Her son, Blaze, is the police chief, and he decides it's an accident, but she doesn't think so. After unsuccessfully trying to convince her son the man was murdered, she decides to solve it herself, along with her friends, Cora and Kitty.
Also, because she refuses to put her money in the bank (she says she doesn't trust them), Blaze petitions the courts to become her legal guardian, and her daughter, Star, who also lives on the same acreage (in different homes), as both Gertie and Blaze, either doesn't know about it or doesn't do anything to support her mother (I have no idea since it wasn't mentioned).
Now comes the sticky part: I don't know how much of this I can review without spoiling the book for others, but I thought it was way over the top. She talks like a hick (she drops her 'gs' on all her words although no one else around her talks like that). True redneck woman living in the UP. I've lived in the UP and never heard anyone talk like her.
Her son treats her like she's an idiot, her mother-in-law is mean to her, and Gertie's kids don't do anything about it. Those are just two of the examples in this book I didn't care for. I didn't think this book was funny at all; in my opinion the only thing humorous was the title.