|An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good|
October 9, 2021
By Helene Tursten
"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?"
Maud is shrewd, independent, funny, and occasionally homicidal. I wouldn't want to cross her, but I loved her.
This is a collection of short stories, and my only disappointment is that there weren't more of them. (There is a second book of stories, An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed, which, unfortunately, the library doesn't own)