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Getting Old Is Murder (Gladdy Gold #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  656 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
She’s not Miss Marple. Her friends are no Charlie’s Angels. Nevertheless, 75-year-old Gladdy Gold and her gang of eccentric Fort Lauderdale retirees are out, about, and hunting down a killer–one who is silently stalking them.

Selma Beller was the first to go–but Gladdy and her neighbors never suspected murder until another of their friends died in an eerily similar way. Now
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Dell
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Rachel Kramer Bussel
In this start of the Gladdy Gold cozy mystery series, retiree Gladdy proves herself an excellent sleuth, capable of outdoing her local police department and avenging her friends' deaths. Lakin introduces us to Gladdy and her Gladiators, aka, sister and friends, who live in a Florida retirement home but are itching for something to do besides gossip. Gladdy is the one who starts to put together the idea that the heart attacks suffered by elderly women were actually something more sinister. Her sp ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This book was a witty romp into the world of condo's and life in Ft. Lauderdale if you are a retired widow. You are introduced to the language of Yiddish and do expect to laugh.

The mystery was sad and even though you cheer the capture of the villian, you still feel the sadness.

Luckily, I have the series so am off to the next one "Getting Old is the Best Revenge."
Nancy Haddock
Feb 21, 2016 Nancy Haddock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
This is another series hubby and I are sold on! The women and fellow residents are quirky, and while the murders and other issues are serious, there is some great humor in each book. The Publix grocery store? Well, we have one here, and the scene had us in stitches!
Drebbles
Oct 29, 2009 Drebbles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
When Gladdy Gold's neighbor, Selma Beller, dies, Gladdy is saddened, but not concerned, at 75 and living in a retirement community, Gladdy is accustomed to death. But when her best friend Francie dies, Gladdy is heartbroken and begins to be suspicious since both Selma and Francie died around the time of their birthdays. Gladdy tries to convince the police that murder may have taken place, but they don't believe her so she starts investigating on her own. After two more deaths and a couple of aut ...more
Ed
Aug 07, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, humor
#1 in the Gladdy Gold series. Quick, fun read. Interesting introduction to a large cast of quirky characters. My only quibble is that the solution to the puzzle was telegraphed too early.

Gladdy Gold series - 75-year-old Gladdy Gold and her gang of Fort Lauderdale retirees are hunting down a killer - one who is stalking them. Selma Beller was the first to go - but Gladdy and her neighbors never suspected murder until another of their friends died in a similar way. Now a handsome young detective w
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Linda Appelbaum
Aug 23, 2012 Linda Appelbaum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely charming book, a quick read. If you like the TV program "Murder She Wrote" you might like this book. This is the 1st of several books in a series about Gladdy Gold, an over the hill sleuth, who lives in a Ft. Lauderdale retirement village. Sprinkled with Jewish expressions, this book is delightful even if you aren't Jewish or if you have never been to one of the retirement villages in Florida. A glossary in the book helps with unfamiliar words and there is even a drawing of the place ...more
Lindsay
Apr 09, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This series is super funny. There's something about little old ladies running around trying to solve a mystery while forgetting what's going on half the time that makes me laugh. It was also a little twisted. In this book, Goldy's friends keep dieing from a "heart attack", but she thinks otherwise. So she and her friends try to find out what's going on. Mostly it's just her, but the others are entertaining. Kind of made me think of The Golden Girls, where Dorothy was always in charged and the re ...more
Catherine Flusche
I've been raving about this book ever since I finished it (Saturday morning--it was the sole book I'd brought during the move).

The problem with mystery books is that there is a fine line between giving just enough information so the reader is surprised by the murderer and so much information that it's obvious by page 100 who did it. Then there's the problem of pointing the finger so hard at an obviously innocent person that the reader wonders how they ever caught the real murderer and the reader
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Marina Aimer
May 06, 2012 Marina Aimer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series!! Am reading them out of order, but still enjoying and not missing anything. As always, Gladdy and her girls entertain, while doing serious work catching criminals. It's nice to learn about a culture and place I am not familiar with. And the characters are so welcoming, I want to move in with them. I also love how you get enough clues along the way to solve the mysteries right along with Gladdy and her helpers. A great read! Can't wait for the next one.
Dale
Sep 27, 2013 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love these 'old'ladies!
An Odd1
Nov 23, 2015 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Gladdy 75 narrates usual drives of gang from their Ft Lauderdale Florida condos. She convinces detective Morrie Langford into an autopsy of Greta Kronk after suspicious heart attacks of Selma and Francie before their birthdays. Meanwhile, younger Harriet has day off, chauffeurs girls, in a rush for Jewish tradition, to cremate the Catholic Kronk. (view spoiler) "My face must be purple" p 177.

One side-plot has slow-witted gardener Denny Ryan with c
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Mitch
Apr 01, 2013 Mitch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I try REALLY hard not to give books one star unless it totally deserves it. I wanted so badly to like this book because I like light-hearted cozy mysteries. And the premise of Rita Lakin's "Getting Old Is Murder" seemed entertaining enough. A group of old bitties at an apartment complex (mostly for the elderly) who gather together to try to figure out why their neighbours are mysteriously keeling over around them.

Quirky characters are always a plus for me, and at first glance Gladdy Gold and her
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Josephine
Mar 28, 2012 Josephine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
People are dying at a retirement community in Fort Lauderdale--not an uncommon event when the residents' average age is 70, surely? It's only when Our Amateur Detective Protagonist's best friend dies, shortly before her birthday and shortly after another reasonably healthy (for her age) resident also died shortly before her birthday, that Gladdy gets suspicious. Subsequent deaths under similar circumstances only heighten her suspicions and the fears of her friends.

Gladdy does go to the police
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Mary Bird
When I first picked up this book, I did so because I was looking for a Miss Marple-esque kind of mystery with the fluffy old ladies solving crime in ways unique to their age bracket, different from, say, my normal mystery reading where all the protagonists are between twenty and forty.

Unfortunately, I didn't get any of that. By the second murder I'd already figured out who was doing it (thought not necessarily why, but it didn't surprise me in the end), and I'd also predicted who was going to g
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Elaine
Feb 22, 2011 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lightweight mystery lovers
Recommended to Elaine by: Jeanne E
My friend came to visit me and left this book behind for my enjoyment. It is a lightweight murder mystery about a "Mature" (never old) woman who turns private eye to figure out who is killing old women in their community. Her cronies join her and their antics are quite hilarious. I actually enjoyed the book, but . . . I felt there was more language than I like and than it needed. I know that won't bother many people, but not to my liking. There is also one character who likes to tell off-color j ...more
Jen
Mar 13, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to Gladdy Gold and her mystery solving prowess. The characters are believable, real. I used to work in a retirement home and I could believe any of these characters residing there, stirring up trouble, and enjoying life together. The constant bickering was fun, not annoying. That takes considerable talent and Ms Lakin does so with panache!

To date I have only read two of the Gladdy Gold mysteries, but I will be seeking them all.
Jeni
May 21, 2013 Jeni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was one in a huge stack of books a co-worker gave me. I just finished reading The Forgotten Legion by Ben Kane (which I loved) and really wanted to jump into the second book in the trilogy but I decided to read this book instead because in the past I've read trilogies or series of books one after the other and I end up burning out on the series. So Gladdy Gold is polar opposite to Ben Kane's series but it was surprisingly cute and a quick read. There is a whole series of GG books and this b ...more
Judy
Jul 08, 2010 Judy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Apparently, I'm spending much of my reading time this summer pretending that I'm at the beach. This book would be perfect to read while sitting on the beach sipping a cold beverage and watching the waves. Actually, I'm involved in a reading challenge in which we are trying to find and read a cozy mystery set in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This is my Florida book. Gladdy Gold is 75 years old and has an opinion about everything. She lives in a retirement condo in a developm ...more
Susan Jo Grassi
May 03, 2016 Susan Jo Grassi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a senior citizen, I saw this book and decided to give it a shot. It was funny, engaging and down right good. The characters reminded me of ladies I know and the idea of forgetfulness made me squirm but the story was fleshed out perfectly. I'm looking forward to reading another Gladdy Gold mystery.
MomIsReading
This is the first book in the Gladdy Gold cozy mystery series. I like to throw in some cozy mysteries in between heavier reads because I enjoy amateur sleuths. I found Gladdy and her group of "Gladdy's Gladiators" a fun mix of spirited older women. While a couple of her crew were annoying, isn't it this way in real life as well? I thought I knew who the murderer was, as well as the motive, but I was wrong. I loved the feel of Ft. Lauderdale in the book, as well as when they get fired up and spea ...more
Pam
Sep 29, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#6 01/14/06
TITLE/AUTHOR: GETTING OLD IS MURDER by Rita Lakin
RATING: 4/B
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Mystery, 2004, 297 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Present, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
CHARACTERS: Gladys Gold, Sophie, Evie, Ida, Bella, etc
-- senior residents of Lanai Gardens
COMMENTS: Cute debut mystery. Very realistic and humorous
look at a group of seniors living in a condo in South Florida. Several residents have died on the eve of their birthdays, apparently from heart attacks. Gladdy, a book lover and especiallly myster
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Nicole
I LOVED IT! Sorry for the caps, but I seriously loved this book! The whole idea of an elderly lady being the lead character! And her friends, they are some portraits! I loved how they all got explained so you can get into the story with an idea of who everyone is. The idea of the murders were also good and I never expected the killer to be the one!

You really get the idea of cozy when reading the day by day of these elderly ladies and how life stirs up when a murder occurs!

Now I have to say I lov
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
I really liked this book. The old people were hilarious. They all had their problems, as old people do; (health, dementia, etc.), but I still found most of them likeable. I didn't really care for Hy, who kept telling dirty jokes (I know he would have been reprimanded severely in the retirement home my aunt lives in - they would have told him to 'knock it off' a long time ago); but other than that, the people faced real problems - one taking care of his wife, who has Alzheimer's, another losing t ...more
Barbara
Feb 01, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Cute little cozy - nothing earth-shattering or something to write home about. It still was a bit above the average cozy. You have an older heroine, who while she does go off and investigate the mysteries murders in the condo complex, she still is not as compulsive and foolhardy as too many cozy heroines are. Good thing, too. She should know better by this time in her life.

While enjoyable, there was still something a bit flat about this - I'm not sure what, though. Not sure if I want to go on at
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Jodi
Mar 24, 2010 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gladdy Gold may be 75 but that's never too late to start a new career as a private detective. It isn't as though she planned it. But when friends and neighbors start turning up dead, she starts thinking murder. With Gladdy's Gladiators, ages 71-83, they are determined to stop the killer before he strikes again. It very cute. The fact that all the women are Jewish made it a comfort read, even though my grandmothers were never like this. When my parents started "snowbirding" to Florida, I cried, " ...more
Teresa Howard
Aug 18, 2015 Teresa Howard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I love mysteries and this one had my attention from the very beginning. I read it in a day and a half.
Bgpriley
Jun 02, 2014 Bgpriley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If it takes two pages in the front to explain who the characters are, there are too many characters.
Georgiann Hennelly
When retirees begin dying in her Fort Lauderdale complex 75 year old Gladdy Gold gets suspious. The first to die was Selma Beller but only Gladdy and her neighbors suspected murder. A handsome Detective won't listen to them. Hy Binder won't stop telling them dirty jokes and crazy old Greta Kronk is doing everything possible to make herself look like a suspect. But amid her daily activities Gladdy is about to find out how the murders are being committed. Time is running out to catch the culprit. ...more
Shay
May 30, 2012 Shay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book for a reading challenge: "Read a book featuring an elderly female." (or something like that) So, this is not a book I really wanted to read at this particular time- not that it would really change my ratings. I generally only give 3 to 3 1/2 star ratings to genre type fiction. And, no matter my mood, this is a solidly 3 star book. Which means, to me, that it was an enjoyable cozy. And I really thought she did a good job with the characters. Finally, the author is a former ...more
Gillian
Jan 17, 2016 Gillian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the characters and there comments which often made me laugh out loud.
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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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