Burned Out Old Broads VII: Ten Little Puritans and Burned Out Old Broads VIII: Learning to Love Willie by Joy Johnson


Reviewed by Teri Davis

The Boob Girls VIIThe Boob Girls VIIIBenjamin Franklin once stated, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” However, there is that says that at least you can have fun along the way. That is the thought behind Joy Johnson’s delightful Boob Girls series. For most retirees in a home, life is not uplifting.

Author, Joy Johnson has discovered that aging does not mean that life ends. With a few close friends, their lives now consist of humor, excitement, mystery, romance and making the most of each day.

Home is Meadow Lakes Retirement Community for Mary Rose McGill, Marge Aaron, Robinson Leary, and Hadley Joy Morris-Whitfield. These women seem at first to have little in common except for their love of life and learning to enjoy each day sharing their friendships and adventures.

Scooter McKooter has invited the ladies to help at her Bed and Breakfast in Salem’s Crossing, about one hundred miles away, serving a group of Puritan descendants. She hopes the women will help with the cleaning, cooking and whatever else is needed.

With Ten Little Puritans, the adventure is a little reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel of Ten Little Indians. Representing each guest is a Puritan doll resembling their human counterparts with names like Diewell Barbones, Patience Evenow, and Abstinence Evermore. Almost as soon as the guests arrive, they begin to disappear as well as their doll. When one of the girls also vanish, the mystery only intensifies with the appearance of an expensive carriage pulled by a black horse and a writer appearing at the Shut Up and Drink Tavern.

Learning to Love Willie is the eighth book in the series. How should nightwear for older women look? Most of us can imagine granny gowns for grannies but is there something a little revealing, enticing perhaps?

The BOOB Girls and all the female residents at the retirement show are to be models wearing Winkie Wear created by the designer, Willie Winkie for a charity style show.

Mary Rose is the most reluctant of the girls to model and refuses to wear any of the designs that have actual dead squirrels on the shoulders.
Why has Meadow Lakes Retirement Community agreed to this? Simple, money.
Part of Willie’s reason for choosing Meadow Lakes is because of Marge who is a retired homicide detective.

Willie has multiple problems. First, someone is trying to take over his business. Also, his friend Jack Sprat who owns an Italian Restaurant called Lotsa Dimples has someone who is always stealing all their lettuce from the salad bar. He also believes Dr. Fell is responsible for these crimes and is trying to kill him.

Does this resemble a nursery rhyme? You need to read the book to find out the relationship. These books can be read out of order and by themselves but are much more enjoyable if read in order.

Joy Johnson is the co-founder of Centering Corporation which is North America’s oldest and largest bereavement resource and Ted E. Bear Hollow located in Omaha, Nebraska for grieving children. She has written over one-hundred books mostly for children about grief.

These books are fun to read. With the protagonists being people who most of society feels their lives are over, it is invigorating to see how these characters enjoy the most life has to give each day.