Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

Nobody is enthused about living in a nursing home.  Especially not when management changes and conditions go downhill.  Not many meals, no special treats, they get locked in their rooms and they don't get to go outside anymore.  What can they do?  When the five choir members get together and ponder that, they come up with an idea that which most of us wouldn't...

Harper Paperbacks and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 12th.

This tale is set in Sweden and these old folks could be from anywhere in the world.  They don't like being mistreated and drugged.  They don't appreciate the head nurse running off with the doctor for trysts and leaving them unattended.  Then they decide to take advantage of that.  They don't start slowly either.  Their first crime is a major art theft!

They plan it out carefully and accomplish their crime almost perfectly.  Which is really too bad because they had these visions of living prison life with three meals and TV and much better living conditions than they have in the nursing home.  After they get the ransom money from the museum, they hide what they've been able to recover and then they confess to their crime.  They plan to come back after the money when they've served their time.  But the cops don't believe them...

Their luck runs out on them and they find themselves in jail while more than one person is trying to locate the paintings.  More money trades hands.  Eventually the paintings are recovered.  But the old folks have one final hurrah left.  They do one more theft and then they leave the country.

If you think you could be 90 and doing what these kids are doing, go for it.  Me, I'm going to read.

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