by kdowli01 (Falls Church, VA): Oh my gosh, this so completely charming and fun to read, I loved it!

Mrs Plansky, a 71-year-old widow, is woken up in the middle of the night by a call from her grandson who needs $9k to bail himself out of jail after a DUI. Mrs. Plansky happily helps him out, only to discover the next day it was a scam who wiped out her entire life savings, nearly $4 million. She refuses to be a victim, and decides she will do whatever she has to do to get her money back.

Ok yes, this requires a great deal of suspension of disbelief, but what an amazing premise, and I have not rooted for a character as much as I have for Mrs Plansky in a really long time. I’m not usually one for cozy mysteries (and this isn’t that either, but a somewhat similar feel), but I absolutely loved this and couldn’t wait to see how it all unfolded.

I also thought it was really interesting to get the perspective of the scammer himself, making him an actual human being who, while maybe doesn’t have a heart of gold, is not evil.

I also really enjoyed all the other aspects of Mrs Plansky’s life we got to see, even though nearly every family member she has is pretty terrible, it made her very real.