A mortally wounded Miss America entrusts a mysterious Russian coin to Damien Dickens, PI, before she dies. After Damien disappears while researching the significance of the coin, Millie tracks her husband's abductor to Florida. When his captor falls to his death from the balcony of a seventh floor apartment, Damien escapes; then he and Millie join forces to unravel the web of intrigue surrounding the Russian coin and its connection to the murder of Miss America.
The White Russian Caper is the second book in the Damien Dickens Mysteries series.
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Death, a strange coin and a honeymoon that wasn't
This is an enjoyable, old fashioned caper set in a time before mobile phones. The central characters are well formed, leaving the memorable impression of a fond couple willing to face hardship and danger for each other and who are invested, not only with generosity towards others but also above average detective skills. When her husband goes missing the day before their belated honeymoon, Millie goes into action.
And there is action aplenty - and food eaten and enjoyed. It feels very human, plausible even.
The narrator has a good voice for this style and era of writing, giving a slightly gravelled, laconic presentation. The reading is steady and clear although, just occasionally, his identification of the speaker seems confused in conversation. This does not, however, distract from the overall story. This is a murder mystery to savour at least as much for the protagonists as the story itself.
There is an additional bonus short story seen from a dog's perspective at the end of the book, totally unrelated to the main mystery.
My thanks to the rights holder of The White Russian Caper, from whom I received a complimentary review copy, via Audiobook Boom.
- Norma Miles