MYSTERY

Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge

Forge Jul. 2023. 304p. ISBN 9781250843333. $26.99. M
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Despite her millions, retirement isn’t quite what Mrs. Loretta Plansky had hoped it would be. Her beloved husband, Norm, has died; now she’s alone in her condo in Florida. Her children occasionally call, but only to try to get her to invest in some outlandish scheme. Her 98-year-old father is demanding, and Loretta’s memory is a little shaky. It’s not surprising when a phone call wakes her at night and the young man at the other end of the line claims to be her grandson Will, who needs access to her bank account. The next morning, Loretta learns her bank accounts are empty and she’s been scammed. When the FBI tells her they won’t be able to recover her money, but she does learn the cash was transferred to Romania. Without telling her family or the FBI, Mrs. Plansky gathers her courage and flies to Romania to get her money back. Along the way, she will deal with the U.S. embassy, a journalist, and Romanian tough guys. Don’t underestimate an angry grandmother.
VERDICT Fans of Richard Osman’s “Thursday Murder Club” series will appreciate the latest addition to the ranks of older sleuths, by the best-selling author of the “Chet and Bernie” mysteries.
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