The Case of the Bouncing Grandma

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Reduced to watching new neighbors move in as a form of amusement, Glory Harper is stuck in a wheelchair with a broken leg, bored and itching for excitement. She just doesn’t expect it to come in the form of a foot dangling from the end of a carpet as it’s carried into her new neighbor’s house. The problem is getting someone to believe her. When the police recognize Glory as the woman whose skateboarding accident resulted in a multi-car pile-up, her believability quotient lowers even more. Then Glory realizes ...
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Overview

Reduced to watching new neighbors move in as a form of amusement, Glory Harper is stuck in a wheelchair with a broken leg, bored and itching for excitement. She just doesn’t expect it to come in the form of a foot dangling from the end of a carpet as it’s carried into her new neighbor’s house. The problem is getting someone to believe her. When the police recognize Glory as the woman whose skateboarding accident resulted in a multi-car pile-up, her believability quotient lowers even more. Then Glory realizes Detective Rick Spencer is more interested in her than in her story. But by now she’s made enough enemies to put herself and her family in real danger. While she’s following what seems to be the obvious path to the culprits, the real criminals are closing in.

Finalist for the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award.

Book 2, _The Case of the Mystified M.D._ was awarded the 2010 Carol Award.

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"When Grandma Glory Harper sets her mind on something, it’s “never say die.” Even if there’s a dead body right next door. Readers will root for the gutsy Grandma as she wheels her way through her first adventure. Laced with humor and filled with snappy dialogue and endearing characters, A. K. Arenz’s delightful debut is a cozy mystery with attitude." —Cathy Elliott, author of A Vase of Mistaken Identity

"A. K. Arenz pens a well-drawn mystery, as well as a fun romp through the pitfalls and pratfalls of spry grandmotherhood. You'll fall in love with Glory and her family. Cozy mystery fans, give yourselves a treat and savor a copy today!" —Jill Elizabeth Nelson author of Reluctant Smuggler

“The Case of the Bouncing Grandma is a fun treat for all ages! Arenz has written a light-hearted mystery with richly drawn characters who feel like instant friends. I highly recommend this book. Arenz is an author to watch for!” —Christy Barritt, author of Hazardous Duty, Suspicious Minds

”With the Bouncing Grandma, A. K. Arenz has created a tangled and unique mystery that kept me turning pages. Glory Harper is a sassy, active, older sleuth worth rooting for in love and mystery solving.” —Sharon Dunn, author of Death of a Six Foot Teddy Bear

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979748523
  • Publisher: Sheaf House Publishers, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: A Bouncing Grandma Mystery Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of three, A. K. Arenz was a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award for The Case of the Bouncing Grandma and Mirrored Image and won the award for The Case of the Mystified M.D. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two Himalayan cats.
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Confined to a wheelchair and bored out of my mind, I found watching the neighbors move in at the end of our cul-de-sac more entertaining than anything on TV. But the storm front that settled over us early this morning managed to take away even this questionable diversion. Other than the mysterious man with a limp hanging around the moving van in the middle of a downpour early on, things were pretty dull.

Once it stopped raining, I expected the action to pick up, but it didn’t. Even the people who flocked to dead end streets for the sheer joy of driving around the circle at the top stayed away. Several hours had passed since I witnessed any real activity, and what I did observe seemed, well, a little odd.

The realtor, Elsie Wilkes, came by while it was still sprinkling. She removed the For Sale sign from the yard, walked around the van a couple times, and ended up on the curb closest to my side of the street. After staring at the house she’d recently sold, she darted to her car and shoved the sign into the trunk, her head bobbing in every direction. Peculiar behavior for anyone else, but when it came to Elsie, peculiar was the norm.

Rex Stout’s visit was stranger. After parking his old white Caddy in front of my place, he walked all the way around the cul-de-sac, returned to his car, then pulled it into the driveway near the unattended van. He got out of the car, stood for a while in front of the house that once belonged to him, turned, then disappeared up the ramp and into the truck. Since then, I’d neither seen nor heard anything or anyone.

The breeze coming through the open window was fresh and clean, adding to my desire to be out of this chair and working in the yard. I hated being so sedentary. The inactivity made me feel useless. Worse, it made me feel old—and that was something I refused to be for a very long time.

With one hand still on the curtain, I turned and gazed out across the living room. There was bound to be something I could do that would make me feel useful—and keep me from this less than admirable form of diversion.

Interference from both the wheelchair and curtains stalled my attempt to move away from the window. As I struggled to untangle myself, the sound of a woman’s shriek had me back at my post in a flash.

Two burly men stood on the ramp leading down from the massive moving van. Between them lay several large carpets piled haphazardly atop one another. The upper one was partially unrolled revealing a rich forest green pattern.

I could barely see the woman beyond the giant spirea bush that edged our properties, but her voice was crystal clear. And she wasn’t happy.

“Do you have any idea what you’ve done?” She screamed. “You dropped that even after I told you to be especially careful with the rugs. Can’t you follow the simplest instructions?”

The man in the rear said something, his deep, gruff tone the only thing to carry on the breeze. His arms waved in what I perceived as a threatening manner until the other man silenced him with a look thrown over his shoulder.

When the woman disappeared, the men bent down, picked up the partially unrolled carpet, and hefted it onto their shoulders. As the man in the rear stepped over the carpets remaining on the ramp, his boot caught on the corner of one near the top. He shook himself free, then continued on his way.

A pale object protruding from the end of the rolled carpet captured my attention.

“That’s a foot.” I whispered.

I pulled back from the window, closed my eyes, took a deep breath, then looked again. Sure enough, a foot dangled out the back of the rug.

“Andi!”

My daughter magically appeared in the doorway, hands on her hips, a frown on her pretty face. “Who was it always said we were supposed to mind our own business?” Moving past me to the window, she sighed as she shoved the wheelchair away from my post.

“Andi, you need to take a look out there. At the carpets.”

“Mama, I know you’re bored, but really, spying on the new neighbors?” She fussed with the curtain, straightening it out before turning back to me.

I found the role reversal more than a little amusing, though a bit irritating under the circumstances. I needed to get a better look at that carpet.

“I wasn’t spying,” I insisted, struggling to maneuver closer to the window. “I was just—looking. Besides, honey, you really need to take a peek out there right now.”

“You’ve been watching those people for the last three days, and while it may be fascinating, it’s not very polite.” The stern look gave way to one of curiosity. “I’ll bet they have some incredible things.”

Wasn’t that what I was trying to tell her? “Nothing as incredible as what I just saw. Please, Andi, just one look and tell me what you see.”

Frowning, she lifted the panel she’d just smoothed into place.

“Well?”

“Well, there’s a bunch of rolled carpets sitting on the ramp.”

“That’s all you see? Nothing sticking out the end of one of them?” Had my desire for excitement caused me to hallucinate?

“See for yourself.”

She helped me back to the window and raised the curtain for me to peer out. Just as she’d said, there were several nicely rolled carpets—no foot.

Take a deep breath, Glory. Look again.

No foot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Just ok

    This book started out slow, picked up a bit towards the end only slightly. I was disappointed with it because all the reviews I read were really good but, I strongly disagree. It was just barely ok. The characters were not believable and at times rather irritating. Characters should have been developed more. I found it hard to even like them, especially Glory, she actually got on my nerves. I don't think i'll be reading any more books by this author.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    A whole lot of fun

    This is a fun and entertaining read. First time author A. K. Arenz creates colorful characters with a splash of humor. The well-drawn plot begins on page one and paces pleasingly throughout the book. Protagonist Glory Harper is every kid's dream for a grandmother--she's fun loving, resourceful and mischievous. And she bounces right off a skateboard into a murder mystery that has moved into her neighborhood. Glory may have a broken leg, but that doesn't keep her from jumping headlong into cracking the case. Eventually her entire family gets involved in solving the crime. Supporting characters add interest to the unfolding mystery. Elements of suspense and romance provide a fresh perspective in each chapter, and the climax reveals a sophisticated Whodunit turn of events. The Case of the Bouncing Grandma is a fun, easy read with lots of depth. It's published by Sheaf House, which is synonymous with graphic readability. The font and type size are excellent for lowlight reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    One to Watch

    Glory Harper is a character you will never forget. There is no doubt part of her will remind you of a friend or family member, or perhaps, yourself. The Case of the Bouncing Grandma is a quick and thoroughly delightful read. A. K. Arenz is one to watch in the future!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    A Page-turner for Cozy Mystery Lovers

    A.K. Arenz's debut novel is an engaging cozy mystery with all the right elements--a quirky heroine, a possible love interest, and an odd assortment of supporting characters and suspects. Arenz has crafted a fine cozy with lovable characters that will keep you turning the pages.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    Animated

    Protagonist Glory Harper is every kid¿s dream for a grandmother¿she¿s fun loving, resourceful and mischievous. And she bounces right off a skateboard into a murder mystery that has moved into her neighborhood. Glory may have a broken leg, but that doesn¿t keep her from jumping headlong into cracking the case, despite her nay saying sister. Eventually her entire family gets involved in solving the crime. The Case of the Bouncing Grandma is a fun, easy read with lots of depth. On top of that, it¿s published by Sheaf House, which is synonymous for graphic readability. The font and type size are excellent for lowlight reading. What¿s not to enjoy?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    I Love Lucy Meets Murder She Wrote

    Ms. Arenz has written a lively and entertaining mystery. Glory Harper is a charming and funny combination of Lucille Ball and Jessica Fletcher. A foot in a carpet? From chapter one this book moves in a quick entertaining manner and introduces a great collection of interesting characters. With a hunky Harrison Ford lookalike for a hero this is definitely a book worth reading!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Grandmas Have Lots of Fun

    THE CASE OF THE BOUNCING GRANDMA By A. K. Arenz Reviewed by Marion Kelley Bullock Glory Harper, stuck in a wheelchair with a broken leg, after a skateboarding accident, is bored¿ itching for excitement. So when she claims she sees a foot dangling from the back of a carpet, as it¿s being carried into her new neighbor¿s house next door, who¿s to believe her? Her sister and her daughter think she imagined it. But what about handsome Detective Rick Spencer? Is he taking her suspicions seriously, or is it simply her he¿s interested in? You¿ll enjoy Glory¿s antics in The Case of the Bouncing Grandma.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    Debut Author - Great Read

    Fifty-something Glory Harper is confined to a wheelchair. Because she had an accident with a skateboard. Yep, you read that right. A skateboard. While she's healing, her main occupation has been watching her new neighbors move in next door. Weird things happen, and Glory's pastime escalates to intrigue when she spots a human foot dangling from the end of a rolled up carpet being hauled into the house. But no one believes her, especially the good-looking, blue-eyed detective who investigates her report of a murder. I am so proud to be reviewing this debut novel from a very talented friend. THE CASE OF THE BOUNCING GRANDMA is one of the best cozy mysteries I've come across in a while. Glory Harper is a delightful character smart, spunky, sassy and fun, and a little too aggressive for her own good. This book is fast-paced and written with snappy dialog and well-drawn characters. A.K. Arenz is a rising star and one to watch. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    The Case of the Bouncing Grandma - a review

    What would it be like to be a fifty-something grandmother stuck in a wheelchair, recovering from a broken leg, while new neighbors moved in next door? For Glory Harper, it¿s boring until she spies a foot dangling from the end of a carpet the movers are unloading from the moving van. The sight shocks Glory. Her daughter, Andi, fails to believe her mother causing Glory to question her own sanity¿until the movers walk past again and grandma Glory gets a second look. Convinced of what she has seen, Glory then tries to get sister Jane to believe her. Jane¿s reaction only spurs Glory to try to prove to everyone she is correct and at least one of the members of the new family next door is a murderer. Her task proves tougher than she had ever imagined. Even the police think the over-active grandmother has banged her head one too many times. Has there been a murder? Can Glory manage to make Detective Blue Eyes understand that she isn¿t seeing things before she runs him off? Only by reading A. K. Arenz¿s The Case of the Bouncing Grandma will you learn the outcome. Ms. Arenz has written a poignant story of a widow learning to allow her heart to flower again while in the midst of solving a mystery. The relationships between Glory, her daughter Andi, her grandson Seth, and her sister Jane are handled successfully, drawing the reader deeper into the story with each turn of a page of this easy-to-read flowing style of writing. Oh, and how did Glory Harper come to be called ¿Bouncing Grandma¿¿you¿ll have to read The Case of the Bouncing Grandma for yourself to find out. I can¿t wait for book two to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    A Joy to Read

    I never thought reading about a fifty-something grandmother, who was stuck in a wheelchair would interest me, but boy was I wrong! Grandma (Glory Harper) is recovering from a broken leg, which puts her in a position to keep a close eye on the new neighbors moving in on her block. Getting her kicks out of 'almost' spying on their routine, she catches sight of a FOOT hanging out of a rolled carpet the movers are pulling out of the van to take into the house! Trying to tell anyone what she saw, becomes an ordeal in itself, for who is going to believe her about a FOOT! Is it her sanity that is at question? Perhaps. That is, until the movers happen by to give her another peek. After talking to her daughter she is ready to ring up 911 to get to the bottom of everything, and that is when the story really takes off! Has there been a murder? Hmmm. Try telling the police about a dangling foot! Have you ever? Will Glory convince the detective? Now that she has seen him with his razzle blue eyes, she almost gets side-tracked, but only for a moment. The important thing is to convince him she was not seeing things. This story will keep you turning the pages as you note right away, Ms. Arenz, who has written a fast paced charmer has a way with words! It isn't always easy pulling in a love life of an older woman like Glory, but this author certainly did, and did it well. A must read for readers who enjoy tongue-in-cheek mysteries that they won't want to put down till they finish. I recommend 'The Case of the Bouncing Grandma' You won't be sorry you got it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    Wonderful and fun book!

    This is a great story by a talented debut author!!! Fun and quick to read, keeps you in suspense while laughing at the same time!

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    check it out

    recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    Stupid, simply stupid!!!!!!!!!

    Stupid, simply stupid!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Can a Wheelchair Confined Fifty Something Grandma Really Solve a Murder?

    Glory Harper is not your typical fifty-something grandmother. Rather, she is known as the ¿bouncing¿ grandma because ¿ well- I don¿t want to give away all the secrets!. Now, Glory is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg and bored out of her mind after trying her hand at skateboarding. No one really believes Glory¿s theory that there¿s a dead body next door, based on her observation of a foot dangling from a rolled up carpet belonging to the new neighbors as they move in. Despite skepticism from her sister, Jane, her daughter, Andi, and even the handsome blue-eyed detective who investigates her claim, Glory is determined to prove her case. Suspense deepens as the new residents of small town Tarryton appear to be tied to a crime far more elaborate than harboring a dead body. Glory obtains her evidence simply by extending Christian friendship to the new neighbors along with a little Internet surfing. Glory and her sister Jane share a deep bond as sisters and best friends. The relationship between daughter Andi and grandson Seth is presented with humor intertwined skillfully with drama and real-life emotion. The promise of a potential budding romance for Glory adds depth to her character. Throw the town scoundrel and a past national scandal into the mix and you have a book that keeps you turning the pages until the end. A. K. Arenz has done a fine job of delivering a great story in this debut novel. I look forward to more work from this talented author.

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    Posted October 28, 2012

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