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Getting Old Is Murder

(Gladdy Gold #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  878 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Gladdy Gold 75 narrates driving retirees around Ft Lauderdale from their Florida condos. Selma and Francie are the first to die, coincidentally days before their birthdays. Can slow gardener Denny hear his mama on the phone nightly? Detective Langford has a hot dad, Glad's style.
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Dell
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Nancy Haddock
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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."
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love these 'old'ladies!
Oct 29, 2009 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
Linda Appelbaum
Aug 23, 2012 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
Aug 07, 2012 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
Apr 10, 2010 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
Jun 02, 2014 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.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first heard about this series in a Cozy Mystery group I am apart of and instantly ran to Amazon and bought the first two books. Yesterday I started and became obsessed. I am going to go on a limb here and say this could be the funniest and greatest Cozy I have ever read. Gladdy and her friends Sophie, Bella, Ida and sister Evvie are infectious. Not only are they so well written but each is truly a different character. They are sassy, they are classy and they are always up for a meal. In this b ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cozy mystery. I wanted to like this more than I did. Crime solving senior citizens in Florida- what’s not to like. But I was put-off by the stereotypical women characters. It was written in the early 2000s but the characters acted like they were living in the 1950s days of simpering after men, putting up with sexist jokes, etc. Given all that, it was a pretty good mystery with lots of red herrings. While reading it, I changed my mind several times about who I thought “did it” So it did keep my ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really wanted to like this one. I like the setup and the idea and even most of the characters, but something fell flat for me. I adore cozy mysteries. Maybe the murders just felt too sad or the characters seemed a bit too overdone, but something about it just made it hard for me to get into. I might try the second in the series and see if maybe it is better. If you are retired and living in Florida, this may resonate with you a bit more.
Sandra Holladay
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Initially, I was going to give the book three stars, but the last third of the book was so good I couldn't put it down. This is a really fun cozy read, a little slow to start, but definitely worth reading it through to the end. I loved the old Jewish ladies, the humor was great.
Diane Large
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a serious murder, but an incredibly fun read. I'm a single retired lady living in a retirement village an enjoyed all the situations that these ladies got themselves into. The pool, grocery store, and playing cards really made me laugh. I will read more.
Joyce  Adams
I enjoyed this first in the series of the Gladdy Gold series set in a retirement community in Fort Lauderdale. Gladdy and her girls get involved in trying to solve a rash of murders in their condo community. A fast and entertaining read.
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining!
Funny, frothy, frivolous, fun. Actually 3.5. Why can't we have more stars?
Nancy Cook-senn
Silly little old Jewish ladies in the retirement complex solve murders. Cute.
Michelle Munger
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, story line wonderful, characters are absolutely hilarious, who did it you'd never guess!
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Since I am close to Gaddy's age, I can appreciate the references to "old" age. I've already ordered the second book in this series. Great characters! Well written.
Beverley Lombardi
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was good. The characters were delightful. I will probably read the other books in the series. This might make a good television series.
Jan 26, 2012 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
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read for a cozy mystery. The narrator as an old single lady is frank, blatant, but humorous. The allusion to movies, books, fictional characters are witty. Although the culprit and the ending was pretty much predictable, it is good for light reading for mystery fans.
An Odd1
May 31, 2015 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
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Senior Citizens living life through death

Great story about seniors finding a new purpose in life. It is a funny story about a groups of friends who grow together in search for answers about the deaths of their friends. If you liked Hula Girls series, then you will like this series.
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
Mar 25, 2013 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
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
Feb 22, 2011 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
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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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Gladdy Gold (8 books)
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