When Martha and her three friends planned to enjoy their golden years in the same retirement home, they didn’t expect it would lead to a life of crime. Faced with the declining standards of food, entertainment and freedom in their privatized nursing home, the four decide that life would be be better in a state jail. They carefully research, plan and flawlessly execute a major art heist – but then discover that they can’t get the police to take them seriously as suspects. Along the way, romance blossoms, families are impressed and many small glasses of cloudberry liquor are consumed.
What the Armchair Critics Thought:
This was a light and lively read, with a funny premise and a predictable but enjoyable outcome. There were some very amusing scenes along with the social commentary about our treatment of the elderly. The four protagonists were amusingly crafty, and yet quite naive about the consequences of their actions. Did they really not consider that men and women might be housed at separate jails? We also wondered why they simply didn’t relocate to another retirement home – but that would have lead to a boring book. The theme of breaking rules was interesting – at what point in our lives do we stop having to do what we are told? Expect a film soon staring Judi Dench!