The 90s Club & the Hidden Staircase
The 90s Club at Whisperwood Retirement Village discovers a simmering brew of thefts, murders and exploitation bubbling beneath its luxurious lifestyle. Club members pile up clues like tricks in a bridge game to uncover the culprits--and almost lose their lives. The menace grows into a bloody climax and even Nancy's kitty cat Malone takes part, turning the murderer's confidence into terror. More
Ninety-Year-Olds Tackle Murder and Mayhem in New Mystery Series.
The 90s Club at Whisperwood Retirement Village discovers a simmering brew of thefts, murders, and exploitation bubbling beneath its luxurious and active lifestyle.
Nancy Dickenson and fellow club members pile up clues like tricks in a bridge game to uncover the culprits and almost lose their lives. The menace grows into a bloody climax and even Nancy’s suspiciously wild kitty cat Malone takes part, turning the murderer’s confidence into terror.
Except for the evil underfoot, the mystery accurately presents life in an upscale retirement community while spoofing stereotypes about the elderly. The plot turns upon the exploitation of the elderly, often the targets of scam artists. The villains in this novel, however, walk, talk and play with their victims as they prey.
The mystery is the first in a series featuring Nancy Dickenson and Whisperwood’s 90s Club.
“You can read every day about people who are 90 plus, even 100, and they’re still active, alert, and working,” says the author, Eileen Haavik McIntire. “My protagonist, Nancy Dickenson, is drawn from a 91-year-old woman I saw swimming laps at a pool party. Young people expect the elderly to dribble Pablum, but I’ve learned that for some people, age is no barrier. My former father-in-law at ninety-seven did his own home maintenance. A family friend at ninety-two was tennis champ in his retirement community.”
Whisperwood is like many upscale retirement villages nowadays. They are not depressing “old folks’ homes” for cast-off relatives but more like cruise ships, offering cheerful complexes with enjoyable, sociable dinners in attractive dining rooms every evening along with classes, hobby areas, dances, trips, gyms, tennis courts, pools, and ways to participate in about any activity imaginable.
The author’s previous novel, The Shadow of the Rock, also available at Smashwords.com, is historical fiction published in 2011. Midwest Book Review called it “a riveting story of time and humanity, highly recommended.”