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An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good
An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good | Helene Tursten
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Maude 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, but 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 murder in her apartment complex, will Maud be able to avoid suspicion, or will Detective Inspector Irene Huss see through her charade?
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BiblioLitten
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Whoa! I did not expect what just happened on page 19 😳😳
Very interesting! Good thing I didn‘t look at the blurb before starting the book. I didn‘t expect the book to be so short either.

#currentlyreading #shortread #Sweden

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MatchlessMarie
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#BookSpin and #DoubleSpin picks for January have been chosen!! Especially looking forward to finishing my double spin pick.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
RainyDayReading An Elderly Lady is such fun! 3w
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carlthecattt
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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 ❤️
#bestof2021swap

LiteraryinLawrence What is the circular thing in the blue box? 3w
Kdgordon88 So glad you like everything! Happy New Year! 3w
carlthecattt @LiteraryinLawrence hey! Are you looking at the one with a smiley face on it? If so, it‘s a pen holder :) 3w
candority Looks fantastic! 😍 3w
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mariaku21
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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.

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Andrea313
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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.

LeahBergen I really enjoyed the first one. I‘ll have to keep an eye out for the second! 2mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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

Cinfhen Agreed!! This cover is 🙌🏻✨🔥 I own this on my kindle but I think I want to listen to audio 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen The audio is really well done! 2mo
Bookzombie I also enjoyed this one on audio. Just in case you don‘t know, there is a new one out. I haven‘t read it yet though. 2mo
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britt_brooke @Bookzombie Yes - thank you! I placed it on hold recently and should get it soon. 🙂 2mo
kspenmoll Read this but I bet audio would be fun! 2mo
Booksnchill @britt_brooke An Elderly Lady Must Not be Crossed is out and is just as good! (edited) 1mo
britt_brooke @Booksnchill I have it on hold. Hopefully I‘ll get it soon! 1mo
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Aims42
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This was a fun, quick read! I love Maud so much 😂 Definitely reading the next book 👍🏻

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Aims42
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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 🤣

kplovesbooks 🤣🤣 On the bright side, it must be very easy to hold though! 3mo
Aims42 @kplovesbooks Yes, it is! It fits perfectly in my purse as well, my shoulder doesn‘t know the difference with or without it 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
kplovesbooks @Aims42 LOL!!! 😂😂 3mo
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Aims42
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Excited to start my next read, but why is it so small? 😆

Megabooks 😂😂 3mo
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IselaKay
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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

Recommend!

👵🏼🔪☠️

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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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

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MsRadioSilence
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Not part of my team theme but this is such a cute book! A quick read, and very amusing. 10/10, I love Maud.

#scarathalon #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix #spookoweenreadathon #screamathon #getspookedreadathon #booklyreadathon #wickedathon

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peanutnine
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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.

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Oh this sounds wonderful! Stacking! 😂 5mo
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dimedgirl
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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.

4/5🌟

#20in4 #readathon

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Mehso-so

Amusing, but not much else?

youngreadrshelf I started that one and couldn‘t make it through the first chapter. 6mo
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BookishBelle
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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

Lcsmcat They‘re cute stories which (perhaps scarily) were recommended to me by my octogenarian mother. 😀 7mo
BookishBelle @Lcsmcat That may be a little scary! 😄 7mo
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Kdgordon88
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#CuriousCovers Day 17 #Patterns

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.

Eggs ❤️ 🧵💙 and funny 😄 7mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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A new collection of Maud stories coming in October!!! Just downloaded the eArc and am so, so excited!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think I “need” this one!! 🤣 8mo
Tamra Oh fun, I liked the first! 8mo
AutumnRLS I love Maud! 8mo
thegreensofa Can‘t wait! 8mo
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Angitron
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Mehso-so

This was just okay. I expected it to be a lot more interesting and funny than it was. Instead it was told in a very straightforward, almost dry manner.

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Kimbono
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Saturday reading soundtrack #readingsoundtrack

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DanaManiac
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4 ⭐️

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!

ErinSueMreads I loved this one! 10mo
MicheleinPhilly I absolutely adored Maud! 10mo
DanaManiac She‘s such a great character!! ☺️ @ErinSueMreads @MicheleinPhilly 10mo
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AFrostCauseReads
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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.

Bits I love everything about this review! 😄😂😆👵🔪😱 Got my attention! 11mo
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kspenmoll
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“Congratulations, little Maud. You go away with it.”
So ends this little book of stories about the elderly lady, Maud, who is certainly “up to know good.”
Such fun!

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AFrostCauseReads
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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!!!
#bookcupidswap

candority Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💖 11mo
AmberWB Happy Valentine‘s Day! 11mo
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Bookzombie
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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. 😉

suvata I read that book a few weeks ago. Your review is great. Good luck with those neighbors. 13mo
Bookzombie @suvata Thanks on both counts! 🙂 13mo
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CampbellTaraL
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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. 😁

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MidnightBookGirl
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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

NovelGirl82 I did not want this book to end!! I need more Maud in my life! 😂 13mo
MittenGirlPeach I loved this book! Yearly read is a terrific idea! 13mo
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Gina
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That titled pulled me in and this dark mystery did not disappoint. Just know that 88 year old Maud is not someone you should ever turn your back on...

Patchshank I loved it. I hope more stories come out. 13mo
Gina @Patchshank Oh me too! I miss Maud already. 13mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Oh Maud. You and I would be great friends. Witty little read that is great for upping your year end numbers.

LeahBergen I liked this one, too. 👍🏻 13mo
CarolynM Looking forward to this one for #NewYearWhoDis @thegreensofa 13mo
thegreensofa @CarolynM Aahh yes!! One of my favourite reads from 2020. It was so much fun. I miss you maud! ( @MicheleinPhilly great review!! 😆 ) 13mo
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CampbellTaraL
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I'm goin' in!

I forgot how much the cover blurb hooked me when I first read it, and promptly added the book to my TBR. 🤭😍

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bookishbitch
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I bought this online to be a gift for my mom. I had no idea it was pocket sized! 😂

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Cinsarly
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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

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Cinsarly
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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

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Cinsarly
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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

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Cinsarly
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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

AkashaVampie Haha 13mo
megnews 😂 13mo
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Cinsarly
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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

MidnightBookGirl Love this! And I'm glad you're enjoying the stories! 13mo
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Eggbeater
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A diabolical little old lady takes no crap from anyone. #LifeGoals This compact, murderous book has wickedly funny and adorably sinister stories.

GingerAntics That title is a winner in and of itself!!! 13mo
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rwmg
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Series of short stories about a little old lady who commits murders to solve her problems.

Didn't really live up to the expectations aroused by its word of mouth reputation.

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suvata
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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.”

SheReadsAndWrites You are too funny.... 😂😊 Was it a fun read? 14mo
suvata @SheReadsAndWrites It was a fun read. It was kind of like “Murder She Wrote and “meets “Dexter”. 14mo
SheReadsAndWrites Very cool!! 😎 14mo
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HOTPock3tt That opening line though! 🤣 sounds like fun! #Stacked (edited) 13mo
suvata @HOTPock3tt One of my top 10 favorite reads this year 13mo
HOTPock3tt @suvata that‘s also very high praise! 😃looking forward to checking it out! 😎 13mo
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Lcsmcat
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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. 😀

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booksandsympathy
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This book was fun. Definitely different having an 88 year old woman who is so cold and calculating. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but definitely wouldn't want to have her as a neighbor.

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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.

Gnora I loved this book! It's a fast read, just the thing to break a reading slump. I hope you enjoy it. :) 1y
booksandsympathy @Gnora thanks! Good to know it's a fast read. I hope I love it too. 1y
wordslinger42 I feel you on the struggles of a mood reader! I've been having the same problem lately and finally settled on something that I've managed to stick with longer than 24 hours 😅 1y
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booksandsympathy @wordslinger42 I think part of my problem is I have another book I really want to read that my husband is currently reading, plus two holds that I've been waiting months for finally on the way at the library. So I can't concentrate on anything else. 1y
mcipher I‘ve been there on and off all pandemic. I know exactly how you feel! 1y
booksandsympathy @mcipher good to know I'm not the only one. It seems like everyone else has been reading so much more. 1y
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IndoorDame
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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.

#votedearlyreadathon

Eggbeater This is on my TBR and I like dark humor! 1y
CampbellTaraL Sounds perfect. 🤭 1y
veritysalter This was the first book I read this year and absolutely adored Maud, perhaps because she‘s everything I am not 😂 It‘s a great book. 1y
booksandsympathy Just requested it on Libby. It sounds fantastic. Unfortunately, it looks like it'll probably be the new year before it's available. But that might actually be better as I have several more books I want to read this year. 1y
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arlenefinnigan
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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

LeahBergen I loved it, too. 1y
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LeslieO
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Oh, she was up to no good alright. #summerreading #bookintranslation #localindie #TalkingLeaves Thank you @LiteraryinLititz for the gift card!

LiteraryinLawrence You‘re quite welcome! 1y
LeahBergen She‘s a dickens, isn‘t she? 😆😆 1y
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This was just ridiculously delightful. When it says no good, what it really means is murder. 😂 #integrateyourshelf

@ChasingOm @Emilymdxn

ChasingOm Oh, I loved this one too! 😻 1y
umbrellagirl So good! 1y
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LeslieO
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever read this many books in one month. Three with summer in the title.
summerreading #julystats #stats #summerinthetitle

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Caterina
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May #BookSpinBonanza #TripleSpin @TheAromaofBooks

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! 😂

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this photo!! 2y
Lcsmcat My (84 yr old) mother read and loved this last summer. I wonder if I should be worried . . . 2y
TheAromaofBooks What an entertaining concept! @Lcsmcat - you better be careful, sounds like she was giving herself a few years to plan ahead 😂 2y
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