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When Lillian Summer Fairview’s husband up and dies on her, it leaves the last living member of the most prestigious family in the small town of Summer Shoals, Georgia, in a hot money mess. Desperate to keep up the family name and give the man a decent burial, penniless Lil cooks up a shady deal that lands her smack-dab in the slammer. Burdened by her shameful secret and a c When Lillian Summer Fairview’s husband up and dies on her, it leaves the last living member of the most prestigious family in the small town of Summer Shoals, Georgia, in a hot money mess. Desperate to keep up the family name and give the man a decent burial, penniless Lil cooks up a shady deal that lands her smack-dab in the slammer. Burdened by her shameful secret and a crumbling family estate, Lil entrusts Summer Haven’s care to her best friend, Maggie, who recruits two more over-fifty ladies to help. But when Maggie discovers that Lil’s restitution is ten times the amount she “borrowed” from the federal government, she’s convinced Lil has taken the fall for someone else’s crime. Will these gals be able to get some vigilante justice for Lil, or will the swindler get away with hoodwinking a sweet little old lady? Recipes included! (Originally published as In for a Penny in the Granny/G Team series)


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When Lillian Summer Fairview’s husband up and dies on her, it leaves the last living member of the most prestigious family in the small town of Summer Shoals, Georgia, in a hot money mess. Desperate to keep up the family name and give the man a decent burial, penniless Lil cooks up a shady deal that lands her smack-dab in the slammer. Burdened by her shameful secret and a c When Lillian Summer Fairview’s husband up and dies on her, it leaves the last living member of the most prestigious family in the small town of Summer Shoals, Georgia, in a hot money mess. Desperate to keep up the family name and give the man a decent burial, penniless Lil cooks up a shady deal that lands her smack-dab in the slammer. Burdened by her shameful secret and a crumbling family estate, Lil entrusts Summer Haven’s care to her best friend, Maggie, who recruits two more over-fifty ladies to help. But when Maggie discovers that Lil’s restitution is ten times the amount she “borrowed” from the federal government, she’s convinced Lil has taken the fall for someone else’s crime. Will these gals be able to get some vigilante justice for Lil, or will the swindler get away with hoodwinking a sweet little old lady? Recipes included! (Originally published as In for a Penny in the Granny/G Team series)

30 review for In for a Penny

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I am writing this review with a huge smile on my face because I just finished this hilarious book. From this point on, I will always smile when I think of the grannies because it was one of the funniest books I have read. I laughed through most of it. Somehow, even the serious parts were kind of funny. These grannies are just hysterical! One of the best things about this book is you see the silliness from all perspectives. You see it from the grannies' perspectives, which actually makes all of t I am writing this review with a huge smile on my face because I just finished this hilarious book. From this point on, I will always smile when I think of the grannies because it was one of the funniest books I have read. I laughed through most of it. Somehow, even the serious parts were kind of funny. These grannies are just hysterical! One of the best things about this book is you see the silliness from all perspectives. You see it from the grannies' perspectives, which actually makes all of their actions seem rational and make sense, such as climbing up onto the roof. However, you also see it from a non-granny character's point of view, such as Teague, which makes the grannies seem crazy. My favorite parts are the toilet scene, and then the fight scene towards the end. Plus, Lillian's "vacation resort" and how she handles being there was just great. This whole book was just wonderful! It can take anyone's frown and turn it upside down. It is impossible to not love each and every one of these characters. Such a great book! I highly recommend it, but be careful where you read it. I got some weird looks when I read it at work or in public because I would just randomly start laughing out loud. :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    The title attracted me to this book and the fact that it had two authors. This meant that it was a "twofer." It met two requirements for my bookclub - a book written by two authors and filled the Bingo square "a form of money." For "icing on the cake" this book was on my kindle and it was free! In For A Penny made me smile, and sometimes made me laugh aloud. It made me forget about the pandemic and think about Lillian and her spunk and determination. Her good friend, Maggie, went above and beyon The title attracted me to this book and the fact that it had two authors. This meant that it was a "twofer." It met two requirements for my bookclub - a book written by two authors and filled the Bingo square "a form of money." For "icing on the cake" this book was on my kindle and it was free! In For A Penny made me smile, and sometimes made me laugh aloud. It made me forget about the pandemic and think about Lillian and her spunk and determination. Her good friend, Maggie, went above and beyond friendship, and Abby Ruth and Sera added to my enjoyment of this cozy mystery. If you are looking for a quick, fun, humorous read, I recommend this book. 4 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    In for a penny, is about 4 women who may be old enough to be grannies, but have enough spunk to be in their twenties. If you love grannies like Grandma Mazur in the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, then this book is for you. Be prepared to laugh out loud.... and you may just see a little glimpse of future self in one of these kick-butt grannies....

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandee

    Delightful! Four women over the age of 50, a handsome young policeman and a plot I've never encountered before. And this book is funny. I love eclectic characters and this bunch is that. Everything from manners and money to a flower child from California. Lillian goes to prison when she gets caught up in a Social Security Scheme. She asks Maggie to look after her home and keep her location a secret. Together with two other older women, Maggie tries to figure out how Lillian's life took such an o Delightful! Four women over the age of 50, a handsome young policeman and a plot I've never encountered before. And this book is funny. I love eclectic characters and this bunch is that. Everything from manners and money to a flower child from California. Lillian goes to prison when she gets caught up in a Social Security Scheme. She asks Maggie to look after her home and keep her location a secret. Together with two other older women, Maggie tries to figure out how Lillian's life took such an odd turn. In the meantime, Lillian is dealing with the hierarchy in prison. I enjoyed it very much. I will be reading more from this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jo-Anne

    I loved this book! It was hilarious! Lillian is in a financial mess. After her husband, Harlan, died she found out he had spent the family fortune on lottery tickets. Because Lillian is the last living member of the Summer family in Summer Shoals, it's her responsibility to keep the family name in good standing, so she doesn't let on that she's broke. She borrowed money from Nash making a deal to pay him back with her husband's Social Security checks. Yes, he's dead, so the checks should have sto I loved this book! It was hilarious! Lillian is in a financial mess. After her husband, Harlan, died she found out he had spent the family fortune on lottery tickets. Because Lillian is the last living member of the Summer family in Summer Shoals, it's her responsibility to keep the family name in good standing, so she doesn't let on that she's broke. She borrowed money from Nash making a deal to pay him back with her husband's Social Security checks. Yes, he's dead, so the checks should have stopped. Lillian didn't tell the government about that, so she landed in jail. Meanwhile, she leaves two friends to look after her home, Summer Haven. One of her friends sees the amount Lil was accused of taking was much, much more than Lil said it was so the friends investigate, hoping to clear Lillian's name. What a hoot to watch these grannies become sleuths to help their friend. The three of them were very different from each other but worked together to find the truth. I liked that some of the things the women each did even surprised the others. But it worked. It did have a bit of a slow start, but I quickly fell in love with these grannies and was chuckling all the way through.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    This was a fun romp of modest length featuring two older feisty Southern ladies. Best friends for decades, they're now both widowed and moving in together. With help from a couple of "guests", they can certainly take care of themselves. It's not a murder mystery, just a mystery. The writing is smooth and clear. I picked this up for free during a sale at Amazon, and liked it well enough to buy the sequel... which is currently swimming in my infinitely deep TBR pool. This was a fun romp of modest length featuring two older feisty Southern ladies. Best friends for decades, they're now both widowed and moving in together. With help from a couple of "guests", they can certainly take care of themselves. It's not a murder mystery, just a mystery. The writing is smooth and clear. I picked this up for free during a sale at Amazon, and liked it well enough to buy the sequel... which is currently swimming in my infinitely deep TBR pool.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne Giordano

    All I'm saying is there is a scene with a toilet bowl that made me roll with laughter. :) All I'm saying is there is a scene with a toilet bowl that made me roll with laughter. :)

  8. 5 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    In In for a Penny by Nancy Naigle and Kelsey Browning, Lillian Summer Fairview comes from one of the oldest and most prestigious families in Georgia, but her late husband had a gambling problem and used up all the family money. Too proud to let anyone, even her best friend who lives with her, know about her plight, Lillian tries to keep up Summer Haven, her Southern mansion, by pawning her items one by one. One day Serendipity, known as Sarah, ends up living on her property in her van that she h In In for a Penny by Nancy Naigle and Kelsey Browning, Lillian Summer Fairview comes from one of the oldest and most prestigious families in Georgia, but her late husband had a gambling problem and used up all the family money. Too proud to let anyone, even her best friend who lives with her, know about her plight, Lillian tries to keep up Summer Haven, her Southern mansion, by pawning her items one by one. One day Serendipity, known as Sarah, ends up living on her property in her van that she has been using to travel around the country as a 50-year-old California flower child. Then, Lillian leaves Summer Haven with just a note asking Maggie, her best friend, to pick up her father's highly valuable car, which she promised him on his deathbed never to sell, from an unnamed address. When Maggie arrives there, she discovers that Lillian is in federal prison. Read the rest of this review, more reviews, and other wonderful, geeky articles on FangirlNation

  9. 5 out of 5

    Renee Cordano

    TeaTime A delightful story and enjoyable read. The energy and cleverness of the senior ladies of various backgrounds kept me interested and chuckling from the beginning to the very end of their adventure!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    Southern all the way A funny and entertaining mystery filled with Southern colloquial phrases and humor. When Lillian checks herself into a minimal security prison her best friend is adamant about finding out why a lady of such esteem as Lillie could find herself in this predicament. Sheriff Teague has added ladies to help Lillian at her mansion and they form a united front to get to the bottom of Lillian's prison stay and to preserve the old home she so loves. Kick *** ladies that keep the reader Southern all the way A funny and entertaining mystery filled with Southern colloquial phrases and humor. When Lillian checks herself into a minimal security prison her best friend is adamant about finding out why a lady of such esteem as Lillie could find herself in this predicament. Sheriff Teague has added ladies to help Lillian at her mansion and they form a united front to get to the bottom of Lillian's prison stay and to preserve the old home she so loves. Kick *** ladies that keep the reader in stitches throughout this tale of Senior Sleuth Power!

  11. 5 out of 5

    June

    As the story opens the reader has some concerns re Lillian, a genteel Southern woman, who is acting like she is going away on a long journey leaving her best friend Maggie behind. And yes she does go on a journey but not quite the expected one. Maggie is left behind to maintain the upkeep on a mansion that has seen its better years many many years ago and yet Lillian has entrusted the upkeep to her so it must be done even if there is no money to do it with. Enter Sera who is a true 'California' As the story opens the reader has some concerns re Lillian, a genteel Southern woman, who is acting like she is going away on a long journey leaving her best friend Maggie behind. And yes she does go on a journey but not quite the expected one. Maggie is left behind to maintain the upkeep on a mansion that has seen its better years many many years ago and yet Lillian has entrusted the upkeep to her so it must be done even if there is no money to do it with. Enter Sera who is a true 'California' girl and Abbey who gives new meaning to a diamond in the rough!! What these ladies scheme and the plots that go awry have you laughing out loud again and again. These are truly delightful women down to Big Martha!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie Gansler

    Don't mess with these Grannies! Funny and wonderfully written. Love how these ladies, so different from each other, manage to thwart the bad guy and compliment each other. Don't mess with these Grannies! Funny and wonderfully written. Love how these ladies, so different from each other, manage to thwart the bad guy and compliment each other.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Collins

    I am still grinning about this book. In For A Penny, is about an older woman who has lost her husband, only to find out that she really did not know him at all. Lillian has invited her best friend, Maggie, to live with her at Summer Haven, so that she can be in charge of Lillian's home, when she has to go on vacation to the big house, prison! Because her deceased husband blew all of their money, she had to do some illegal stuff to bury him. This book will have you laughing out loud, with every p I am still grinning about this book. In For A Penny, is about an older woman who has lost her husband, only to find out that she really did not know him at all. Lillian has invited her best friend, Maggie, to live with her at Summer Haven, so that she can be in charge of Lillian's home, when she has to go on vacation to the big house, prison! Because her deceased husband blew all of their money, she had to do some illegal stuff to bury him. This book will have you laughing out loud, with every page that you turn. Not only are Lillian and Maggie, hilarious, but with the help of Teague, the sheriff, they end up with two other ladies to help them along the way. Once Lillian is locked away, it is up to the other three grannies, to try to take care of her money pit home, figure out how she got into so much trouble to begin with, and keep Teague from finding out the truth at the same time. Just wait until you read what they did to Nash! All of the grannies are different in personality, but they are all about the same thing, helping each other. The funny part is that I can see parts of myself in these ladies. If you want to read a book that will have you laughing out loud, and forgetting any problems that you may have, then this is definitely the book for you. Get your tissues ready, you will need them, because you will laugh until you cry. Nancy Naigle and Kelsey Browning, did a fantastic job with this story, even the parts that should be serious are not.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    The authors Nancy and Kelsey did a wonderful job on this story. I just LOVE the grannies, they are a hoot! This book had me giggling through the whole book. All of the grannies have a different personality but they work together for a common ground to help Lil save her precious house. They are also determined to find out who took the money that Lil is having to serve time for and accused of taking. The grannies have hilarious moments including one scene where one of them falls through the floor The authors Nancy and Kelsey did a wonderful job on this story. I just LOVE the grannies, they are a hoot! This book had me giggling through the whole book. All of the grannies have a different personality but they work together for a common ground to help Lil save her precious house. They are also determined to find out who took the money that Lil is having to serve time for and accused of taking. The grannies have hilarious moments including one scene where one of them falls through the floor while sitting on the toilet. I loved them all, and can't wait to read the next book in this series. If you want to read a wonderful and funny book, that will make you fall in love with all of these characters, then you need to read this book!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Terric853

    Cute, but not as good as the ratings on Amazon indicated. Lillian Summer Fairview is getting her life in order because she's about to head off to jail for Social Security fraud. Her family founded the town she lives in and she's loath to let anyone know that she's going to jail because her husband spent all their money on lottery tickets. Lillian's best friend from college, Maggie, and two other women (Sera and Audy Ruth) decide to investigate Lillian's strange jail circumstances and high jinks en Cute, but not as good as the ratings on Amazon indicated. Lillian Summer Fairview is getting her life in order because she's about to head off to jail for Social Security fraud. Her family founded the town she lives in and she's loath to let anyone know that she's going to jail because her husband spent all their money on lottery tickets. Lillian's best friend from college, Maggie, and two other women (Sera and Audy Ruth) decide to investigate Lillian's strange jail circumstances and high jinks ensue. One of the reviews I read said "I'm still laughing," but I wasn't that invested in the book. It was cute and amusing, but not engaging enough that I would read more in the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Bartles

    A story of four over-50-type grannies, Lillian, Maggie, Sera and Abby Ruth, and the lengths three of them will go to help the fourth. You definitely want to stay on their good side. There is a funeral home director and his Father who has Alzheimer's, duck tape, a lock picker, a broke granny, one good with guns, and another that is really into yoga. And let's not forget the good looking Sheriff Teague Castro! You will definitely want to read this book and I am sure you will be just like me…eagerl A story of four over-50-type grannies, Lillian, Maggie, Sera and Abby Ruth, and the lengths three of them will go to help the fourth. You definitely want to stay on their good side. There is a funeral home director and his Father who has Alzheimer's, duck tape, a lock picker, a broke granny, one good with guns, and another that is really into yoga. And let's not forget the good looking Sheriff Teague Castro! You will definitely want to read this book and I am sure you will be just like me…eagerly awaiting the sequel!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Generali

    A fun read This was a fast, fun read. the likeable and original characters drew me in quickly. Can't wait to read the rest of this series! A fun read This was a fast, fun read. the likeable and original characters drew me in quickly. Can't wait to read the rest of this series!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    This book made me laugh out loud!! If you are looking for a fun read, this is it!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Celia Buell

    In my recent review of Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse, I said the book reminded me why I don't read cozy mysteries much. But let me tell you, Harper Lin's book was a literary masterpiece compared to what I just finished. In In for a Penny, respected senior Lillian Summer Fairview is accused of embezzlement in her small Georgia town, but her best friend Maggie realizes something's up when the amount she owes is far more than the amount she claims to have used. I've always liked the idea of old In my recent review of Cappuccinos, Cupcakes, and a Corpse, I said the book reminded me why I don't read cozy mysteries much. But let me tell you, Harper Lin's book was a literary masterpiece compared to what I just finished. In In for a Penny, respected senior Lillian Summer Fairview is accused of embezzlement in her small Georgia town, but her best friend Maggie realizes something's up when the amount she owes is far more than the amount she claims to have used. I've always liked the idea of old lady detectives, but In for a Penny was the first book I read with that type of character. Maybe it's because I'm used to mysteries, cozy or otherwise, that center around murder, but I didn't really feel anything about this story. In many ways, there was just no conflict between characters when there really should have been, and even when there was, it was very lacking. Other reviewers have commented on the impressive humor in this novel, but I didn't see too much of that either. Sure, Sera's interactions were kind of funny, and Abby Ruth was quite a character, but that was about it. The main characters and their POV's were, quite frankly boring. All in all, there's not too much I specifically didn't like about this book, which is why I'm not rating it lower, but it just didn't hold my interest. I know for sure I will not be continuing with this series, again because I just don't care about the characters enough. It's just not for me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    If you thought that 'senior' woman weren't capable of getting things done--this novel will disavow you of those thoughts! If something has to get done--trust a senior woman with her friends to get it done.Of course it might not be the most logical way--but heck--it got done!! You will definitely laugh and cry along with these three very different, slightly zany women as they try to save not only the estate of one of them--but then how to get the owner of said house out of jail. She had been scamm If you thought that 'senior' woman weren't capable of getting things done--this novel will disavow you of those thoughts! If something has to get done--trust a senior woman with her friends to get it done.Of course it might not be the most logical way--but heck--it got done!! You will definitely laugh and cry along with these three very different, slightly zany women as they try to save not only the estate of one of them--but then how to get the owner of said house out of jail. She had been scammed. No way were they going to let her take the fall!! If you want a really good, clean read--then this is it!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first in the series and the first time reading this author. The main characters are Lillian, Maggie, Sera and Abby Ruth. They are all retired and by most considered to be grannies. Lillian ends up in federal prison for stealing social security checks from her dead husband. The other 3 don't learn about it until after she is in prison. They set out to figure out what really happened because they jsut don't see Lillian doing that. They do figure it all out and it is so funny watching t This is the first in the series and the first time reading this author. The main characters are Lillian, Maggie, Sera and Abby Ruth. They are all retired and by most considered to be grannies. Lillian ends up in federal prison for stealing social security checks from her dead husband. The other 3 don't learn about it until after she is in prison. They set out to figure out what really happened because they jsut don't see Lillian doing that. They do figure it all out and it is so funny watching them get the answers.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    The characters here made a lot of stupid decisions and things could have gone a lot better if they’d only brought in the authorities at an earlier point. That would obviously ruin the “cozy mystery” vibe, but it would be more realistic behaviour. I also didn’t like all of Maggie’s self-deprecating remarks about her weight.

  23. 5 out of 5

    SA Krishnan

    Delightful book! I still cannot stop laughing after reading the book. The four ladies are old enough to be grandmothers and the way they act brought out many laughs. The mystery was simple and it added to the special flavour to the story making it a delightful read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    B.E.

    Super cute story. Loads of fun! Really quick read - I inhaled it in under a day. Definitely what I needed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diana Anderson

    Really funny I became so wrapped up in the grannies that I didn't want th he book to end. This book is a laugh a minute. Really funny I became so wrapped up in the grannies that I didn't want th he book to end. This book is a laugh a minute.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lucie

    A delightful cozy mystery with senior citizens as the main detectives! Charming.

  27. 4 out of 5

    karen wescott

    Great caper. Although swindled, the seniors were vibrant characters. Definitely enjoyable. Should be a Hallmark series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    MaryJo

    The choice was: give the book a two-star rating and an honest review or give it one star and keep my mouth shut.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Raven

    The beginning was a bit slow. Fun to read a book with older ladies solving a crime. Our library doesn't have this series so I doubt I'll continue reading it. Somehow I got this book for free (maybe a bookbub deal). I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to pay to read the rest of the books in the series. The beginning was a bit slow. Fun to read a book with older ladies solving a crime. Our library doesn't have this series so I doubt I'll continue reading it. Somehow I got this book for free (maybe a bookbub deal). I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to pay to read the rest of the books in the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    doretha faye reeves

    Still laughing Oh my goodness. I was laughing out loud throughout this book. The Granny Squad is too hilarious. Can't wait for book 2. I don't much like guns but Ada is my favorite. Great book. Still laughing Oh my goodness. I was laughing out loud throughout this book. The Granny Squad is too hilarious. Can't wait for book 2. I don't much like guns but Ada is my favorite. Great book.

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