Julie Seedorf just keeps getting better in her Granny books, and Granny Snows a Sneak, the third book in the series, stays true to the pattern. To enjoy this book, you have to have a distinct silly bone and delight in the absurd, with an appreciation for satire. At the end of the previous book, Granny Skewers a Scoundrel, Granny gets outted as the undercover investigator trying to catch shoplifters, so in this book, she is going stir-crazy and anxious to get back into the action. Planning her double wedding just isn’t enough excitement for her. So Granny decides to buy a snowmobile, and on her way home through the cemetery to avoid her fiance’s finding out about her new purchase, she runs over a body. But she doesn’t create a body. She actually runs over the body of her long-dead husband. But what is he doing out of his grave?
The series is full of crazy activities and satire, especially highlighting the way people too often force their stereotypes on senior citizens and other people. Instead, Granny defies expectations in being clever and self-sufficient. The other characters in the book also fight against stereotype and create valuable object lessons while making the readers laugh.
The book continues with all silliness and is full of quirky details. For example, Granny seems to collect animals who just show up at her house. The animals include the original four Granny calls the Shysters, who go back and forth between her and Franklin’s house, along with Baskerville and Mrs. Bleaty, a large dog and a goat respectively. Then they start disappearing, only to be found at the house of her suspicious neighbor who annoys Granny but with whom she develops a love/hate relationship. In true Granny fashion, this queen of rhyme and alliteration nicknames the man Supercilious Silas. The newest animal to join this book is Radish, a parrot belonging to Supercilious Silas, whom Mrs. Bleaty has fallen in love with. The menagerie just adds to the fun of this book.
I also had to laugh at the succession of Granny’s canes from each book. In Grammy Hooks a Crook, she uses an umbrella to snare criminals, and in Granny Skewers a Scoundrel, she has a special cane made out of a giant knitting needle. In this book, Granny gets a special shovel made as her next cane. Each cane serves as a weapon to fight off criminals, each being more ridiculous than the previous.
This book is really hard to give a good summary of because it is not your conventional mystery book, but it is so delightfully funny that I thoroughly enjoyed the book. You will get a much better feel for the books if you start with the first book, since some things seem so absurd that without having read the first two books, you will miss out on details. The first book does not meet the same standards of this one, as it takes until the end to connect all the disparate pieces, but if you go through the whole first book, you will not regret the chance to love this book.
Priscilla Finch does a great job of providing the narration of this book. It takes a special person to be able to turn this book into a good audio version, and Finch was an excellent selection. You wouldn’t want an intense narrator because the book is already so full of word play and fun that any dramatic reading would be overly done. I suspect that this book might be even more enjoyable in listening to it than if you read this crazy book.
I really enjoyed Granny Snows a Sneak and thought this silly book was a great read. I intend to purchase book four very soon and look forward to the next in the series. I give this book five stars!
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