Bamboozled (The Mah Jongg Mysteries)
by Barbara Barrett
This second book in the Mah Jongg Mystery series is a fun read . . . The characters are quirky, well-developed and just fun!
. . . the storyline is built around four friends of early retirement years who play mah jongg together and share a unique bond in each other’s lives, beautifully combining elements of cozy mystery and women’s fiction genres.
~The Power of Words
This is not a simple cozy mystery set up. This is not simple anything. Well thought out and well entangled.
At first I wasn’t sure about the idea of Mah Jongg and the fact that all the “sleuths” are retired but these books are fun and well worth the read.
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog
BAMBOOZLED is a great mystery to read.
They just keep getting better! If you enjoy a good cozy check out the series.
~My Reading Journeys
The author offers sufficient suspects to keep readers guessing, and heartwarming emotional involvement with the characters.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies
This book has so many plots intertwined with the mystery that I couldn’t put down the book!
. . . inhaled this delightful cozy in one sitting. . . The red herrings and clues along with a plot that I just loved kept me turning the pages until the surprise ending!
~My Fiction Obsession
This is just the cutest cozy mystery.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Friendship, marriage, and murder make BAMBOOZLED a mystery to enjoy.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
About the Book
Bamboozled (The Mah Jongg Mysteries)
2nd in Series
Self Published (April 3, 2018)
Paperback: 272 pages
Digital ASIN: B07C9CLL4R
Essential oils distributor Dorcas Wiley is the boss everyone loves to hate. So when she turns up dead, killed by her own trophy, disgruntled saleswoman Cathy Broderick is the obvious suspect in her murder. Despite opportunity, motive and incriminating evidence, Cathy declares her innocence and enlists her mah jongg pals—Sydney Bonner and her cronies Marianne, Micki and Kat—to help save her from the death penalty.
Hot off a recent and nearly deadly investigation, the women are cautious about putting themselves in peril again. Syd’s spouse isn’t thrilled about another mystery in their lives, either, but he can’t resist the plea of Cathy’s husband. Soon, Syd is leading the way as they tangle with grumpy salespeople, the victim’s estranged husband and boyfriend, a mysterious housekeeper, a litigious customer, an annoyed sheriff and Cathy’s own arrogant lawyer.
The women have their own issues to deal with in their central Florida town of Serendipity Springs. Kat faces a health challenge, Micki fields a mysterious inquiry from her ex, Marianne has a chaotic anniversary and Syd wrestles with her husband over who’s really in charge. But nothing puts everyday life into perspective like the moment when their investigation brings them face to face with danger.
About the Author
Barbara Barrett started reading mysteries when she was pregnant with her first child to keep her mind off things like her changing body and food cravings. When she’d devoured as many Agatha Christies as she could find, she branched out to English village cozies and Ellery Queen.
Later, to avoid a midlife crisis, she began writing fiction at night when she wasn’t at her day job as a human resources analyst for Iowa State Government. After releasing eleven full-length romance novels and one novella, she returned to the cozy mystery genre, using one of her retirement pastimes, the game of mah jongg, as her inspiration. Not only has it been a great social outlet, it has also helped keep her mind active when not writing.
Bamboozled, the second book in her “Mah Jongg Mystery” series, features four friends who play mah jongg together and share otherwise in each other’s lives. None of the four is based on an actual person. Each is an amalgamation of several mah jongg friends with a lot of Barbara’s imagination thrown in for good measure. The four will continue to appear in future books in the series.
Anticipating the day when she would write her first mystery, she has been a member of the Mystery/Romantic Suspense chapter of Romance Writers of America for over a decade. She credits them with helping her hone her craft.
Barbara is married to the man she met her senior year of college. They have two grown children and eight grandchildren.
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