Minotaur Books, 2017
Crime Fiction (Cozy); 304 pgs
Source: E-Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Former socialite Lola Woodby, not-so-discreet private eye in Prohibtion-era New York City, along with her grim Swedish sidekick, Berta, take on a piece-of-cake job: retrieving a rhinoceros trophy from the Connecticut mansion of big game hunter Rudy Montgomery. After all, their client, Lord Sudley, promises them a handsome paycheck, and the gin and tonics will be free. But no sooner do they arrive at Montgomery Hall than Rudy is shot dead with a houseful of suspicious characters standing by. Lord Sudley ups the ante, and Lola and Berta take the case. Armed with handbags stuffed with emergency chocolate, gin flasks, and a Colt .25, Lola and Berta are swiftly embroiled in a madcap puzzle of stolen diamonds, family secrets, a clutch of gangsters, and a flapper who knows her way around a safari rifle.
Gin and Panic is my first foray with the Discreet Retrieval Agency cozy mysteries, although the third book in the actual series. I admit to not being sure what to think when I first started reading Gin and Panic. Retrieving a rhinoceros head for a client wasn’t the most appealing start. However, the more I read, the more I invested in the novel I became. Lola and Berta are quite the private eye pair. Set in the roaring twenties, it is easy to see how these two women fit into it—no one taking them seriously enough, which only gives them more of an advantage.
The mystery itself was twisty and fun. Just when you think it is going to go one way, it goes another. While I wasn’t surprised by the outcome, I sure had a good time getting there.
It was hard not to laugh my way through this one what with the humor and rather eccentric characters. This mystery had a bit of everything: murder, theft, gangsters, socialites, a con artist radio talk show hosts, romance, and two heroines I couldn’t help but cheer for.
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Sounds like a really fun mystery and something that I'd enjoy too! Thanks for the review, I'll have to keep an eye out for the book!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - It was an enjoyable one--not so serious and just what I was in the mood for. :-)Delete
For some reason hearing about the two women characters reminded me of the chemistry between Stephanie Plum & Lula. Those two are a blast. Now you've got me very curious about checking this one out!ReplyDelete
Iliana - Haha! I can see that. Although these two are a little more proper. :-) I hope you enjoy the series if you give it a try!Delete
I love a mystery that also makes you laugh. That happens in a lot of Agatha Christie's novels, too. :)ReplyDelete
Lark - It's a nice change of pace from the more serious reads. :-)Delete
I love mysteries with a touch of humor!ReplyDelete
Kathy - I do too!Delete
The boom sounds fun. I think that my wife would like this as she likes mysteries set in this era. I will send her the link to this book.ReplyDelete
Brian - I enjoy this time period as well. I hope your wife gives the series a try, and enjoys it!Delete
I love that cover! I hadn't heard of this series until now but I really want to check it out!ReplyDelete
Sam - It's new to me as well, but definitely one I would like to follow.Delete
Sounds like a fun read. For some reason I'm intrigued by those Golden Age mysteries so will have to check this out.ReplyDelete
Melody - There's just something about the time period, isn't there? This was a fun one, and I can't wait to read more!Delete
Sounds like a fun series, I like the cover.ReplyDelete
Naida - I enjoyed this one and look forward to reading more in the series. :-)Delete
I've read the previous two books in the series and enjoyed them. Lola is such a nut and I love Berta! Glad this one was entertaining. I'm looking forward to reading it! Have you tried the fairy tale mysteries by Chance? The series has ended but they're a lot of fun too though not quite as zany as these.ReplyDelete
Katherine - I need to go back and read the earlier books now. I really like Berta as well. :-) I haven't read Chance's fairy tale series, but I want to. Thanks for recommending them!Delete
Ah, this is the famous "Gin and Tonic", er, "Gin and Panic" book! Lol. The title itself is fun! I do think I should try this one. I've been FOREVER declaring that I will DEFINITELY read a cozy mystery, after all! So I might very well jump into this one, as it sure does look like a fun read. Besides, I do like this time period.ReplyDelete
Wendy, this line from your review had me chuckling: "Retrieving a rhinoceros head for a client wasn’t the most appealing start." LOL. This wouldn't appeal to me, either! :) I'm glad you stayed with the book, though, as you did end up enjoying it!
So I do think I'll take a swig of "Gin and Panic"! Lol. Thanks for the review!! <3 <3
Hope your week started off GREAT!! HUGS TO YOU & MOUSE!! <3 <3 :) :) :)
Maria - Cozy mysteries often have the best titles, I think. At least for plays on words. :-) I hope you do give cozies a try. They can be a lot of fun. Thanks for visiting, Maria!Delete