Book Review – An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good

Author: Helene Tursten
Publication date: November 6, 2018 by Soho Crime
Genre: Short stories / Mystery

Curious to know what this book is about and what I think of it?

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good

I received an e-ARC of this book from Edelweiss and Soho Press

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good

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.

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?


Helene Tursten

Helene Tursten (born in Gothenburg in 1954) is a Swedish writer of crime fiction. The main character in her stories is Detective Inspector Irene Huss.

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good

3 Reasons why you should read this book

1 / The cover
I mean.. The cover is gorgeous! I love the cross-stitch look and the skulls and crossbones. It’s vintage but contemporary, mysterious but fun and all-together beautiful.

2 / Maud is a delightful main character
Maud is a 88-year-old lady who is definitely up to no good. She loves good food, surfing the web, traveling to exotic places and getting things her way. She doesn’t like loud noises, busybodies and people who get in her way. She is in excellent health, but she has no problems with pretending to be frail and senile to get her way.

3 / The short stories are so funny!
The stories are tiny, fast-paced and they made me laugh. The first story is hilarious and after reading the first few pages, I couldn’t put the book down.

Conclusion: An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good is a fun ad quirky read and I would love to read more short stories about Maud!

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