LAUGH ’TIL YOU DIE
By Sharon Love Cook
A Granite Cove Mystery (Book 3)
Rising Press (May, 2016)
Kindle edition: $2.99
Reviewed by Cherie Jung
It’s not easy trying to do a comedy routine for a group of dozing senior citizens at a nursing home, especially when they don’t seem to have a sense of humor, at least not one that is recognizable as such. Rose McNichols is a reporter who moonlights as a stand-up comic. Her current comedy gig is at the Shady Nook Nursing Home, in their activities room. It’s a tough crowd.
During a “performance” she encounters a hostile resident, disinterested residents, several who are sleeping in their wheelchairs, and one who claims someone is trying to murder her. Mabel claims she witnessed a murder. The residents’ liaison claims Mabel should be locked on the dementia ward.
Rose is intrigued by the goings on at the nursing home. A fatal accident prompts Mabel to ask Rose to help find out who is trying to kill her. Regrettably, Rose pays little attention to Mabel until it’s too late.
Apart from the author’s witty writing style, which I thoroughly enjoy, I think the aspect that I most enjoy is her ability to give the characters in her books a true sense of realness. Of course some have easily recognizable traits such as the bossy and pushy residents’ liaison Shirley Sweetzer, but the characters feel like someone you know or would like to know. In the case of feisty Mabel Smithwick, the “unreliable” witness to a murder, I would love to have known her. She quickly became more than just a character in a book.
Other titles in this series: A DEADLY CHRISTMAS CAROL and A NOSE FOR HANKY PANKY.
To read the author’s short story “A Ghastly Shade of Green” (omdb!/July, 2017), please click here.
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