November 12, 2012

book review: the bloody mary club

The mystery genre gets a funny makeover with Debbie Dyke's The Bloody Mary Club.

The Scoop
A Fiscal Thriller Set in Historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia Stock market meltdown. United States housing bubble. Global financial crisis. Chief executives cooking the books. Who can you trust for financial advice? Gina Van Story, a savvy 40ish investment advisor to the rescue. She can spot a trend on the market and jump on it like a cat. She dreams of grabbing the bull by the horns and is on the hunt for one final big score. Gina and her three best friends form the Bloody Mary Investment Club and come face-to-face with corruption in a David and Goliath struggle when their stock portfolio turns deadly…literally. Over made-to-order Bloody Mary cocktails at historic Gadsby’s Tavern, Gina takes her friends under her wing and teaches them the ins and outs of the stock market. Trouble begins when, following Gina’s bullish advice, they become majority owners in the local bank and then stubbornly turn down a lucrative buyout offer. Not only will money and greed challenge their friendship, they will have to get smart fast and figure out how to turn the tables on the charmingly seductive, yet evil, banker who wants control of their stock by any means necessary – including murder!
Calling this a fiscal thriller is a perfect and totally unique description. There were times I did find some of the financial talk a little confusing. I know a bit about mutual funds, IRAs and such, but this book went deeper than my knowledge. I imagine for someone who lives and breathes finances, though, this book would be even more enjoyable, because they speak the language.

The story's greatest strengths for the lay reader are Gina and the supporting characters. They add a layer of relatability that makes reading about finances less cumbersome and difficult.

Gina and her friends in the Bloody Mary Club are hysterical. They're brutally honest with each other, believe in giving tough love and have a funny banter that kept me laughing throughout the story. Their presence, as well as the main character's vivacious personality, kept this story moving at a steady pace that had more laughs than cringes as far as mysteries go.

I can only imagine what kind of trouble these ladies can get into in the future.

The men in this book also added to the story's fun. You have the super sweet Johnny, who though a little jealous is a good guy at heart. Then you have Andrew, the new man who seems more exciting, but turns out to be more dangerous.

As an extra bit of fun, this story also has a recipe for a Bloody Mary. While I might not be a big fan of these drinks (tomatoes and tomato juice freak me out), I'm definitely passing it on to my friends who are big fans.

Rating: 4 of 5

About the Author
Debbie Dyke is a novelist and businesswoman from Alexandria, Virginia, and has a background in military intelligence, the stock market, executive recruiting and writing. An Army brat, she’s lived in Turkey, France, Germany, Italy, Albania and Holland. She graduated from the American High School in Naples, Italy then attending University of Maryland, Munich Campus. She graduated from Georgetown University and holds a Bachelors of Science and Masters degree in National Security. Debbie has two grown children, Lisa and Jordan and has been married to Michael for more than thirty wonderful years. Debbie has written 5 screenplays, one Wall Street calendar and two novels.

Connect with Debbie
My author website is:
Facebook page:  DebbieDykeBooks

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The Bloody Mary Club - NOOK and Print B&N

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