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Introducing Gertrude, Gumshoe

Narrated by: Darlene Allen
Series: Gertrude, Gumshoe, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
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Gertrude has been called a lot of things: a hoarder, an odd duck, and a crazy cat lady - but she's never been called a gumshoe. Until now. When her neighbor goes missing, she can't help but get involved, no matter how many people ask her not to.

©2016 Robin Merrill (P)2016 Robin Merrill

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Don t call me ma'am: I'm not old.

Meet Gertrude, an elderly (though she'd dispute that) and grouchy woman who lives with her assortment of cats in her trailer piled high with all sorts of odds and ends that might come in useful. She wields a walker to help her get around and is not, perhaps, the sharpest needle in the pack now, and somewhat out of touch with modern technologies. But when her beloved cat goes missing and is discovered in a neighbouring trailer being petted by two young children, alone and scared at the failure of their mother to return home, her natural nosiness and need to assert her right to interfere, has Gertrude first looking for the mother then tracking down a killer - with the reluctant assistance of her 71 years old neighbour. After all, he has a car. She is, quite frankly, a refreshingly unpleasant old women, pushy, judgemental, foolish but also determined and with a streak of kindness buried below the surface. Great characterisation by the author.

The whole book is quick and easy to read, the who-dun-it? plotline very much taking second place to the abrasive and bumbling obsession of Gertrude's investigation. It's funny and somehow very believable. And this reader, for one, felt an empathy with her. Narrator, Darlene Allen, does a good job with her portrayal of Gertrude and gives voice to the other protagonists also. She helps bring the whole story to life although I personally found speeding the replay to 1.25 beneficial in covering the odd little pauses which sometimes occured.

My thanks to the rights holder of Introducing Gertrude, who, at my request via Audiobook Boom, freely gifted me a complimentary copy. It was refreshingly different from the usually slick private eye stories and I wish Gertrude success in her gumshoe career: I'm looking forward to reading about more of her cases.