200pp | Paperback | ISBN 978-1-897106-68-6
$22.95 $19.95 £11.95
Categories: Bridge Fiction | Canadian Authors
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.
Ken Allan (1940-2018), the author of the Pemberton Bridge Club mysteries, was an expert bridge player with many Regional wins. He also wrote extensively about his other passion, vegetable gardening.
Ken Allan’s Deadly Endplay sets a new standard for bridge fiction. The novel is well written, well researched, and an enjoyable read. We are promised a follow-up Pemberton Bridge Club mystery in 2012. I can’t wait.
— Belleville Intelligencer Date: 2011-12-09
A riveting work of mystery and bridge, highly recommended.
— Midwest Book Review Date: 2011-10-20