Mrs. Plansky's Revenge is bestselling author Spencer Quinn's first novel in a new series since the meteoric launch of Chet and Bernie--introducing the irresistible and unforgettable Mrs. Plansky, in a story perfect for book clubs and commercial fiction readers.
Mrs. Loretta Plansky, a recent widow in her seventies, is settling into retirement in Florida while dealing with her 98-year-old father and fielding requests for money from her beloved children and grandchildren. Thankfully, her new hip hasn’t changed her killer tennis game one bit.
One night Mrs. Plansky is startled awake by a phone call from a voice claiming to be her grandson Will, who desperately needs ten thousand dollars to get out of a jam. Of course, Loretta obliges—after all, what are grandmothers for, even grandmothers who still haven’t gotten a simple “thank you” for a gift sent weeks ago. Not that she's counting.
By morning, Mrs. Plansky has lost everything. Law enforcement announces that Loretta's life savings have vanished, and that it’s hopeless to find the scammers behind the heist. First humiliated, then furious, Loretta Plansky refuses to be just another victim.
In a courageous bid for justice, Mrs. Plansky follows her only clue on a whirlwind adventure to a small village in Romania to get her money and her dignity back—and perhaps find a new lease on life, too.
About the Author
Spencer Quinn is the pen name of Peter Abrahams, the Edgar-award winning author of 47 novels, including the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Chet and Bernie mystery series, Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge, The Right Side, and Oblivion, as well as the New York Times bestselling Bowser and Birdie series for younger readers. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife Diana—and Dottie, a loyal and energetic member of the four-pawed nation within.
"I absolutely adored this book. Really fun but with a few teeth, as well. Mrs. Plansky is a terrific character. The story ticks along like a good watch." —Stephen King
"Mrs. Plansky's Revenge is a triumph that pits an original, memorable, and deeply human protagonist against a plausible threat, then takes us on an unexpected, thrilling, and satisfying journey. Heartfelt, thoughtful, and always suspenseful."—Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of An Honest Man
"Mrs. Plansky is a wonderfully memorable heroine, full of wit and equally plausible as an ace tennis player and a motorcycle-driving detective with Romanian gangsters hot on her tail. Readers will be eager to see what Mrs. Plansky gets up to next."—Publishers Weekly
"Quinn's briskly plotted nail-biter takes unexpected twists and turns that are nicely balanced by Mrs. Plansky's memories of her husband... Her age never becomes a detriment. Rather, she works it to her advantage, employing great ingenuity to solve a crime that elevates her into an immensely likable, wholly appealing heroine." —Shelf Awareness (starred review)
"Fans of Spencer Quinn's long-running Chet and Bernie series will not be disappointed with his new stand-alone novel, MRS. PLANSKY’S REVENGE... While the plot is delightful, the story and themes are significant and serious. There are many reasons that MRS. PLANSKY’S REVENGE is worthy of a long discussion by book clubs... [Mrs. Plansky's] kind heart, sense of justice, and grit and determination make MRS. PLANSKY’S REVENGE a novel that should not be missed." –Bookreporter.com
"There's a lot of derring-do and old-fashioned hugger-mugger, which is what Abrahams does best. I... love Mrs. Plansky." –Globe & Mail
Praise for Spencer Quinn:
“Terrific… Quinn radiates pure comedic genius.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Nothing short of masterful.” —Los Angeles Times
"If you like Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich, hop on this train." –LA Times Magazine
"Delightful... Quinn, already beloved for his Chet and Bernie series about a man-and-dog crime-fighting duo, has created another lovable character who's sure to win over his already rabid fans." –Star-Tribune