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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody (Jane Darrowfield #1) by Barbara Ross

Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody

Mass Market Paperback, 266 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Kensington Books

Goodreads synopsis: 
Jane Darrowfield is a year into her retirement, and she’s already traveled and planted a garden. She’s organized her photos, her recipes, and her spices. The statistics suggest she has at least a few more decades ahead of her, so she better find something to do . . .

After Jane helps a friend with a sticky personal problem, word starts to spread around her bridge club—and then around all of West Cambridge, Massachusetts—that she’s the go-to person for situations that need discreet fixing. Soon she has her first paid assignment—the director of a 55-and-over condo community needs her to de-escalate hostilities among the residents. As Jane discovers after moving in for her undercover assignment, the mature set can be as immature as any high schoolers, and war is breaking out between cliques.

It seems she might make some progress—until one of the aging “popular kids” is bludgeoned to death with a golf club. And though the automatic sprinklers have washed away much of the evidence, Jane’s on course to find out whodunit . . .


4.5 stars

This is the first book in the Jane Darrowfield series by Barbara Ross.

Jane is known for helping friends out of sticky situations. Somehow, the management at an elder condo community hears about Jane and asks her to come and work a bit undercover to find out who is disrupting the residents. Before she realizes it, one of the more popular residents is bludgeoned to death on the nearby golf course. Now her job is to find out who killed this person and what is really going on. In the meantime, she is trying to find a man for her dear friend and is interviewing candidates. Strangely enough, one of the men is just her type.

This book waffles between Jane trying to find her way in the regular world, interviewing men for her friend to date and dating a man she finds fascinating.  When she is not doing that, she is living at the condo community and getting to know the residents.

This was a pretty fun book. It did help me get my mind off of my own troubles which is always a good thing when life seems to want to intervene and make our lives crazy stressful.

Definitely recommend this book highly. Barb Ross is just a great writer that I truly enjoy.

Also, if you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. What a fun read!

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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