Armed and Outrageous is a cozy mystery with a duo of senior sleuths. Agnes Barton is in her seventies whereas Eleanor Mason is in her eighties. Not that age matters in this book, far from it. These two friends and partners in crime break the age barrier, at least most of the time. I explored subject matters that some of the younger folks would call TTMI or totally too much information. Truth be known, senior citizens are quite capable of carrying on a normal life, not that I’d call digging up clues about a missing tourist as normal activity for most folks their age. You must admit that the older population does have an unusual snoopy nature, or at least that has been my experience.
Agnes has a personal stake in this missing person’s case, after all, her own granddaughter, Sophia, disappeared the year before. Agnes still hasn’t forgiven the local law enforcement over the matter either, resulting in heated exchanges with Sheriff Peterson, a man Agnes would rather see high-tail it out of town.
As if the situation isn’t bad enough, Agnes and Eleanor don’t always get along. They get themselves into some pretty funny predicaments, and when Agnes’ former boss and secret crush rolls into town, she is beside herself. What’s a woman to do when her heart suddenly goes to fluttering over some man when you’re too dang old to do much about it?
I predict that if you dare read this book you may spontaneously laugh out loud, and may need a tissue to dab your eyes a bit. This book isn’t just for the older crowd folks—everyone of all ages will enjoy this story. If you can’t relate directly to these characters you certainly know somebody just like them.