The little old lady who broke all the rules : a novel / Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg ; translated from the Swedish by Rod Bradbury.

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    • Publication Information:
      First U.S. edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Martha Andersson may be 79 years old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn't mean she's ready to stop enjoying life. So when the new management of Diamond House starts cutting corners to save money, Martha and her four closest friends--Brains, The Rake, Christina and Anna-Gretta (a.k.a. The League of Pensioners)--won't stand for it. Fed up with early bedtimes and overcooked veggies, this group of feisty seniors sets about to regain their independence, improve their lot, and stand up for seniors everywhere. Their solution? White collar crime. What begins as a relatively straightforward robbery of a nearby luxury hotel quickly escalates into an unsolvable heist at the National Museum. With police baffled and the Mafia hot on their trail, the League of Pensioners has to stay one walker's length ahead if it's going to succeed.
    • Notes:
      Originally published as Kaffe med rån in Sweden in 2012.
      Translated from the Swedish.
    • Other Titles:
      Kaffe med rån. English
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Booklist Reviews 2016 May #1

Swedish writers may be known for their crime novels, but Ingelman-Sundberg's caper involves illegal activity of a rather unusual order. Driving the novel's narrative is 79-year-old Martha Andersson, who lives in a retirement home but is hardly the retiring type. Tired of rigid rules and too-early bedtimes, and up to her dentures in bland, overcooked food, the feisty septuagenarian corrals her four closest friends—Brains, Rake, Christina, and Anna-Greta—and sets out to spice up the quality of her humdrum senior life. The initial plan is to rob the safe of a luxury hotel, but matters soon escalate, and the fearsome foursome finds themselves entangled in the heist of a Monet and a Renoir from the National Museum. Ingelman-Sundberg (The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again, 2015) tells her tale from multiple viewpoints and gives great attention to detail. Though a bit long-winded at times, this good-natured outing will appeal to readers interested in a story about spirited seniors determined to have fun, raise some hell, and cause more than a little menace during their so-called "mature" years. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.