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Barbara Gold, a retired CIA agent, is bored out of her skull in Cheerville, a small town in New England - until a man is poisoned during a book club meeting for seniors. Everyone thinks Lucien had a heart attack, but from his symptoms, Barbara knows someone has slipped poisoned into his cake or drink. Even though she is no longer undercover, Barbara feels as if she's only playing the part of a sweet grandmother, but this may just be her most useful cover yet.

The clock ticks as she investigates who in the Cheerville Active Readers' Society would want Lucien dead. It's only a matter of time before his death is declared murder and the police start hounding everyone.

Suddenly Barbara's CIA training is useful again, and Cheerville is starting to seem not so dull after all…

©2017 Harper Lin Books (P)2018 Harper Lin Books

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enjoyable!

l loved the reader's deadpan style of reading I thought it matched the character's laissez-faire retired pace of life. I look forward to continuing the series.

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A fun twist on a CIA adventure

In <strong>Granny's Got a Gun</strong> by Harper Lin, Barbara Gold is bored. After a lifetime career as an agent in the CIA, living in the small town of Cheerville, where she moved to be near her son and 13-year-old grandson, Barbara feels that life has become just plain dull. Then she attends her book club, which keeps reading books that Barbara thinks unexciting. But after they finish their book, lemonade, and lemon cake, the host, Lucien, goes to the kitchen and collapses, dead. Though not happy to see the nicest man in town die, Barbara gets excited at the prospect of getting to put her skills back to work, realizing that Lucien has died of poison and not a heart attack as everyone else seems to think.

<strong>Granny's Got a Gun</strong> is a really fun novella. I enjoyed seeing the adventures of Barbara as she tries to solve the crime, as well as her time trying to connect to her grandson by reading a book he especially enjoys. However, the book also features details about the challenges of life as a senior citizen, something Barbara finds difficulty in adjusting to. Not many mystery books feature senior women besides Miss Marple and Jessica Fletcher. So this is a refreshing addition, especially since she has to accommodate her age in ways like putting on reading glasses to do her shooting practice.

Sara Morsey performs the audio edition of this novella. I enjoy her inflections and emotional content. Most of the time, she performs the first- person narration with a voice of a senior citizen, although sometimes I felt that she dropped that. However, Barbara is only 65, which is the bare minimum to be classified as a senior citizen, so other times I thought the tremor a bit too extensive. But in general I appreciated the performance of Morsey.

I was drawn to <strong>Granny's Got a Gun></strong> when I saw its listing on Audible as a new recording and found myself intrigued by the cover and title of the novella. I hope that Lin writes some full-length novels in this series and puts them on audio. If this only had more detail, I'd give it five stars, but with the lack of detail due to the shortness of the novella, I give it four stars.

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My first cozy mystery and I liked it.

I found the narration soothing and the plot and clues easy to follow. I'm a very visual person, but I didn't have to difficult of a time keeping characters straight.

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As one granny to another, I ked it,!!<br />

cool mystery! Old ladies are not yet dead--
some fight still in us old girls

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A pompous heroine with no wit, wisdom, or warmth. She gives a boring pedantic description of what she perceives as her own brilliance in solving a rather silly and unlikely crime. The rest of the characters are sketchily described as boring boobs much too unintelligent to be worthy of her brilliant company.

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