In Gary Dobbs’ latest book, we have a cozy mystery with the elderly lady and amateur detective known as Granny Smith. Though Smith is her married name and she is indeed a grandmother, she’s had the nickname a lot longer. It comes for her love of the same titled apple.
Granny follows in that long tradition of amateur detectives and is even referred to by a cop a couple of times in the book as Miss Maple on steroids. Though an older woman, she is as different from the Christie character as one could be. Miss Marple was a prim and proper lady of her time and Granny is a pipe smoking, heavy metal listening woman of hers. Oh, she does the grandmother things: baking cookies for sales and tending to her grandchildren.
And she also gets caught up in a murder investigation when a close friend is found murdered and the police thinks the woman’s husband responsible, a thought completely abhorrent to Granny and others that knew the couple. But some claims to have seen them arguing at the festival shortly before the body was found.
Granny soon manages to point the police in a direction that clears the husband and moves on to finding the murderer and the reason for it all.
Quite enjoyed this one. I read Christie and others of the cozy genre in my younger days, but not so much for many years now. The odd occasional one. that’s it. But I’ve grown to expect good things from Gary Dobbs whatever the the type of story he’s writing.