When poker players at a major, televised tournament begin turning up strangled in their hotel rooms, cop Clare Vengel must once again go undercover to befriend the suspects and find the killer in their midst. Though Clare hates her shallow cover character Tiffany, a trust-fund princess who thinks the poker tour is a better idea than college, posing helps her infiltrate the inner circle quickly. Her flashy new wardrobe also attracts the attentions of Noah, a dark stranger who’s at the game for hidden reasons of his own. With her handlers doubting her every move, everyone she meets lying for a living, and more victims losing their lives, Clare feels the pressure and questions whether she should pack it in and go home to a dull life as a beat cop or stick it out to find the killer and prove her worth.
Robin Spano is a crime writer and the author of Dead Politician Society. She lives in Steveston, British Columbia.
"I love mysteries that take me some place I've never been, and Death Plays Poker does that in spades, to the world of professional poker. The twisty mystery kept me guessing as Spano holds her hole card till the very end." “Lisa Brackmann, author, Rock Paper Tiger
“A fast-paced, readable debut...Spano has created an enjoyable read, which bodes well for future entries." — Quill & Quire on Dead Politician Society