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What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr


Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she’s been committed to an Alzheimer’s Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she’s “not making it through the week,” Rose is convinced that if she’s to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.

The only problem is—how does she convince anyone that she’s not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn’t sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her.

With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel’s friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back—to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they’re holding all the cards.


This is a very entertaining “grandma’s gone wild” story that will have you in stitches, have you biting your nails, and rooting for Gigi every step of the way!

Rose Dennis, Gigi to her granddaughter, is a yoga-posing, medication-humming, crime-plotting 67-year-old woman who is placed in an elder care home against her knowledge and will.  The plot of the story is how she escapes the home, fights off a hit man, and Ms. Marple’s her way into solving more than the crime against her, but other residents at the home.

I urge you to keep reading through the slow beginning and delve into a hilarious and thought-provoking adventure that will encourage women of a certain age to keep themselves fit in case they have to break out of a nursing home.

Thank you to Ms. Barr, St. Martin’s Press, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Nevada BarrNevada Barr is a mystery fiction author, known for her “Anna Pigeon” series of mysteries, set in National Parks in the United States. Barr has won an Agatha Award for best first novel for Track of the Cat.

Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue a career in theatre, but decided to be a park ranger. In 1984 she published her first novel, Bittersweet, a bleak lesbian historical novel set in the days of the Western frontier.

While working in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Barr created the Anna Pigeon series. Pigeon is a law enforcement officer with the United States National Park Service. Each book in the series takes place in a different National Park, where Pigeon solves a murder mystery, often related to natural resource issues. She is a satirical, witty woman whose icy exterior is broken down in each book by a hunky male to whom she is attracted (such as Rogelio).

Currently, Ms. Barr lives in New Orleans, LA.

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