Review | An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten


88 year old no-nonsense Maud is a former teacher living rent free (thanks to a legal technicality after her father passed away when she was 18) in a spacious apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden.

In a series of short stories, we learn about Maud’s life and her penchant for muder.  While most people see a feeble minded elderly lady who is half deaf and lacking the strength to hurt a fly, Maud uses this illusion to her advantage as she surfs the net for useful information on a stolen laptop and travels the world with the money she has saved up over the years.

A young celebrity sets her sights on Maud’s amazing apartment?  Maud’s not going to let that happen.

Her former lover that she hasn’t seen in decades is about to marry a woman half his age?  Maud will deal with that train wreck.

The upstairs neighbor wants to beat his wife and ruin Christmas?  Maud’s not going to take it.

An antiques dealer thinks he can take advantage of a frail old lady with a collection of valuable heirlooms?  Maud says think again!

This is such a fun and original collection of short stories surrounding the twilight years of a clever and calculating woman who uses old age as a disguise to deliver justice to those who dare to get on her bad side.

Thanks to Soho Crime and Edelweiss for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my honest review.  An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good is scheduled for release on November 6, 2018.



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