On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.
I plucked this book off of my To-Be-Read bookshelf to take care of the “O” for my Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Challenge.
The book was re-released on August 9, 2015, with the title Murder is Dicey.
Whack ‘N’ Roll: A Bunco Babes Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – South Carolina
Publisher: NAL; Original edition (August 4, 2009)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Kindle ASIN: B013PK0K5 (Murder is Dicey (Kate McCall Mysteries))
The Bunco Babes are not your average retirees …
When not rolling the bones, they like to throw themselves into a juicy mystery.
But murder can be a dicey business ….
The sixty-ish set at Serenity Cove Estates in South Carolina certainly knows how to keep active. When not playing Bunco or putting the greens, they are gossiping-and partying. So it’s no surprise that when Kate McCall and her fellow Bunco Babes come across a dismembered arm during a golf game, rumors-and excitement-follow.
The Bunco Babes decide to roll out their own investigation. But some of the suspects are right in their very own manicured backyards. And there’s no forfeiting the game if the wrong roll of the dice sends the killer their way…
Serenity Cove Estates in South Carolina is the place Kate McCall calls home. It’s where she plays a little golf, watches Law & Order and CSI, and plays a lot of Bunco. It is while the Bunco Babes are on the golf course that they make a gruesome discovery. A severed arm in a Walmart bag. The police arrive but it is clear Kate believes her participation is crucial to solving the case. She has watched Lenny Briscoe in action so she knows she is up for the job especially with the Bunco Babes working with her. Sheriff Wiggins orders her to leave the investigation to him but she can’t help herself. When she learns her neighbor, her favorite waitress, and even one of her bunco group whereabouts can’t be accounted for she is sure the arm belongs to one of them. She decides to roll the dice and go all-in on her investigation. If she’s not careful it could be her body parts her friends find next on the golf course.
Kate McCall is a pushy, direct, and a force to be reckoned with. She dives in with both feet using her “talents” to go many places she shouldn’t and at times drags her friends right along with her. There isn’t much that can keep this sexagenarian down. She does have a few cringeworthy moments when she meets with Sheriff Wiggins and others but after I got to know her a little better she grew on me, but she is definitely an acquired taste. We do have something in common, I love watching Law & Order in all its versions, but don’t think that qualifies me to handle a murder case. She is so lucky to be surrounded by a great group of friends.
The mystery was very well-plotted and I enjoy following along each step of the way. I was surprised at the lengths Kate went to while delving into her investigation by making a special purchase and requesting surprising books from the library. She truly was like a dog with a bone.
I had heard of bunco before but really didn’t know how it was played. The women in this story sure do enjoy it and the fellowship it brings to the group. I love that the winner at the end of the night goes home wearing a tiara.
Whack ‘N’ Roll was an entertaining read with a difficult protagonist. I loved all the humor the author weaved through the story while bringing this reader a very interesting mystery. I will be reading more of this series.
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