Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody by Barbara Ross

I succumbed, once again to try out a new ‘cozy mystery’ series. This time, luck was by my side, and this particular first book is promising. We have an amateur sleuth, Jane Darrowfield, who sees her preoccupation in terms of her age and labels it in a self-deprecating manner. We are given a birds-eye view of her life, her companions, and her past as the narrative unfolds. The main focus of this story is in two parts—the first being a request to come and identify an issue at a senior residential facility. The second is of a more personal nature which has Jane windowshopping for partners for a friend.
There is constant movement in the story with no relevant information being provided ahead of time which effectively means that we cannot try to guess at the outcome. I had my suspicions but nothing to verify them with till Jane finally puts the pieces together.
The writing was light while maintaining a tether to emotions which made the reading enjoyable.
The hints dropped at the end of this book directly point to more personal revelations in the next, and I look forward to picking it up when I can. There is nothing more I can mention in this review to illustrate the content except saying that despite her slightly advanced year, this is Jane’s coming of age arc which she never got to experience in her youth.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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