Josephine Bartlett is Brookside’s resident curmudgeon and she’s happy to keep it that way. Sent to live in the assisted living home by her controlling son Jeff, Josephine doesn’t want anyone to know about her expensive belongings, funded by her secret nest egg. Josephine’s only friend, Lill, convinces her to play cards with a couple of the other women and the naked poker club is born. When Lill and Josephine learn of a rash of burglaries at the home, they decide to take matters into their own hands and go undercover to investigate.
I enjoyed this book. The author’s writing is intelligent and compelling enough to have drawn me in immediately. At first, I worried that Josephine’s character would be too snarky and sarcastic to bear for an entire book. However, I was able to quickly warm up to her.
The book is told in alternating POV – something I don’t always enjoy, but this technique worked exceptionally well with the plot. Readers are able to get to know each character intimately.
There were plenty of interesting twists and turns in Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club. It kept me reading on to find out where things would go. I do think it could have been slightly shorter, since we seemed to know what was really going on around midway. But this allowed the author to tie up some additional loose ends further into the book.
If you enjoy a good, wholesome whodunit, centered on some feisty senior citizens this book will certainly fit the bill!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton