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    Excellent Cozy Mystery, Great First in Series

    Excellent Cozy Mystery, Great First in Series I so enjoyed this first in series book. I can't wait to read more. Our heroine has an interesting corporate background that helps her sort out people's problems. Now retired, she has been helping friends sort out small annoyances in their lives. Until now when she is hired as a professional busybody for an active seniors community. This series has so many places to go. I have read other series' by this author and have loved them. She lays out a good mystery that is tough to predict. This series is a little different, but still stellar. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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    Cozy Senior Sleuth

    Barbara Ross has created another great series! Jane Darrowfield is a retired VP who is happy having time to enjoy her home and friends. Her people skills enable her to help others solve their social situations; from changing hairdressers to confronting senior fraud fallout. When Jane is asked to help sort out the social situations at a local retirement village, she finds herself being paid to live in a guest suite at Walden Spring. Ah the life of a professional busybody! Can Jane stay ahead of the lies and reveal a killer? Genuine characters with age appropriate action and humor mixed with tension and suspense. I am looking forward to more cozy books in this series. I volunteered to read an ARC from Kensington through Net Galley
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    Delightful

    This was a delightful first in a new series. Entertaining characters and a well written whodunit. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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    I enjoyed Jane's approach

    Jane is such a lovely person, ready and able to help where she can. Recently retired, she is recommended to assist with an internal matter at a local retirement estate. She’s surprised when the request for help actually attracts a fee! Thus the “professional busybody status. She’s intrigued by the behaviour of this community of over sixties and plays a key in resolving just what is going on! As always, things are never quite what they seem and the reader is kept guessing throughout. While I didn't really connect with the community setting, I enjoyed Jane’s approach and role in getting to the bottom of things. The author’s choice of a senior leading lady will resonate with many. She’s living life with a solid friendship circle, dating on the internet and taking on new challenges. With thanks to #NetGalley, Kensington Books and the author for my free advanced reader copy to review in exchange for an honest opinion.
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    A lighthearted cozy mystery!

    Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody by Barbara Ross is the debut of A Jane Darrowfield Mystery series. Jane Darrowfield is retired from the telephone company and her only son lives on the west coast. After organizing her house and traveling, Jane is at loose ends. Playing bridge with her three friends does not take up all her time. Jane has discovered that she is good at solving problems and word has spread within the town. Now Jane has a paid assignment. She needs to uncover why the various cliques at an over 55 community are at odds with one another. Things go well until one of the ring leaders turns up dead. Jane Darrowfield is a spirited main character. She is smart, notices details, and likes to be active. I like that she is an older protagonist. Jane has her three friends (Helen, Phyllis, and Irma) with whom she plays bridge regularly. Phyllis enlists Jane’s help in weeding through the men interested in dating her since her own judgement is not to be trusted. Phyllis has created profiles for the two of them on a dating site and arranged coffee dates for Jane with the top matches. I found the dates to be entertaining. I just loved the baristas reactions. I thought Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody contained good writing, it was just the right length, and it had a steady pace. The mystery was interesting with a variety of suspects. Jane questioned people, followed leads, and searched for clues. It was fun solving this clever whodunit. I look forward to the next A Jane Darrowfield Mystery. Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody is charming cozy mystery with a gone golfer, suspicious suspects, surprising secrets, a crafty killer, and a smart senior sleuth.

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