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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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RainyDayReading
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I rather enjoyed this collection of quick and clever stories regarding a little old lady named Maud. Maud is just what you would expect little old ladies to be like, except she has a murderous streak. The stories were short but humorous and I wish there was more! Though I‘m not sure how many more bodies Maud could handle. I wasn‘t sure at first, but this small collection came together in the end.

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BookNAround
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Mehso-so

Everybody knows someone who needs killing. This little book is several linked short stories where the elderly lady of the title takes care of those people in her life. It got a bit too repetitive and the final story was a retelling of one already told, just from a different perspective. Over all, it was okay but... Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-elderly-lady-is-up-to-no-good-by...

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Fridameetslucy
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Between my predatory landlord and my awful job , I need a smerky and vicarious dose of justice. I know smerky isn‘t a real word but it fits the read

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MidnightBookGirl
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#BeatleMaynia Day 13: When I'm 64

So, the elderly lady in the book is in her late 80s, but I feel like 64 is no longer old (it's maybe more like the new 40), and while I DON'T aspire to be like Maud, I do admire her love of travel and problem solving. 😆🔪👵
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Tamra I hope there is another installment - I loved it like you love watching a train wreck. 😜 It was fun in a morbid way. 1mo
Eggs Great choice!! 1mo
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umbrellagirl
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Really good fun. 👍🏻👍🏻

Swe_Eva I very much like her books about Irene Huss - and the TV series as well. 👍🏻 2mo
umbrellagirl @Swe_Eva I will look for those. Irene appeared briefly in one of these stories. 2mo
Swe_Eva @umbrellagirl I like that she isn‘t one of those tortured detectives, but a normal mum in a good marriage. 2mo
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HardcoverHearts
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Pressure! This is the 2nd time I have borrowed this book. I kept putting it off because it‘s so slim that I was sure I could knock it out quickly. So I kept bumping it. I am not known for repeatedly checking out the same book without reading it. So I brewed up a pot of tea, watched the sun rise & spent a little time with an 88 year old serial murderess! She is horrid, but it was oddly satisfying to see what she got up to in her old age.

LeahBergen This was a fun little read. 😆 3mo
JSW I‘m so glad to see this post because I forgot this title and couldn‘t find it again 😂 3mo
HardcoverHearts @LeahBergen - I thought so, too! 😈 3mo
HardcoverHearts @JSW My work here is done! 😂 3mo
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juliegumdrop
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This is hilarious! Also, such a tiny book. #translatedlit

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grumpygirlbooks
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Mehso-so

This is a quite short, a collection of stories about Maud, the eponymous lady up to no good 👵🏼. They all felt the same to me? Like I enjoyed one okay, but I felt like I didn‘t need to read the rest really. Not bad, though. I just didn‘t enjoy it overmuch

BookNAround Just about exactly how I felt about this one. 4w
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Liberty
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Evening reading. 👵🏻☠️🖤

CBee This picture is fabulous! 4mo
catebutler This is such a fun picture - so clever! 4mo
ldale0401 I got that book for Christmas. Looking forward to reading it. 4mo
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GeorgeanneD
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This was delightful, which may be weird to say about a story that centers around a serial killer. I was routing for Maud though! Which I think is the mark of a very good story and writer. Definitely recommend!

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businessmermaid
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Mehso-so

The title really says it all. This collection of stories centering on the titular elderly lady, Maud, is quite amusing. Maud detests problems and she has an efficient, effective, and, yes, no good way of solving them. I usually don't enjoy short stories because I like to spend more time with characters, but this worked very nicely because all of the stories centered on the same character and theme. Overall, funny, but a bit lacking in depth.

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businessmermaid
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Such a cute cover design!

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businessmermaid
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1. An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good and Three Things About Elsie (two very different variations on a theme)
2. I think hardbacks are beautiful but paperbacks are easier to read — weak wrists!
3. More than I‘d care to say, but I very distinctly remember not getting through Silas Marner.

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Tamra
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I am giving this a pick because Maud is so awful I couldn‘t look away! The first story was the best, concise & witty. The last left me ambivalent about her, but I can‘t say why without a spoiler. I wish there had more stories to give her character greater context.

Moral of the stories; do not irritate Maud. 😬

Cathythoughts I love the title 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts it is catchy! 4mo
vlwelser I loved this book. 4mo
Tamra @vlwelser I hope there are more Maud stories to come. 4mo
vlwelser I hope so too. I think she may be a minor character in the author's other books. But I'm not totally sure. 4mo
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lovelybookshelf
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Mehso-so

Holy moly, Maud knows how to play up her elderly status to get away with murder, figuratively and literally. After binge-watching Dexter because he was so compelling, I want more complexity in my murderer pro(?)tagonists. Maud was amusing in a horrifying kind of way, but I didn't find it as funny as the blurb led me to think. Good, but "meh". (CW: Her younger sister had severe anxiety, and it's poked fun of in a mean-spirited way. Because Maud.)

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Tamra
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Gah! 😜 I think I‘m really going to enjoy this character!

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Redjewel_7734
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OK, I love Maud. I mean what‘s not to love about a little old lady who solves the problems she sees with murder? And what‘s better-she gets away with it. I also love the glimpses of the life that shaped her that add to these stories but don‘t interject so much they take away from the fun of watching Maud resolve the little problems that creep up in her life. If you want a quick, light, fun read this one is perfect.

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MidnightBookGirl
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Finally reading this one! Loving it so far!

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AmberJoy
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I absolutely loved this and wish I could read more about Maud. It‘s like a cozy but from the murderers POV.

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Angeles
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Got to love how Northern European authors don‘t shy away from old protagonist in their fiction ✌️👍👍👍. Also I enjoy books with serial killers as the hero. What does that say about me?😳😱😱😱😱

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amb
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This title went perfectly with my tote!
More vignettes than a cohesive story. Each however showcases the cleverness of Maude and the ways the elderly can be marginalized as less than, because people assume things about them without knowing about them. One story told from the point of a neighbor, then again from Maude‘s POV, are the only two related. While not a mystery I would still classify it as cozy.

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tigerkat81
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If Maxine, the cranky Hallmark lady, had no compunction about knocking off the people who irritate her, this would be her story.

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LA_Mead
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What a great book! I kind of love Maude, the 89-year-old who gets away with all sorts of naughty things. She‘s seriously kick a$$! Also: I love the size of this book. Tiny books are kind of cool!

Mitch This has featured on lots of podcasts lately.... maybe it‘s a sign I should dive in! 4mo
ErinSueGreads I loved it too!!! 4mo
LA_Mead @Mitch it‘s such a good read! 4mo
LA_Mead @ErinSueG isn‘t Maude so lovable in her own twisted way? 4mo
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greeniezona
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It was actually my thirteen-year-old son who picked this up from the library, but it looked so good that I disregarded my queue and picked it up the second he was done with it. I don‘t normally like short story collections, or read much crime fiction, but I am LOVING this so far.

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BookNAround
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He did get brave and joined us. This is huge! #catsoflitsy #schnauzersoflitsy

kaysworld1 Hello there I was just checking you have been in touch with your swap partner if not please go take a look on elfster. Thank you Kay #rrrswap 5mo
BookNAround @kaysworld1 I asked a question that was answered. How in depth are we supposed to go? 5mo
kaysworld1 @BookNAround Well it just like any other swap really one book from there tbr list and one specific book on the subject then a few goodies #earthfriendly. There's a link on elfster where original post is about things that could be useful to send. 5mo
BookNAround @kaysworld1 Yep. I‘ve been playing all over elfster so I should be okay. 😁 5mo
kaysworld1 @BookNAround brilliant if you need anything else let me know x 5mo
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BookNAround
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I made two huge pots of broccoli cheese soup tonight because I didn‘t read the amounts in the recipe before I started. Then my son decided to go out and have dinner with his buddies (and my hubby‘s out of town) so after a solitary dinner, I‘ve retreated to my bed with my reading partner and this book. Waiting to see if the kitten gets brave enough to join us on the bed. #schnauzersoflitsy

Booksnchill I enjoyed this book! 5mo
Tamra Sounds delightful to me! 5mo
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shaynarae
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Charming and wickedly delightful, it‘s hard not to enjoy this petite book about an eighty-eight year old woman who indulges in a bit of murder from time to time. #catforscale #catsoflitsy #blackandwhite

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emtobiasz
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Yeah... all my attempts to fight off this cold have been for naught. So I‘m snuggling up with this cozy blanket, this cozy dog, and this elderly lady 👵

kylienoele Hope you‘re well soon! 5mo
Litlady Feel better soon! You have the perfect reading partner! 🐶🐾🥰📚 5mo
readordierachel Feel better! Hope the doggy snuggles help 💕 5mo
cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 5mo
emtobiasz @kylienoele @Litlady @readordierachel @cobwebmoth thanks all! Today was much better. It‘s nice to finally be at a job that encourages staying home and healing over powering through sickness 👍 5mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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It's #HumpDayPost time! @MinDea

1. I am so ready to get back into Keto, so i saved this picture recently.
2. I don't buy ebooks usually. I mostly use my Kindle to read eArcs I get thru Edelweiss, so I just went with my first book bought in 2019.
3. Um... about 31 that I can think of right now.
4. All of them! Kidding. I collect allbof Stephen King's books and different copies of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
5. Probably not. :(

SailorMoon Hi! I'm new here... I just wanted to ask how can I do the same #HumpDayPost? I mean, should I screenshot yours and then edit it? Thank you ;) 5mo
MidnightBookGirl @elenangiolini Yes, that's how I do it! I take a screenshot and then use an app like Pic Collage to add my pics. 5mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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My January #BookHaul so far (not counting arcs). The tagged book is a fav of my bookseller co-workers, Romancing the Duke and 32 Candles are for book club (I own 32 Candles on audio already, but its a longtime favorite). In Pursuit was from an event with the author, and Hark! The Herald Angels Scream was on sale at the store and too good to pass up.

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I‘m still giggling. This little book delivered big on chuckles and oh no moments... The little old lady in question, Maud is living her best life (which includes frequent travel) and well, committing the occasional murder. My Nana loved it too!

Ericalambbrown I loved this weird little book! 😊 5mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Ericalambbrown, same! It had me exclaiming out loud 😂 5mo
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mreads
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Short story collection centered on Maude a 88 year old woman who deals with life's little annoyances in her own way, by killing the people who get on her nerves. Seems reasonable, I mean really, she's not got that much time left. 😁

CarolynM 😂 5mo
rwmg Wishlisted 5mo
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Shadowfat
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My first finished book of 2019, this is a collection of short stories about an old lady who ends up murdering those who wrong her. She has a lot of spunk for an 89 year old!

EllieDottie I loved this book!! 5mo
Cedricsmom I love it, too ❤️☠️❤️ I keep it bedside for nighttime reading. I love Maud. 5mo
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AshleyKorinE
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Starting off the year with a bang and a little murder! This book is short and fun, full of stories about an elderly lady named Maud who just wants to be left alone for the most part. I loved it! She‘s funny, she‘s conniving, and she‘s a cold blooded killer. I don‘t know what else anyone would want, it‘s great! Also fits the translation challenge for #Readharder2019

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Twocougs
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The theme of this book, don‘t piss off the old lady 😉

JennyM 😆 6mo
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vlwelser
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This is excellent. It's about an old lady. And she's kind of a criminal. I loved it. 💖📚🎄

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vkois88
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Next up, we have @Valink who ALSO spoiled me!!! I'm excited about this cozy mystery as well, I had heard of it but never had a chance to pick it up! The tagged book had me cracking up, and I can't wait to get into it! I LOVE the cover. I've never used a cocoa spoon like that, so I'm excited to try it... if I can keep LO away with her pleas of, "Sip! Sip! Pweeeeez Mama!" ? The HP bookmarks are fantastic! I love them! I'd never even HEARD of ⬇

vkois88 A chocolate reindeer and sled. That's incredibly, and also something I will have to do with LO ❤ ❤ ❤ The charts??? Omigoodnessssss. I adore Lizzie Kate and 2 of the three were on my wish list, the sleds were an additional surprise!!! I can't wait to stitch them, while using the beautiful needle minder. And the bag... I'll save the ornaments inside for a separate post 😍😍😍 6mo
Valink The book was picked first for the cross stick cover and second because it sounded awesome! And the sled patterns are the same patters that @aroc made for me! I checked out your wish list for the others 😊 I hope you enjoy everything. And I‘ll DEFINITELY join again next year. I really like the crafty swaps. 6mo
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vkois88 @valink I absolutely love everything. Thank you so much. I'm very lucky ❤❤❤ 6mo
SilversReviews I hope you had a good Christmas. BTW...sorry I didn‘t play the challenge this month...I couldn‘t think of things. Is there a January one? 6mo
vkois88 @SilversReviews I did, thank you!!! I hope yours was wonderful as well... it's perfectly fine you didn't take part, I barely had any posts either. It was a hectic month!! There will be a challenge for January, and we should be posting soon ❤❤❤ 6mo
SilversReviews @vkois88 Thanks. ❤️ 6mo
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SW-T
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Maud is the bomb! She may be old, but she gets things done ✅ I‘ll have to look for more Tursten. Really liked this one and I love the cross-stitch designs 😊

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Jen2
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Very fun!!

GingerAntics Poor cookies!!! 6mo
Tamra Good one! 6mo
Ruthiella 🤣🤣🤣 6mo
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Craftylikefox 😂😂 6mo
Kalalalatja This is the story of my life 😂😂 6mo
AmyG Hahaha. TRUTH. 6mo
tracey38 Yes! 😂😂😂 6mo
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Ericalambbrown
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😳 “up to no good” indeed! 🤣 I picked this one up on the basis of the title alone. It‘s an entertaining little collection of 5 short stories with Tunsten‘s DI Irene Huss character making an appearance. This is the first I‘ve read of Tunsten, but I will probably search out her other work after this. My take away? Just because someone is old and cute doesn‘t mean they aren‘t dangerous! 😂

introvertedbooks I really love this cover and title! 6mo
Ericalambbrown @introvertedbooks right? That was entirely the reason I got it! So glad I did! 🤣😂 6mo
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ZoeyPeacock
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Today‘s book mail. ❤️

Desmond0147 Hello Tiffany how are you doing I like to know more about you message me on my email Robertspeight103@gmail.com 6mo
ZoeyPeacock Well. That‘s a block. 6mo
Litsi That is one of the prettiest and most unusual collections I have seen. Which amazing title paid off the best? (edited) 2mo
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Ericalambbrown
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Glad this is a little book because I‘ve gotta hold it above the snoring bulldog to read it! I haven‘t had to read “around” anyone since my daughter (who is now 20) was small. 🤣❤️💕 #dogsoflitsy

Oblomov26 Lovely dog 6mo
Ericalambbrown @Oblomov26 Thanks! I‘m pretty grateful he found us💕 6mo
Gaylagal2 She is so dam cute!🐾❤️ 6mo
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Ericalambbrown @Gaylagal2 Awwww, thanks! 6mo
Aimeesue Awwww, doggo! What a handsome wrinkly face! Why must you bother him with books when he is obviously trying to snooze? 😂😂😂 6mo
Ericalambbrown @Aimeesue Especially when his furry hobgoblin arse is worn out from a long day of orneriness! A guy‘s gotta get his rest. Sheesh! 🤣 6mo
Aimeesue 😂😂😂 6mo
MaGoose 😆💕 6mo
RadicalReader @Ericalambbrown gorgeous bulldog love how sweet bulldogs are and they always look so sad so it‘s much easier and rewarding to always give them cuddles or a lap to lay on 5mo
Ericalambbrown @RadicalReader Thanks! Hank is a funny boy. We‘ve had him almost two months and he‘s pretty smiley for a bulldog 😊 5mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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What an odd little book! This tiny short story collection is about Maud, an old woman who deals with problematic people in her life by simply killing them. (Don‘t worry- that‘s not a spoiler! It‘s the premise of the collection) Honestly, if this was a full length novel, I don‘t think it would have held my interest. But as a short story collection, it was entertaining enough!

Ruthiella I bought one of the other books from the series for my elderly mother. I think she‘ll get a kick out of it. 6mo
SW-T I just picked this up! Looked like a quick read. Thanks for the review 😊 6mo
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TheDaysGoBy Your kitty is so cute! 😻 6mo
thegreensofa Sounds interesting 🤔. And that is the happiest sleeping kitty face ever! 😻❤️ 6mo
readordierachel That kitty looks so comfy! 6mo
nikirtehsuxlol I‘m just here for the kitty 🐱 6mo
minkyb I am curious about this. Appreciate your review. 6mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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This is a delightful, quick little book of short stories about Maud, an 88 year-old murderer who artfully disposes of people she finds troublesome. This amusing set of murder stories was a perfect fit for one of my last Read Harder Challenge prompts, a genre book in translation, and was published in English this year. What fun!

#readharder2018 #genrebookintranslation

Tamra I‘m anxious to read this one! 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @when I picked it up at the library I was surprised at how small it was. It‘s this adorable tiny little book. 6mo
HeatherBookNerd @Tamra when I picked it up at the library I was surprised at how small it was. It‘s this adorable tiny little book. 6mo
ClairesReads This looks so fun 6mo
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Rhondareads
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Greatest title cutest little book stories sound delicious & mine came with this needlepoint .A fantastic prize from Soho Books 📚

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lisakoby
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Great short story collection. Can‘t help but love the sociopath protagonist. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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SeeJulieRead
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What a fun, quick read. Maud is a naughty little old lady! As a bonus, this book is tiny and adorable too.

Gezemice This looks like a fun read! 6mo
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Booksnchill
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This is a set of interlinked short stories about the exploits of Maud, aged 88 and please do not mess with her! I have read one of these stories in a prior collection. I love the scandanavian books about elderly citizens being underestimated by the general population- to their cost🤣 If you like these try the “Little Old Lady” series by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg- excellent on audio🎄❄️ @mreads 👍

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Booksnchill
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Gnome and I are staying in with a book this evening from his homeland...I don‘t want him getting any ideas though...😉

mreads I have this on hold at the library, hope it's good. 6mo
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Thndrstd
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Maud is an 88-year-old woman who has lived on her own for a long while and appreciates her calm, quiet life in her large apartment. If something threatens her lifestyle, she is quick to remove it, even if it means murder. These short stories explain her encounters and reasoning and are full of dark humor. A fun little book.

[I received an advanced e-galley from Netgalley.]