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Miranda and the D-Day Caper by Shelly Frome book review

I haven't read any of this author's books but I am glad that I read this book. This is my review of Miranda and the D-Day Caper by Shelly Frome. This 334-page novel was published by BQB Publishing (Boutique of Quality Books) on March 1, 2020. The genre is amateur sleuths and cozy mysteries.

The Author

Shelly Frome is a former professional actor who writes for the monthly profiles for the Gannett Media and is a film columnist for the Southern Writers Magazine. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and a professor of dramatic arts at the University of Connecticut. Shelly is a writer of crime novels, and books on theatre and film. He has written many books besides this one.

Excerpt

More glancing around on Skip’s part. More checking the flow of visitors coming and going.

Getting antsy as well, Miranda said, “Will you get on with it? Is there an upshot in our future? ”

“I’m coming to it,” Skip said, looking right at her this time. “Right after my kazoo rendition of I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash, I lean into the mic and say, ‘Guess what? Ole Russ Mathews must be on to something. I’m talking about the plot against America. So I tell the insomniacs all over the Liberty Broadcasting system that, at first, I thought Duffy was pulling down on the blinds out of longing.”

“Duffy?”

“Just your average ginger house cat, left alone, separated from other felines on the prowl. But I come home to my sublet and notice he’s perched in the exact same spot, his green eyes staring across the street. So, over the airwaves, I said, ‘What if I told you, night people, something was up in a dilapidated rooming house in Hoboken? Right across the river from the Big Apple?’”

“That does it,” Miranda said, getting to her feet. “How am I supposed to follow this? When you’re ready to get to the point, let me know.”

“Wait a minute. Don’t you see?” said Skip, getting to his feet as well. “I stumbled onto something. Just like Shep’s old-timey radio shows about subversives. Before you know it, my ratings are starting to climb. But since the weather’s getting warmer, those guys across the street aren’t scurrying in and out of the cold. They’re loitering by the stoop, glancing across the shadows. Next thing I know, I’m getting negative call-ins. Listeners telling me to knock it off or else. Undaunted, I tell everyone in radio-land what’s going on out there may have far-reaching consequences. Unless I intercept.”

“Oh, please,” said Miranda, walking away.

“Listen to me.” Skip scurried over and held her arm. “I tell you, at the same time, those guys across the street were carting off concealed stuff.”

“I’m not listening anymore.”

“You’ve got to. From what I hear, you have obviously become a born tracker. Tracked down a poison pen perpetrator as the paper said.”Enough. Stop hyping everything up. Look at you. You’re coming down with full-blown hysteria.” “Exactly. Because it appears there’s no longer any line between entertainment and politics. While messing around, doing a take-off on Russ Mathews, and boosting my ratings, I may have stumbled onto an actual plot utilizing WW II codes.”

Plot

When a cousin from New York asks small-town real estate broker and amateur sleuth, Miranda to meet him at a small marketplace, she is baffled. Miranda's cousin Skip, tells her that he had intercepted coded messages by accident thinking it wasn't real and relaying it on his radio show. Now he is on the run and his beloved cat, Duffy was kidnapped to keep him quiet. Miranda doesn't really believe him until the mention of his cat. She starts out trying to help him find his cat. He comes to her for help because she had solved a case before. He isn't behaving the way he has before so she thinks it's because of his missing cat. But the more she delves into the mystery the deeper she goes. By looking into the missing cat, she hears of codes, and WW II tactics and politics. Now she has to solve the mystery if she wants to save the lives of the people who will be at a celebration party near Asheville. Will she save everyone, you will have to read the book to find out.

My Thoughts

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery book. This is a fast-paced novel that grabs your attention from the moment you start reading. I enjoyed reading this novel with its nerve ending plots. I love that this novel is set in a small town where everyone is laid back. There is lots of intrigue with politics mixed in with the plot and mystery of this novel. The author makes it easy for readers to read the novel because of its writing style. This book is full of descriptive scenes in which one can easily picture the scene. The characters go together beautifully. I love the contrast between Miranda and her distant cousin, Skip. These characters are so different but are real and believable. I would definitely recommend this author to others. I hope to read more of this author in the future.