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Too Old to Die

(The fifth book in the Hubbert & Lil Mystery series)
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A new beginning… new friends… and a new mystery that hits way too close to their new home for lifelong NYers Auntie Lil and TS Hubbert.

Octogenarian amateur sleuth Auntie Lil and her buttoned-down nephew TS Hubbert have finally had enough of life in the Big Apple. With a lifetime of memories and memorabilia in tow, they head south to a new life in the idyllic rolling hills of North Carolina’s Piedmont region. Unfortunately, Bonny Bridge Point proves to be anything but the restful retirement community they had hoped for.
When the mysterious death of a staffer uncovers a series of suspected murders, Auntie Lil and TS are on the case again, this time aided by a retired professor named Calvin Ewell, a disdainful cat named Eirene, and an aloof Great Pyrenees who sometimes answers to “Magnolia.” Just about everyone is a suspected killer, from the most addled resident stuck in their 60’s era student days, to officious management and mysterious investors, to seemingly helpful employees who may be a little too quick on the draw with medication. Meanwhile, when two hardcore northerners like Auntie Lil and TS enter the Deep South, a culture clash is sure to follow—with hilarious results for all. Hushpuppies or hoagies? Barbeque or Reubens? Beehives or bob-cuts? The war between the states is still being settled, only this time it’s a battle that, perhaps, everyone can win.

If you’re a long-time fan of the series, there’s more in store for you. Auntie Lil and TS have solved many a mystery together, but this time, things are different. Determined to come out of his shell, TS shows his mettle. He has secrets of his own, a growing sense of confidence, and spiritual help from an unlikely source. For years, Auntie Lil has led him into one pickle after enough but TS is now ready to take the reins. Whether it’s running interference for Auntie Lil—who seems to have made an enemy out of the retirement community’s reigning Queen Bee—or hiding from the many lovesick casserole-bearing ladies after him, TS has his hands full, even as his once-feral cat finds ever more creative ways to insult him. Full of hilarious situations and gentle humor, Too Old to Die asks some important questions about aging and friendship while highlighting the more humorous aspects of Baby Boomers seeking to maintain their independence while coping with a changing, technology-saturated world.

Written by a seasoned mystery writer whose books have been making readers laugh for decades, this witty and urbane amateur detective team recalls the cozy charm of Golden Age mysteries like those showcasing Miss Marple and her worthy successors—Miss Silver, Miss Seeton, Mrs. Pollifax, and Jessica Fletcher. Fans of modern-day cozy writers such as the late Charlotte MacLeod, Louise Penny, Dorothy Cannell, Carolyn Hart, M.C. Beaton, Joanne Fluke, Jana DeLeon, and Alexander McCall Smith will also be captivated. If you enjoy a humorous mystery that is nonetheless full of heart, Too Old to Die is the book for you!

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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