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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
A Pickleball Poison is a delightful work of fiction penned by author Violetta Armour, set in an Arizona retirement community where a murder takes place. At a weekly gathering for a game of Pickleball, there's gossip, shared meals, and time together is enjoyed. Each member of the group is very different, yet they have formed a friendship through pickleball that has bonded them together. Angelina thinks of herself as a detective and wants to help her friend Guy (the real investigator on the case) find out who murdered Esther. Then there is Mel, the grieving husband; Betty and Hank, who love to entertain and are always having some sort of gathering with the pickleball group in their home; Christine, who has a deep dark secret that she is trying to keep from her husband with Esther’s help. Friends Clara, Frank, and June complete the central cast. As Angelina questions, watches, and listens for clues, Guy is doing the real detective work but their friendship quickly turns into a more romantic interest.
A Pickleball Poison was everything I could have wanted in a mystery murder story and more. It was refreshing to have a cast of senior citizens in the starring roles. A Pickleball Poison is light and fast reading, making it all the more enjoyable. I have not read the previous books in this series but they are now on the top of my reading list and I cannot wait to get back together with my friends at Sun Lake. Author Violetta Armour has crafted a book that has all the qualities of a huge hit, offering realistic and warm characterization, a strong storyline, and a murder mystery with plenty of twists and turns. When the novel's mystery plot finally reached a clear solution, I was both surprised and shocked. This is a must-read for mystery fans of all ages, and I urge you to read A Pickleball Poison. You will not be disappointed.