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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mistress of the Game - a brilliant pastiche!

Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of The Game
By Tilly Bagshawe
William Morrow (HarperCollins); $25.99

Sidney Sheldon was a big name in the writing game. Well known for his work as originator and writer for such television shows as “The Patty Duke Show” and “I Dream of Jeannie,” Sheldon was also recognized for his work as a novelist. His books were huge hits, with “The Other Side of Midnight,” being made into a highly successful movie, and his novel “Master of the Game” garnering a number one spot on the New York Times bestseller’s list for over 11 weeks. So when Sheldon passed away in 2007, the world mourned the loss of his talent and words.

So imagine if you were a writer, and you were approached and asked to take one of Sidney Sheldon’s novels, one of his best known works, and write a sequel to it. Intimidating? Yes. But that’s exactly what happened to freelance journalist and author Tilly Bagshawe.

In her new novel, “Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game,” Bagshawe takes up the story Sheldon first began in “Master of the Game,” and continues the fascinating story of the Maxwell family and their conniving ways.

A new generation of Maxwell’s have taken over the legendary business began by matriarch Kate Maxwell and whether they continue it’s success or bring the conglomerate to it’s knees is anyone’s guess.

Lexi Templeton and Max Webster, the children of Kate’s twin granddaughters, are now in competition for who will take over the vast empire of Kruger-Brent. Alexandra’s daughter Lexi, left deaf after a childhood kidnapping, is bright, vivacious and has the ability to take the business in new and profitable directions. Max was brought up to loath Lexi and her family, and his twisted mother Eve is forever encouraging and prodding him to undermine anything that will secure Lexi’s position as head of the company.

Meanwhile, in South Africa, where the Kruger-Brent company got its start with founder Jamie McGregor, a distant relative Gabriel McGregor is scratching out an empire of his own with the Kruger-Brent Empire in his sights. When he meets the beautiful Lexie Templeton, in Africa on behalf of her family’s company, Gabriel finds his goals and his heart might have two different agendas in life, and his ambitions might have to take a backseat for a while.
In a family who has as many skeletons in the closet and secrets as the Maxwell’s, it’s anyone’s guess who will become the master or mistress of the game.

With “Sidney Sheldon’s Mistress of the Game,” Tilly Bagshawe has captured Sheldon’s voice in this captivating story of good and evil. Using his style of breathtaking cliffhanger chapter endings, as well as taking the story back and forth in time, Bagshawe has created a brilliant pastiche that will earn the admiration of both Sheldon’s fans as well as her own.


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Anonymous said...

Hello, it was Blackwell family and not Maxwell, right?

Anonymous said...

It's Blackwell, not Maxwell.

Esha Manwani and Neha Khan said...

its blackwell. n u hv written ovr 1500 reviews? ya right. this is more of a synopsis!

Anonymous said...

I disagree. Bagshawe didn't capture the brilliance of Sheldon at all. I think the story of the Blackwell was perfect as it is when Sheldon ended it. Tilly only complicated the plot and seemed to just "played" the characters. Sheldon would never deeply touch the subject of homosexuality and incest in any of his works.

I was disappointed when I read the book.