Although I find writers to be some of the most supportive people who exist, writing often is a solitary experience. When I look at this purse, which was a gift from my Thursday Mah Jongg group to celebrate the publication of Should Have Played Poker: a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery, I remember there is a world outside writing that I must stay connected to.
Look at the picture and you can imagine the friend who always is concerned about you; the one who knows it all and wants to get on with the hand or whatever she believes everyone should be doing; the one who is just there; and the one who sips her tea, observing quietly until she says exactly the right thing. The bag may be small, but its meaning is great and it certainly holds my Maj card and winnings well.
Carrie Martin’s precarious balancing of her corporate law job and visiting her father at the Sunshine Village retirement home is upset when her mother reappears in her life after a twenty-six year absence. Her mother leaves her with a sealed envelope and the confession she once considered killing Carrie’s father. Before Carrie opens the envelope, her mother is murdered at the retirement home.
Instructed to leave the sleuthing to the police, Carrie continued efforts to discover why her mother returned and why she was killed quickly put her at odds with her former lover – the detective assigned to her mother’s case. As Carrie and her co-sleuths, the Sunshine Mah jongg players, attempt to unravel Wahoo, Alabama’s past secrets in this fast paced mystery, their efforts put Carrie in danger and show her that truth and integrity aren’t always what she was taught to believe.
“The first time I thought of killing him, the two of us were having chicken sandwiches at that fast-food place with the oversized rubber bird anchored to its roof.”
“I know the one.” I hand a cup of coffee across my desk to a woman I have not seen in twenty-six years.
With her free hand, Charlotte Martin pushes back a gray strand escaping from her ponytail. “It didn’t seem like the right thing to kill him in a place they close on Sundays. Besides, Carrie, being a lawyer, you can understand I didn’t want to do prison time. I decided it would be better to divorce your father.”
In all the ways I’ve imagined reconnecting with my mother, I never thought it would be on a Sunday morning in my office discussing why she once wanted to murder my father. …
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Oh Debra, do we need to chat because I play mahjong most Mondays. I love how it challenges my brain. And I just have to share my bag. It's a
Who else does an activity on a regular basis like play bridge, paint, book club or what else??