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This isn't the game you thought. Making house calls or meeting people in public places is how Ray Gordon makes his living. He’s not a doctor. He’s not a prostitute. Ray Gordon is a chess teacher. When one of Ray’s students, Walter Kelly, is found dead in his shop, the police and his family let it go as an accident. Ray, however, doesn’t buy it. As a former cop with a linger This isn't the game you thought. Making house calls or meeting people in public places is how Ray Gordon makes his living. He’s not a doctor. He’s not a prostitute. Ray Gordon is a chess teacher. When one of Ray’s students, Walter Kelly, is found dead in his shop, the police and his family let it go as an accident. Ray, however, doesn’t buy it. As a former cop with a lingering curiosity, Ray snoops around and stumbles into the murky world of methamphetamine, the worst drug epidemic of our time. The problem? Walter Kelly was sixty-five years old and his only addictions were woodworking and chess. How does a sixty-five-year-old man become involved with illegal drugs? Why is a neighbor glad Walter’s dead? And just how do dead men play chess?


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This isn't the game you thought. Making house calls or meeting people in public places is how Ray Gordon makes his living. He’s not a doctor. He’s not a prostitute. Ray Gordon is a chess teacher. When one of Ray’s students, Walter Kelly, is found dead in his shop, the police and his family let it go as an accident. Ray, however, doesn’t buy it. As a former cop with a linger This isn't the game you thought. Making house calls or meeting people in public places is how Ray Gordon makes his living. He’s not a doctor. He’s not a prostitute. Ray Gordon is a chess teacher. When one of Ray’s students, Walter Kelly, is found dead in his shop, the police and his family let it go as an accident. Ray, however, doesn’t buy it. As a former cop with a lingering curiosity, Ray snoops around and stumbles into the murky world of methamphetamine, the worst drug epidemic of our time. The problem? Walter Kelly was sixty-five years old and his only addictions were woodworking and chess. How does a sixty-five-year-old man become involved with illegal drugs? Why is a neighbor glad Walter’s dead? And just how do dead men play chess?

46 review for Even Dead Men Play Chess

  1. 4 out of 5

    Devi Nair

    I have never exactly liked chess but this murder mystery related with chess is one of the most amazing stories I have ever read. The finesse of the story, the flawless theme, the beautifully described characters, the underlying love story, everything makes "Even Dead Men play chess" a really intriguing book to read. Ray Gordon is an ex-cop and a chess teacher. But when one of his student dies, he gets involved in the investigation. Along with his childhood friend, Carla, he gets into the depth of I have never exactly liked chess but this murder mystery related with chess is one of the most amazing stories I have ever read. The finesse of the story, the flawless theme, the beautifully described characters, the underlying love story, everything makes "Even Dead Men play chess" a really intriguing book to read. Ray Gordon is an ex-cop and a chess teacher. But when one of his student dies, he gets involved in the investigation. Along with his childhood friend, Carla, he gets into the depth of the case and reaches stages which even the investigating police hadn't gone to yet. The plot is just amazing and refreshing and fresh and unique. Read at: Even Dead Men Play Chess

  2. 5 out of 5

    Saikat

    This is not exactly a thriller and not exactly a book about chess. The main character is a chess player and we are told a few facts about chess, in passing. I enjoyed a few of the chess references, but the number of references was far fewer than what I expected. I would have liked a lot more chess references. The tone of the book is light-hearted for the most part. It is not an engrossing psychological thriller. It's more like a light hearted mystery where we follow our chess-coach-cum-detective This is not exactly a thriller and not exactly a book about chess. The main character is a chess player and we are told a few facts about chess, in passing. I enjoyed a few of the chess references, but the number of references was far fewer than what I expected. I would have liked a lot more chess references. The tone of the book is light-hearted for the most part. It is not an engrossing psychological thriller. It's more like a light hearted mystery where we follow our chess-coach-cum-detective try to solve a mystery. The writing style was light and laid back for the most part. I love it when characters are passionate about something. This book has one character passionate about chess and another character passionate about woodworking. This made the book very enjoyable for me, as I love reading about people with passion for their hobbies or work. I liked it for the chess, but I would have liked more. Much more.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    An enjoyable murder mystery with engaging characters and danger. 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 wanted to improve his chess game and called one day for lessons. Ray normally does not drive several hours to teach but Walter grew up with An enjoyable murder mystery with engaging characters and danger. 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 wanted to improve his chess game and called 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 was delighted to get to know more about her through Walter. It was quite a surprise when Ray goes for his usual visit to Walter’s house to find that he has died recently from an accident in his shop. Ray was surprised as he knew 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 that knew Walter the best. As Ray gets more involved he finds himself getting into a dangerous situation that not only affects him but also his good friend Carla, who seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time - twice. 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. Recommend reading for those that love a great mystery.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nanci

    This was a really fun, good read. I don't play chess, but found the chess aspects interesting...not boring at all. Good little mystery with a good ending. This was a really fun, good read. I don't play chess, but found the chess aspects interesting...not boring at all. Good little mystery with a good ending.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews

    Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo... Ray Gordon is a professional chess teacher, plays correspondence chess through the mail, and also moonlights to assist and give lessons to a few adults for short periods of time. While he originally turned Walter Kelly down as he lived too far away, Walter had pointed out he knew Ray’s mother before she’d been killed in a car accident when Ray was a kid. Curious, Ray decided to give Walter a few lessons. For more than a year Ray helpe Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/bo... Ray Gordon is a professional chess teacher, plays correspondence chess through the mail, and also moonlights to assist and give lessons to a few adults for short periods of time. While he originally turned Walter Kelly down as he lived too far away, Walter had pointed out he knew Ray’s mother before she’d been killed in a car accident when Ray was a kid. Curious, Ray decided to give Walter a few lessons. For more than a year Ray helped Walter’s chess game improve and – more importantly – listened to all sorts of stories of his mother from high school, enjoying getting to know her. When Ray arrives at Walter’s doorstep for his regular session one day, it’s to discover Walter is dead. Despite his good intentions Ray gets drawn into looking at the circumstances surrounding Walter’s death and what follows is an awesome mystery novel. This is an intriguing book, a pure mystery, filled with chess moves and trivia and a fantastic plot that winds around, not once becoming boring or stagnant. While I’m not a fan of chess (and can’t play a game to save my life) I found myself really interested in the history of the game, the moves and eclectic pieces of information the author drops. I didn’t find myself at all lost or drowning under vats of information, either. This book is refreshing and really well written. Ray’s a regular man and the tone of the book and his voice is interesting, the plot moving along at a good clip but not so fast it leaves the uneducated chess person behind. Mystery lovers, regardless of their enjoyment or lack thereof of chess, will really enjoy this story. I loved the plot, became highly attached to the characters and enjoyed learning a bit about chess all at the same time. Highly Recommended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie Ramsey

    RAY GORDON WAS A FORMER POLICE OFFICER WHO LOVED THE GAME OF CHESS. LOVED IT SO MUCH HE DECIDED THAT HE WOULD BE A TEACHER. THIS IS HOW RAY MEETS WALTER KELLY, A 65 YR OLD, RETIRED AND HAS TWO PASSIONS, WOODWORKING AND CHESS. WALTER AND RAY NOT ONLY HAD CHESS IN COMMON BUT WALTER KNEW RAYS MOM, WHO DIED WHEN RAY WAS ONLY 11 YEARS OLD. WHILE VISITING AND TEACHING CHESS RAY LOVED TO HEAR STORIES OF HIS MOTHER. RAY SHOWED UP AT WALTERS DOOR FOR A NORMAL LESSON WHEN HE DISCOVERS THAT WALTER DIED IN RAY GORDON WAS A FORMER POLICE OFFICER WHO LOVED THE GAME OF CHESS. LOVED IT SO MUCH HE DECIDED THAT HE WOULD BE A TEACHER. THIS IS HOW RAY MEETS WALTER KELLY, A 65 YR OLD, RETIRED AND HAS TWO PASSIONS, WOODWORKING AND CHESS. WALTER AND RAY NOT ONLY HAD CHESS IN COMMON BUT WALTER KNEW RAYS MOM, WHO DIED WHEN RAY WAS ONLY 11 YEARS OLD. WHILE VISITING AND TEACHING CHESS RAY LOVED TO HEAR STORIES OF HIS MOTHER. RAY SHOWED UP AT WALTERS DOOR FOR A NORMAL LESSON WHEN HE DISCOVERS THAT WALTER DIED IN HIS WORKSHOP. RAY STAYS AROUND FOR THE FUNERAL AND SOON DISCOVERS THAT THINGS DO NOT ADD UP. BEING A FORMER COP HE IS COURIOUS AND BEINGS DIGGING AND POKING AROUND. WHAT RAY FINDS IS A SURPRISE AND RAISES THE QUESTION OF HOW WALTER WOULD GET CAUGHT UP IN THE UNDERGROUND DRUG WORLD OR DID WALTER DISCOVER UNCOVER SOMETHING THAT WAS MEANT TO BE BURIED ?? RAY SOON UNCOVERS ALL THE ANSWERS INCLUDING IF WALTER WAS MURDERED OR WAS IT REALLY AN ACCIDENT ???? HOW DOES DEAD MEN PLAY CHESS ????? THAT WAS THE QUESTION I HAD WHEN I STARTED READING THIS BOOK. I LOVED THE BOOK AND FELL RIGHT INTO IT FROM THE FIRST FEW SENTENCES. THE BOOK FLOWS SO SMOOTHLY THAT BEFORE I KNEW IT 2 HOURS HAD WENT BY AND THE BOOK WAS TO THE END ! A GREAT READ AND WOULD READ MANY MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR! complimentary book given for a free review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com

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