YAY! GRANNY'S BACK!
Last year, I was fortunate to read and review Granny Skewers a Scoundrel, the second in Ms. Seedorf's "Fuchsia, MN" series, although it was my introduction to all things Granny.
As Granny Snows a Sneak opens, Granny and Franklin are preparing to get married in a tandem ceremony with Granny's son Thor and his lady love on the day after Christmas. Franklin has stored Granny's car for the winter, leaving the rambling grandma without wheels. Luckily, there is a second, underground system of streets in Fuchsia, with access to many homes and businesses in the town that allows people to skirt the weather issue entirely. (Personally, I think EVERY city and town in Minnesota should have this.)\
Nonetheless, Granny decides on the spur of the moment to buy a snowmobile to travel above ground when she wants and proceeds to 'drive' it home, even though she had never been on one before. Of course, the neighbor she loves to hate hitches a ride without asking. Of course, Granny has to go the the cemetery into her back yard, so the word does not spread too fast that she is mobile again. And of course, on the way out of the cemetery, Granny hits a bump in her back yard. The 'bump' turns out to be a long-dead corpse, wearing the clothes in which Granny's husband was buried some years ago.
Ready. Set. And it's business as usual for Granny in Fuchsia.
I'd like to see a picture of Granny's custom-decorated snow shovel-cane that she buys after her snow shovel is confiscated after she tries to bean her crotchety old neighbor. (It just doesn't pay to get on Granny's bad side, as many of those denizens of questionable character who walk on Fuchsia's streets have found out.)
I have sympathy for Granny as she negotiates her changes in abilities as she ages. She is adamant about not being shipped off to the 'wrinkle farm' by her grown children, and resents the decisions Franklin makes unilaterally for 'their' future. (Obviously her kids and Franklin have not seen the previous paragraph of this review.)
The number of bodies and newly revealed family connections in Granny Snows a Sneak pile up faster than snow drifts in a Minnesota winter. Luckily for us, Ms. Seedorf handles this situation with skill and humor; seriously, I was laughing so hard sometimes I had to wipe my eyes.
The newest Fuchsia novel is light in tone, despite the danger involved, and a quick thoroughly enjoyable read. So pick this up when you want to enjoy the pure, unadulterated fun of reading. And best of all, you can look forward to more Granny in the future, thanks to the 'mystery guest' who pops in at the end.
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(Disclosure: I received a copy of Granny Snows a Sneak by Julie Seedorf from the author and publisher via Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.)