Cozy mysteries have no profanity, no gory murder details, and once the bedroom door closes - the reader is not invited.
The "Bridge-to-Death" series' first book begins with murder by poison of the bridge-playing "Gin Girls." We will be offering a Signature Cocktails Cash Bar in their honor.
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R.J. Lee follows in the mystery writing footsteps of his father, R. Keene Lee, who wrote fighter pilot and detective stories for Fiction House, publishers of WINGS Magazine, and other 'pulp fiction' periodicals in the late '40s and '50s.
An alumnus of the University of the South (Sewanee), R.J. studied creative writing under Sewanee Review editor, Andrew Lytle. Lee was born and grew up in the Mississippi River port of Natchez and then spent over 30 years in New Orleans. He now lives in Oxford, Mississippi, a small, rolling hills town with a rich southern cultural heritage associated with history, art, writing, and music. Home to author William Faulkner, and with a vibrant live music spillover from not-too-far-away Memphis, the tiny town of Oxford can also boast of producing 24 Rhodes scholars, a #6 ranking for best small-town colleges, and a spot on the 100 best small towns in America list. And, now, there's R. J. Lee, an Oxford, Mississippi treasure for sure!
Here's a description of #1 in the 4-book "Bridge-to-Death" cozy mystery series:
GRAND SLAM MURDERS by R. J. Lee
When the four wealthy widows who make up the venerable Rosalie Bridge Club never get up from their card table, this quiet Mississippi town has its first quadruple homicide. Who put cyanide in their sugar bowl? An aspiring member and kibitzer of the exclusive club, Wendy takes a personal interest in finding justice for the ladies.
She also has a professional motivation. A frustrated society columnist for the Rosalie Citizen, she?s ready to deal herself a better hand as an investigative reporter. This could be her big break. Plus, she has a card or two up her sleeve: her sometimes boyfriend is a detective and her dad is the local chief of police.
Partnering up with the men in her life, Wendy starts shuffling through suspects and turning over secrets long held close to the chest by the ladies. But when a wild card tries to take her out of the game, Wendy decides it?s time to up the ante before she?s the next one to go down?