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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641290111
Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 8,568
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. She is the author of the Irene Huss mysteries and the Embla Nyström mysteries, including Hunting Game and Winter Grave. Her books have been translated into 21 languages and made into a television series. She was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband.

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An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Masterful, dark humor. Halfway through the first chapter........ no - surely- she's not going to........Note to self - Treat little old ladies with utmost respect!
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LizardBrain More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley for providing an electronic ARC in exchange for an honest review. I have read a couple of Helene Tursten's books, and I do like them (big police procedural fan; and Irene Huss does make an appearance here!). But Maud, the feisty protagonist of this collection of short stories, is something special. You could think of her as a sort of octogenarian, female, Swedish Dexter, minus the full-on bloodlust. Maud seems frail and innocent from the outside, but when she is threatened, her right to her rent-controlled domicile is questioned, or, well, she is slightly inconvenienced by a drunken boor in her building, she springs into action. Of course, Maud is *not* your typical frail little old lady, and she's wicked smart to boot. She doesn't have an outright desire to kill, but people who enter her sphere do tend to get what they deserve. This was a deliciously evil, fun little read. Since it's chopped into little vignettes, it's easy to read (I read it on a short road trip). Recommended for those who might like to see the flip side of Miss Marple.