I Love Lucy meets Hundred Dollar Bill

My Sunday read, Thursday review for this week was Hundred Dollar Bill, by Sherry Morris. It will leave you with a smile, but it did take me awhile to get there mostly because the author chooses to introduce numerous characters in the opening chapter and it isn't clear just who the main character will be. However, the vignettes with all of the characters are so enjoyable and the characters so interesting I found I didn't care.

This book is labeled a 1940’s Romantic Suspense. It has romance but not the type of suspense most readers of the genre expect. It’s a romp more than anything else. A madcap adventure with a moderate dose of mystery and a dollop of romance.

The story involves secret service agents, FDR, Eleanor, Harry Truman, and some good time girls, all intertwined with agents hot on the trail of a ring of counterfeiters.

The main character, Chloe Lambert, is a likeable mess; more often than not she is impetuous, and it gets her into big trouble. She is Lucy, minus an Ethel but it’s just as funny.

The character I came to love the most showed up late in the story. Chloe’s mother, Louise. She is an old, sassy woman from the North Carolina mountains, and she is pure gold. Looking for her daughter in D.C., she goes to her place of employment. “Where’s my daughter?”

“Um … she’s no longer employed here.”

“You can’t fire my Chloe. She’s a good girl!”

“I assure you madam, I did not fire her.”

“Well then, jackass, where is she?”

And the sass goes on. She is old, frail, irascible, and stubborn. I loved her. I could just see Granny from the Beverley Hillbillies.

This book is a win if you like silly characters and convoluted plots. You never know what famous historical person will turn up and what they’ll do! I gave up trying to follow the clues and solve the case because the ride was just too much fun.

Chloe has another adventure in Thousand Dollar Pharaoh, and I’ve already loaded it to my Kindle.

If you want a few hours of comedic relief seasoned with a journey back to WWII era America, you will love this book.


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