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An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good
By (author): Helene Tursten Translated by: Marlaine Delargy
9781641290111 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime Nov 06, 2018
$15.99 CAD
Forthcoming 4.2 x 6.32 x 0.69 in 184 pages Soho Press Soho Crime
Maud is an irascible 88-year-old Swedish woman with no family, no friends, and…no qualms about a little murder. This funny, irreverent story collection by Helene Tursten, author of the Irene Huss investigations, features two-never-before translated stories that will keep you laughing all the way to the retirement home.

Ever since her darling father’s untimely death when she was only eighteen, Maud has lived in the family’s spacious apartment in downtown Gothenburg rent-free, thanks to a minor clause in a hastily negotiated contract. That was how Maud learned that good things can come from tragedy. Now in her late eighties, Maud contents herself with traveling the world and surfing the net from the comfort of her father’s ancient armchair. It’s a solitary existence, and she likes it that way.

Over the course of her adventures—or misadventures—this little bold lady will handle a crisis with a local celebrity who has her eyes on Maud’s apartment, foil the engagement of her long-ago lover, and dispose of some pesky neighbors. But when the local authorities are called to investigate a dead body found in Maud’s apartment, will Maud finally become a suspect?

Story Locale: Sweden

BY POPULAR DEMAND: We get multiple inquires by the week from readers who want more stories featuring Maude. So we made it happen!

CROSSOVER EPISODES: New stories will include cameos from Detective Inspector Huss (from her previous series) and D.I. Emblya (from her upcoming series).

HILARIOUS NOIR: A geriatric is a sociopathic killer, and her weapon of choice is her walker…

IRRESISTIBLE TRIM SIZE: Hardcover! Fits right in your hand. Low price point. A perfect, small package with an amazing cover. A great gift purchase!

Helene Tursten was a nurse and a dentist before she turned to writing. Her Irene Huss series includes Detective Inspector Huss, Night Rounds, The Torso, The Glass Devil, The Golden Calf, The Fire Dance, The Beige Man, The Treacherous Net, and Who Watcheth, and Protected by the Shadows. And the first book of her new series featuring Embla Nyström is Hunting Game. Her books have been translated into 18 languages and made into a television series. She was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she now lives with her husband.

Author Residence: Göteborg, Sweden

Author Hometown: Göteborg, Sweden

Marketing: Slim volume will be used as an early promotional tool for bringing awareness to Tursten’s new series debut.

Digital advertising to fans of Scandinavian crime fiction.

Advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets

—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

Trade prepublication advertising in print and digital venues both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

Promotion on Soho social media, newsletters, and www.sohopress.com, as well as www.discovermysteries.com.

Publicity: Media campaign focused on mystery and crime review outlets and translation-interest, as well as women’s media and media with an older or retired audience.

Will be pitching to place one of the previously unpublished stories in a mystery fiction outlet, such as Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, to build early reader interest in the collection.

An ABA IndieNext Selection for November 2018 

Praise for An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good


“This elderly lady stops at nothing in her desire for a peaceful existence. I ought to feel guilty for enjoying her crimes, but I don’t. The stories are written with such persuasive logic and delicious irony that I want the killing to continue indefinitely.”
—Peter Lovesey, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master

“The juxtaposition of the way Maud presents in the world, as elderly, somewhat frail, and what she is capable of doing when she is thwarted makes for a really intriguing read that is often laugh out loud funny.” 
—Lily Bartel, WAMC’s The Roundtable 

“A succinct treatise on how to get away with murder. This is a terrific little dollop of crime. Just beware of the little old lady who lives upstairs.”
Washington Independent Review of Books

“Dark, irreverent, and hilariously funny.”
Booklist, Starred Review 

“Exceptional…Readers will be amused by how sharp-as-a-tack Maud plays the forgetful, fuzzy-brained old lady to achieve her ends.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review 

“A juicy dose of senior justice. The book is pure fun.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Never underestimate 88-year-old ladies—nearly deaf, living alone, and using wheeled walkers—when it comes to murder… You won’t want to miss Tursten’s clever stories.”
—Karen Briggs, The Booknook

Praise for Helene Tursten


“As good as Louise Welsh’s similarly creepy tour of Glasgow.”
Gillian Flynn, Entertainment Weekly

“These days Scandinavian crime writers are thick on the ground. It’s nice to see that the women can be just as bloodthirsty as the men.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“[Tursten] imbues this novel with a cold chill of dread that can’t be attributed only to the subfreezing temperatures of Göteborg in winter.”
—Chicago Sun Times

“Truly satisfying.”
—Philadelphia Inquirer

"An engaging mystery with a very likable heroine. With a writing style reminiscent of Camilla Läckberg or Henning Mankell, Helene Tursten offers a detective with a nuanced and compelling personal life, as well as a dark and intriguing mystery.”
—Shelf Awareness

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