Come Hell or Highball

Come Hell or Highball

Large Print - 2016
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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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410484222
Call Number: CHANCE
Characteristics: 447 p. (large print) ; 23 cm.
Subjects: Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Prohibition -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Women detectives -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction.
Historical fiction.


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Jun 15, 2018

Comedic Burlesque, with just a touch of class ...and ass. Keep in mind an "unreliable narrator" here. We surrender to her -want to be Lola's confident, and enjoy her confidence - but she is just as roilly, scheming, self serving, deceitful as other characters, even Berta! Maybe it's Lola's impetuousness and sheer unthinking that binds us even closer. The "girdle factory" is a marvelous subplot, more, actually, as it is woven into the fable. Just remember, I think Maia Chance laughs at us, too.

Dec 28, 2017

So much better than your typical cozy mystery - entertaining writing, well-constructed plot, and insight into high society 1920s-style.

VaughanPLDonnalee Jul 03, 2017

This wasn't as good as I had hoped. I love period mysteries and I love comic mysteries. The 1920's setting was very promising, but I felt the author was just using the setting as window dressing. It did not feel authentic at all and Lola just seemed like a completely modern woman in 1920's garb. Do not read this book if you are looking for any genuine insight into the 1920's. The comic tone was OK, but often seemed frantic and fake. It was an OK light, frothy mystery. It just didn't quite live up to the promise of the title, cover and premise.

Feb 01, 2017

I really enjoyed this novel, or rather first in a series. I didn't have high expectations, and I was truly surprised. If you're looking for a light read, I highly recommend. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second one.

Jun 17, 2016

Set in 1920's NYC, Chance's campy novel tells the story of Lola Woodby-- recently widowed society matron unexpectedly turned detective. Told with a creative and sassy narration, Highball was a delightfully quick and unique read. I enjoyed the lighthearted voice, which almost reminded me of a snarky sitcom. Worth a read, especially if you are looking for something fun, quick, and lighthearted.


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