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Monday, February 4, 2013

Review-Cindy Blackburn's Cue Ball Mysteries #1-Playing with Poison


Playing With Poison       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 isn't sure what will happen next.

Playing With Poison is a cozy mystery with a lot of humor, a little romance, and far too much champagne.

My Review:

This was a great mystery. I just love Jessica Hewitt, she is the bomb. She definitely has it all together. Well, maybe she does drink a little too much champagne, I mean, whose drink of choice is usually champagne. But oh well, she is still great, and she got the job done. This book is also filled with other great, funny, eccentric characters that Cindy makes you feel like you know personally. And if you like animals, there is also a great kitty cat in this book.

Her neighbor, Candy Poppe's, fiancé' knocks on Jessica's door one night and she lets him and he makes it to the couch, and then proceeds to die. What should Jessica do? First she is a suspect. Then, Candy is the main suspect and is arrested. What ensues is a hilarious and somewhat scary, at the end, journey. I was kept guessing throughout the story, which is what I love about a good cozy mystery.

I'm so glad to be included in this book tour for Cindy, she has immense talent and I can't wait to read the rest of the Cue Ball Mysteries. I received this book for my participation in this blog tour.

Author Bio
Cindy Blackburn has a confession to make–she does not play pool. It’s that whole eye-hand coordination thing. What Cindy does do well is school. So when she’s not writing silly stories she’s teaching serious history. European history is her favorite subject, and the ancient stuff is best of all. The deader the better! A native Vermonter who hates cold weather, Cindy divides her time between the south and the north. During the school year you’ll find her in South Carolina, but come summer she’ll be on the porch of her lakeside shack in Vermont. Cindy has a fat cat named Betty and a cute husband named John. Betty the muse meows constantly while Cindy tries to type. John provides the technical support. Both are extremely lovable.
When Cindy isn’t writing, grading papers, or feeding the cat, she likes to take long walks or paddle her kayak around the lake. Her favorite travel destinations are all in Europe, her favorite TV show is NCIS, her favorite movie is Moonstruck, her favorite color is orange, and her favorite authors (if she must choose) are Joan Hess and Spencer Quinn. Cindy dislikes vacuuming, traffic, and lima beans.


  1. Why did Cindy decide to make her heroine a pool player if she's not into the game? I'm a Joan Hess fan (both series) and a fellow lima bean hater.

  2. It just happened, Anne. My 1st scene where I put Jessie in a bar, she picked up a cue stick and there it was--talent!! Funny how my characters have lives of their own. I'm just recording it. Thanks for your interest!