I feel so spoiled! I love all of it, thank you so much @Kdgordon88 ! I absolutely love all things pens and notebooks and cannot wait to start using this planner/journal for all my book tracking. And the letter opener is so cool! Thank you, again- and happy new year!
Thank you for hosting, @candority ❤️
What a different take on this genre and I can't help but just cheer Maude on! She's a great character - a no-nonesense, woman in her late 80's, enjoying life and all it has to offer and has no problem with a little murder here and there.
Such a bold a low-ley devious woman that I never want to cross but somehow admire because of it. These short stories have got me interest in more about her, her misadventures and the fools trying to stop her.
Both of these little books pack a darkly funny punch. I liked the tagged book more than its sequel, but both were good for the kind of laugh that you then feel bad about because this old lady is a sinister, stone-cold sociopath, but also, somehow, a character you root for? Maud is definitely worth spending a couple of evenings with.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Clever ol‘ Maud is low key devious. She messes around and gets vengeance by playing the part of confused elderly lady when she full well knows what‘s going on. Darkly humorous story collection! I felt kind of bad for laughing. #coverlove
Guys, I really cannot deal with how ridiculously small this book is 😂 I‘m enjoying it so far but maybe I need to switch to the audio version because I read a few pages and then look at my hands and laugh at how giant they look 🤣
This was a fantastic, funny, and short read! Maud sort of reminds me of Joe from the series ‘You‘— they both justify murdering people because they‘re inconvenient or in their way somehow. But because Maud is 88 years old and hides behind her ‘elderly lady‘ status—she‘s more hilarious… but just as sinister! Still, you can‘t help but like her, she just wants her peace after all lol
This was a quick and fun way to spend an October Sunday! This darkly funny collection centered around the octogenarian, Maud, had me chuckling all day. Maud‘s solutions to life‘s inconveniences are a bit murderous, but as the chills travel down your spine, you‘ll find yourself smiling at her cleverness. 3⭐️#outstandingoctober
This was a hilariously dark collection of short stories about an old woman who deals with disputes and grievances the old-fashioned way: murder. You can't help but admire Maud for her audacity even as you realize her evil nature.
A short collection of stories about Maud who lets her old age hide the fact she deals with inconveniences in a…peculiar way. It‘s a fun tale and the idea of her committing these crimes is a twist I haven‘t seen much of. There were funny moments, but it also gave a glimpse of many problems that almost makes you root for Maud.
Spent part of my lunch break finishing this odd little book of stories translated from Swedish. Maud is 88 years old and her age is a perfect disguise for her criminal activity. An intriguing short read. #LunchTimeReading #Translation
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I like this cross stitch looking cover. Reminds me of all the unstitched patterns/charts in my stash. Much like my TBR, where this book sits on my kindle, I have a mountain of charts too.
This was a cute collection of short stories following Maud, an elderly lady who gets away with several murders. She's so practical and matter-of-fact that it adds a weird dry humor to the stories. I typically go for cozy mysteries that are solved by unassuming grannies, but this was a nice change!
This is a collection of short stories about a very independent, older lady who gets away with murder on several occasions.
I found it quirky, original, and dare I say I related to this woman more than I should? Yeah, I mean, I wouldn‘t call her particular reasons for murder justified, I‘m just saying I understand it.
Ohh my gosh!!! Thank you @AmberWB for the awesome chocolates (of which I‘ve already been snacking on 😂) and book I can‘t wait to read! Happy Valentine‘s Day!!! ❤️ 📖 🍫
Thank you @candority for hosting such a fun swap!!!
This is my final book for 2020. I enjoyed listening to Maud‘s stories. I‘m pretty sure we could be friends. Maybe she could help me with a couple of my neighbors. 😉
A top pick for me. 88-year-old Maud is just trying to live her life in peace when people keep being people. The book is a collection of five short stories where Maud murders someone and gets away with it.
Takeaway: don't stereotype, little old ladies will exploit the heck out of that weakness. 😁
5 wonderfully wicked stories featuring an elderly lady who is up to no good! I could read about Maud for days, and this is the 3rd time around with this collection (although my first time on audio, which I liked). I think this will be a yearly re-read, and it's perfect for the holidays! #WinterGames2020 #HolidayReads #MerryReads @Clwojick
Oh Maud. You and I would be great friends. Witty little read that is great for upping your year end numbers.
Final story in the collection. Quite satisfying although I did feel bad for the victim this time as I'm not convinced he was really planning on doing something bad. Maude ia a little too quick to jump to murder in this one, which if I remember correctly from Lady Killers tends to happen over time. So that felt accurate. Lol. Overall, really enjoyed this collection. Very fun. And the book design is adorbs. TBR 16 pts #WinterGames2020 #MerryReaders
Vignette that sets up the final story in the collection. This one is told from the perspective of a retired journalist who lives in Maude's building so we see how her neighbors experience her. Then the final story will tell the story from her perspective. Due to that, this one doesn't really feel complete, but it was still enjoyable. TBR 16 pts #WinterGames2020 #MerryReaders
It's the story I was most looking forward to! Excellent Christmas murder vignette. I love that she uses a stroller to manipulate people. I only wish it had been longer. I'd love to see her react to carolers or be asked to participate in a cookie exchange. I need more holiday Maude. 26 pts #HolidayRead #Wintergames2020 #MerryReaders
Second story in the collection and it is more of a story. We find out that Maude used to be a high school teacher, which is perfect. The murder in this one takes more effort and it's related to Maude's past so we learn more about her as a person, including her very first murder. These stories definitely evoke Dexter ethics (or Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) in that it is usually awful people being killed. TBR 16 pts #WinterGames2020 #MerryReaders
Opening story in this collection. Very fun! Not a ton of plot so it was more like a vignette that introduced our serial killing senior citizen. Love the way she plays off people's assumptions about the elderly. Also, the method of murder was hilarious. The picture above is not a spoiler! It just captures the spirit of the story. 😂 16 pts for TBR #WinterGames2020 #MerryReaders
No, this is not my auto-biography but I may have to steal the title if I ever write one.
“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.”
I meant this fun little book to take me through til #bookspin time, but ended up reading it all in one go. The above inscription is on the end paper. I bought it 2nd hand and can‘t help wondering who Eve #134 is. Or was it from Lin Eve and I‘m just wondering about the #134? More mysteries than the ones in the stories. 😀
I've been in a huge reading slump. I've been trying to read the same book for a month. It's interesting, but slow and I'm a huge mood reader, so maybe I'm no longer in that mood. I've put down two other books. I'm also supposed to be reading a book on netgally, but I'm not in the mood for that either. This book just became available on my Libby. Sounds fun! Here's hoping this gets me out of the slump.
Maud looks like she‘s everyone‘s favorite cookie baking granny, and it‘s the perfect disguise.
I loved this! But I am someone who likes dark humor, which this very much is. There were moments where Maud‘s fiery spirit reminded me of my own favorite
Grandma, so I found her character endearing.
I LOVED this, it was such good fun. Maud is a brilliant anti-hero - I mean, I'm not saying I want to be a serial killer when I'm older, but we can all learn something from her cross-me-and-I-will-actually-kill-you attitude. If you like your humour dark and gruesome and your old ladies fiercely independent and murdery, you'll love this. #womenintranslationmonth
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Just as fun, quick, and darkly humorous as I'd hoped it would be! Due to being written and published over the course of several years, there are some small inconsistencies between the short stories, each of which follows 88-year-old Maud, a lowkey serial killer. The inconsistencies do not detract from the fun writing and Maud's predicaments! 😂