#2: THREE FOR THE MONEY
R.R. Miller (268 pages)
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This 6 hour and 15 minute unabridged novel is a period, mystery/adventure set in 1948. There are fifty chapters and sixty four thousand words in a fast paced, easy style, liberally laced with sex, violence, nostalgia and a whole lot of fun. The format is a satire of movies of the period with flashbacks and a touch of period chauvinism. It is written in the first person, in descriptive, visual terms and separated into three parts.This first novel in the series introduces Canadian bon vivant Anthony James with postwar compatriots American Tommy Sanderson and Scottish Steve Hughs. On their retirement from military intelligence, Tony convinces these two gentle giants to join him in an advertising agency back in Montreal.
Tony meets Catherine Rothschild, beautiful and sophisticated, in the company of Susan and Jim Taylor. Theres a murder, of course. Jim, an agency client and good friend of Tonys, is found poisoned after a dinner party at the Taylor mansion. Susan, a seductive honey-blonde, has overwhelmed a rather morally weak Tony James and heavy guilt over the affair leaves him obsessed for justice The dinner party guests, international and incongruous, are the primary suspects. Our trio uncovers a Nazi museum treasure scam which leads them through many adventures in many lands. The story progresses around a romance, then confrontation, a reunion in Havana, a commando style raid on a drug processing plant in Argentina with an extremely beautiful C.I.A. agent, an orgy in Naples, another death in Geneva and a princely party in Monte Carlo that almost ends our heros life Theres also a twist or two in the plot.
“A mystery that keeps you guessing. The intricate plot, action, history & ambiance keep you enthralled while you try to solve it. I couldn’t put it down. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.”
– By Cara Garrett
“A fun filled masterpiece to say the least. I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t read this book, however I will say that “Three for the Money” is a murder mystery that leads to several discoveries including a Nazi museum treasure scam leading the main characters through several adventures. The story progresses around a romance, confrontation, reunion, drug raids, sex, and death. This story is filled with twists and turns that will leave you unable to put the book down. This book just starts it though, read “Four to Get Ready” to continue the adventure!”
– By Emma_z186
“If you like your whodunits in a neck snapping, noggin busting mashup of murdered clients, stollen Nazi booty, and sexy, albeit sexist, babe-a-licious booty then save your time and shipping costs: BUY this one with its already penned and available follow up, because like, the best sex, once you start, you‘re never going to want it to end.”
– Eric Genheimer
turn. Either way, it captivated me like a classic caper, keeping me in suspense and entertaining me all along the way with colorful language and snappy dialogue that helped set each scene in this post-WWII piece. If you like crime novels, this one rivals the works of Spillane, Tey and Christie–but does it in half the time. It’s a real romp around the world and a craftily-woven work of genius that kept me guessing until the end. Miller’s grasp of the era and the cadence of his dialogue make this frolic extremely fun to read and left me wanting more
– Terence P. Ayrault “Yo”