Wednesday, May 29, 2013

How Not to Murder Your Grumpy / Carol E. Wyer

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Humor/Non-Fiction

Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words

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“Carol E. Wyer is an award winning author whose humorous novels take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully.”
Wyer has two novels, Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines and its sequel, Surfing in Stilletos.

For more, visit the author’s blog.


Are you a woman of a certain age with a retired spouse who is now home all the time and driving you crazy? The solution, find him some activities to get him out of your hair.


The premise of this book is simple. Just like mothers with kids out of school for the summer need to find fun activities to prevent boredom in the kids and maintain their own sanity, retired husbands need the same attention. Wyer lists ideas arranged from A to Z for hobbies and other activities that could potentially keep hubby busy and out of the way of their poor, suffering spouse. The book is a quick, light-hearted read, with the primary goal of getting a laugh, but still with enough information that it might spark an idea and sometimes point you in the right direction for more information. It’s sprinkled throughout with interesting and entertaining trivia and the occasional joke.

Although the book has a definite British-bent, most of the ideas will be familiar to those anywhere in the world. A few may not be, which when I was reading only served to get more laughs. One example is “Molly Dancing,” where the participants “wave hankies and bells ... and shout a lot.” Those wacky Brits.


Uses UK spelling conventions and slang.

Format/Typo Issues:

Read a pre-release beta version. Unable to comment on finished product in this area.

Rating: **** Four stars

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