This is a great madcap caper story. I think this is the kind of story that could be made into a comedic movie with great success. One positive aspect is no overt sex, language or violence and no bathroom humor. This would be the kind of movie that I would pay money to see.
Charlotte, the youngest person in the retirement community, likes to say she was grandmothered in. After her parents died, Charlotte came to Pineapple Port to live with her grandmother who died nine months later. Some of the residents helped her remain in her grandmother's house and looked after her.
Charlotte's boyfriend Declan owns the local pawnshop. It was formerly a Mexican fast food takeout. Declan's business is now called the Hock-o-Bell. This just cracked me up the first time I read it. This is one example of Amy Vansant's humor. As usual, there is a lot going on in any Vansant story: Declan's ex girlfriend shows up claiming the pawnshop now belongs to her, Charlotte decides to become a licensed private eye and is clocking hours with Seamus, Declan's uncle. They will work on finding out if this is true or just another one of Stephanie's scams.
The story takes place around Halloween. Most of the residents like to celebrate the holidays and decorate accordingly. Darla, Sheriff Frank's wife, is very upset that someone stole her prize decoration. Witchy-Poo is an extremely large, colorful, inflatable that is put on top of the house and she is gone without a clue.
This should be enough to give you an idea of how much I enjoyed this book. If you haven't read Amy Vansant yet, you are missing some of the best humor out there. I like her enough to give her a five star rating. Her characters are well developed and a little loopy. The plot is outrageous but if you can get with the program, you will find yourself smiling at the antics of this crazy community. I know I didn't tell you about the mystery box but it's something for you to find out about when you read this book.