Jessie Hewitt, accomplished pool player and historical romance author, is back in another enjoyable mystery. Double Shot, the second book in Cindy Blackburn's Cue Ball Mysteries, is just as much fun as the first. Jessie's beau, Captain Wilson Rye, has asked for her help. The Wade On Inn, a real dive, has been the scene of two murders. Both victims played pool there every night. Wilson needs someone undercover who can shoot pool and gamble with the best of them. Jessie is the logical choice. She changes her appearance, talks her two good friends into joining her, and with their help, becomes a regular at the pool table. The scenes set at the Wade On Inn and around the pool table are very amusing.
In many cozy mysteries, the amateur sleuth is forever being warned to stay out of the investigation. I love that Captain Rye asks for Jessie's help. Although he worries about her, he has faith in her abilities. We are introduced to Jessie's mom in this book, and I loved meeting her. She is a sweetheart and very entertaining. The relationship between Jessie and her two friends is an interesting one. They don't seem to have much in common, and they are not close in age, yet they truly care about one another and work very well together.
Ms. Blackburn's humorous voice comes shining through in this book. The dialogue is crisp and funny, the mystery is solid, and the pacing is brisk. I am quickly becoming a fan of Ms. Blackburn's writing. I'm off to read the next book in this series: Three Odd Balls. Give this series a try. I think you'll like it. Happy reading!