Monday, February 4, 2013

Book Tour: Cue Ball Mystery by Cindy Blackburn Review + Giveaway!!

Playing With Poison (Cue Ball Mysteries #1) by

(first published 2012)
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Series: Cue Ball Mysteries
Genre: Mystery

When her younger friend's boyfriend stumbles into Jessie's apartment and dies on her couch the pool shark now romance novel writer is suddenly accused of murder by a cute cop. Now it's up to Jessie to find the real murderer and shake the blame of her...

Oh gosh this is the most amusing cozy mystery I have read in quiet a while. Jessie Hewitt is a middle-aged romance writer, so her historical romances are bought up quiet a few times through the book. She owns a white cat named snowflake and is friends with a couple of interesting characters. When the cop accuses her of murder, a series of entertaining events unfold which includes lots of champagne, a few crazy people, creepy older man, and a little bit of danger.

Playing with Poison was entertaining, sweet, funny, laced with a little bit of romance and mystery that has you guessing until the very end. I love the dynamic relationship between Jessie and the cop Wilson Rye, the bickering between them throughout the book is amusing. Of course Rye wants Jessie to stay out of snooping around, even after he loses to her in pool, but it will take a lot more than that to keep Jessie out of it.

 It is filled with characters that will have you giggling. I loved Jessie's agent, because she was really out of this world, using Jessie's problems in order to get her book sales and fame. Jimmy, the annoying reporter was a hoot as well. Playing with Poison does not fail with keeping you involved and loving every second of it. A beautiful start to a fantastic serious with a lively package of characters that will have you coming back for more.

About The Author

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.
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The tour is giving away one ebook copy of Playing With Poison to ONE lucky commentator Per blog! Please leave a comment with you email address (in a way that you wont get spam Youremailaddressdotemaildotcom) were we can contact you if you win. Don't forget to visit and comment on other blogs for more chances.


  1. This is an awesome series, I loved these books so much I now have my entire family reading them. You will not be disappointed, read it!

  2. I put Playing with poison on my Amazon wishlist if I don't win. Fingers crossed!

    acm05 at juno dot com

  3. This looks like a very fun series! I'd love to win a copy!

  4. My late husband was an avid pool player so I tried it a few times---with little success but I'm sure I'll enjoy reading about it in this cozy mystery. Thanks for the contest.

  5. I always like a little romance with my cozy! Thanks for the info and chance to win.

  6. Thanks for the interest, Ya'all! And those of you who commented before 6 a.m.? I guess you didn't stay up for the end of the super bowl last night! Thanks for spreading the word, Pamela. What a nice thing to see!

  7. Great post! I enjoyed this cozy mystery as well. :)


  8. This review had me immediately put Playing with Poison on my TBR list--it sounds like it has everything I look for in a cozy: a unique hook (love the pool shark aspect), great heroine, humor, romance, and engaging characters. I'm sold!


  9. Great giveaway..Thanks!! adgaliatymaildotcom

  10. My hubby was a bit of a pool shark in his early days, though I never could get the hang of the game myself.
    The book sounds like a lot of fun!
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  11. I love the sound of cue balls hitting pool balls, PippiRose. However, when I'm the one behind the cue stick, that sound seldom happens. My protagonist Jessie? She has a knack for it!

  12. I'm terrible at pool but love the idea of a female pool shark. Cute cover, too!

  13. I haven't read a good giggling cozy in awhile and I could use one. This sounds like lots of fun and I am glad you enjoyed it Lily. Please enter me in the giveaway!!

  14. Ha! This sounds like a fun book. Great review, Lily!

  15. I am absolutely crazy for cozy mysteries and have not seen this one before, so a big thanks for sharing this one. Great review.

  16. Thanks for the positive vibes, everyone!