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The Grandmother Plot

A Novel

Published: July 2021
SKU: 9781728205151

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An unforgettable new mystery from Caroline B. Cooney, international bestselling author of The Face on the Milk Carton

"Caroline B. Cooney is a master of taking a small, common moment—seeing a face on a milk carton, posting a harmless photo—and turning that moment into a thrilling story."—Jeff Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Never Ask Me

Death isn't unexpected in a nursing home. But murder is.

Freddy leads a life of little responsibility. His mother is dead, his sisters are far-flung across the globe, and he can't quite work up enough motivation to find himself a girlfriend. Freddy has been forced to place his beloved grandmother, now deep in dementia, in a nursing home. Freddy visits her often, cherishing and also hating the time he spends with the grandmother he always adored, now a ghost of her former self.

When a fragile old woman already close to death is murdered in that nursing home, Freddy panics. His sources of income are iffy, as are his friends. He has to keep his grandmother safe, keep himself anonymous, and keep the police out of his life—or the complications could become deadly.

From international bestselling author of The Face on the Milk Carton Caroline B. Cooney, The Grandmother Plot is the story of a young man who can't seem to straighten out his life, his beloved grandmother, who can't seem to remembers hers, and the shadowy threat that hangs over them both.

This extraordinary new story will appeal to readers of bestselling mysteries and book club fiction such as:
  • A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
  • What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr
  • The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens
  • Product Details

    • Paperback
    • Case Count: 36

    "The author does a remarkable job of combining tones, including sentimental and snarky, while being both wry and gently respectful...Cooney should win new fans with this one." — Publishers Weekly, Starred review

    "Cooney has a knack for creating memorable characters that immediately resonate with readers...The Grandmother Plot is more than a simple crime caper; it is one with a whole lot of heart." — BookPage

    "Before She Was Helen and her newest, The Grandmother Plot, focus on older people in assisted living communities who find themselves caught up in sinister doings and surprise deaths...[Freddy] appeals as a character because his fear is palpable, as is his love and care for the woman who raised him. The result is heartfelt; I welcome more of this stage of Cooney's writing career." — The New York Times

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