An elderly lady is up to no good : stories

by Tursten, Helene, 1954-

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Summary
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.
Contents
An elderly lady has accomodation problems
An elderly lady on her travels
An elderly lady seeks peace at Christmastime
The antique dealer's death
An elderly lady is faced with a difficult dilemma.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Tursten has entertained readers for 20 years with her series of crime novels featuring DI Irene Huss of the Violent Crimes Unit in Göteborg, Sweden. Her new character, identified only as Maud, is another brilliant creation. Maud is an irascible 88-year-old criminal in full possession of her faculties who hides behind the fake persona of an addled elderly woman. She made her debut last year in a short story (included in this volume) in the Soho Press collection The Usual Santas, wherein she decides to make her Christmas merry and bright by sending her wife-abusing neighbor off to his eternal damnation via a one-way trip (literally) down the apartment-house stairs. Yes, you read that right. He was too noisy, you see. Our antihero Maud believes that her family pedigree entitles her to a peaceful and genteel existence, and woe be to anyone who threatens it. She is presented here in five episodes, all dark, irreverent, and hilariously funny. Huss puts in a guest appearance in the final piece, where a stolen walker acts as the perfect prop to disguise the scaffold-climbing abilities that enable Maud to murder a greedy antiques dealer. Yes, this woman actually snatches people's canes and walkers. And she can climb scaffolding. Come back soon, Maud. But be careful. The police are getting suspicious.--Jane Murphy Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The five stories in this exceptional collection from Tursten (the Irene Huss mysteries) feature Maud, a seemingly mild-mannered 88-year-old Gothenburg resident who's perfectly willing to use wiles and sometimes deadly force to defend her independent lifestyle. In the delightful "An Elderly Lady Has Accommodation Problems," a pushy neighbor has designs on Maud's apartment, and that can't be tolerated. When a gold digger hooks an old beau of Maud's in "An Old Lady on Her Travels," Maud decides to intervene, showing that she's also ready to right wrongs that threaten others. Perhaps the best entry is "An Elderly Lady Seeks Peace at Christmas Time," in which Maud cleverly puts a young clerk in his place and rids herself of an abusive neighbor. In the last two tales, she deals ruthlessly with a greedy antique dealer. Readers will be amused by how sharp-as-a-tack Maud plays the forgetful, fuzzy-brained old lady to achieve her ends. With any luck, she'll be back for an encore. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Older people -- Fiction.
Murderers -- Fiction.
Göteborg (Sweden) -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2018.
Other Titles Works.
Contributors Delargy, Marlaine, translator.
Language English
In English, translated from the Swedish.
Notes Subtitle from cover.
Description 171 pages ; 16 cm
ISBN 1641290110
9781641290111
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