Things aren’t what they seem, in life or in great mystery novels
Lillian Prestridge and her husband Bill are introduced to Eli, a standard Poodle when he leads them to the scene of a heinous murder in their normally quiet, gated community in the heart of East Texas.
Lillian lends her investigative instincts to her son Jake, County Sheriff, and his best friend, Grant Perryman, Chief of Security at Leisure Lake as they try to solve not one murder, but two, in the first of Linda Pirtle’s novels based on “The Games We Play:” The Mah Jongg Murders.
Things aren’t what they seem, in life or in great mystery novels. All is not calm and peaceful inside the east Texas gated community. A murderer is on the loose, and no one knows why the first victim was killed, who the next victim will be, or why a stalker hides away in the shadows of a dark and guilty past.
The first victim was a stranger. Her past was a mystery. She had not even been using her own name, which seems rather odd to the ladies who gather each week with Lillian Prestridge to play Mah Jongg. They all have a natural curiosity because such heinous crimes simply do not occur behind gates where outsiders are not allowed to enter without someone’s permission.
Lillian knows full well that she should leave the murder investigation to her two boys. One is sheriff of the country, and the other is in charge of security for the community.
But Lillian can’t stay out of their way. She is an amateur sleuth at heart, created in the image of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Lillian finds clues that the professionals may have overlooked. She doesn’t have any theories, but she does have the grit and the doggedness to find out what happened and why.
There must be secrets, and she sets out to discover what they are. But suddenly one of their own Mah Jongg players is shot down and becomes the second victim. The crime has crept closer than it’s ever been before.
The Mah Jongg Murders is a Christian novel with rich, unforgettable characters that proves you may be able to outfight women, but you’ll ever be able to outsmart them. The cozy mystery is a sparkling debut, and hopefully the first in a long series.