World class poker players are being strangled in their hotel rooms, and Clare is given her second big assignment: to pose as a poker player in a major televised tournament, befriend the suspects, and find the killer in their midst.
Her cover role? A trust fund princess named Tiffany who thinks the poker tour is a better idea than college.
Though Clare would prefer to wear jeans and get her hands dirty, posing as Tiffany helps her infiltrate the inner circle quickly. And her flashy new wardrobe attracts the attentions of Noah — a dark stranger who's at the game for hidden reasons of his own. Rumors surface about a cheating ring that could be connected to the murders.
Clare loves the job and the game, but soon learns that there's no one she can trust. Her handlers doubt her every move — she has to fight to keep her job — and everyone she meets lies for a living.
As more victims lose their lives to the cunning Poker Choker, and her cover role’s legitimacy comes under attack from two directions, Clare wonders if her handlers are right: Should she pack it in and go home to a dull life as a beat cop? Or will she find the killer, prove her worth?
Robin Spano is a crime writer who wishes she lived inside the Charlie’s Angels TV show. As consolation for that being impossible, she writes a series where she sends a young female cop on cool undercover assignments — places Robin would love to go if she wasn’t petrified of danger. She lives in Vancouver with her more practical husband, Keith. She is also the author of Dead Politician Society (ECW 2010).
Published: October 2011
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.
“No sophomore slump here: Spano has delivered an engaging second novel.” — January Magazine
“An appealing character with a lot of potential for future adventures." — Mystery Scene
"Smart, stylish and sharp, Death Plays Poker is an engaging whodunit. Robin Spano's well-constructed plot keeps you guessing, but it's her unstoppable heroine, Clare Vengel, who keeps you turning pages late into the night. I can't wait for her next adventure." — Hilary Davidson, author of The Damage Done and The Next One to Fall
“[Death Plays Poker] is a book that grabs you like a gambling addiction and doesn't let go.” — Saskatoon StarPhoenix
“A great rainy-day read, not too scary, but it’s no Agatha Raisin either. Clare can hold her own and reminds me a bit of Lily Bard, Charlaine Harris’s hard-ass creation." — Picky Girl
"Spano’s dialogue is the backbone of her books. It keeps the plot moving forward at train-wreck speed and you won’t want to put on the brakes but you’ll crash well after your usual bedtime." — Crime Fiction Lover