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The grandmother plot por Caroline B. Cooney
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The grandmother plot (edição 2021)

por Caroline B. Cooney

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Título:The grandmother plot
Autores:Caroline B. Cooney
Informação:Naperville, Illinois : Poisoned Pen Press, 2021.
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The Grandmother Plot: A Novel por Caroline B. Cooney

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The Grandmother Plot by Caroline B. Cooney is a book that I was prepared to really like and enjoy. I had read Before She Was Helen a few months back and got such a kick out of the writing and the characters. This one is the story of Freddy, a young man lacking in ambition in most things but he is totally devoted to his grandmother. He has been living in her house since she was admitted to a memory nursing home because of her advancing dementia. Most days she does not recognize Freddy but he persists in spending quality time with her. When a patient in the room next to his grandmother’s is murdered , Freddy’s life becomes more complicated. This book has the potential to be a great one but it stalls halfway through, leaving me not caring for the characters or what happens next. There are too many details that interfere with the smooth flow of the outcome and several characters add nothing to the plot. This is strictly my own opinion and I am sure that The Grandmother Plot will appeal to many. Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  carole888fort | Aug 20, 2021 |
Although I loved the quirky characters, I felt Cooney’s writing to be stilted. Freddy, a glassblower now specializing in bong pipes draws the short straw and is living in his grandmother’s house while visiting her every day in her memory care facility. The death of a patient is ruled homicide and Freddy is a suspect in the murder. I found the story to be slow-going as well as tedious. It is not Cooney’s best writing. ( )
  brangwinn | Jul 20, 2021 |
The Grandmother Plot is a warm and delightful mystery featuring Freddy, a rather hapless glass artist who does lampwork, not glassblowing, and he surely wants you to know the difference. He is an artisan, but like many of his kind, he makes ends meet making bongs for pot-smokers. The story opens with Freddy heading off to visit his grandmother in the memory care home. He sees an enforcer for a man who has asked him to launder money through his sales at craft fairs. He really does not want to do this.

Freddy is a sweet guy even if he doesn’t look like a success on paper. He’s living in his grandmother’s house without a steady job, supporting himself by selling glass beads and paraphernalia. No girlfriend, no job, no prospects. But Freddy is all heart and he visits his grandmother several times a week even though he often thinks he is someone else. He is full of empathy and compassion for the other patients, as well, though watching people lose themselves to Alzheimer’s seems horrific to him.

But one of the residents was murdered and the police seem willing to suspect everyone, even Freddy’s grandmother and then, even Freddy. Luckily, Freddy has a partner in crime-solving, Mrs. Maples, whom he calls Mapes. She is as intrepid as Miss Marple, but not quite so quick, though she can run circles around the amiable, but thick, Freddy.

Caroline B. Cooney excels at creating characters you cannot help but love in cozy mysteries that are rich with humanity. It would be easy to miss that The Grandmother Plot breaks the first rule of The Detection Club’s Ten Commandments. (Don’t click if you hate spoilers.) Aside from that, though, the book is full of possible suspects with so many motives you will struggle to guess what is going on.

Cooney is creating a niche market in senior cozies with The Grandmother Plot and Before She Was Helen. Her compassion and writing about the people living, working, and visiting at a memory care home is manifest. I think many people will find themselves reflected in these pages.

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