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25 August 2016

Come Hell or Highball by Maia Chance (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

I've only just started this so haven't gotten far enough for a big ramble, but after the first few chapters I already love it and I'll be shocked if it gets less than 4 stars from me on Goodreads! Lola and Berta are a phenomenal pair and I'm so thankful that I learned about this series thanks to the second one showing up on NetGalley. I'm even more thankful that my darling son was willing to walk down to the library with me so I could check this one out! Lola reminds me a bit of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher -- but American and snarkier. (I know -- snarkier than Phryne?)

Friday 56 (share from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted at Freda's Voice (today page 256 of the hardcover) 
& Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader

Amazon Description
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.


  1. Great excerpts. I love "ginky", which my autocorrect changed to "pinky" just now, and is why I deleted the comment! I wondered if it is a real word, and it is! great one. I'm going to use it this weekend.

    Here's You will know me by Megan Abbott, which I'll be reading this weekend.

  2. Oooh oooh ooh!! This is EXACTLY the type of book I need to read now. THANK YOU!! Will list immediately. Here's my Friday Meets: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/08/friday-meets-26-august-2016.html

  3. Sounds like a great read! Happy weekend!

  4. I love it already! Mysteries are my favorites, and ones with the characters chasing down things while trying to stay alive are the best. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  5. What a fun sounding book. I will watch for it. Happy Friday!

  6. You had me at the Phyrne comparison. I need to check this out. :)

    Friday memes

  7. I adore the title and the cover! On my must read list ASAP!

    MY Friday 56 from Alpha Unleashed

  8. I am adding this on to my wish list for the title alone! I love it!

    Thanks for sharing the beginning on BBOF!

  9. This sounds like a really fun book! I bet it is full of laughs - sounds like the kind of book that would have been turned into a movie in the 30's or 40's .....lol...Thanks for visiting my Friday meme yesterday - I'm running a day late...lol

  10. This sounds really good! I'll have to look this up. :)

    Never heard of "ginky" before - but I can guess the meaning...