Just when things have finally cooled down for 88-year-old Maud after the disturbing discovery of a dead body in her apartment in Gothenburg, a couple of detectives return to her doorstep, ruining a perfectly good afternoon.
... it packs a wallop ... What emerges is a character, quite flawed and totally compelling, who never acts quite how you think she will ... With each reveal and as Maud’s story unfolds, Tursten provides dark crimes, winking humor, and surprisingly a little optimism and much heart ... Tursten has penned a delightful and unique character, and she brings her settings alive with fine detail. This fun book is small but in no way is a lesser examination of devious deeds and a life particularly lived.
Tursten effectively juxtaposes a cozy, Agatha Christie–like tone against the often surprisingly dark nature of Maud’s recollections, which are rife with clever satirical jabs and delicious ironies. This absorbing dive into the mind of a ruthless pragmatist posing as a Swedish Miss Marple will please psychological-thriller fans, once they realize that Maud isn’t nearly as cozy as she looks.
In spite of her penchant for using murder to solve her problems, elderly Maud is incredibly clever and oddly charming. Readers may find themselves rooting for her to get away with it all and will also appreciate the bonus gingerbread recipe.