If you are like me these have been trying times, politically speaking. That is why I jumped on this book as soon as I heard about it! (Thanks, Marian!)
A mystery novel starring Vice President Biden and President Obama? Just what my weary political soul needed after too many “Breaking News” stories touting the next scandal and outrage of 45. Most of all this book did not disappoint! Funny, touching, suspenseful, with great snarky dialogue, and most of all a President and Vice President who speak in complete coherent sentences with words that are more than one syllable long! (Oops, that was probably too critical, but fortunately I am not part of that rarefied group who have signed an NDA that prevents them from criticizing the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!)
One evening Joe Biden was again at his computer plowing through all the videos of Obama having the time of his life after leaving office. Parasailing with Richard Branson, kayaking with Justin Trudeau and BASE jumping with Bradley Cooper, for goodness sakes! Since they had left office, Biden had not heard from Obama-not a phone call or even a post card and he has been feeling a bit resentful and unappreciated. Finally pulling himself away from his computer and heading to bed, Biden sees a strange light out in the garden. Grabbing his gun from the safe, Joe and his faithful dog, Champ, head out to investigate. As he gets closer, he smells the unmistakable smell of Marlboro Reds and there under the big oak was Obama scratching the ears of that traitor, Champ.
Biden hopes that maybe this visit means he and Obama can rekindle their friendship, but Obama has something else in mind. He tells Biden that an Amtrak conductor, Finn Donnelly, had been hit by a train that morning. Biden knew Donnelly and his family from his days as a Senator riding Amtrak back and forth between Delaware and Washington. It seemed preposterous for someone like Donnelly to be killed by a train. But that wasn’t all that was strange about this death. Obama showed Joe a printout of a Google map with his home highlighted by a small dot that had been found among Donnelly’s affects. Strangely, neither the FBI or the Secret Service seem interested in the case, but both Biden and Obama are uneasy, and thus begins the story of the most unlikely crime solving duo ever!
I laughed and chortled (I don’t think I knew exactly what that word meant until I read this book!) the whole time I read this book. Shaffer has captured both Biden and Obama so well, and Joe’s obvious jealousy and sense of loss is palpable. Solving the mystery of Donnelly’s death sometimes seems overshadowed by the interactions of these two giant characters, but Shaffer manages to keep us in suspense and brings in some great plot twists that add to the excitement of this book. The only thing bad about it was finishing it and coming back to reality! Luckily, I think there might be another in the works!
Brenda’s Rating: ****(4 Out of 5 Stars)
Recommend this book to: Everyone!
Book Study Worthy? Only if they are all Democrats!
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