An Elderly Lady Is up to No Good

An Elderly Lady Is up to No Good

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Maud is an irascible 88-year-old Swedish woman with no family, no friends, and... no qualms about a little murder. This funny, irreverent story collection by Helene Tursten, author of the Irene Huss investigations, features two-never-before translated stories that will keep you laughing all the way to the retirement home. Ever since her darling father's untimely death when she was only eighteen, Maud has lived in the family's spacious apartment in downtown Gothenburg rent-free, thanks to a minor clause in a hastily negotiated contract. That was how Maud learned that good things can come from tragedy. Now in her late eighties, Maud contents herself with traveling the world and surfing the net from the comfort of her father's ancient armchair. It's a solitary existence, and she likes it that way. Over the course of her adventures--or misadventures--this little bold lady will handle a crisis with a local celebrity who has her eyes on Maud's apartment, foil the engagement of her long-ago lover, and dispose of some pesky neighbors. But when the local authorities are called to investigate a dead body found in Maud's apartment, will Maud finally become a suspect?
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Soho Crime, 2018.
ISBN: 9781641290111
Branch Call Number: TUR
Characteristics: 171 pages ; 16 cm
Additional Contributors: Delargy, Marlaine - Translator

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IndyPL_KimE Jul 01, 2019

Maud is an 88 year-old woman who prefers to sit in her armchair on quiet afternoons sipping tea. When she isn’t in her armchair she travels to spas for a change of scenery. She has a moral compass that is slightly skewed but values decorum and civility. Maud has adventures that pit her against characters like an art celebrity who is trying to purchase her apartment and an old flame who is marrying a student she taught in high school. This book is surprisingly delightful in the element of revenge – which in this book is best served cold.

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scoodleyboop
Apr 22, 2019

I adored reading this book and plan to revisit it many times in the future. I tend to go into fiction knowing absolutely nothing about the book, so the first chapter made my jaw drop. Maud is my ideal kind of antihero.

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Rachel_PR
Mar 12, 2019

I adored Maud! She's so clever and ruthless at the same time, possibly a bit of a sociopath but in such a sweet way. When faced with people threatening her way of life, or really even just mildly inconveniencing her, the lady in her late 80s efficiently "takes care of it" and fools everyone with her sweet little old lady act.

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readingbetween
Feb 06, 2019

A surprising protagonist. I love how she both uses "little old lady" misconceptions to her advantage and is incensed by them. The Swedish perspective gives this funny and quaint murder mystery an extra layer of interest to the American reader. Quick and light read. Brought about many laugh-out-loud moments.

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BohoBookDragon
Feb 01, 2019

As strange as it may seem, this is a joyful little book of short stories that made me laugh out loud at Maud's cleverness and no-nonsense-tolerated attitude. I carried it in my purse and would pull it out whenever I had down time, it was that much fun.

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