Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer

Hope Never Dies
An Obama Biden Mystery
by
Andrew Shaffer

Rating:

Andrew Shaffer had a very funny idea. Why not write a mystery with Barack Obama and Joe Biden as amateur detectives? If you’ve ever seen some of the Obama-Biden “bromance” memes (click here for a few), you’ll know this pair has plenty of rapport to wrap around a good story line. Who better to solve a mystery than the former President and Vice President of the United States?

The story begins soon after the 2016 election. Obama has adjusted nicely to a new life filled with adventure. He’s windsurfing, kayaking and hanging out with celebrities. But Biden is at loose ends and is a little stung by Obama’s new life and friends. “Why doesn’t Barack ever call me, his best friend?” he wonders.

The pair reconnects when Biden’s favorite train conductor dies under suspicious circumstances. “Amtrak Joe” senses there is more to the story. Biden has been a regular on Amtrak for decades and he knows that Finn Donnelly was a good, family man. But questions arise when Obama shares what police know. Could there be a national security interest at stake? Is Donnelly’s death connected to opioid trafficking?

Biden takes the lead and jumps straight into the case in his full-force, pantser style. And before long, Obama and his cool and calm self are part of the team. As the pair bumbles through their undercover investigation, in caps and shades, it becomes clear that this case is big and that not everyone is on the same team. Can the Obama-Biden team sort it out?

I thoroughly enjoyed imagining Obama and Biden as they adjust to their new lives as regular citizens. And seeing them operate as amateur detectives makes for many hilarious scenarios. Shady characters and a few false leads make the mystery an enjoyable puzzle to solve and, while the crimes and consequences reflect grim problems, the story is light and great fun to read.

I recommend Hope Never Dies to all readers. It is pure entertainment, with a few political jabs and a lot of laughs.


I received a copy of Hope Never Dies from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


I read Hope Never Dies as part of my library’s Summer Reading Challenge to choose a book because I like its cover.

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20 thoughts on “Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer

    1. I enjoyed it very much – I wasn’t sure how political it was going to be, because I don’t like that, but it is VERY light on politics. Thanks for stopping by, Luccia. Hope your’re having a nice weekend!

  1. I read your review from four years ago about House of Flowers. I’m having a terribly hard time trying to find it. How did you find the story? The only one I’ve seen is the hard cover by Random House publishing and some are selling it as high as $700.

    1. Hi Ashley – I found it in the back of the copy I got of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Try your library or see if you can get a paperback of Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Amazon. Thanks for stopping by and good luck finding a copy!

  2. So glad you enjoyed it! I just found out that the author is doing a signing this week at a local bookstore. The timing is a little iffy for me, but I’m going to try to make it!

  3. I demanded my husband (who works at the local library) order a copy for the collection. Every time I looks at that cover, i giggle. Thanks for bringing the book to my awareness and I can’t wait to read it.

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