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Getting Old is a Disaster Mass Market Paperback – December 30, 2008

4.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Book 5 of 7 in the Gladdy Gold Series

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When a hurricane strikes Fort Lauderdale, it wreaks havoc on the Lanai Gardens apartment complex and launches self-appointed PI Gladdy Gold's fifth mystery (after 2007's Getting Old Is to Die For). Discovered beneath the debris of a building, a long-buried skeleton yields few clues beyond that the victim was murdered, but that doesn't stop Gladdy and her delightful coterie of elderly crime busters from investigating. They're also trying to nab the bank-robbing Grandpa Bandit and comforting a neighbor, concentration camp survivor Enya, who suffers repeated nightmares. Gladdy's intermittent romance with retired cop Jack Langford veers close to consummation, but she never lets that distract her from the case. Lakin skillfully combines human comedy and a touch of Jewish humor with suspense while unveiling startling connections and plenty of twists. (Jan.)
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"The golden girls play Nancy Drew in their own funny and creative ways...colorful and Meshugeneh."Mystery Scene

"A wonderful series for cozy lovers of all persuasions."Mystery Lovers Bookshop News

"Gaddy Gold is a treasure, Miss Marple in yiddish. Salty. Sassy. Sunny" —Carolyn Hart
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440243882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440243885
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kristi Ahlers on January 11, 2009
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Gaddy Gold is back in her fifth mystery!
Gaddy is a self-proclaimed P.I. and her world is turned into chaos when a hurricane hits Lanai Garden Apartments and with the passing of the storm, comes a new mystery for her and her gals. A skeleton has been discovered and there is not many clues but there is enough to know that this dead person has been murdered. To add to the excitement she has been challenged by the "Grandpa Bandit." Daring her to catch him if she can. Well, Gaddy is not going to let that challenge pass but first her and her girls are going to have to stay a few steps ahead of a murder that is not thrilled to find out a skeleton has been unearthed. This killer will do what he must in order to make sure it's dead and buried and if Gaddy gets in the way she may just find herself keeping company with the dead herself.

This is the first time I've read any of Ms. Lakin's titles and I was immensely entertained with the witty actions of Gaddy and her cohorts. If you like a few laughs along with very likeable characters, and edge of your seat mystery, you're going to really enjoy this title.
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It is finally official, Gladdy and Jack are a couple. Both live in the Lanai Gardens condominium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she and her four friends run a private detective business and he is a former detective who enjoys his retirement. Both want to consummate their love, but each time they try, a crisis surfaces; somebody needs her or a case arises. Jack rents a room in the Keys as a getaway, but alas they are interrupted again this time by a hurricane

They return home as Jack's building has collapsed. Meanwhile Gladdy and her crew are trying to locate a bank robber who has taunted them. He even tells them which bank he will rob; when it occurs as described Gladdy and her intrepid geriatric sleuths set up a plan to catch a thief. A skeleton is found in the subbasement of Jack's demolished building; the builder Stanley Heyer asks Gladdy to identify the body. This fifty year old cold case has roots in Nazi Germany but pose modern day danger to the detectives.

In her fifth mystery, Gladdy and her peers prove there is plenty of life in septuagenarians as they team is up to the challenge of the bank robber and a cold killer. There are the two mysteries in this latest "Getting Old" tale with both complex and not easy to determine who the culprits are. However, as always in Rita Lakin's homage to the elderly, it is the cast especially Gladdy who make for a spunky sensational senior citizens sleuthing series.

Harriet Klausner
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I've read all 5 books in this series so far. This one, like all the others, is an enjoyable blend of mystery, romance and comedy.

But the author really should have done a least a little research for this book, because here she's misinformed and way off base about Orthodox Jews, and also about Holocaust perpetrators and Holocaust victims. I'll give no spoilers here, but I'm sorry to say that on some pages her ignorance is almost painful.
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I absoultely love this series. It is so entertaining and enjoyable. I find myself laughing out loud at some of the ladies antics. I can see myself and a few of my friends acting the same way Glady's girls do. I hope she will keep the series going as I know along with myself there will be quite a few disappointed readers if she doesn't.
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By ms nobody on September 25, 2009
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I love this book and have read them all. I plan on reading anymore this author writes. I enjoyed this book immensly.
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This is fifth in the series and plenty of elderly action and angst that we have seen in the prior releases. It is nice to see Gladdy and Jack's relationship finally take the next step. The author injects a Holocaust background to one of the mysteries (expected after 4 books of elderly Jewish characters). I do not analyze for historical accuracy in light mystery fiction so I cannot speak to that, but did want to mention that there are some emotionally intense scenes for one of the characters that we have not seen in the prior books.

I think I enjoyed this release more than the others because of the thoughts and banter around the new phase of Gladdy and Jack's relationship, and Gladdy finally living in the present rather than her widowhood.

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I liked the first four novels in the Gladdy Gold series by Rita Lakin. This fifth adventure, Getting Old Is a Disaster, is even more exciting. You have to read it. Ms. Lakin is a smooth mystery writer--main plot and subplots so beautifully blended into a satisfying read. Sobering subject matters (Alzheimer's toll; Holocaust survivor's nightmares) plus crime-solving and friendship and romance, and even goofiness. Like being with a good friend, I didn't want the story to end. Oh, but what an ending!
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This fifth entry into the series is fantastic. Lots of humor, as usual, but with a really deeper theme that gives one pause for thought.

How fun to go along for the ride as Gladdy Gold and her merry band of senior sleuths deal with her new live-in relationship with boyfriend Jack, cope with the aftermath of a hurricaine and chase down an over 50 year old murder...all with their usual style, wit and wisdom.

You won't want to miss this one- that in itself would be a Goldy's Fan Disaster!
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