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Barbara Barrett


To avoid a midlife crisis, Barbara Barrett wrote fiction at night while still employed in human resources for Iowa State Government. After releasing eleven full-length romance novels and two novellas, she turned to the cozy mystery genre, having discovered it years before when pregnant with her first child. She used one of her retirement pastimes, the game of mah jongg, as her inspiration. Her next book, Courtesy Call, to be released August 31 2021, is the ninth in the Mah Jongg Mysteries series and available now. Barbara spends her winters in Florida and summers in her home state of Iowa.
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Barbara Barrett
Tart Words Season 3

Barbara Barrett

Aug. 25, 2021

What was the inspiration for Barbara Barrett's cozy mystery series?