The first three installments in the hilarious Gertrude, Gumshoe cozy mystery series collected for you in one place!
Introducing Gertrude, Gumshoe
Gertrude has been called a lot of things: a hoarder, an odd duck, and a crazy cat lady – but she’s never been called a gumshoe. Until now. When her neighbor goes missing, she can’t help but get involved, no matter how many people ask her not to.
Gertrude, Gumshoe: Murder at Goodwill
Gertrude is back! When she finds a murder victim at her local Goodwill, she tries to tell the sheriff’s department everything she knows. Of course, they don’t listen. So of course, she must solve the mystery herself. And the only way she can figure to do this is to go undercover – as the Mattawooptock Goodwill’s newest team member. Anyone who knows Gertrude knows this probably isn’t the best idea. She’ll probably get fired. Or arrested. Or worse.
Gertrude, Gumshoe and the VardSale Villain
Samantha Cooper is missing, and her boyfriend is desperate to find her. Desperate enough to hire Gertrude, Gumshoe. Thrilled to have her first real client, Gertrude gets right to work. But is she really ready for a real case? Can she catch a kidnapper without getting herself kidnapped?
Laura Rose –
This was my first experience with Robin Merrill’s work and I enjoyed it quite a lot. The main character in this series is named, Gertrude. Gertrude is of a certain age, but her age is never actually given in the first three books. The reader is told that Gertrude walks with a walker and lives in a trailer with cats. Gertrude does manage to get herself into some awkward predicaments which made me laugh. I recommend this series for those who like zany and outlandish books which bring about laughter. Darlene Allen’s narration is good and added an extra layer of enjoyment to the story. I requested this audiobook from Audiobooks Unleashed and have voluntarily left this review.
Suzanne Nelson –
This gem of a box set is really funny! Gertrude is a feisty old lady, who becomes embroiled with solving murders. She seems to have a knack for discovering dead bodies. Despite being disabled and having to use a walker, Gertrude doesn’t have limits. She doesn’t consider herself elderly. She doesn’t have a driver’s license or a car but takes the free community bus service for citizens in need around town. She also bums rides from her senior neighbor Calvin, who reluctantly accompanies Gertrude on her adventures. Gertrude has a dozen or more cats, all named. She collects items that may be of use sometime and stores them in piles in her trailer park home. Gertrude calls herself a collector.
Book one is hilarious, when the investigation takes Gertrude and Calvin to a strip club. After showing the police how it should be done, Gertrude decides to become a gumshoe. In book two, Gertrude is shopping in Goodwill and discovers a dead woman in the store. So she gets a job at Goodwill in order to help discover the identity of the murderer. It is so funny! In book three, Gertrude searches for a woman who disappeared while picking up merchandise purchased through an online auction site. Gertrude’s struggles to become familiar with technology are humorous.
Each book is a stand alone. All are clean and cozy. They will make listeners laugh and smile!
I rate this box set at five stars.