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Come hell or highball : a mystery (vuoden 2015 painos)

– tekijä: Maia Chance

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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. Charming, witty, often laugh-out-loud funny, Maia Chance's Come Hell or Highball introduces a sparkling new voice in crime fiction"--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:JillMcKiernan
Teoksen nimi:Come hell or highball : a mystery
Kirjailijat:Maia Chance
Info:New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
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This was an absolute delight, and a perfect bit of 1920s nostalgia. (Did New York really have that cheerful larger-than-life glitz? Probably not. Did I care? Not for an instant.) The mystery is great, in a madcap way that wouldn’t be out of place in a period short, but what really sells this is Lola and her fellow characters. She’s just so vivid, and a little screwy, and a joy of a narrator, and everyone else is just over-the-top enough to be funny without being unbelievable. That, and the 1920s stuff, which is everywhere in the best way, really sold this for me. I love Chance’s Fairy Tale Fatal series and want more of that for sure, but this series? I really wouldn’t mind more of this either.

8/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
THIS IS A BIG-ASS SPOILER AND I DO NOT CARE
DON'T BOTHER ME WITH YOUR WHINY COMPLAINTS

The faggot did it. For LUUUV of his pretty-boy movie star boyfriend, the studio guy killed them all.

This is the cheapest, crappiest thing for a 21st-century writer to pull that I can imagine. You know, it's the fact that it's part of The Big Reveal that pisses me off so much. Nothing makes me angrier than suddenly revealing the killer is, by the bye, queer...that's obviously part of his criminality and turpitude.

If it wasn't, it would've been dealt with all through the text.

Oh...and the beautiful man with the high-pitched voice being queer? Yeah...no. Not acceptable since like maybe 1945. ( )
  richardderus | Jun 23, 2019 |
This was a delightful gem of a book not so much as a twisting mystery with a few red herrings but rather for it witty dialogue. There's the food loving widow of a philandering husband and her trusty cook on the case and it's Prohibition time. Gangsters, wealthy 5th Avenue matrons and speakeasies abound. At the heart of the story is the film industry and all the usual characters one can imagine. Cute start to this series. ( )
  KateBaxter | Sep 11, 2018 |
Recently widowed High Society Matron, Lola Woodby, is less than distraught over the sudden loss of her husband. She'd spent most of her marriage estranged from her husband and getting through the days with a mixture of highballs, mystery novels, and chocolate. But following her husband's death, Lola learns that she's absolutely broke. Suddenly she and her Swedish cook, Berta, must find a way to scrape by. When Lola is offered an option to track down an item for a sizable payment, she and Berta decide to become private sleuths. However, things get more complicated when a murder is tossed into the mix.

Such a delightful cozy mystery set in prohibition-era New York City. With a well-crafted mystery plot that I didn't manage to unravel before the sleuths and charming characters everywhere (Lola and Berta have hints of Jeeves and Wooster in their relationship - although Lola is far more competent), I was so happy to discover this series. Highly recommended if you enjoy the time period and cozy mysteries. ( )
  MickyFine | Apr 23, 2018 |
I was checking this in at the library and I saw that it was the first in a new series--which just happened to be the latest "assignment" in the mystery book club I'm in. The picture and the title really hooked me right off the bat--I love the Roaring 20's!
Lola, the protagonist, is a "society matron", much as she hates that term. She's not your typical skinny, waifish flapper. She does love to drink highballs and pretty much any other cocktail--despite them being prohibited--and she loves to eat chocolate cake and cinnamon rolls... well, in fact, she likes to eat just about anything as long as it's not "health food". She's snarky and sassy and curvy. Just the kind of girl I'd like to be, if I were alive during that time.
After her husband's death, she discovers that she's broke and she takes on an assignment to retrieve a missing item for a handsome fee... when murder turns the job into serious business. I look forward to reading more in this series!!! ( )
  trayceetee | Apr 9, 2018 |
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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. Charming, witty, often laugh-out-loud funny, Maia Chance's Come Hell or Highball introduces a sparkling new voice in crime fiction"--

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