The Dangerous Sports Euthanasia Society

by Christine Coleman

Transita, 2005

My Rating: A+

I want you to meet my new friend, Agnes. When I first met Agnes, I felt sorry for her. She’s a nice enough person, but she was stuck in a bad situation. Had I been her, I would have been screaming and scratching. It didn’t take long until Agnes became downright gutsy. By the time we parted, I liked Agnes so much that I want you to meet her too.

I tried to find a good picture of Agnes but I couldn’t find one that matched exactly. The ones you see here I borrowed from Google Images (using some rather insulting search terms). The faces of the women you see here are very similar to Agnes. But they are all missing Agnes’ new orange hair.

Anyway, Agnes is a 75-year-old widow. Her vicar husband left her not well-off financially so Agnes was forced to move in with her son, Jack. Jack is divorced and living with a witchy woman and her two teenage daughters. The witchy woman manipulated Jack into moving Agnes to a place called Harmony Home. I’ll spare you the description of that boring place.

It has been almost a year since she’s seen her grandchildren. That fact alone had me up in arms. Imagine! Not being able to see your grandchildren for such a long time is criminal. Agnes felt the same way. She set in motion a plan to get to them. This plan is what totally motivated Agnes to action, to make changes, and to take control of her life again.

This novel is actually an adventure story. It was loads of fun to follow Agnes as she escaped from Harmony Home, donned her new disguise (hence the orange hair) and her unconventional travels toward her grandchildren.

Along the way Agnes met a wonderful, although a little quirky group of people of all ages. Spending time with all of them was actually the heart of the story. I don’t want to give away the details of these people as it would spoil it for you. Just let me assure you that you will love Agnes and her new friends.

The story also contains some good messages. One message, never spoken out loud, is that it’s never too late to re-invent yourself. Agnes called upon a wealth of courage, creativity and a sense of adventure that had been lying dormant for decades.

I hope that you enjoyed your brief introduction to Agnes. I’d love for you to make her your friend too. This book is available at Amazon but you can find it cheaper and get it faster from Book Depository.

UPDATE: I’ve learned from the author you will probably not be able to buy it from The Book Depository. The publisher has gone out of business. The author still has about 100 copies that she will sell (free postage) via PayPal. Visit her website HERE.

Thanks so much to Jill for this book. You are right, Jill, this book is perfect for all of us “wrinklies.”  (See Jill’s review at Rhapsody In Books.)

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18 Responses to The Dangerous Sports Euthanasia Society

  1. BooksPlease says:

    Agnes sounds an inspirational person. I will look out for this book, the title is quite memorable.

  2. JoAnn says:

    That is definitely a memorable title! I really enjoyed reading your review and will keep an eye out for the book. It’s nice to see a heroine over 40 😉

  3. Beth F says:

    Oh yeah. This sounds good — one should never outgrow having adventures! Love the photos.

  4. Perfect! I need to order some good reads for when we get away from our Library — which we’re hoping to do one of these days. (Shhhh!! I’m not saying anything definite — superstitious after last Fall ;>)

  5. cerrin says:

    Oh this looks like a fun book. I love reading about wild women of all ages getting to know who they are and not conforming to what they SHOULD be.
    Kind of remindes me of the grandma in the Evanovich books.

  6. stacybuckeye says:

    I can’t wait to meet Agnes! The message is one of my favorites and I’m forever encouraging people to get out of the rut they got themselves into, sometimes this is even me!

  7. Bumbles says:

    Oh I remember Jill’s review of this one! I had added it to my list back then. Good to hear yet another ringing endorsement. I love that you tried to show Agnes to us. Very sweet.

  8. Agnes does sound delightful!

  9. Kay says:

    I think this book sounds lovely, Margot. Not sure I’ll be able to find it, but I’ll see what I can do.

  10. I knew you would like it! I love the author’s ability to draw characters and of course I loved reading about an older and interesting older protagonist!

  11. Esme says:

    This sounds like a remarkable story.

  12. What a lovely surprise from Google Alerts! Thank you so much, Margot, for sharing your enthusiasm for my dear Agnes (especially as she hasn’t had an airing since last summer).What a clever idea to try to find a picture! I think Agnes 2 is nearest to capturing her, though she doesn’t quite match mine.In my daydreams of having The Dangerous Sports Euthanasia Society being made into a film, one of the people I think of is Julie Walters.
    I don’t think it’ll be so easy to get a copy from the Book Depository, Margot. I’ve just looked at that link, and it directs you to AbeBooks. Almost all of those sellers don’t post to buyers outside the UK. This book was published in October 2005, and the publisher, Transita, has now gone out of business. I have over 100 brand new copies of my own, and I’m selling them from my website via Paypal, (with free postage). Whether or not you want to buy a copy, you might like to visit my blog and click on the ‘My Novels’ page to find out more about my writing. (www.christinecoleman.net)

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  14. Belle says:

    This sounds like a lovely read. I’m putting it on my Bookmooch wish list for now.

  15. Staci says:

    I’m in love with Agnes just from your description…I must get a copy!!

  16. Hi again, Margot
    Thank you for amending the information about how to get a copy of this book: Kay has already ordered it from my website and it will be in the post tomorrow.

    Kay, I’ve just had a look at your site – I really enjoyed reading about Mary Stewart’s novels. I’ve left a brief comment there.
    Thank you for ordering my book – I hope it reaches you as quickly as a DHL package of ten copies of my other novel reached their destination in Tennessee: picked up on the Monday, arrived on the Wednesday of the same week.Not bad!

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  18. Akuli says:

    I am only up to page 151 in this wonderful book and cant put it down – maybe that has something to do with my age ie. 9 months off 60 and lately feeling it! I found this book via a closed eye random pick off the shelves; sometimes I find the best books this way, and so much less bother than reading the backs. Took me out of my genre ie. crime and adventure.
    Would love to see Helen Mireen play this part (aged a bit though :)) She seems more the Vicar’s wife than Julie Walters. Australian actress Jackie Weaver could do it too.

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