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An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good

An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good

Scris de Helene Tursten

Povestit de Suzanne Toren


An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good

Scris de Helene Tursten

Povestit de Suzanne Toren

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Lansat:
Jun 11, 2019
ISBN:
9781684573745
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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?

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  • (4/5)
    If you want some laughs, check it out! It's narrator is really good and voices for the different characters are distinct to not get confused.
  • (5/5)
    This is a terrific collection of tales about a delightfully awful little old lady. Highly recommend!
  • (5/5)
    I just adore Maude! A brilliant book! It made my day.
  • (5/5)
    It was a fun read, entertaining and light hearted, lots of unexpected thoughts
  • (3/5)
    Wanted to like it more than I did, but the delightfully murderous old lady miraculously only kills people of bad moral character, so she's up to good, really.
  • (5/5)
    I need more Maud immediately. What a fabulous little old lady!
  • (5/5)
    Loved it. Wish there was more! Absolutely enjoyable from start to end.
  • (5/5)
    Love Maud. But don't get on her bad side. Ever. Little old ladies are not always helpless, don't let looks fool you.
  • (4/5)
    This is a tiny little book, like physically looks like a children’s book.An Elderly Lady is Up to No GoodThis book is only about 4 inches tall. Cute and tiny and packed with humor. I loved the little needlepoint skulls and that the whole cover looked like a pillow you would find in an elderly lady’s apartment.At first, it is written from an outsider’s perspective and I was a little sad because I wanted to hear Maude… but then here comes Maude. I giggled and snickered and thoroughly enjoyed reading about her.She sort of reminded me of Ove, but with murder.This old woman definitely has her wits about her and is more clever than those surrounding her, including the police. The stories are off-the-wall but undeniably enjoyable.I want more Maude and her cute little story books.It also turned me on to Helene Tursten, an author I had not previously heard of before. She has an entire series dedicated to Inspector Huss, who makes an appearance here in Maude’s story, and I hope to get my hands on some of those books soon as well.Great read and quick. I couldn’t put it down. I was giggling and shocked all at the same time and while Maude is a lovable character in many ways… I wouldn’t want her as a neighbor.
  • (4/5)
    My thirteen-year-old actually checked this out at the library, then when he left it lying around the house it definitely piqued my curiosity. From the title to the cross-stitched skull and crossbones to the fact that it was translated (and tiny!), I told him that if it was good, I might want to read it after him. Later that night, after the kids' bedtime, he came downstairs and pressed it into my hands. "This book is crazy!" he said, and disappeared. It seemed implied that he liked it.And wow, it didn't take long to figure out what he meant! Of course I expected that it would feature an elderly woman with sometimes nefarious purposes, but I didn't expect her to be the POV character, and I didn't expect her to be so wickedly relatable!This quickly took Nimona's place as my therapeutic alternate with How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS. To go from self-interested bureaucrats refusing to rise to the occasion to prevent needless deaths to Maud's casual and remorseless offings of people who kinda-sorta deserved it was quite refreshing.The first three stories were perfection. I enjoyed the last two, which more closely fit a standard whodunnit format, a bit less, or else I would have easily given the whole thing five stars. Not my usual reading, but so enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    Meeting Maud. WoW! A tiny hardcover with a powerhouse character in five (5) short stories!

    Maud has been resilient since her father's unexpected death when she was 18. Maud learned an invaluable lesson that good things can come from tragedy as a minor clause of a contract gave the opportunity for the widow and daughters to live rent-free in the family's spacious apartment in downtown Gothenburg (a major city in Sweden). After the mother died, Maud took care of her infirm older sister until her death. Living alone with no family and no friends has not been a burden to Maud but given her the opportunity to travel as she has wished and freedom to live without "idle chatter." But occasionally Maud's life of freedom is interrupted and peace is seemingly shattered. It is an understatement to mention that Maud does not exactly respond well to change or any interruption of her peaceful existence.

    I loved the character of Maud! She finds inventive and creative ways to solve her "problems" but I do confess that I wouldn't want to be Maud's neighbor or even provide any services for the building or for her during travels. I wouldn't want to unknowingly become a "problem."

    Helene Tursten has created a spunky and feisty senior citizen named Maud and tells Maud's stories with humor. I read the stories one evening and could easily have envisioned spending a few more evenings with Maud if the stories had continued. But perhaps that's the best achievement, introducing the reader to a character like Maud who has her own unique charisma that I'll remember for a long, long time.

    The perfect way to spend an evening! Thank you Helene Tursten and Marlaine Delargy (Translator).
  • (4/5)
    What a fun surprise this story collection is! Maude's age is a perfect disguise for her criminal mind. I thought I'd just read a little story a night before I went to sleep, but the book beckoned me to it all day so I finished it.
  • (4/5)
    Maud looks like a sweet little old Swedish lady, but in reality she is a cold-blooded killer. Others, including police investigators, consistently underestimate her wiles, and she's not above playing the senility card when she has to. In this brief collection, Maud triumphs over those who try to take what is rightfully hers. A quick read, with stories that are reminiscent of those that appear in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
  • (5/5)
    So fun, and completely unexpected! This was recommended on a podcast I listen to (Reading Glasses). I expected sort of a Miss Marple kind of character, and Maud is not that at all! I'll leave you to discover what kind of person she is!
  • (4/5)
    Maud is 88, which is the perfect age to murder people who bother you, because no one will ever suspect you did it! A tiny* book of clever stories. I enjoyed it a lot! Some characters from the author's other books (more traditional Scandicrime) show up toward the end, but you definitely do not need to know who they are to enjoy this funny little collection. *I've only read a few books this year but two of them have been teeny tiny hardbacks about female murderers. What's up with that?
  • (5/5)
    A delightful series of short stories about a little old lady who has her own priorities, and they involve bumping off people who bother her, she's a delight.
  • (4/5)
    3.5 Meet Maude. She is not your stereotypical elderly lady. Definitely not the kind that distresses one when in a hurry and the car that is doing ten or more miles under the speed limit is driven by a littleold lady who can barely see over the steering wheel. Nor the one in the grocery checkout counting out her exact change one coin at a time, while we not so patiently wait for them to finish. Yes Maude is in her later eighties, lives in a large apartment where she is legally entitled to spend her life, rent free, and has a great many pieces of old furniture and other valuables that she occasionally sells to finance her many trips to places near and far. But Maude is even more than this, she is capable of behaving very badly to those who try to take advantage of her because of her age, to their own detriment. You see, Maude is not an elderly woman it is wise to cross.Enjoyed these shorts, all featuring Maude getting out of situations in a very unladylike manner. Though I did like the first three more than the last two connecting ones. There was something in the last part that I found unbelievable, didn't think s woman of this advanced age could manage this fest, but then again who knows. Have read this authors, Irene Huss series for years, set in Sweden as is this one. Irene even makes an appearance as an investigator here, as poor Maude finds a dead body in her apartment. Right! I do hope Tursten makes more use of Maude in other books. Quite a fun read though I suppose it depends you are standing on. Or not.ARC from Edelweiss.
  • (2/5)
    I did not enjoy this book. Helene Tursten, who writes the Detective Inspector Huss series of Swedish crime novels, here turns her hand to writing about Maud, a little old lady with very little conscience and a penchant for murder. Delightful as this sounds, the short stories in the small volume were, to me, written in a fashion that I found unbelievable. I could not get into the old-lady-as-murderer vibe. Many of the things that Maud does are beyond belief for a woman whom I gathered was an octogenarian. Not a great start to the reading year.
  • (5/5)
    I selected this book for the title alone. It’s a very small book with five linked short stories … just 171 small pages with big type and an unlikely octogenarian heroine, Maud. Dark but funny. No spoilers here.Being an old lady myself, I "get" this book.
  • (3/5)
    I kept seeing this little (and I mean physically little) book all over the place and the cover completely intrigued me. The skulls put me off some since I am the world's most cowardly reader but I couldn't resist the cross-stitch and the elderly woman of the title. The back of the book makes it sound like this is a collection of capers that would be charming and entertaining, if a little dark. And in a way, it was. Helene Tursten's An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good, translated into English from the Swedish, is not a mystery. It is not a light caper story. It is the tale of an 88 year old woman who knocks off people who need killing (or at least from her perspective they need killing). Neighbors, the fiance of her former love, a celebrity, and an antiques dealer who intends to cheat her all find themselves on the wrong side of this conscienceless octogenarian serial killer.Written as 5 linked short stories, with 4 focused on Maud and the last centered on a detective who cannot find enough proof but knows that Maud killed the victim, the collection starts out with a lot of promise, full of engaging details and dark humor. Unfortunately it starts to feel a bit repetitive, especially the final story, which rehashes the previous story from the detective's perspective (a detective who is apparently the main character in a very popular series by Tursten). Maud's character is fascinating because the reader doesn't feel disgust for her even as she calculates how to murder the people who are annoying her beyond all endurance. She's not nasty, she's pragmatic and clever and uses her age and perceived feebleness to her advantage. The book is a very fast read and mostly entertaining, especially for those who are inclined to be tickled by people getting what they deserve (in some cases) or looking for a deadly version of the ultimate "Get Off My Lawn!"
  • (4/5)
    I picked this up at the library because I liked the cover: a physically little book with the titled cross-stitched on the cover, like an old fashioned sampler. In spite of the skulls and crossbones also on the cover, I was expecting humorous tales of an elderly Swedish woman. Only to find out she is a serial killer when she feels her way of life threatened. It is funny in its own way and I found myself liking her a lot and didn't fault her for her crimes. Recommend.
  • (4/5)
    Eighty-nine-year-old Maud keeps herself to herself. To the other tenants in the apartment building, they see an old lady who lives in an apartment that's much too big for her, and-- worst of all-- she doesn't pay a penny in rent! What those neighbors don't know would fill an encyclopedia.Just as Maud entered university at the age of eighteen, her beloved father died. Her mother couldn't cope with the shame of finding out there was no money left, rapidly faded away, and died. Fortunately, a real estate deal was done that gave Maud and her sister their apartment rent-free for as long as they were alive. For the next few decades, Maud was burdened with the care of an emotionally fragile sister who should've been put in assisted living but refused because, well, that was what Maud was for. Finally, when she was in her sixties, Maud was free to live her life as she chose. Perhaps she should be forgiven for wanting to stay where she'd lived her entire life and for all the traveling she does. Hasn't she paid her dues? (Take that, nosy neighbors!)All this and more is what you learn as you read Helene Tursten's short story collection, An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good. I've been asked before what my "guilty pleasure" books are, and I've always responded that I never feel guilty about the books that I read. Life's too short and all that. But maybe... just maybe... I should call Maud a guilty pleasure character. In these stories, Maud runs into several folks who take one look at her and think that she's going to be easy to cheat. After all, she's a little old lady who uses a walker to get to the shops. Her mind's got to be going, right? Think again!In this collection, Maud has to outwit someone trying to take her apartment away from her and someone else who's trying to steal her antiques-- and she's not above a little murder to take care of these people either. It's a pleasure to watch this old lady take care of her youngers and supposedly betters, and lest you get the idea that "it's all about Maud," that's not true. She's also willing to help out others she comes in contact with, although she certainly doesn't seek them out.When I read one story that was written from an outsider's point of view, I thought to myself, "Why couldn't we get this story from Maud?" The very next story told us the events from her perspective. Tursten read my mind. Tursten also had fun having her two other characters, Detective Inspectors Irene Huss and Embla Nyström test their wits against Maud. An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good is a light, fun read that proves something I've always known: never underestimate the elderly.