Puzzling Mysteries

Sexy Romance

Curtains for the Condo Casanova


What’s major TV star Marla Dane to do when she gets dumped from her lead role as Letitia Carruthers, PI and the projects she thought would seek her out don’t materialize? Why, go back home to Minnesota, of course, to the waiting arms of her sister, never to think again about
catching killers. Fictional killers, anyhow.

But try convincing the locals she was just a pretend sleuth who depended on her writers and directors for her words and actions. Even the local police, understaffed and inexperienced handling homicides, seek her help solving cases that occur in their small community despite her repeated claims she was just a TV character.

To compensate for her lack of training, the police chief partners her up with Rex Alcorn, an ex-cop who lives in the same condo complex. Rex is less than enthusiastic about working with a layperson who’s also a celebrity, but he owes the chief from way back, and doing this favor should get the guy off his back. But her scripted takedowns never prepared her for confronting real killers. Can her alliance with Rex meet the life-threatening challenges they face?


Author Barbara Barrett

Meet Barbara

Welcome to my website. If you’re looking for cozy mysteries that are peppered with friendships, family and community, you’ve come to the right place. I have also written several lighthearted, contemporary romances featuring compelling personal issues. My website features both my cozy mysteries and my romances.

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Four retired senior sleuths augment their weekly mah jongg game investigating homicides in their small central Florida community of Serendipity Springs even though they occasionally are at odds with the local sheriff.

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