Book Review: Playing the Hand She's Dealt by David Fingerman

Playing The Hand She’s Dealt
David Fingerman
L&L Dreamspell, September 2011
ISBN 9781603183352
Trade Paperback

What’s the common denominator of a one-eyed Rottweiler, a blonde wig, Texas Hold ‘Em, and a man who’s attracted to his married half sister? They’re all part of David Fingerman’s latest Louise Miller thriller. Add in a determined investigator, a caring girlfriend, and a sadistic killer, and Playing The Hand She’s Dealt is a mystery I wanted to read in one sitting.

Walter Farkos is murdered and places the body in the newly purchased house of former Minneapolis police officer Louise Miller. Then the killer sets fire to Miller’s neighbor’s house and murders another neighbor. Who is trying to destroy Miller? One of the partners in Farkos’ investment firm? Walter’s son? Wife? Daughter or son in-law? Also why would this person be trying to frame Louise who has enough problems of her own dealing with moving into new house with her girlfriend, a gambling addiction, and pressure to return to the police force?

With quick action and likeable characters, Fingerman touches upon the addiction of gambling and some of the pressures suffered. This story has some tight writing and portrays several characters as prospective suspects. I knew when a major revelation was made I still had some surprises left. This one satisfied my need for a satisfying mystery and interested enough to keep an eye out for the next Louise Miller adventure.

Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, April 2012.
Author of Night Shadows and Beta.