Nominated by:

Helsinki City Library, Finland

Publisher of nominated edition:

Pan Books, UK

Escape from Sunset Grove

Minna Lindgren    

Translated from the Finnish by Kristian London

It’s not easy sharing a flat. Especially when you’re 95 years old. Change is a foot at Sunset Grove retirement home, and its residents aren’t impressed. Under threat from falling masonry, best friends Irma and Siiri are forced out of their home to negotiate twenty-first-century living in the centre of Helsinki. Their new surroundings throw up an endless number of daily challenges, from caring for the ailing Anna-Lisa to the mystery of which of the many remotes controls the TV.

The pair are joined by growing numbers of friends in their flat-share, and their new close-quarters living raises some unexpected questions. As the Lavender Ladies begin to dig a little deeper, they find themselves following a trail of corruption, deceit and intimidation that might just lead them to their own front door . . .The Lavender Ladies must steel themselves for what is set to be their most dangerous case yet. Escape from Sunset Grove is the second hilarious and heartwarming crime caper in Minna Lindgren’s Lavender Ladies trilogy.

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 was her first novel.

(from publisher)

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