Gin and Panic: A Discreet Retrieval Agency Mystery (Discreet Retrieval Agency Mysteries #3) (Hardcover)
“Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets—and has a high old time doing it! So will you.”—Ann B. Ross, New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Julia series
Former socialite Lola Woodby is now struggling to make ends meet as a not-so-discreet private eye in Prohibtion-era New York City, along with her stern Swedish sidekick, Berta. When they’re offered a piece-of-cake job—retrieving a rhinoceros trophy from the Connecticut mansion of big game hunter Rudy Montgomery—it seems like a no-brainer. After all, their client, Lord Sudley, promises them a handsome paycheck, and the gin and tonics will be plentiful and free. But no sooner do they arrive at Montgomery Hall than Rudy is shot dead.
When the police arrive to examine the scene, they conclude that Rudy had actually committed suicide. But Lord Sudley can’t believe his friend would have done that, and there’s a houseful of suspicious characters standing by. So Lord Sudley ups the ante for Lola and Berta, and suddenly, their easy retrieval job has turned into a murder investigation. 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 plenty of suspects who know their way around a safari rifle.
Gin and Panic is the next jaunty, compelling Discreet Retrieval Agency mystery from beloved crime writer Maia Chance.
About the Author
Maia Chance was a finalist for the 2004 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington. She is writing her dissertation on nineteenth-century American literature. She is also the author of Come Hell or Highball, Gin and Panic, Naughty on Ice and the Fairy Tale Fatal mystery series.
“Excitement ensues when gangsters enter the melee in this often funny and clever novel taking place in 1923. It’s a thrill to participate in rowdy action. Thwarted romance and casual flirting add their own brand of interest to the drama.” —RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“Chance strikes the perfect tongue-in-cheek tone for this frolic through Prohibition-era society….Berta’s quiet common sense offers a foil for the often hapless Lola, and subplots involving dashing private detective Ralph Oliver and Sudley should satisfy readers who enjoy romance with their mystery.” —Publishers Weekly
“[An]entertainingly madcap series.” —Booklist
“A romp through New York society, coastal estates, yachts, Yankee Stadium, and Coney Island, mostly in Lola’s red and white Duesenberg, her Pomeranian, Cedric, in tow. This second in the series will have readers cheering as Lola and Berta triumph after being rebuffed, tricked, and dismissed by the men who hold the keys to murder.” —Booklist on Teetotaled
“Witty and charming.”—The Seattle Times on Come Hell or Highball
“Flawless…Chance displays a deft wit throughout.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Come Hell or Highball
“Maia Chance’s novel is an absolutely delightful read. It’s a wonderful period piece with a strong, sassy and smart heroine that will keep the reader turning the pages till the very end. I can’t wait to read this author’s next one.”—Emily Brightwell, New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Jeffries Turns the Tide on Come Hell or Highball