More reasons for choosing your retirement home carefully.
Now that she’s moved into an Active Senior Living Apartment, recent divorcée May List resigns herself to a life in which the greatest excitement is free Bread Day. Get there early or all the best stuff will be gone, her upstairs neighbors warn her. In the scrum for the free bread, she averts her eyes from another resident named Bob shouting, “What? What?,” and wearing boots and nothing else. Determined to rise above her surroundings and the likes of Bob, she makes friends with Mrs. Berkowitz across the hall, a hostile, multiple-wig–wearing computer geek. Her attentions are rewarded when Mrs. Berkowitz drops dead, not necessarily of natural causes. Then a group of zany residents—Mrs. Gateway, who bakes cookies for the birds; amorous Grady; athletic Fanny, who uses a walker; and the ubiquitous Bob—draw her into a conspiracy to cover up Mrs. Berkowitz’s death. With their help, May discovers a number of secrets as old as the Active Seniors, and several brand-new secrets that are equally deadly.
Like prune juice, a little zaniness goes a long way in Richard’s debut, a kind of geriatric Janet Evanovich.