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Introducing Gertrude, Gumshoe

Narrated by: Darlene Allen
Series: Gertrude, Gumshoe, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins

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Gertrude has been called a lot of things: a hoarder, an odd duck, and a crazy cat lady - but she's never been called a gumshoe. Until now. When her neighbor goes missing, she can't help but get involved, no matter how many people ask her not to.

©2016 Robin Merrill (P)2016 Robin Merrill

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  • Ennis Pack
  • 13-03-2020

It brought me home.

This story reminded me of so many of the old ladies from my own little home town in Maine. Gertrude is hilarious! I mean who really does lock there house up there? So many Maine tendencies, like saving everything "just in case". Adding in a few Maine staples like LL Bean and Gifford's Ice Cream made me feel at home. Not a Tim Sample or Bert & I narrator when it came to accent. She muffed up ayuh and a few other typically Maine phrases, but my head eventually just gave up wanting to hear the accent. Getting ready to listen to more of Robin's books, can't wait!

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  • Q Garcia
  • 07-03-2020

Gert the Gumshoe

This cozy will keep a smile on your face from the opening line until the last word. When Gertrude finds the body of a young mother (who worked as a stripper) dead, she embarks on her new calling - "gumshoe ". I was gifted this from the author.

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  • kittymom
  • 18-12-2019

Gertrude is Great!

I loved Gertrude from the first sentence. Her quirky, feisty, cat loving attitude is a breath of fresh air, and I'd like to get to know her better! I will definitely be reading or listening to the rest of the series. A very well-written story with believable characters that is at times laugh-out-loud funny. I am looking forward to more Gertrude antics.

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  • Laura
  • 10-12-2019

Quirky, Funny Cozy Mystery

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and any opinions expressed herein are my own. What a fun, well-written, and quirky cozy mystery. The main character is an elderly [although Gertrude would likely take umbrage to that statement] woman who lives in a trailer park with many cats and is a hoarder. She is grumpy, self-entitled, funny, pushy, smart, sassy, and completely intriguing. I loved her from the moment she was introduced. No one really likes Gertrude, including her 70-year-old neighbor who she ropes into helping her investigate the case because he has a car. I absolutely enjoyed the time that Gertrude spent in the strip club to protect one of the strippers. The way that she decided to become a private investigator and called a press conference was fabulous. I laughed out loud multiple times at Gertrude's antics. The narrator, Darlene Allen, was perfect. She really brought Gertrude to life as a curmudgeon with a soft spot.

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  • Christina
  • 25-11-2018

I love Gertrude!

I fell in love with Gertrude right off the bat! She may be older, but she’s got spunk, sass & a dry humor that I adore. Gertrude accidentally stumbles upon a dead body & decides to get to the bottom of things. Along the way she brings a rag tag cast of characters into the mix who I equally love! Not to mention the cat, Tornado, who is aptly named! This series is so much fun & I’m an instant fan!

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  • Katie
  • 25-11-2018

A laugh out loud cozy mystery.......

Introducing Gertrude, Gumshoe is the perfect example of a quirky cozy mystery. Gertrude is an elderly (though not in her opinion!) woman living a trailer park with 11 cats. By a strange twist of fate, she ends up investigating the murder of a waitress at a strip club. She forms a tension-filled partnership with 71 year-old Mr. Crow, and they begin tracking down clues. I laughed out loud multiple times at the shenanigans that these two encountered. Picture an elderly couple not only gaining entrance to but hanging out at a strip club, bribing a janitor with a $1 bill, and learning to set up their first smart phone. Those are just a few examples of the hilarity of this book. In addition to the comedy, this book is a great who-dunit. I had no idea of the killer's identity or the motive until Gertrude solves the case. The narrator, Darlene Allen, does a great job with the narration. She brings to life Gertrude's stubborn, difficult personality and adds to both the comedic and the suspenseful moods of the book. I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • Belle
  • 02-07-2017

Hooked on Gertrude Gumshoe

I have listened to three of these on Audible so far and really liked each one! In fact, I am hooked on them. Can't wait until my next one. They are quite entertaining!

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  • Debbie
  • 10-02-2017

Quirky, Funny Cat Woman on a Walker

Grumpy Gertrude and her cats, has left the homeless shelter for the trailer park, when she finds two kids left alone in a neighboring trailer . . . off on the search for their mother, she gets more than she bargained for . . . her antics are hilarious . . . and old age doesn't slow her down . . . I was, however, disappointed to hear that she was slipping salt and pepper shakers into her bag that was hanging from her walker in the fancy restaurant . . . no matter how expensive the soup was . . . good conclusion . . . but don't think I will be continuing the series . . .

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  • Indydog
  • 31-12-2016

Cute Cozy

Gertrude is both naïve and feisty, while trying to solve a murder she makes several mistakes. Let the hijinks begin!!

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  • NC
  • 19-09-2020

Fun and light cozy mystery

These books are so much fun! I've read up to book 4 now and I'll going back through to review them. They're light on the actual mechanics of the mystery, wonderfully full of quirky characters, and just a plain hoot! Gertrude is highly competent...at being Gertrude. Which I'm thinking is a full time job in itself. I loved so much her roundabout way of doing things, her absolute pride at owning a cell phone (ha!) and her banter with Calvin. I laughed out loud a lot! If you enjoy cozy small town mysteries with quirky characters, I'd highly recommend this! I received a free review copy at my request and happily left this review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 29-11-2018

Don t call me ma'am: I'm not old.

Meet Gertrude, an elderly (though she'd dispute that) and grouchy woman who lives with her assortment of cats in her trailer piled high with all sorts of odds and ends that might come in useful. She wields a walker to help her get around and is not, perhaps, the sharpest needle in the pack now, and somewhat out of touch with modern technologies. But when her beloved cat goes missing and is discovered in a neighbouring trailer being petted by two young children, alone and scared at the failure of their mother to return home, her natural nosiness and need to assert her right to interfere, has Gertrude first looking for the mother then tracking down a killer - with the reluctant assistance of her 71 years old neighbour. After all, he has a car. She is, quite frankly, a refreshingly unpleasant old women, pushy, judgemental, foolish but also determined and with a streak of kindness buried below the surface. Great characterisation by the author. The whole book is quick and easy to read, the who-dun-it? plotline very much taking second place to the abrasive and bumbling obsession of Gertrude's investigation. It's funny and somehow very believable. And this reader, for one, felt an empathy with her. Narrator, Darlene Allen, does a good job with her portrayal of Gertrude and gives voice to the other protagonists also. She helps bring the whole story to life although I personally found speeding the replay to 1.25 beneficial in covering the odd little pauses which sometimes occured. My thanks to the rights holder of Introducing Gertrude, who, at my request via Audiobook Boom, freely gifted me a complimentary copy. It was refreshingly different from the usually slick private eye stories and I wish Gertrude success in her gumshoe career: I'm looking forward to reading about more of her cases.

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  • Julie
  • 25-03-2020

Gumshoe and cats what more could you want

I enjoyed this book.it is the first book by this author I have listened to but I have already downloaded the next book. I wish it could have been longer at 3 hours and 46 minutes it is a bit shorter to the 9 or so hours I am use to but other than that I liked it. Gertrude is a fun character with plenty of spunk and a walking frame but she is not old. It is a fun light hearted and often humorous story. Well worth the listen. When one of Gertrude's many cats goes missing she tracks it down to a neighbours caravan. Where she finds to children left alone with only her cat for company. There mother has gone missing and Gertrude has her first case, the only clue is to start at the strip joint where she works. Gertrude needs to enlist many of her fellow neighbours to help, mainly because she needs there car not there detecting skills, that she can manage by her self. It is not long before she stumbles over naughty photos, a blackmail scam and a dead body. Will Gertrude first case turn from investigation to body guarding? She fears for another strippers life and vowels to not let her become the next victim even if it means beating the killer off with a walker. Now if she could just master technology and cell phones as easy as it is to become a pi. I liked the narrator and thought she was perfect for the elderly sluth. I did listen to is speeded up though. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.