Operation Underpants (Max & Olivia Book 1)

Growing old is peculiar to the individual.

Unceremoniously dumped in a retirement home by their children, international spies Max and Olivia languish forgotten and waiting to die. After finding a secret message in the newspaper they must escape and travel to the UK with the fate of London and much of the world hanging in the balance.
A wonderful action mystery with a little humour thrown in the mix.
Part One, Operation Underpants. Part 2, Claudia – Operation Chaos

Editorial Reviews


  • “Really entertaining could hardly put it down. Hoping there is a sequel!!! Olivia and Max are a great interesting couple.”
  • “I loved this book. I am a senior citizen, too, although not as old as Max and Olivia. It took me a little while to really get invested in their story, but all of a sudden, I was in it, and couldn’t wait to see the outcome. Of course, I didn’t realize it was going to end in a cliff hanger, and had to go right to Amazon.com and buy the sequel (Claudia). I am reading a romance right now to give myself a break , but can’t wait to start back into their story.”
  • “Wasn’t too sure what to expect but was quickly lost in the antics of Max and Olivia. Really enjoyed this book and looking forward to the next one.”
  • “Enjoyed the way the author created two old secret agents who are funny in their ways they sneak by captures. Starting in a nursing home and their escape.”

From the Author

Super Grandma and stylish seniors.
Those over eighty-five and above are one of the fastest growing demographics but are often hampered by unfair stereotypes about their abilities and role in society. This is particularly acute among older women, said Australian author and retired psychologist Mark Biggs. I’ve written the, “Max & Olivia” series as a celebration of older people.  Perhaps I was a little cavalier when choosing a grumpy old man, eighty-seven-year-old Max and his renegade wife Olivia, as the main characters, yet they provided an inspiring platform through which to challenge the accepted chronicle of aging.None of us will experience ageing identically, yet young people often dream of the rebellious freedoms of old age. To appeal to this wider audience these liberties are lived by Max and Olivia while at the same time, embedded within the stories, is a serious narrative that explores the diversity and challenges of being seniors. The books invite the reader to experience ageing rather than fearing it.There are five books in the Max and Olivia series: Operation Underpants, Claudia, Operation OBE (Over Bloody Eighty), St Mary’s Dating Agency and Operation Origami – The Ire of Claudia.  They could be read as just a humorous, action and adventure tale set against the current geo-political environment which challenges the international order we have known since World War II. But they can also stimulate thinking about ageing and longevity within our contemporary society.