Helen Tursten has been writing for many years but this is the first time that I have read something by her. It will not be the last.
This book is a collection of interlaced short stories. It is a sequel to an earlier “elderly lady” collection that I will look for. I enjoyed that Maud was in her eighties as so many mystery protagonists are much younger. Maybe this is the start of a trend given other titles like The Tuesday Murder Club. That being said, she also recalls her childhood in a story that is included here.
All in all, this is a book that will delight its readers. Take a look.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Praise for An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed
An October 2021 Indie Next Selection
“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
“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.”