"Florida widow Loretta Plansky goes on the adventure of her life in this delightfully funny tale of phishing and revenge."
From the swamps of Florida to the mountains of Romania, “Mrs Plansky’s Revenge” by Spencer Quinn takes readers on a wild ride filled with cybercrime, international locations and gentle humour.
Sprightly 71-year-old Loretta Plansky is trying to enjoy her retirement to the fullest, filling her days with tennis, managing her 98-year-old father and trying to fend off requests for money from her somewhat feckless children. But everything changes after a middle-of-the-night phone call from her grandson Will asking for nearly $10,000 to bail him out of jail.
By the next morning, though, she discovers to her shame that it wasn’t Will and he wasn’t in jail. Instead, her life savings of more than $3 million has been cleaned out of all of her accounts and the authorities aren’t hopeful that she will ever see the money again. The only clue they can share with her is they know the scam originated in a small town in Romania. Frustrated by their pessimism, she decides to fly to Romania and try to recover the money herself.
Loretta finds during her trip that she can be clever, plucky and resourceful. As time goes on and the mystery deepens, she calls upon the skills that served her so well in her former career of helping to run the family business. (Knives that toasted bread while slicing.)
Readers will not tire of rooting for Loretta as she travels around Romania trying to find the cyber criminals who stole her money and will delight in seeing her triumph over people decades younger than her.
Fans of cozy crime, or those who simply want to root for the underdog, will love this book. If you learn one thing at all from this tale it is this: Never reuse your passwords!
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