REVIEW: THE UNKINDEST CUT
BY HONOR HARTMAN

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Emma Diamond is back in Hartman's second Bridge Club Mystery The Unkindest Cut. Emma and her neighbors, Sophie and Marylou are talked into attending a bridge retreat at a resort in the Hill Country of Texas by Paula, a friend of Marylou's. Since they are all avid bridge players, it doesn't take much to convince the three friends to go especially since Basil Dumont, a well known bridge guru, is offering private lessons during the retreat. While the three friends are eager to spend the retreat playing the game they all love, it soon becomes evident that Paula has more of an agenda.

Emma and Sophie are surprised to learn that Paula, who is currently married to Avery Trowbridge, somewhat of a superstar as there is in the bridge world, was formerly married to Basil Dumont. The three friends were even more surprised when Avery showed up at the retreat being run by Basil. And then Avery turns up dead. Besides Paula, there is no shortage of other suspects in this murder. While Avery was not a nice person, he was surrounded by equally unpleasant people including his former wife and son who are also present at the retreat and a recently fired, but also present, business manager. Motives for the murder were just as plentiful including the usual ones of sex, marriages gone wrong and money.

Anyone who loves bridge would enjoy this series. At the end of the book there are bridge tips as well as references for further reading on the game. Players will enjoy the references to master points, tournament play and the general atmosphere of the bridge retreat. For those readers with only a fleeting interest in the game, this book is a big improvement over the first in the series, On the Slam, which was heavy on the actual playing of hands.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, CARYN ST. CLAIR


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