It's been too long since I had the pleasure of reading a Nevada Barr novel, and as I devoured the story of Rose Dennis, I cheered, I laughed, and after its conclusion, I closed the book with a huge smile on my face. What fun!
What Rose Forgot reminds me of Barr's Anna Pigeon mystery, Destroyer Angel, and for me, that is a very good thing. This newest story from Barr has a lot to say about ageism at both ends of the spectrum. Many of us are not very kind (or accurate) in our assessments of the old or the young, and Barr shatters the stereotypes of both age groups with ease and a maniacal gleam in her eye.
She's also blunt in what she says about life being tough on the elderly at both ends of the pay scale. When you're old and poor, chances are that no one gives a damn about you. When you're old and rich, you get more attention, but it may not be the kind you want.
What Rose Forgot is laugh-out-loud funny in many places, and-- yes-- the action is often over the top, but check reality at the door and buckle up your seat belt. Nevada Barr has written a ripping good yarn that is a delight to read.
Is Rose Dennis really a demented, old woman or is someone trying to kill her? Nevada Barr, author of the Anna Pigeon Mystery series, has written this humorous standalone. It starts out slowly with Rose as a drugged crazy person in a Memory Unit of a nursing home. She comes to the conclusion that someone is trying to murder her and then the fun begins. Her older sister, Marion, is a computer hacker recluse and helps Rose with her internet capabilities. Along with her 13 year old granddaughter, Mel, and Royal, Mel's friend, they hide Rose from the police and the orderlies. Rose uses her Buddhist teachings to try to figure out her perpetrator. There is a lot of action as Rose is her own detective. I found the epilogue which tells us what is now going on with all of the characters kind of unique. Some of the escapades are unbelievable but fun and humorous. I would highly recommend this book to those who love quirky mysteries. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the ARC to read and review.