Mystery Books with a Cards Theme: Poker, Bridge, Gambling, & Card Games Mysteries

Susan* recently asked this question:

“… do you have a page for Card Game / Gambling Mysteries? I looked, but I couldn’t find one, …  I’ve found several Poker / Bridge based mysteries.”

At first I thought that I did have a Mystery Books with Cards Theme already done, but when I looked, it turns out I had the wrong type of Card in mind: Card Making Cozy Mystery theme. Still on my quest, I came up with two other possibilities: Crossword Puzzles and Bunco Mystery Books and Sudoku Mystery Books. (As Groucho Marx used to say: Close, but no cigar.)

Mystery Books with a Cards Theme (Poker, Bridge, Gambling, & Card Games Mysteries):

Jackie Chance: Poker Mystery Series

Jessie Chandler: Bingo Barge Murder (Shay O’Hanlon Caper mysteries, book #1)

Agatha Christie: Cards on the Table

Honor Hartman (aka Miranda James, Jimmie Ruth Evans, & Dean James): Bridge Club Mystery Series

Marlys Millhiser: Nobody Dies in a Casino

Gail OustBunco Babes Mystery Series

Please post a comment if you know of any other mystery authors who write Poker Mysteries, Bridge Mysteries, Gambling Mysteries, or any other Card Game Mysteries.



  1. Would Gail Oust’s Bunco Babes fit in this category?

    • Danna - cozy mystery list :

      Judith, a while ago I added Bunco to the Crossword Puzzle theme mysteries, which I clearly shouldn’t have done. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to put it on this list, also.

  2. Danna not really a series but Agatha Christie has a book called Cards on the Table. It is about a Bridge group and murder with Hercule Poirot

  3. Susan Moody writes a series about an English bridge instructor named Cassie Swann that should be on your list.

  4. The recent discussion on the number of Sherlock Holmes books written ‘post’ Conan Doyle reminded me that there are two Holmes mysteries that fit this theme.
    ‘Sherlock Holmes: Bridge Detective’ & ‘Sherlock Holmes: Bridge Detective Returns’. Both by Frank Thomas.

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