If you're looking for a serious or die hard mystery this may not be for you. However, if you want a fun, fast-paced & quick story to crack you up, the..Show More »n take a chance on Granny. That's not to say that there isn't a mystery going on. Granny works for the stores in town as undercover security. In this first book, we're introduced to the characters in town as Granny goes on her "rounds". Things come up missing from many stores & at one point Granny starts to doubt her sanity. I don't want to say more because it's too much fun to hear it yourself. She's just sassy, funny & sometimes just plain crazy but I want to be Granny when I grow up; umbrella and all.
Granny is determined to find out who killed her neighbor Sally, whom she finds dead in her beloved front yard. What follows are wild capers, crazy act..Show More »ivities, and even questions of Granny's sanity. The book is much better than the first in the series, and I look forward to the rest of the books!
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 exp..Show More »ectations 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.
I've really enjoyed each Granny book, but this one beats the cake. In it, Granny stops pretending to be old and frail to the world and embraces her st..Show More »rengths, uniting with the other women of Fuchsia to solve their problems.
I could go on a long time about this, but this is one excellent book.
My only caveat is that you really need to read the books in order. Trust me to get you through the first. I almost quit it because it seemed to go nowhere, but it all tied up cleverly in the end. I gave that 3 stars and the second 4 stars. Now the last 2 have 5 stars! Great job!