4 out of 4 stars
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The White Russian Caper written by Phyllis Entis is book two in the Damien Dickens Mystery Series, following on from The Green Pearl Caper.
The White Russian Caper follows the investigation of private eye, Damien ‘Dick’ Dickens, as he unintentionally becomes embroiled in a much bigger mystery than he had originally expected when he takes on a new case.
When he is the first on the scene of attack of a severely injured Miss America, she gives him a Russian coin which she entreats him to keep safe. This sets off a string of events resulting in the kidnapping of Dick himself.
When Dick’s assistant and wife, Millie, steps in to try and track him and his kidnappers down, she is led by the coin to Florida where she starts to realize that this investigation is inexplicitly becoming tied in with several others that she is involved with. Is this just a coincidence or is there something more going on more in this quiet seaside town, and what is the significance of the coin?
Once the main suspect is found dead, it tips the whole investigation on its head and any hopes Millie has of finding Dick, come crashing down. How will she be able to find him now?
This book was a wonderfully written saga which had me completely unwilling to put it down until it was finished. With a gripping plot and well-formed characters, it is a fast paced read with never a dull moment.
I liked the format that Phyllis Entis used in this book. It is split into three parts, with the first and third parts told in first person from the view point of Dick. However while he is kidnapped and assumed unconscious, part two flips to third person and follows Millie as she comes into her own, showing her own resourcefulness and determination. It emphasises the separation between the two of them, and breaks up the book very nicely.
I had a small issue with one of the characters, Stephane, who originally hired Dick onto the investigation. He was portrayed very well, as he is meant to come across as obsequious and dislikeable, however I found the repeating of the same French phrase in almost all his dialogue as somewhat irritating.
That being said, this was the only small fault which I could find with The White Russian Caper. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and even though it is part of a series, it is a book that can very much be read on its own. The problem I now have will be immediately finding the first book in the series to read as I enjoyed this one so much.
I highly recommend anyone interested in mystery or crime to read The White Russian Caper by Phyllis Entis and I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. It is a very easy read with a thoroughly enjoyable storyline and with no graphic violence. Phyllis Entis is a wonderful writer and I hope to read more from her in the future.
The White Russian Caper
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