Our friend Barb

January 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm (Book clubs, Mystery fiction, Remembrance)

We have lost a member of our Usual Suspects Mystery Book Club.

Barb has long been one of the group’s most enthusiastic participants. In fact, along with her friend Susan, she was slated to lead a discussion earlier this month. The title they chose was I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman, one of Barb’s favorite authors. In the event, Barb was unable to attend. Susan, a relatively new addition to the group, did an excellent job as solo facilitator, but she made it clear that she was greatly aided by Barb’s insights and suggestions, shared with her prior to the night in question.

We in the Usual Suspects group have always appreciated Barb’s intelligence and perceptiveness, as well as her ready wit and sense of humor. She was with us in spirit the night of the Lippman discussion; in like manner, she’ll be a presence at future  gatherings of the Usual Suspects, as the months and years unfold.

She was a good  friend and a good person, and will be missed by all of us.


  1. Pauline Cohen said,

    Thank you, Roberta, for expressing so eloquently what we, the Usual Suspects, feel. Barb’s passing is a tremendous loss. She added a level of insight to our discussions that is unsurpassed. Her courage throughout her illness is an inspiration. She was always upbeat and never showed a trace of self-pity. She is and was a dear friend.

  2. Elizabeth said,

    I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Thanks, Elizabeth. She was special. It’s a loss for many people.

  3. demie said,

    i `m really sorry sorry to hear of your loss. may she rest in peace

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