Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Jan 2019

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Death lurks ever so closely in Fairmount Manor, without any adventurous activity, to keeping their active and eager minds occupied from getting bored, these elderly juveniles create situations to make their living in Fairmount Manor more adventurous. Stella, in earlier times, loved adventure and solving puzzles but now she believed she was dying until Cassey pushed her to get off of her so-called death bed and help those around who her that needed help. Now, her curiosity has been aroused as her sleuthing abilities tries to re-emerge itself but alas her poor eyes and memory do fail her at times. As she tries to keep these failures under wraps, she livens things up a bit with her bumbling investigating of the petty thefts that were occurring which caused their best caregiver to lose her job. For a while, she believed her friend Cassie was real but as her body got back some of its agility so does her mind, she soon realized it was her ghost that has been pushing her into investigating the little things like stolen money and rare coins which helps in motivating her back on her feet and back to the living making her realized she still had more to offer. An amusing and entertaining senior sleuthing cozy, nice.
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This is a book about an octogenarian amateur detective solving small crimes in a Canadian nursing home. However, it is hard to connect to the stories or the characters. The voice does not feel accurate for the age of the main character. Some of the side characters are amusing but not well developed. The only part that is emotional is the feelings of helplessness and elder neglect and this is an overarching issue with the home that is not solved by the end of the book. I went into this expecting it to be humorous so that was a surprise.
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