Tilly Bagshawe’s Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game continues the story of the infamous Blackwell family. The Blackwells were first introduced to us in Master of the Game (1988) by the great Sidney Sheldon. Our story starts off with Jamie McGregor, an ambitious Scotsman who rises from poverty to become one of the world’s most powerful men. Upon Jamie’s death his family squabble amongst themselves for control of Jamie’s empire. The stakes are high and the players are willing to risk everything for control of the family’s crown jewel, Kruger-Brent. The story is thrilling and superbly written.
Bagshawe’s Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game begins with the death of Kate Blackwell, the family’s matriarch, which once again plunges the family into another dark period where they plot against one another for control of the family business. In classic Sheldon form, Bagshawe takes us on an adventure that spans the globe in a desperate quest to be master of the game.
I have read all of Sheldon’s books. I was skeptical when first learning someone would attempt to follow up such an acclaimed story. It appears my worries were for not. Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game is a wonderful continuation of the original. Bagshawe pays homage to Sheldon’s memory by writing in much of his same style. Our reintroduction to these classic characters is seamless. Bageshawe does manage to add her own artistic flavor by constructing characters the reader creates a love-hate relationship with. One is never quite sure by the end of the novel which character they will favor.
Sheldon fans will be pleased with this extension of Master of the Game. Bagshawe’s Mistress of the Game is well written, very organized and reminds us of Sheldon’s brilliance, the true master of the game. This book comes highly recommended for fans of the Blackwell saga.
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