by Barbara Barrett

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BN ID: 2940155190639
Publisher: Barbara Barrett
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 783,677
File size: 2 MB

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Bamboozled 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Friendship, Marriage, and Murder BAMBOOZLED by Barbara Barrett The Second Mah Jongg Mystery Memories of murder are still fresh in Sydney Bonner's mind, so when her husband asks her to investigate what's going on with a mutual friend, she's surprised. Checking in on Cathy and her new essential oil business is one thing, but when Cathy is suspected of murdering her boss, Syd is ready to step back and let the professionals handle it. Yet when Cathy's husband asks for help Trip not only agrees that Syd should investigate, but insists that he'll help her, Syd is stunned! Now Syd and her Mah Jongg friends are involved in another murder investigation, this time with husbandly help! I was delighted to discover another Mah Jongg mystery. I appreciate having protagonists of a certain age who are living normal fulfilling lives. I like the fact that the characters here don't rush headlong into trouble. They have a set plan, realize that they're amateurs, and call on professionals when necessary. Of course, they still manage to annoy said professionals and get themselves into trouble. While I like the group, the problem with having four main characters is that there are too many subplots. These secondary stories flush out the characters, but detract from the mystery. The murder was well plotted with a variety of red herrings and interesting suspects and I enjoyed the investigation. My favorite part of the book is the relationship between Syd and Trip. They are a happily married couple who still annoy and get angry with each other. Trying to work together, with minds that work differently, is a challenge. They see each other's faults, yet will always be there to support each other. They have a realistic relationship. Sadly, as much as I like the characters here, I didn't feel emotionally invested in BAMBOOZLED. Cathy, as a character, was a bit of a side note. While Syd and friends (and by extension, me) liked her and wanted to help, the investigation was more of an intellectual activity for the four friends, six actually when you include the husbands. True, there was some danger, but I wouldn't have felt that bad if they didn't clear Cathy's name and I don't think they would have either. Friendship, marriage, and murder make BAMBOOZLED a mystery to enjoy. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
I was delighted to get the opportunity to read the 2nd book in the Mah Jongg Mystery series! Book 1 swept me into these characters. And characters they were! Sydney and her fiesty senior friends are funny and fun. Although they back away from mystery and murder they are kept pulled in when the other players from Mah Jongg keep getting accused of murder. This time it was Cathy who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Leaving her scarf behind ended up getting her into some hot water when her boss is discovered murdered. Since Sydney has experience in solving murders she is called in to help guide the seemingly over zealous police. This time to keep Sydney and her friends out of trouble her husband Trip volunteers to help. The sparks fly when the two begin to work together. Trip has his way of wanting to do things. But Sydney with more experience and a talent for investigating has her way and she's not settling. Honestly it took me to the end to finally really get to like Trip. He is hard to describe. He whines alot. He's get ticked off and runs off and hits golf balls. He's just hard to live with which makes me love Sydney more for putting up with him! Before all questions are answered and the true murderer is discovered another body shows up. Well, the boyfriend didn't do it because he got done too! It takes all the patience, courage and skill Sydney has to connect all the dots but not before the real bad guys try to 'off' Sydney and Trip when they get a little to close to discovering the real motive and the real criminal(s). All ends up being sorted out just in time for Trip to get back to planning a cruise for their friends. I can already see the setting for book 3. A murder at sea with Sydney and Trip playing sleuth. They just keep getting better! If you enjoy a good cozy check out the series. Each book is a stand alone! I received a complimentary copy. My review will appear on retail sites and Good Reads.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
BAMBOOZLED is book two in the MAH JONGG mysteries series by Barbara Barrett. BAMBOOZLED is a great mystery to read. This is the first book that I have read by Barbara Barrett. It surely won’t be my last.