It isn't the kind of mystery that you are intended to take seriously, even though there is serious intent to put Rose six feet under. She escapes the nursing home, is recaptured, realizes she doesn't have dementia, begins stashing the drugs she's being fed, escapes again, and later breaks back in to rescue someone else.
Who wants Rose dead and why? With the help of her thirteen-year-old granddaughter Mel, Rose does her best to figure out the answers to these questions, but she is still weak and confused.
As Rose deals with her impaired memory, she must face the fact that even Mel had believed Rose had early onset dementia, possibly brought on by the recent death of Rose's husband Harley. A respected artist from New Orleans, Rose had never been conventional, but her behavior after her husband's death was bizarre and worrisome.
The book is full of suspense and dark humor, as attempts on Rose's life and efforts at her recapture become more intense and often comical. The villains are one-dimensional caricatures, the conspiracies too complicated for belief, but feisty Rose and her investigation and adventures are entertaining and funny.
Rose has a particular piece of evidence after one attempt on her life, and I laughed out loud in shock and amusement when she calmly tells Eddie what she did with the evidence. At the very least, that statement convinced Eddie that Rose wasn't just crazy, but damn scary.
Recommended by my daughter, What Rose Forgot is a satisfying romp that occupied my day!
A few books added to my list of books I want to read: