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.
©2015 Phyllis Entis (P)2016 Phyllis Entis
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.
"Great old-fashioned mystery"
Phyllis Entis has done it again. This is a clean,, attention grabbing story featuring that loveable detective, Damien Dickens. What does an old coin, Miss America, and a trip to Florida all have in common? You'll have to listen to the story to find out.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.".. loved it.. mystery murder and suspense.. could not put it down wonderfull narration .. highly recommended
"Hello to old friends!"
I've listened to the first book and was very exited to start the second. It was a delightful experience once again and it was like hooking up with old friends! Baby, I'm home!
The Damien Dickens mysteries is an old-school detective series, where the police had no clue and had to investigate with a lot lesser tools than today. In The White Russian Caper, we're in 1980 and also facing the birth of a computerized world. Though, the police had computers in some divisions, the systems couldn't communicate together. Very fun!
Miss America gets beaten up and wounded, but Damien Dickens finds her in time to get her to the hospital. She tells Damien to hold a rare coin for her. The coin has connection to Russia and other people wants it. While Damien tries to investigate the coin further, he disappears.
Damien's wife Millie has a huge role in this book, as she goes after the clues she gets, to find Damien. Millie is a very strong and calm character and her personality really develops in this story. Even she's worried about Damien, she's not afraid to take the next step. I loved Millie in this second book and she is my favorite character now. I also had many great laughs on this journey.
It was impossible for me to guess what would happen next and Phyllis Entis can really write a great mystery. I'm sure to pick up the third book in the series, when published!
Narrator Tom Lennon did a very good narration - again. His female voices is a little funny sometimes, but I get it. It's hard, when you have a deep male voice. He's very much involved in the story and performes with a good sense of humor. You won't be bored!
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"A Mystery Romp in 1980's Miami"
A fun old fashioned gumshoe mystery. The book is filled with interesting characters and snappy dialogue. Tom Lennon does a good job; his voice helps establish the 1980 vibe. This is the second book in the series. It is not necessary to listen to the first book, but it helps set the scene.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
"Maybe Better than #1"
The White Russian Caper is the second in this series I have listened too. Again I was really happy with everything about it.
The hero is a the epitome of the classic Hard-Boiled detective (with a soft gooey yolk where his wife is concerned). This is further reinforced by the time period being around 1980. At times it reads and sounds more like 1940, but that doesn't take away at all. You just know it is not today. Those of us old enough to remember hunting for pay phones and there not being a casino in practically every city in the US will relate.
I think the narrator contributes a lot to this Sam Spade/Phillip Marlowe feel (I like those guys so that's a compliment). He is not quiet as hard nosed as Marlowe - sounds more like Raymond Burr as Perry Mason which is very fitting for the way the author has written the dialogue. Burr was never high energy, but always enjoyable. This type delivery wouldn't work for Jason Borne, but is perfect here. The laid back style is very credible for the voice of Damien.
In this book, Millie, the wife, graduates from her minor co-star role in number #1 to equal billing with the star. Her interface with all the characters in Miami is especially enjoyable. Yes, there is some stereo typing of the Miami residents of the period but it is not offensive at all. Think Molly Goldberg.
There is a complex plot to figure out for the mystery fan as well as a great deal of action, without going overboard with violence, to keep it from being dull. It is a feel good mystery and there are a few places where you will probably laugh and none where you will cry.
Will be looking for the next in this series.
Note; At the end of the recording there is a short story told by a dog about his finding new masters. It is based on something in the authors life. It neither adds or detracts from the book and I am ignoring it in this review. Not my cup of tea, but not relevant to my enjoyment of the real story.
"Campy PI holds your interest"
This is a little step down from number 1 I think. Still a good book, but has at least one annoying flaw for me.
Seems like every fictional PI says at least once in every book that they don't believe in coincidences. For some reason the ending of this book is wrapped around the biggest coincidence of all. Totally unbelievable. I don't want to give a spoiler, but really? Where was Millie? Really took away from my overall opinion of the story.
While set in 1980 the narrator has more of a 1960 sound, but I liked it a lot. He made Damien a nice guy I would want to find out more about in the future. He sounds just like I imagine Damien. Maybe not the most sophisticated PI you have ever met, but he kind of plods along and gets to where he needs to be.
"Cozy Detective Mystery"
I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
And, I jumped at the chance for a listen because I loved the print version. The White Russian Caper takes place in the early 1980's and centers around Miss America, a valuable coin, and a kidnapping. This leads to Millie Dickens (now wife of detective Damien Dickens) stepping up and showing us what she's capable of. Millie is by far my favorite character of the series.
The narrator has the right type of sound for voicing this style of detective/mystery story. For me personally, I would have liked a little more variation in cadence and tone, but if you're in to old-school detective shows that had a kind of dead-pan feel to them when there were voice-overs, this audio book will be perfect for you.
I highly recommend the story overall.
"Great Old School(ish) PI Story"
I really liked this book. The story involved the married Dickens couple who team up to solve the murder of a beauty queen. Damien gets involved first, then Millie must take over when he disappears. The plot had some low key humor and quirky characters that made the story totally enjoyable. The narrator would definitely not be my first pick and actually took a little away from the story. Narration was kind of cheezy sounding...Otherwise a solid 4.5-5.0 for me. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher
"Atlantic City N.J.via Aligator Alley Fla."
I haven't yet read the Kindle version.
The plot was well thought out. The characters seemed real. The solution plausible. A lot of action. Yes, it is an "edge of my seater" in that all those factors melded together well.
Of the two areas, he excels in keeping pace to the events that are happening. There is some hesitancy or "unsuredness" with the conversational aspects. Words from characters are awkward. Back and forth conversation just doesn't flow as well as the story narrative. Tom presents that part very well.
Conversation though...almost as if he wasn't feeling quite sure with who the speaker is exactly. I noted a marked improvement as the audio book progressed though.
Dick and, uh Millie solve the crime.
This was a well written story, the characters are likeable and are very much "sequel-worthy" in my view. Enjoyable! Thanks for the opportunity to review this title.
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Yes, they created a good thread to follow the story.
would remove n'est pas!
Found his voice irritating.
I listened to it in only a few sittings to keep the characters straight. Enjoyed Millie's spunk and her husband's love for her.
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