Review: An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Tursten


Everyone’s favorite octogenarian killer is back in this new collection of stories by Swedish crime writer Helene Tursten that is sure to have you in stitches.

Eighty-eight-year-old Maud is never looking for trouble, but it always seems to find her. First, a woman in her building met an untimely end: tragic. Then, just recently, a dead body mysteriously appeared in her very own apartment, prompting an investigation by the local Gothenburg authorities. Such a strange coincidence. When it seems suspicion has fallen on her, little old lady that she is, Maud decides to skip town and splurges on a trip to South Africa for herself.

In these six interlocking stories, memories of unfortunate incidents from Maud’s past keep bubbling to the surface, each triggered by something in the present: an image, a word, even a taste. When she lands in Johannesburg at last, eager to move on from the bloody ordeal last summer, she finds certain problems seem to be following her. Luckily, Maud is no stranger to taking matters into her own hands . . . even if it means she has to get a little blood on them in the process.

Don’t let her age fool you. Maud may be nearly ninety, but this elderly lady still has a few tricks before she’s ready to call it quits.

*Includes cookie recipes* 


What a fun book, unlike anything I’ve read before, having not yet read book one from the author I really want to now.

I loved that we see life through Maude’s eyes both in the present day and in the reminisces of her past. She is such a contradiction, ruthless, full of self-interest, little care for anyone except her older sister whom she looks after. And yet, by the end of the book, she is full of kindness and wanting to help others.

It is interesting to see how her childhood and events in her life have shaped her into becoming this sharp-minded, cunning and somewhat savage old lady. Got a problem? Maude can solve it, and death is usually involved!

Excellent quick read with intrigue and humour.

Thank you to Edelweiss Plus and Soho Crime for the e-arc.

Author Bio

Helene Tursten (born in Gothenburg in 1954) is a Swedish writer of crime fiction. The main character in her stories is Detective Inspector Irene Huss. Before becoming an author, Tursten worked as a nurse and then a dentist, but was forced to leave due to illness. During her illness she worked as a translator of medical articles.

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