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Come Hell or Highball (2015)

by Maia Chance

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This novel has a lot going for it. The setting is colorful, the characters are varied and quirky, the descriptions of the era are flamboyant, and the plot is unusual. And there is an adorable dog – what more could you ask for? When her despicable husband dies and leaves Lola with a mound of debt, she and her intrepid Swedish cook practically stumble into a new career of retrieving objects for well-paying clients. With much humor and a fair amount of danger, these two woman begin a quest for which they have little talent but much drive. Throw in a good-looking gumshoe private eye, and you have the makings for a topnotch cozy. It’s a treat from start to finish. ( )
  Maydacat | Jun 9, 2017 |
Come Hell or Highball is a comedical, entertaining, cozy mystery. I had such a fun time reading this book. The antics of Lola and Berta had me in stitches many times. They were like Lucy and Ethel. From the situations they found themselves in, to the other quirky characters, and all of the food that Lola seemed to always have stuffed in her bra. Again it was Lola and Berta that I enjoyed so much that I didn't really care what they were doing or if they ever solved the mystery. Although, there were a few surprises to be had when it came to solving the case. I do hope to see more books in this series. If you enjoy the roaring 1920's, quirky characters, and a good storyline then you have to pick up a copy of this book to check out for yourself. ( )
  Cherylk | Aug 11, 2016 |
Chance, Maia. Come Hell or Highball. 8 CDs. unabridged. 9.25 hrs. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781490693965.

The first in a few series, Discreet Retrieval Agency Mysteries, promises rollicking good fun. Author Maia Chance is no stranger to quirky cozy mysteries, she has also authored the popular Fairy Tale Fatal series and seems to be a library favorite. This latest endeavor introduces readers to Lola Woodby, a recently widowed society matron, who suddenly finds herself penniless and embroiled in a mystery. If Lola and her trusty cook, Berta, can solve a crime and find a missing film reel then they can finally have some financial independence. Full of twists and turns, witty dialogue, and saucy characters, this mystery will have readers laughing out loud and craving a highball. Narrator Suzy Jackson, does a charming job as the ever sassy Lola and has quite a convincing Swedish accent for Berta, the bumbling sidekick. For fans of cozy mysteries, historical fiction, and the roaring twenties. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN ( )
  ecataldi | Nov 30, 2015 |
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For Zach and Jennifer--my biggest supporters through thick and thin
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In all fairness, my husband was the one who should've been murdered.
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31-year-old society matron Lola Woodby has survived her loveless marriage with an unholy mixture of highballs, detective novels, and chocolate layer cake, until, her husband dies suddenly, leaving her his fortune...or so Lola thought. As it turns out, all she inherits from Alfie is a big pile of debt. Pretty soon, Lola and her stalwart Swedish cook, Berta, are reduced to hiding out in the secret love nest Alfie kept in New York City. But when rent comes due, Lola and Berta have no choice but to accept an offer made by one of Alfie's girls-on-the-side: in exchange for a handsome sum of money, the girl wants Lola to retrieve a mysterious reel of film for her. It sounds like an easy enough way to earn the rent money. But Lola and Berta realize they're in way over their heads when, before they can retrieve it, the man currently in possession of the film reel is murdered, and the reel disappears. On a quest to retrieve the reel and solve the murder before the killer comes after them next, Lola and Berta find themselves navigating one wacky situation after another in high style and low company. [retrieved 12/16/2015 from Amazon.com]
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