Thursday, April 28, 2016

Come Hell or Highball by Maia Chance 307 pages

Poor Lola!  Lola, Lola, Lola! Lola is a high society matron in 1923 and her cheating lowlife of a husband dies of a heart attack but leaves her penniless!  How dare he!  Lola has only managed to survive the marriage by having alcohol, chocolate and mystery novels.  (My kind of woman!) Now what is to become of her?

Lola manages to soldier on by partnering with her sturdy and worldly Swedish cook, Berta, and agrees to find a certain reel of movie film for one of her husband's former mistresses.  What happens next is a hilarious key-stone cop type of adventure!  Berta falls for a gangster, Lola has someone trying to kill her, causing her to hang by her girdle from a gargoyle, and finds herself attracted to the P. I. who is following her.

I loved this book because rather than being a dark, psychological thriller, it was a funny, charming mystery.  It made me laugh out loud!  Just like Janet Evanovich! 

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