An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good, by Helene Tursten (2018)

Mystery (Short Stories)
Adult

An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good, by Helene Tursten

Well, here’s a surprising turn of events. If you are looking for a cosy mystery featuring a sharp-eyed nosy widow who solves the murder, this ain’t it. Eighty-eight-year-old Maud lives rent-free in Gothenburg, Sweden, in a highly coveted apartment, thanks to a decades-old agreement. With no family or friends, she surfs the Internet on a stolen laptop, travels the world drawing on a healthy savings account, and solves pesky problems with deadly precision. In this collection of five stories, Maud gets away with murder, thanks to a deadly combination of misanthropy, a mighty level of self-interest, a sharp intellect, and a ruthless willingness to use people’s assumptions about old ladies any time it suits her.

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Christmas with Anne and Other Holiday Stories, by L.M. Montgomery (1995)

Short Stories
7-Adult
Christmas With Anne and Other Holiday Stories, by L.M. MontgomeryWith so many demands on our time this month, it can be a challenge to make it a priority to relax and enjoy the sounds, sights, and scents of the holidays. This year I chose a classic Canadian collection by our very own Lucy Maud Montgomery. This collection of holiday stories was put together by Rea Wilmshurst, who found a number of unpublished stories in the late 1970s at Montgomery’s birthplace. She obtained a list of every item Montgomery published (more than 500), and spent years collecting as many as she could. Many of the stories were only published at the turn of the 20th century, in magazines or other formats. The list includes included a number of Christmas stories, the best of which appear here. Read More »

The Last Girlfriend on Earth And Other Love Stories, by Simon Rich (2013)

Genre: Contemporary Short Stories
Interest Level: Adult
The Last Girlfriend On Earth and Other Love storiesThis hilarious collection is aimed at those of use with a sizable sense of humour, no shame at spending time in the gutter, and a healthy dose of self-deprecation. Check, check and check? You are gonna love this. An abandoned condom describes its life in “Unprotected,” from the factory to the store shelf to a Batman wallet that closes with velcro and to its final resting place. I was cheering for that expired ole Trojan all the way! I mean, not all the way. Well, you know. The collection of short stories explores the ups and downs of love, from Charles Darwin’s awkward moves on an indigenous lovely in “Eureka” (hey! We all read Charles and Emma, you dog! Read More »