"Driven by the heart-pounding suspense of a high-stakes poker game, Bluff is a vivid, compelling novel about deceit, seduction, and delicious revenge that will keep you spellbound and cheering as you turn the last page." -Susan Cheever, New York Times bestselling authorOne-time socialite Maud Warner polishes up the rags of her once glittering existence and bluffs her way into a signature New York restaurant on a sunny October day. When she shoots Sun Sunderland, the "Pope of Finance," as he lunches with "accountant to the stars" Burt Sklar - the man that she's accused for years of stealing her mother's fortune and leaving her family in ruins - she deals the first card in her high-stakes plan for revenge.Maud has grown accustomed to being underestimated and invisible and uses it. Her fervent passion for poker has taught her that she can turn a weakness into the strength to take advantage of people who think they are taking advantage of her. It's uncanny how she reads them.Her intimates ...
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The author may not be related to another famous master of mystery with the same last name, but her witty book could easily fit in with those great films! Maud Warner, a former New York socialite, now fallen on hard financial times, loves the game of poker and uses her appearance as an older, clueless woman to great advantage in the high stakes games she plays. The stakes could not be higher, however, when Maude walks into the famous Four Seasons restaurant, shoots the man she hates and promptly ...more
Bluff is definitely one of those "un-put-downable" books, especially for crime fans. Usually, we see the main role of a character from a male's perspective, and that is what sets this novel apart from others of its kind. The true hero, or should we say "heroine," of this story goes beyond what we have come to expect as far as enjoyment of characters goes. The writing for this novel was intricately woven, and even at some of the spotty bits--every book has them--it still kept me entertained. The ...more
Bluff had me hooked right from the opening scene as a woman walks across New York City’s Central Park on a beautiful October day. She describes her outfit as she walks – from her suit, a St. Laurent from a few seasons ago, to her secondhand Louboutin shoes. The woman, Maud Warner, a 50+ yo former socialite, then enters The Four Seasons dining room, shoots a man, walks out, and hails a cab to take her to Penn Station where she boards a train for D.C.
As one might guess from the title, poker plays ...more
Bluff is such a unique mystery-thriller, that is very appropriately named! I enjoyed every minute of this poker themed story! Maud Warner is an old poker player, but she’s still a good one! After being swindled out of her family’s money, Maud uncovers the truth and she takes matters into her own hands.
I loved this novel! And I loved Maud! I also happen to enjoy playing poker and will be looking for more from this author.
Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press and NetGalley for this advanced copy, my op ...more
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"Driven by the heart-pounding suspense of a high-stakes poker game, Bluff is a vivid, compelling novel about deceit, seduction, and delicious revenge that will keep you spellbound and cheering as you turn the last page." -Susan Cheever, New York Times bestselling author
One-time so ...more
Thankfully, I was on a bus trip and I could read all day. That’s good, because I could keep reading to the end and didn’t have to put this page turner down to let life get in the way. I was pulled in from the very beginning and was happily engrossed through to the last paragraph.
It’s about Maud who shot a man. We know she did it. Sounds simple, right. Not so much. There are twists and turns, cleverly written back stories, interesting characters, unlikable Burt and Sun, high society matrons, pok ...more
I have read a few of Jane Stanton Hitchcock's frothy "society" novels and thoroughly enjoyed the "snark" and humor. But, this novel was in a class of its own in the way it used success at poker as an analogy for success in life. The "take" may not be unique, but the book itself was fresh and clever and very entertaining.
Perhaps because I am "a lady of a certain age," I immediately bonded with the heroine (or is she technically an anti-heroine?) . She used her perceived invisibility as both a shi ...more
Bluff is Jane Stanton Hitchcock's sixth novel and pays homage to her newfound love of poker. The story is a quirky whodunit in which we already know whodunit, we just don't know why. Mad Maud Warner, former New York City socialite is convinced that shady Burt Sklar robbed her mother Lois of her fortune and had a hand in the death of Maud's beloved brother, Alan. She's taken every opportunity to let all of New York's elite know what a crook Sklar is but instead of gaining sympathy, all Maud has d ...more