Granny may be retired as Fuchsia, Minnesota's one-woman undercover sleuth for the Fuchsia Police Department, but that doesn't mean she still doesn't need a trusty weapon. Her weapon of choice? A pink snow shovel. When Granny runs over a dead body with her snowmobile, she unwittingly sets off a chain of events that involves mislabeled corpses, empty graves, and stolen money - lots of it! Who's at the bottom of this years-old crime? Granny has an idea, but she has little time to investigate, when in just days she's scheduled to marry the love of her life, Franklin Gatsby, in a post-Christmas ceremony. So, Granny decides to enlist the help of her friends and neighbors. Add in Christmas holiday excitement and the arrival of Granny's family, who are all there for her wedding, and mayhem ensues. Of course, Granny can always count on her many furry friends to provide her with moral support, but it's quite possible that Granny - that is, Hermiony Vidalia Criony Fiddlestadt - has a secret or two of her own, which may very well be revealed as Granny Snows a Sneak.
©2015 Cozy Cat Press (P)2015 Julie Seedorf
This book is one of the funniest, silliest books I have read in a long time. While the plot itself is fun and creative, the subtext is of people's expectations that they force on each other, in particular that of senior citizens. Granny loves her wild nightwear that proclaims how sexy she is and hides her wine bottles in her chair. Further, she has a secret door where she keeps her stash. She has to do all this to keep her family from knowing that she isn't the frail old lady her family expects her to be.
It is really hard to summarize this book because there are so many different pieces that merge together, but one of my favorite parts is the group of animals that Granny shares with her fiance. The funniest is Mrs. Bleaty, the goat who has fallen in love with the neighbor's parrot.
I also enjoy Granny's patterns of speech, which involve all sorts of rhymes, which improve over the course of the stores.
The title comes from the fact that in each book, Granny gets a new weapon. In Granny Hooks a Crook, she uses the handle of her umbrella. In Granny Skewers a Scoundrel, she uses a cane made of a knitting needle. Now in this book, she uses a shovel, fashioned to double as a cane.
I highly recommend this book, but I deeply encourage you to read the books in order. The first is kind of weak, but if you get through to the end, you'll appreciate it and be able to enjoy the next two fun books.
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