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Mrs. Plansky's Revenge

por Spencer Quinn

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"Mrs. Loretta Plansky, a recent widow in her seventies, is settling into retirement in Florida while dealing with her 98-year-old father and fielding requests for money from her beloved children and grandchildren. Thankfully, her new hip hasn't changed her killer tennis game one bit. One night Mrs. Plansky is startled awake by a phone call from a voice claiming to be her grandson Will, who desperately needs ten thousand dollars to get out of a jam. Of course, Loretta obliges--after all, what are grandmothers for, even grandmothers who still haven't gotten a simple "thank you" for a gift sent weeks ago. Not that she's counting. By morning, Mrs. Plansky has lost everything. Law enforcement announces that Loretta's life savings have vanished, and that it's hopeless to find the scammers behind the heist. First humiliated, then furious, Loretta Plansky refuses to be just another victim. In a courageous bid for justice, Mrs. Plansky follows her only clue on a whirlwind adventure to a small village in Romania to get her money and her dignity back-and perhaps find a new lease on life, too"--… (mais)
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Spencer Quinn brings it again! Not your ordinary cozy mystery, Mrs. Plansky's Revenge mines the recent phenomenon of hackers posing as the in-dire-straights grandsons of older Americans in order to drain them of their savings accounts. Mrs. Plansky, who with her recently deceased husband invented the bestselling "toaster knife," is a fun and gutsy amateur detective. Believably vulnerable and equally believably resilient and clever, Mrs. Plansky vows to retrieve her stolen 2 million dollars, tracking her hackers to a town in Romania. There, Mrs Plansky discovers that not all hackers are created equal, especially her hackers, the sweet, desperate Dinu and his brilliant pal Romeo. Quinn does his usual great job of mixing humor with suspense, and pathos with realism. His writing is always top-notch! ( )
  adprice22 | Apr 3, 2024 |
Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge dwells on the frightful trickery of senior citizens, especially women. The story disturbs me and I wonder how any individual may be so gullible. But cyber crime explodes in this current world of lonely senior citizens. I find that many of the events in the book do not follow common sense. How a 71-year-old woman handles all she accomplishes remains the bigger mystery of the story. The story ends with Mrs. Plansky as the winner, but surely the government will enter the picture now. The story ends too quickly with no explanation of the consequences. ( )
  delphimo | Mar 30, 2024 |
Great fun for a vacation read. Really captured my attention. Light and funny with a bit of suspense. ( )
  njcur | Mar 29, 2024 |
Excellent narrator in the audiobook. So fun! Loved it. ( )
  Tosta | Mar 3, 2024 |
Mrs. Plansky is a the perfect protagonist - likable, flawed, eccentric, unreliable. She loves her family and supports them to a fault, so when she receives a call from her grandson asking for money, she immediately complies. When she realizes she's been scammed out of her (and her late husband's) life savings from the invention an unusual kitchen appliance, she takes action.

Mrs. Plansky is resourceful and often sharp, though she is occasionally confused.

I became frustrated about halfway through when a few too many happy coincidences took place. Of course, this novel isn't one to take literally, and I'm fine suspending disbelief to a point. But she got a bit too lucky a few too many times. For that reason, I find it hard to imagine a second book in this series, as the first already required a lot of implausibilities.

I rooted for Mrs. Plansky and loved her internal monologue. Her thinking made sense to me, and I liked watching her grow throughout the novel.

I would read more from this author. ( )
  Kaitlin_KL | Feb 27, 2024 |
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"Mrs. Loretta Plansky, a recent widow in her seventies, is settling into retirement in Florida while dealing with her 98-year-old father and fielding requests for money from her beloved children and grandchildren. Thankfully, her new hip hasn't changed her killer tennis game one bit. One night Mrs. Plansky is startled awake by a phone call from a voice claiming to be her grandson Will, who desperately needs ten thousand dollars to get out of a jam. Of course, Loretta obliges--after all, what are grandmothers for, even grandmothers who still haven't gotten a simple "thank you" for a gift sent weeks ago. Not that she's counting. By morning, Mrs. Plansky has lost everything. Law enforcement announces that Loretta's life savings have vanished, and that it's hopeless to find the scammers behind the heist. First humiliated, then furious, Loretta Plansky refuses to be just another victim. In a courageous bid for justice, Mrs. Plansky follows her only clue on a whirlwind adventure to a small village in Romania to get her money and her dignity back-and perhaps find a new lease on life, too"--

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