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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules: A Novel
     

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules: A Novel

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by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
 

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#1 International Bestseller

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel meets The Italian Job in internationally-bestselling author Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg’s witty and insightful comedy of errors about a group of delinquent seniors whose desire for a better quality of life leads them to rob and ransom priceless artwork.

Martha Andersson may be

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#1 International Bestseller

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel meets The Italian Job in internationally-bestselling author Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg’s witty and insightful comedy of errors about a group of delinquent seniors whose desire for a better quality of life leads them to rob and ransom priceless artwork.

Martha Andersson may be seventy-nine-years-old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to stop enjoying life. So when the new management of Diamond House starts cutting corners to save money, Martha and her four closest friends—Brains, The Rake, Christina and Anna-Gretta (a.k.a. The League of Pensioners)—won’t stand for it. Fed up with early bedtimes and overcooked veggies, this group of feisty seniors sets about to regain their independence, improve their lot, and stand up for seniors everywhere.

Their solution? White collar crime. What begins as a relatively straightforward robbery of a nearby luxury hotel quickly escalates into an unsolvable heist at the National Museum. With police baffled and the Mafia hot on their trail, the League of Pensioners has to stay one walker’s length ahead if it’s going to succeed….

Told with all the insight and humor of A Man Called Ove or Where’d You Go Bernadette?, The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is a delightful and heartwarming novel that goes to prove the adage that it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.

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Publishers Weekly
07/18/2016
In Ingelman-Sundberg's winning seriocomic series debut, 79-year-old Martha Andersson gets fed up with her treatment at the Diamond House retirement home, starting with its bad food and restrictions. Martha decides to do something about her situation by enlisting a number of her geriatric friends, including 79-year-old Oscar "Brains" Krupp, in becoming "the most troublesome oldies in the world." They form the League of Pensioners and embark on a series of escapades that begins with a kitchen raid and grows progressively bolder to include a bank robbery. The OAPs (old age pensioners) prove both adept and inept in ways that are both charming and surprising as they pull off the theft of paintings by Renoir and Monet from Stockholm's National Museum, and then have to deal with the consequences. Readers will pull for the unlikely gang in their efforts to commit the "ultimate crime" toward the end of this appealing crime novel. (July)
Independent on Sunday (UK)
“A good-natured humorous crime caper.”
Bonniers Bokklubb (Sweden)
“Criminally fun!”
PRO Pensionären (Sweden)
“It has humor, brilliant dialogue, irony and warmth. A light-hearted and enjoyable detective comedy.”
Kay Sheldon
“This is hilarious! Ocean 11 group meets the 70s group from the nursing home. I hope I am as spry as the 79 main character. They antics they get into make the book a delight to read....such fun.”
Suspense Magazine
“Such a great read! This definitely proves the wisdom: it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”
Bookloons.com
“.. . ..A hilarious comedy of errors… The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is the read of the summer and it will make a splendid movie!”
Library Love Fest
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel meets The Italian Job in internationally-bestselling author Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg’s witty and insightful comedy of errors.”
starred review ShelfAwareness
“A comedy of errors, oversights and obstacles infuse Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg’s clever U.S. debut, and the hilarious, escalating antics of a spirited cast of walker-dependent characters in their 70s and 80s will have readers of all ages rooting for their cause.”
San Antonio Express-News
“Refreshing and thought-provoking.”
San Francisco Book Review
“A truly fun, enjoyable [and] wonderful novel.”
Collected Miscellany
“The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is an endearing and heartwarming tale...a must-read for people who overlook the older and mostly wiser seniors in our world.”
Booklist
“This good natured outing will appeal to readers interested in a story about spirited seniors determined have fun, raise some hell, and cause more than a little menace during their so-called ‘mature’ years.”
J.B. Morrison
“Reminded me of the more mischievous moments of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Tom Winter
“A quirky, offbeat delight and a heart-warming reminder that one is never too old for some mischief.”
Kirkus Reviews
2016-04-13
Could prison really be worse than a retirement home? Five senior citizens plan the perfect crime to find out. Martha Andersson has had it with the prisonlike atmosphere at Diamond House Retirement Home. Bad food, limited coffee, and no exercise spell trouble for this spry old woman. With the help of a generous supply of cloudberry liqueur, she recruits her friends into forming The League of Pensioners, bent on committing a crime worthy of incarceration. Perhaps most helpful for Martha's purposes: nurse Barbara, the ambitious manager of Diamond House. Barbara has her romantic sights set on Ingmar Mattson, the penny-pinching director of the retirement home, and her eagerness to please him leads to the economizing that pushes Martha and her cronies toward a life of crime in the first place—but when Ingmar sweeps Barbara away, it leaves Martha and her cronies the perfect opportunity to misbehave. Brains sorts out the technical details, while Rake and Christina act as henchmen, and Anna-Greta foots much of the bill. Their victimless jewel and art heists, however, soon implode under a series of unexpected obstacles. Instead of hyperbolic, mustache-twirling villains, Ingelman-Sundberg (The Little Lady Who Struck Lucky Again, 2015, etc.) deftly orchestrates the twists and turns in the plot through the foibles of real life, including an overly zealous housekeeper, a vaguely menacing convict, a lazy pair of crewmen, and police officers whose ageism blinds them to the clues right under their noses. Once caught, the pensioners quickly learn much from their fellow inmates—the next crime will certainly come off without a hitch. The first of the League of Pensioners series translated from the Swedish, Ingelman-Sundberg's tale captures the rebelliousness percolating just under the surface of ignored, shuffled away elderly folks, although the simplistic prose sounds a bit paternalistic at times. A merry, lighthearted caper.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062447975
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/12/2016
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
57,316
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

CATHARINA INGELMAN-SUNDBERG is the Swedish author of over nineteen books. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules (Kaffe med Rån, or Coffee with Robbery) surpassed sales of 1.2 million copies internationally and was a #1 bestseller in Canada.

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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous 25 days ago
Story needed serious editing - good concept with geriatrics turning to crime but the plot needed extensive tightening