Saturday, May 28, 2016

Operation Babylift

When Florence Kensington gives up her coveted spot at ReVisions Retirement Residence to newcomers Roy and Linh Jackson, she unknowingly awakens Kira Callaghan’s Vietnam memories—and her PTSD. However, Kira’s “inner retired journalist” has no choice but to investigate when Florence is found dead.

With help from the Flower Pots and her boyfriend Charles, Kira travels from Chit Creek to Burlington, Vermont, and exposes the secrets surrounding an Operation Bablylift plane crash from forty years ago. Discouraged by the lack of progress on the case, she returns to Triple R with her team of aging acolytes.

Little do they know that a killer has followed them home

My Review

This is the second book in this series. However this is my first time reading a book by this author. If you are like me and just trying out this author, than you don't have to worry as this book can be read as a stand alone story. The residents of ReVisions Retirement Residence are quirky but in a good way. I did not feel like any of them where there to just grow old. In fact, they kind of remind me of the characters from the board game Clue. Despite this fun fact, I was impartial to the story as a whole and how Kira solved it. It was not all bad as there were moments where I was focused on the story and liked what I read. Although I was not a fan of this book, readers who like cozy mysteries may like this book due to the characters and the fact that it does read like a cozy mystery.

About Catherine Astolfo

Catherine Astolfo retired in 2002 after a very successful 34 years in education.

Catherine is a past President of Crime Writers of Canada and a Derrick Murdoch Award winner (2012). She was a Zonta Club 2012 Nominee for Women of Achievement.

Writing is Catherine’s passion. She can recall inventing fantasy stories for her classmates in Grade Three. Her short stories and poems have been published in a number of literary Canadian presses. In 2005, she won a Brampton Arts Award. Her short stories won the Bloody Words Short Story Award (second and first) in 2009 and 2010. She won the prestigious Arthur Ellis Best Short Crime Story Award in 2012.

Catherine’s novel series, The Emily Taylor Mysteries, are published by Imajin Books. Sweet Karoline is the newest, standalone novel from Catherine and Imajin Books. All the novels are optioned for film by Sisbro & Co. Inc. Visit Catherine at

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