On a sparkling spring morning in the Blue Ridge, small-town realtor Miranda Davis approached the tailgate market, intent on dealing with her whimsical cousin Skip’s unexpected arrival from New York. It turns out that Skip was on the run and, in his panic, grabbed his beloved tabby Duffy, recalling that Miranda had a recent part in solving a case down in Carolina. His predicament stemmed from intercepting code messages like “Countdown to D-Day,” playfully broadcasting the messages on his radio show over the nation-wide network, and subsequently forced to flee.
At first, Miranda tried to limit her old childhood companion’s conundrum to the sudden abduction of Duffy the cat. But the forces that be were hell-bent on keeping Skip under wraps by any means after he now stumbled close to the site of their master plan. Miranda’s subsequent efforts to decipher the conspiracy and somehow intervene placed both herself and her old playmate on a collision course with a white-nationalist perpetrator and the continuing machinations of the right-wing enterprise, with the lives of all those gathered for a diversity celebration in nearby Asheville and a crucial senatorial vote on homeland security hanging in the balance.
You met Miranda Davis in Shelly Frome’s ‘Moon Games’ now she has a new mystery to solve!
Guest Book Review by Sage Nor
I have totally fallen in love with this series by Shelly Frome and I think this may be the best installment yet! ‘Miranda and the D-Day Caper’ was fun, surprising, heartfelt and exciting. I couldn’t put this book down and I think that if you read it, you’ll feel the same way.
The book begins just shortly after Miranda Davis, full-time realtor and part-time amateur sleuth, has solved her first case and is looking forward to moving on with her life. Miranda isn’t really interested in being a detective, but she’s a natural at the work and the cases just keep finding her.
This time, the case comes from her eccentric cousin and former playmate, Skip, who shows up looking a bit worse for the wear after having traveled across the country non-stop to arrive in her town. When Miranda asks Skip what happened, he tells her a tale of radio signals, armed henchmen and a conspiracy that dates all the way back to World War II. Of course, Miranda doesn’t want to investigate at first but she gets pulled in by promising to help her cousin find his missing cat. Before she knows it, everything in her world gets turned on its head once again.
I absolutely enjoyed this book and Frome’s writing. He has a mastery of these characters that weaves its way through the story and leaves you wanting more. Miranda is so clever, funny and interesting as a character. I can’t wait to see what she decides to get up to next. Anyone who agrees to help track down a helpless kitten is a solid person in my book. As far as the mystery in the story, I won’t spoil it but let’s just say you won’t be disappointed by the ending. I certainly wasn’t! I give it 5 stars!
Praise for Shelly Frome
“This is a great mystery that had me guessing at what was really happening. I was sucked in and held tight until the reveal. A couple great twists and turns had me thrown off balance and guessing the whole time.” (Moon Games by Shelly From)-JBrounder Reviews
“It is full of action, adventure, mystery and suspense. It is not one that I could easily predict. The twists and turns kept on the edge of my seat. I never knew what would happen next.” (Moon Games by Shelly Frome)-AmyBooksy, Locks, Hooks, and Books
“The cover of this book shows what looks like a beautiful and peaceful place to live, but looks can be deceiving. Lies, bribery, and deceit are running rampant in this little town. Twists and turns are around every corner. Well written mystery”(Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome)- Lisa’s Writopia
“An entertaining story that has enough quirky characters, intrigue, suspense, humor, and drama that easily draws the reader into Emily’s amateur sleuth adventure. This cozy mystery is full of devious plot twists and turns that will easily keep you guessing. The Secluded Village Murders is an intriguing whodunit tale that cozy mystery fans will want to add to their reading list.” (Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome)- Kathleen Higgins-Anderson, Jersey Girl Book Reviews
About the Author
Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, a writer of crime novels, cozy mystery novels, and books on theater and film. He is also a features writer for Gannett Media’s Black Mountain News. His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, Tinseltown Riff, Murder Run, Moon Games and The Secluded Village Murders.
Among his works of non-fiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. Miranda and the D-Day Caper is his latest foray into the world of crime and the amateur sleuth. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.