Craks in a Marriage – Book 1


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I just love a book that is full of intrigue, gossip and exciting characters. . . The characters are interesting and I absolutely loved the four women turned sleuths that take investigating seriously.”
-Texas Bookaholic
“Excellent characterization, an interesting background (I really want to learn to play Mah Jongg now), and subtle humor make CRAKS IN A MARRIAGE an enjoyable series debut.”
-Cozy Up With Kathy
Things are great until one of their fellow players is accused of killing her husband so she asks them to help clear her name since they are so in tune with the gossip network around town. What follows is a comical investigation as this group tries to keep spouses ignorant while still trying to save the day.”
-Books a Plenty Book Reviews
“Syd and her friends are fun and funny. They are full of spirit . . . Craks In A Marriage was a fun fast cozy read.”
My Reading Journeys
“The characters and setting were brought to life by Ms. Barrett and made this an exciting mystery from start to finish. I am looking forward to visiting Serendipity Springs again.”
-Brooke Blogs
“The characters are great, quirky and likeable. They’re well-developed and complex. I really enjoyed them.”
-Valerie’s Musings


When Sydney Bonner overhears a fellow mah jongg player arguing on the phone with her husband, she realizes the couple’s “perfect marriage” isn’t all it appears to be. A few days later, the husband is found dead, his head bashed in. Fearing she’ll be considered the most likely suspect, the widow prevails upon Sydney and her three friends—Marianne, Kat and Micki—to find out who really killed him.

Though none of these four fun-loving, take-charge retirees has any training as detectives, the women agree to launch a secret investigation. As they dig under the happy veneer of their community’s social life, they find more than enough suspects, from shady ladies to resentful golf buddies, to keep them looking over their shoulders.

Could the murderer be lurking among the talent in a chaotic production put on by Sydney’s husband, who will do anything to keep busy in retirement? Could the sheriff, who may have more than a professional interest in chanteuse Kat, end up pinning the crime on the women instead? Each discovery during their investigations and their weekly mah jongg game keeps them running as they close in on the killer—but the killer may also be closing in on them.