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Dropping the Dime, Ellie Ashe 19 July 2022

2015 action/mystery, second in the Miranda Vaughn series. Disgraced (but found not guilty) former commercial banker Miranda is helping a whistleblower whose boss is making some very dubious-looking payments.

This is an agreeable light mistery with a dash of action and a smidgen of romance. It's quite fun. But what we don't get is either Researcher Miranda or Screwball Comedy Heroine Miranda back from the first book, and they were why I read this at all.

I like some of the attitudes displayed here, particularly the realistic tension between the whistleblower (necessarily a first-timer) and the FBI agents who've seen it all before and are not inclined to be impressed. But all too soon the primary plot falls into a cycle of the whistleblower needing more inside information and Miranda having to do very amateur undercover work to try to get it. There's family drama as well, but the spark and zing that were the joy of the first book just aren't here.

I'll finish the series, but there's not a lot to this middle volume.

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