Nominated by:

Helsinki City Library, Finland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Pan Macmillan, USA

Death in Sunset Grove

Minna Lindgren    

Translated from the Finnish by Lola Rogers

Meet Siiri and Irma, best friends and the queen bees of Sunset Grove, a retirement community for those still young at heart. With a combined age of nearly 180, Siiri and Irma are still just as inquisitive and witty as when they first met decades ago.

But when their comfortable world is upturned by a suspicious death at Sunset Grove, Siiri and Irma are shocked into doing something about it. Determined to find out exactly what happened and why, they begin their own private investigations and form The Lavender Ladies Detective Agency.

The trouble is, beneath Sunset Grove’s calm facade, there is more going on than meets the eye, and Siiri and Irma soon discover far more than they bargained for . . .

About the author

Minna Lindgren is a well-known journalist and an expert of classical music. She is the also the author of several non-fiction books. Minna was inspired to write The Lavender Ladies Detective Agency after researching the treatment of the elderly in Finland for a magazine article. The article won the 2009 Bonnier Journalism Prize, considered the highest journalism honour in Finland. The Lavender Ladies Detective Agency: Death in Sunset Grove is her first novel.

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Librarian’s comments

Death in Sunset Grove is a feel-good novel that makes you think. Lindgren writes about serious matters, like the care of the elderly, using satirical humour to great effect and in Death in Sunset Grove she manages to produce a very funny detective story starring two elderly ladies with the combined age of about 180 and Miss Marple-esque tendency to solve crimes.

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