Book Review: Grand Theft Death by Ann Philipp

Patricia does a favor for a drunken friend and drives her home in the friend’s classic car, a 1959 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz convertible. When she borrows the car to get home, this Good Samaritan is arrested and thrown in jail. Thus begins a light-hearted mystery, which turns a bit more serious when the friend turns up dead in her apartment complex swimming pool.

 

To exonerate herself from the car theft charge, Patricia begins snooping around. With the interference, help and savviness of four senior reprobate lady friends of her deceased grandmother, Patricia learns more than she ever wanted to know about her own family and a sleezball acquaintance from her high school years, Jimmy Chang. Suspecting the death of her friend was not an accident, Patricia’s probing turns exciting, especially when her crusty senior mentors begin teaching her some dangerous tricks of the trade.

 

Philipp does a nice job of moving this story along with multiple support characters and a protagonist who is believable. The novel is well written and an easy read, with a lyrical balance of sentence structures. Her characters are quirky, funny and contribute panache to the story line.

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