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Getting Old Is a Disaster (Gladdy Gold #5)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  243 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Back from schlepping all over New York City, P.I. Gladdy Gold is happy to be on her Florida turf again. Especially now that she and boyfriend Jack Langford are officially an item. But no sooner has the yenta brigade gotten back to their routine--complete with poolside stretching and kvetching--than a notorious outlaw, a.k.a. the “Grandpa Bandit,” issues Gladdy’s detective ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Dell (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jan 13, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing
I love the Gladdy Gold books! They have it all, humor, suspense, excitement and a good story. This fifth book is no exception to that! Gladdy and her gang start of with a letter they get from a "Grandpa Bandit" who claimes to rob banks and invites the girls to catch him. Eventually there is a hurricane passing Lanai Gardens and a skeleton is discovered in the foundations of a collapsed building. There are two storylines in this book and I loved both. They were written really well and with the se ...more
Terry Odell
Jun 26, 2015 Terry Odell rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Honestly, I'd say 2 1/2 stars. First, a cast of characters at the start of the book usually waves a red flag that the author can't be bothered to write them well enough so we can keep track. And, with such a huge number of characters, it foreshadows confusion to someone (me) new to the series. My book club chose this book, and I did finish it. Also, at least half the book was spent without anything significant happening other than looking at the way these women (and a few men) lived. By having t ...more
Bianca Andriese
#5 - Just finish another Gladdy Gold mystery. I just love this light hearted books. Gladdy and the girls are at it again. This time Jack has joined the girls in catching their bad guy! I love the fact this book ended in a "happy ending"....
Sep 28, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
#5 in the Gladdy Gold series. All the usual elements in this series are here and deliver reliably. Gladdy and her geriatric "girls" with their Florida Jewish schtick; Gladdy and her romance with retired cop Jack Langford; and, the eccentric residents of the Lanai Gardens retirement community. The new elements of this entry are not strong enough to bring it above an average rating. The first half has the girls tracking the "Grandpa Bandit" - at his invitation. It drags. Then the murder from the p ...more
May 19, 2013 Spuddie rated it really liked it
Well now, here’s something those of you who know my reading tastes well will be surprised at: a review of a cozy mystery! I am not really much of a cozy reader—I find most to be sort of cookie-cutter quality, much alike with interchangeable lead characters that have quirky names, own quirky businesses, with predictable plots and outcomes—and often, way too much romancey stuff for my taste. There are, however, a few series I tried and surprisingly liked and stuck with, and this is one of them.

Dharia Scarab
Dec 24, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Karen Kenney
Feb 01, 2015 Karen Kenney rated it really liked it
A fun but sad murder mystery that deals with getting older, Nazi's in hiding, and living with the trauma of being in the Germany WWII concentration camps. And you learn a little yiddish on the side. I liked it.
Dec 18, 2013 Terri rated it did not like it
Shelves: don-t-read-again
Actually, I refuse to read this book. I did start reading the list of characters that is part of the book. I dislike it when the author talks of how funny the characters...personally, I'd rather find that out for myself. Then after reading how the characters are described according to their personalities, (such as " funny, adorable, logical, stubborn, forgettable, master of disguises), I came to Tessie Spankowitz, who is described as 56, and chubby. No personality, I guess. We are supposed to ma ...more
Lynn Demsky
Jan 12, 2016 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I read this way back in 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed it! This series is best read in order written!
Martina Kopel
Aug 13, 2014 Martina Kopel rated it it was amazing
The girls are a riot.
May 12, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-florida
Gladys Gold and her troop of aging ladies are hired to capture a bank robber. But their client (via anonymous letters) is the robber himself! When a hurricane strikes their Fort Lauderdale condos, detection is on the back burner while the ladies, and Jack--Glady's handsome beau--fight for survival. The hurricane clears, having revealed a fifty-year-old body, which Gladys and the girls find more interesting than a mere robber.
Marina Aimer
May 01, 2012 Marina Aimer rated it it was amazing
I love this series! Am not reading in order, but am still enjoying. A great cozy mystery, with characters I want to move in with! I am younger than Gladdy and her girls, but it feels comforting that I could look forward to such warm friendships and such when I am older! Great, complex storyline and lovable characters and lots of interesting details about an unfamiliar lifestyle. I like the romance as well. I cannot wait to read more!
Jan 05, 2009 edifanob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, 2009-reads
This is the 5th book of the GLADDY GOLD series by Rita Lakin.

Gladdy and their gangs are PIs. But they are special because they are all beyond 70 years old.

It is again a smart and funny read.
After reading all these books I wish I would be like them when I reach their age.

Look forward to next book.
Oct 10, 2012 Joyce rated it really liked it
A bit dispointed in how the grandpa bandit and Nazi guy plots end. But Rita clearly demonstates her abilities to be funny and to be down-to-earth. Although I'm far from being a senior, her books give me a very positive picture of how fun life can be at that age. I look forward to live like Gladdy Gold.
Apr 25, 2011 Joanne rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A new series for me featuring a posse of Golden Girls from a Florida apartment complex. There's too much going on in this book for me to enjoy it - a December romance, a bank robber, a murder from the 1950s, a Holocaust survivor's pain....probably won't pick it up again.
Linda Appelbaum
May 27, 2013 Linda Appelbaum rated it really liked it
Another charming Gladdy Gold book with hurricane disaster, a dead body (or the bones) under a destroyed building, a grandpa bandit, a Nazi, Holocaust memories, a wedding (yes, they finally get married!) and the usual crazy cast of characters and antics. Fun book!
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jul 27, 2010 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
This book has us solving two mysteries while struggling through a hurricane and even a romance. Life lessons are taught and remembered.
A complete book in itself, yet, we eagerly await the next installment, because, we love the characters.
May 08, 2009 Mendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
Gladdy is always a good read! This one is a little darker as it deals with survivors of the Holocaust.
Paula Czeisler
first book i read from the series and i ordered the set! especially good for those of the jewish faith!
Jun 15, 2009 Erin rated it did not like it
This book was a disaster! It made me decide not to read anymore of this series. Boring, cliche'd bullshit!
this is a fast read. It is a mystery with a comedy twist. very enjoyable! Very Cute story
Jan 16, 2009 Vicky rated it liked it
not up to par but still a good read. too much romance being thrown in
Oct 11, 2010 Ihdamj rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I love this series and am anxiously awaiting the next adventure
Mar 03, 2012 Donna rated it liked it
Just for a fun, quick read. Don't expect too much.
Ruth T
Oct 14, 2012 Ruth T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really hope I will be this active when I'm 65!
Jul 13, 2011 Notme rated it really liked it
Best in the series so far.
Linda Blanco
May 29, 2012 Linda Blanco rated it really liked it
Love this series!
Apr 12, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Fun read!
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Irene rated it it was amazing
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After being widowed at a young age with three small children, Rita Lakin began an extensive writing career, which has included staff writing on television programs such as Peyton Place, Mod Squad, Dynasty, and Strong Medicine, as well as creating original series such as The Rookies. She has won an Edgar Allen Poe award for her screenwriting, as well as receiving several other award nominations, an ...more
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