Earl Walker is not your typical mystery hero. He’s not a detective or a policeman. Earl is a curmudgeon who lives in the Candlewick Retirement Community. He doesn’t socialize; preferring to be left alone in his wheelchair, the same way he’s lived since his wife passed away.
Jenny Hutton is a cheerful young college student. She believes it is her Christian duty to visit Earl Walker and cheer him up, even if he doesn’t want to be cheerful.
This unlikely pair attends a strange party where one of the residents dies. Most people think that a death in a retirement home is normal, but Earl senses that something isn’t quite right. He uses observation skills honed by 25 years as a bus driver to investigate, aided by Jenny who pushes his wheelchair while serving as a sounding board.
Chris Well draws creative, interesting characters. Aside from Walker, our misanthropic anti-hero, there is Sally Brouwer the kleptomaniac; Ray Stanton, victim of bullying; and Gloria Logan, attractive and outgoing resident who also works in the office part-time. And those are just a few.
Nursing a Grudge is an intriguing mystery with many twists and turns, and more than a touch of humor. Well’s characters are not exactly what they seem at first glance. Everyone but Earl seems to have a motive and a less-than-airtight alibi.