Murder in Mount Holly by Paul Theroux
I regretfully admit, I once was an avid reader but then the internet entered my life, and it’s been quite a while since I’ve picked up a book. I needed a light hearted, quick read to spark my interest again and Murder in Mount Holly by Paul Theroux was just the ticket.
It’s the 1960’s and poor Herbie Gneiss is guilted into leaving college and getting a job to support his food loving, recently widowed – and quite dramatic mother. While renting a room from Miss Ball, Herbie meets Mr. Gibbon, a patriotic veteran with a paper bag fetish who just happens to work at the Kant-Brake toy factory where Herbie has landed a job.
You guessed it, Mr. Gibbon falls in love with Herbie’s mother and Herbie gets drafted. Again, poor Herbie. Mrs. Gneiss moves into Miss Ball’s rooming house with Mr. Gibbon and now you have three whacky, 60+ year olds, under one roof. It’s decided that since Herbie is doing his part for the country by sitting on the front lines, they should as well. Hence, the planned robbery of the Mount Holly Trust Company….because it’s “manager is a small dark man who is probably a “commy” anyway”. The country will OWE them for this one…
In trying to execute the “bullet proof” plan of a daytime bank robbery by three more than middle aged people, a few mishaps occur; mishaps meaning unplanned murders and the kidnapping of a few police officers along the way. I was thoroughly amused by the calm, cool, and collectiveness of these hardened, or not so, criminals as they clean up their murder messes, as well as their way of thinking when justifying these unavoidable deaths and honorable bank robbery.
If you’re looking for a quick read that will make you shake your head and laugh out loud, I suggest you pick up a copy of Murder in Mount Holly. You won’t be disappointed.