Book review: 'Dead Men' full of engaging characters and danger

May 5, 2013 

  • 'EVEN DEAD MEN PLAY CHESS' by Michael Weitz (Idaho); Muse Publishing ($3.99)

As a chess teacher, Ray Gordon meets many interesting people, from the kids at the Brookstone Youth Center he volunteers at to retired men who just enjoy the game. It is through chess that he meets Walter, an older man who enjoys playing chess as much as he enjoys woodworking in his shop.

Walter wants to improve his chess game and calls one day for lessons.

Ray normally does not drive several hours to teach, but Walter grew up with his mother, and since she died when Ray was young, he is delighted to get to know more about her through Walter.

It is quite a surprise when Ray goes for his usual visit to Walter's house to find that he has died from an accident in his shop. Ray knows that Walter had been working with saws and other machinery for many years, and for him to have an accident was very unusual. As a former police officer, Ray has a curious mind, and he starts asking questions to those who knew Walter the best.

As Ray gets more involved, he finds himself getting into a dangerous situation that affects not only him but also his good friend Carla, who seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time - twice.

My review: This is a fun, wonderfully engaging murder mystery that kept me turning the pages until the end. A true "whodunit" filled with suspense, chess trivia and entertaining characters.

My rating: Recommended reading for those who love a great mystery.

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