The Bloody Mary Club by Debbie Dyke

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     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!  (-synopsis from Goodreads)

    I liked Gina from the very beginning.  She is fun, smart, and doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap.  Throughout the book she helps her friends with personal issues and investment issues.  She is having a great year and it looks like she’ll be able to retire as a multimillionaire…until Andrew shows up to town.

    Andrew is everything Gina’s boyfriend Johnny is, and more.  He’s attractive, strong, and wants to make a deal that Gina shouldn’t be able to refuse.  He’s offering a price on her stock that’s six times more then what she paid.  Gina smells something fishy and refuses to sell the shares of the bank Andrew wants.  The bank just happens to be her boyfriend Johnny’s and he’s not looking to sell.

    Suddenly Gina and the other ladies in the Bloody Mary Club begin receiving threats and Gina is clubbed over the head one night and her personal bank book is stolen.  They can’t call the police so it’s up to the 4 women to get the book back and stop Andrew in the process.

     I found the book fun to read and enjoyed hearing the banter between the ladies in the club.  They like to tease each other, can be brutally honest, but have each others best interest at heart. I also enjoyed the scenes between Gina and her investment partners as well as the scenes with Gina and Johnny.  They seemed honest and realistic. 

     The only thing I had some trouble with is this book is the stock market talk.  I didn’t understand some of the things they were talking about even after Gina explained them.  It was a little confusing and some of it had a large part in the book which made it harder to understand.  

     Overall the book kept me interesting and wanting to read on to find out what was going to happen.

I give this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.  



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 over thirty wonderful years. Debbie has written 5 screenplays, one Wall Street calendar and two novels.
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