“Baby Bunco” by Julie B. Cosgrove

70 is the New 40?!

At first glance, Janie Manson seems like a typical senior citizen.  A widow living in Sunset Acres, a Texas retirement community, she plays Bunco weekly, walks every morning with friends, and owns a cat.  But she has another side, that of a crime solver with a mind sharp as a tack!

Janie’s late husband, Jack, a police detective, used to discuss all his cases with her. Her insight helped him to solve many cases. Because of that, Jack received many awards, and is a well-known hero at the Alamoville Police Department—much to son-in-law Blake Johnson’s chagrin. Blake, also a Chief Detective, doesn’t know which is worse: trying to live up to the legendary work of Jack, or attempting to kept Janie from interfering with current police investigations.

When a newborn baby is found abandoned in one of Sunset Acres empty homes, Janie knows there is more to the story, and immediately goes to work to figure it out.  She hopes her Bunco Biddies friends will help her look into it.  Before she is done, she will find herself in a morgue at midnight, impersonating a rich drug addict, and dealing with a black market ring that will stop at nothing to continue their grisly work.

I enjoyed this book and the adventures of the “gray haired” set.  Although this is a work of fiction, I was surprised to find the black market featured in this book really exists in the U.S., and it is a serious problem.  I appreciated the humor and the Christian viewpoint this book is written from.  Baby Bunco is the second installment in the Bunco Biddies Mystery series, but this story can stand on its own without needing to read the first one.

There is a sweet ending to this story!  The back of the book contains two recipes featured in the story:   Janie’s Lemon Bars along with Butterscotch Brownies with Crème Brûlée

Frosting.  I recommend this 5-star book and think mystery lovers, and fans of fiction would really enjoy it.

Pelican Book Group has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Baby Bunco for the purpose of review.  I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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