Adam Parrish's entertaining and educational book, Bridge at the Cranmer Club, tells the story of a night at the local bridge club. Up-and-comer Aaron is playing with Tony, one of the top players in the club. The colorful characters who come to their table each round are perhaps even more interesting than the hands they play.
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If Miss Marple’s village had boasted a bridge club, it might have been very like the one in Pemberton, the North Ontario setting for this Canadian mystery novel. The story unfolds at the slow pace of life in a small rural town, and whether there even was a murder is part of the mystery. The game of bridge is closely interwoven with the lives of the people in Pemberton -- we meet the characters partly through bridge columns from the local paper, and in many cases, get to see how their personae at the bridge table differ from those in their everyday lives. The ‘deadly endplay’ of the title relates to a deal that comes up in a club game, and also refers to how the murder -- if it was a murder -- was committed.
A mysterious illness… two dead bridge players… what’s going on at Kensington College?
On the surface, Kensington is a typical small U.S. college. But when two players collapse and die during a duplicate bridge game at the Faculty Club, it soon becomes clear that there is more going on at Kensington than meets the eye. It falls to Detective Christina DiLongo, to solve a case that is a far cry from the usual petty crime in the area. A mystery that inevitably leads her to a close scrutiny of the bridge club and its members. But would anyone really commit murder over a bridge game?
Professor Silver is back! The hero of Tales Out of School, A Study in Silver, and Bridge The Silver Way takes on new opponents as the author finds fresh literary targets to lampoon. Yes, the man who brought us the Silver Certainty Principle, the Eastwood convention ("Do you feel lucky, partner?") and the concept of the supremacy of the heart suit in bridge now takes aim at The Matrix ("Will you cut the red cards or the blue?"), The Three Musketeers ("All for one... me"), and All Quiet on the Western Front ("Have you heard of the Geneva Convention...?") among many others. This new collection will keep Silver afficionados laughing all the way through the holiday season.
Undoubtedly the most unusual piece of bridge fiction ever published, Samurai Bridge takes the reader to a remote village in early 19th century Japan. At first, the characters may seem familiar - the heroic masterless samurai (a ronin), the evil town magistrate, the downtrodden peasants, the tea-house madam with a heart of gold, and so forth. But soon we realize that these people are different - they are all fanatical bridge players, and the climactic battle between the forces of good and evil will take place not in the dojo, but at the card table. There is plenty of swordplay and romance as the story moves along, interspersed with philosophical asides on the Zen of bridge and a fascinating account of bridge as played at the Imperial court. Sex, violence, mystery, and lots of bridge hands too, this is Seven Samurai as Charles Goren might have written it! The book is illustrated throughout with pen and ink drawings in the classic Japanese style.
Shades of Grey: A Pemberton Bridge Club Mystery
Readers first encountered the Pemberton Bridge Club, along with the ‘Jay’s Nest’ bridge columns, in Ken Allan’s first novel, Deadly Endplay. This time there is no mysterious death involved, but perhaps worse than that, for the bridge players, is the growing suspicion that someone in their midst is systematically cheating. As some of them begin to look for evidence, they confront the issues: When does dubious ethics become cheating? Can you prove cheating from hand records? And if you can, what should the consequences be? Finally, why do people cheat at duplicate bridge, a game that offers no monetary rewards? There are no easy answers, and the reader will appreciate the aptness of the book’s title.
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