Author: Tursten Helene
Package Dimensions: 0x152x567
Number Of Pages: 272
Release Date: 05-10-2021
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Don’t let her age fool you. Maud may be nearly ninety, but if you cross her, this elderly lady is more sinister than sweet.
Just when things have finally cooled down for 88-year-old Maud after the disturbing discovery of a dead body in her apartment in Gothenburg, a couple of detectives return to her doorstep. Though Maud dodges their questions with the skill of an Olympic gymnast a fifth of her age, she wonders if suspicion has fallen on her, little old lady that she is. The truth is, ever since Maud was a girl, death has seemed to follow her.
In these six interlocking stories, memories of unfortunate incidents from Maud’s past keep bubbling to the surface. Meanwhile, certain Problems in the present require immediate attention. Luckily, Maud is no stranger to taking matters into her own hands . . . even if it means she has to get a little blood on them in the process.
*Includes cookie recipes*
Praise for An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed
An October 2021 Indie Next SelectionAn ABA Indie Bestseller“. . . Cleverly plotted in five connected short stories. Each tale brings a little tension, a touch of suspense, but it’s the final story, the longest by far, that offers what could possibly be the book’s raison d’être: an explanation, some justification, a summing up that reveals 88-year-old Maud in full. Or maybe not.”
—The Toronto Star “Tursten effectively juxtaposes a cozy, Agatha Christie–like tone against the often surprisingly dark nature of Maud’s recollections, which are rife with clever satirical jabs and delicious ironies. This absorbing dive into the mind of a ruthless pragmatist posing as a Swedish Miss Marple will please psychological-thriller fans, once they realize that Maud isn’t nearly as cozy as she looks.”
Booklist, Starred Review
“Swedish crime novelist Tursten’s second book featuring 88-year-old Maud takes up right where
An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good left off. Maud plays a doddering, senile old lady when it suits her purposes, but she’s actually in perfect health with a sharp and cunning mind—handy for plotting and getting away with murder . . . Readers may find themselves rooting for her to get away with it all and will also appreciate the bonus gingerbread recipe.”
“It’s murder done out in the open, often with witnesses, but author Helene Tursten’s main character is crafty; with Rube-Goldberg-esque contraptions and contrivances, there’s a different method to Maud’s madness every time and she’s deliciously, curmudgeonly gleeful about literally getting away with murder. Even better, inside the body of Tursten’s senior citizen, there’s a true and talented actress with steely nerves, a delightfully twisted mind and absolutely zero patience for fools—making this dark novel clever and very, very fun to read . . . If you’re looking for something sharply sinister,
An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed must be remembered.”
—The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan
“In delightfully creepy steps, Maud develops her murderous personality through this set of six revelatory narratives . . . Marlaine Delargy’s translation never gets in the way of the action in Tursten’s stories . . . a dandy holiday gift, pocket size, darkly light-hearted, and a quick and easy introduction to the tongue-in-cheek side of one of today’s leading Swedish crime novelists.”
“I’m hoping that we might hear from this little old lady at least one more time.”
“The six linked stories in Swedish author Tursten’s delightful sequel showcase the ingenious murder methods that Maud, an idiosyncratic octogenarian with questionable motives, has devised over the years . . . Assured prose matches an irresistible heroine. Readers are sure to welcome a third entry in this beguiling series.”
“A guidebook to growing old without a single regret for victims who deserved just what they got.”
—Kirkus ReviewsPraise for An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good
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