- Paperback: 306 pages
- Publisher: Boomerang Books (November 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0999352709
- ISBN-13: 978-0999352700
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,673,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After a fall from a motorcycle (nothing as mundane as tripping over the hearth rug for her) requires hip surgery, Didi and Emile bully her into staying in a nursing home for therapy. The murder of a fellow resident and an investigation into stolen world famous art speed up the therapy and send her overseas with a crutch. M.J. with her prodigious memory of events that took place in Iran in 1979 and the help of a team that includes two more geriatric agents, sets out to solve the case.
Baby boomers are sure to embrace M.J. belief that life rocks at seventy. I hope to meet her soon again. This book is a great read.
During the Iranian revolution as part of an attempt to preserve certain treasures, a covert group stole into the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and spirited away several priceless paintings. Unfortunately, most of those were deemed to be forgeries and the whereabouts of the originals unknown. Fast forward several decades and semi-retired Quixote operative M.J. Smith finds herself laid up in a nursing home with a broken leg. At the request of her boss, she has been asked to keep her eyes open, but for what she doesn’t know. When a fellow resident drops dead during a rendition of Macbeth, M.J.’s mission becomes clearer with her dying breath: “Smoke”. Just who was Dorothy Rivers and how does she know M.J.’s codename? M.J. and Dottie’s surviving friends set out to catch not only a murder but also a thief in this unique mystery.
Smoke by author D.B. Borton can best be described as a heist novel that spans several continents and decades and is part cozy mystery with a dash of Golden Girls thrown in for good measure. I really liked how the main character, M.J. is septuagenarian; but don’t underestimate her for one second. As a veteran operative of the secret Quixote organization, she can teach her younger counterparts a thing or two. Toss in her nursing home companions and eventual associates, Addie and Theo, and the trio makes for a surprising team to hunt down and retrieve stolen art. Unlikely as it may seem, it works, and at times the trio had me laughing out loud sat they played up the “little old lady” angle for their unsuspecting marks.
If you are looking for something a little different and appreciate a spunky female protagonist, D.B. Borton’s Smoke may be the read for you. I am hoping that this is not just a one-off novel as I would love to read more of M.J.’s exploits with Quixote.
Marge, or M.J., has experienced years working with top-flight specialty firm Levesque Security and the secret Quixote, Ltd. When she is called in on a theft recovery, Marge is astonished to see two of the three witches when she is handed a list of stolen paintings, which could be real or fake. M.J. makes a trip to Tuscany to the retired home of "the Birdman," world-renown jewel thief to possibly learn more of the valuable paintings.
I love the sense of humor evident in Ms. Borton's writing. She pokes a lot of self-deprecating fun at her protagonist, M.J. The writing is wonderfully descriptive and often produces audible chuckles as the story weaves in an out of the many twists. I especially appreciated the discussions of the masters, the paintings, the techniques, and art history.
These are strong characters, well fleshed and included dogs of different description adding an additional fun element to the narrative. Certainly one of the more unique books I've read in awhile. My only reservation was with the elimination of the cast and crutches, boot and cane in what would seem to be a very early stage of healing.
I was given this download by the author in exchange for a review and no monetary consideration was involved. I recommend to anyone who enjoys suspense novels of any age. Fun and informative book. Enjoy.