A few weeks ago, in a reading void, I crowdsourced recommendations from FB. And, how delightful it was to find many of them available at the library. An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten was one of these recommendations. It’s a quick read of connected short stories, and it’s a hoot. “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?” (Amazon) This is a fun read and I will be sure to pick up the second volume as well.
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