How Not To Murder Your Grumpy By Carol E. Wyer Review

How Not To Murder Your Grumpy by Carol E. Wyer is an excellent book for anyone who has a Grumpy they want to keep busy.

It was written for women with “Grumpy Old Men” but the suggestions will work just as well for a “Grumpy Old Lady” or for “Grumpy Young Squirts” or anyone else you want to get out of your hair.

I really loved this book. I’m NOT gonna take up any of the hobbies she suggested myself…except maybe the ones that involve some sight seeing. I already indulge in a couple of the hobbies she suggests…chicken raising and reading.

I might try to get my own Grumpy involved in one or two though. There are a heck of a lot of them. She starts at the beginning of the alphabet with Aviation and works her way down to the end where she ends up with Zorbing.

And between the two there are a whole lot of other suggestions as well as some jokes and lots of information about different hobbies and some statistics about the oldest people(known) to have done a few of them.

It was a really fun read and I learned a few things too. Some of the hobbies she mentioned I had never even heard of. Some of them really made me wonder about people. In my opinion jumping off bridges is just nuts…jumping off a skyscraper is even MORE nuts. And rolling cheese down a hill? I just don’t get it.

But you never know…that just might be what floats your Grumpys boat.

About the book (from the publisher) :

Before you push your Grumpy off the next bridge,
Look no further!

Is your Grumpy Old Man getting under your feet? Is he wrestling with retirement? Are you wondering if you should bundle him up and entrust him to basket-weaving classes? Then this book could be the answer to your prayers. This light hearted guide is packed full of lively ideas, anecdotes and quips. Not only does it set out to provide laughs, but offers over 700 ideas and ways to keep a Grumpy Old Man occupied.

From collecting airline sick bags to zorbing, you will be sure to find an absorbing pastime for your beloved curmudgeon. There are examples of those who have faced extraordinary challenges in older age, fascinating facts to interest a reluctant partner and innovative ideas drizzled, of course, with a large dollop of humour.

Written tongue-in-cheek, this book succeeds in proving that getting older doesn’t mean the end of life or having fun. It provides amusing answers to the question, “How on Earth will my husband fill in his time in his retirement?” It offers suggestions on what might, or most certainly might not, amuse him. Ideal for trivia buffs, those approaching retirement, (or just at a loose end) and frustrated women who have an irritable male on their hands, this book will lighten any mood and may even prevent the odd murder.

About the Author:

Carol E. WyerCarol E. Wyer is a former teacher, linguist and physical trainer. Having spent her 40’s trying out all sorts of new challenges, such as kickboxing, diving and helicopter flying, she is now making sure that her 50’s are just as fab. Just in the last few years she has started painting, learning Russian and, of course, writing. Carol lives in Staffordshire with her very own Grumpy, who is not at all happy about any of this.

You can visit Carol on her official website and read her blog Facing 50 with Humour. She is also on Twitter and Facebook.



  1. Thanks this book looks really funny, i think I’ll buy it for myself and my mum. As for rolling cheese down a hill, my friend comes from the village in England where they do it once a year, it’s very dangerous and bizarre but he loves it!

    1. Hi Lucy! The cheese rolling contest is a huge attraction. Personally, I prefer the prune spitting contest in France! Mind you, I didn’t enjoy picking prune stones out of my carpet when my Grumpy tried out this particular hobby.
      Hope you enjoy the book.
      Bets wishes,

  2. Many thanks for such a super review. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. You have made an old lady very happy indeed. Now I just need to try and pass on my cheer to my Mr Grumpy!
    Thank you again and I hope you can join me on my virtual book launch tour beginning on June 10th. There will be lots of Grumpy prizes chosen to irritate your other half!

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