Pool shark Jessie Hewitt usually knows where the balls will fall and how the game will end. But when a body lands on her couch, and the cute cop in her kitchen accuses her of murder, even Jessie isnât sure what will happen next. She also isnât sure how to catch a killer, but sheâs about to learn.
Her skill set doesnât exactly fit the task, however. Jessie put herself through college hustling at a pool table, and nowadays makes her living writing racy novels. This middle-aged romance author has excellent people-watching skills, a keen imagination, and street smarts going way back. Come to think of it, Jessie is the perfect sleuth.
Playing With Poison is a cozy mystery with a lot of humor, a little romance, and far too much champagne.
âJessie is the new sleuth that you will want to follow again and again.â
Best Selling Author, Tonya Kappes
âPlaying With Poison is a fun cozy mystery that will keep you laughing and on your toes all the way to the nail-biting end. Cindy Blackburn brings a fresh, new voice to the mystery genre. Go get your copy today!â
Dorothy St. James, author of The White House Gardener Mysteries
âLike Jessie Hewitt, her intriguing pool shark/romance author heroine, Playing with Poison author Cindy Blackburn knows how to start with a fast break and run the table, leaving readers applauding her skill. This cozy murder mystery, the first in Blackburnâs Cueball series, pairs fifty-two-year-old Jessie with the handsome and frustrated Captain Wilson Rye, who doesnât know whether to kiss or handcuff his exasperating prime suspect. Plenty of quirky characters populate Playing with Poison, including a sleazoid ex-husband, a rabid TV reporter, ditzy neighbors, andâmy favoriteâa deranged literary agent, whoâll do anything to boost Jessieâs best-seller ranking. If you enjoy your mystery peppered with humor and romance, Cindy Blackburn has the balls racked and ready for you to play.â
Linda Lovely, author of the Marley Clark Mystery Series