Nevada Barr has been one of my favorite writers since her first Anna Pigeon mystery, Track of the Cat. She likes the outdoors, she likes animals, and boy howdy, can she write! (When she took me down in a cave system in Blind Descent, I had the willies so bad I thought I'd never get out!) But she also seems to be one of those authors that readers want to keep stuck in a rut, a Write-Anna-Or-Nothing rut, which is a shame. Ten years ago, Barr wrote 13½, which I liked a lot, but it got many negative reviews on Amazon because it wasn't an Anna Pigeon book.
When I found out about Barr's newest book coming out in September, I did a happy dance, but it's a standalone which means diehard Anna Pigeon fans will probably grump. Folks, Anna was getting a bit long in the tooth to be doing all that stuff she was doing. I think she deserves a happy, danger-free retirement, don't you? Anyway, let's see what Barr has in store for us!
|Available September 17, 2019!|
"Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she's been committed to an Alzheimer's Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she's "not making it through the week," Rose is convinced that if she's to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.
The only problem is―how does she convince anyone that she's not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn't sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her.
With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year-old granddaughter Mel, and Mel's friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back―to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they're holding all the cards."
This sounds like a good'un to me, and I can't wait to read it. What do you think? Inquiring minds would love to know!