The Mah Jongg Mysteries
by Barbara Barrett
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Pub Date 31 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
Katrina Faulkner hurts almost as much as the man in her life when he loses his bid to be reelected sheriff. But for the first time since she met Rick Formero, she’s not worried about him being in peril—until he’s drafted to help solve the fiery murder of the man who beat him at the polls.
While the Serendipity Springs police department is in chaos, it’s up to Kat and her mah jongg pals to step in as Rick’s unofficial staff to unravel the crime. As the tips roll in and suspects multiply, it appears the late sheriff led a complicated life, with ties to the same sketchy gambling toughs he was supposed to be arresting. But no one’s taking bets on who’s to blame for his death.
Syd is planning a mah jongg tournament, Marianne is writing a play and journalist Micki can’t wait to get her hands on the juicy story. But when the chips are down, they and the men in their lives are up to the task of helping Kat and Rick delve into the world of high-stakes gambling in pursuit of an elusive killer—even if they’re rolling the dice on danger.
This cozy mystery series features four retired amateur sleuths who live in the small Florida town of Serendipity Springs, all female and all friends who play the game of mah jongg together. Though they don't set out to investigate murder, others have started looking to them to help investigate homicides and questionable accidents. In this story, Katrina Faulkner takes the lead, helping her man, Rick Formero, adjust to life after defeat at the polls for reelection to sheriff. They also turn to their friends for help. Though this series features four protagonists, the others will take the lead in other stories. Two are married, one is divorced and the fourth, Kat, who has been single all her life while she tended to her ailing mother, now finds herself the object of the sheriff's attention in this series.
As the four gather information in their investigations, life goes on in their community in such activities as a social group for those over 50, numerous stops at the local coffeehouse, and even a shopping trip to Naples. Sydney's husband, Trip, and her friend Marianne Putnam's husband, Beau, are golf buddies who spend many a day on the course. When not there, Trip is busy seeking to build a new post retirement life, and Beau is often prevailed upon to join in Trip's latest activity. Meanwhile, freelance journalist Micki Demetrius, still commitment-shy after a disastrous first marriage, is slowly giving in to the interest of retired attorney Guy Whitney. Kat has lived a frugal life until winning big in a lottery shortly after her mother's death; suddenly, Kat has money and doesn't know how to spend it. But Micki does, even if it's to guide Kat through a makeover and wardrobe change for her lounge act.
Barbara Barrett is already published in contemporary romance. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime-Iowa and Florida Star Fiction Writers. Like her protagonists, she is retired and is a resident of Florida, although she spends her summers in her home state of Iowa. She spent over three decades as a human resource management analyst with Iowa state government. Her website is www.barbarabarrettbooks.com.
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When Rick loses reelection as sheriff, Kat believes she can finally relax and not worry about him. Until the newly elected sheriff is murdered and the ladies become Rick’s Angels and vow to find out who did the deed. But are they gambling, with their lives, or are they going to win big and take down a murderer? How have I not ready one of the first eight books in this series? I found it uniquely charming, laughably amusing and a solid whodunit.
A solid whodunit. This book grabbed my attention from the first and kept it. Love the characters! They are fun and very likable. My first in this series but certainly NOT my last. Already have purchased the eight previous ones. Call me Happy! Thanks #netgalley and #BacklitPR for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. #netgalley #BacklitPR #BarbaraBarrett #CourtesyCall
cozy-mystery, Florida, law-enforcement, small-town, amateur-sleuth, friendship, retirees, murder, murder-investigation*** I was floundering because I had not read any of the earlier books, but I found the characters well done and the sleuthing different but good. I requested and received a free ebook copy from Backlit PR via NetGalley.
Courtesy Call is a great must-read cozy mystery. It features four retired amateur sleuths living in the small town of Serendipity in Florida. It has all of the characteristics of a great whodunit. You can't help but fall in love with the well-crafted characters. Can't wait to read more.
When Katrina Faulkner’s husband loses his bid to be re-elected sheriff she hurts as much as he does. Then she meets Rick Formero to help solve the fiery murder of the man who eat him at the polls. While the police department is in chaos it’s up to Kat and her mahjong ladies to step inas Rick’s unofficial staff to unravel the crime. As tips rollin and suspects multiply seems the late sheriff led a complicated life gambling. No one is betting on who’s to blame Syd is planning a many tournament. Marianne is writing a play and journalist Mickey can’t wait to get her hands on a juicy story. When the chips are down they and the men in their lives are up to the task of helpingKat and Rick get into the world of high stakes gambling in pursuit of an elusive killer even if they’re rolling the dice on danger. Fun story with everyone working together to catch the sheriffs killer.
This is the ninth in the series, but only the second one I've read. I read the first in the series (and the short "Introduction" book too). This series follows four female friends in their sixties (I'm guessing). They are very active and don't act like "grannies." I wasn't lost skipping around in the series, so don't let that discouraging you if you haven't read all in the series, in order. It is well written and entertaining (close friends, funny parts, good mystery). I would definitely recommend this book. It's nice to read a cozy mystery with older ladies; less relationship drama. The ladies are smart and mature. I'll be filling in the missing books that I haven't read yet.
This ARC was provided to me via Kindle by Backlit PR and #NetGalley for my honest opinion. Barbara Barrett knocks it out of the park again. The Mah Jongg Mystery series are a delightful cozy mystery series.
This was the first book in this series I have read (there are already 8 of them), and it a fun little book, due to the fact that the characters are MATURE. Not young, not old, but Mature, with full lives! Concept, LOL. It's an interesting look at what happens to cops when they retire (BORED), and how their WIVES have to deal with it! Then the whole concept of a bad sheriff, and being asked to help the department on the side, is an obvious set up to building a detective agency, but it reads authentically as to how the group convinces Rick, that together such an agency can exist and work. Call it a run through for the real thing! It's a quick read and perfect for getting to know the characters in the series.