Come Hell or Highball

Come Hell or Highball

Large Print - 2016 | Large Print edition
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Society matron Lola Woodby survives her loveless marriage until her husband dies suddenly and leaves her a big pile of debt. Soon Lola and her stalwart Swedish cook, Berta, are reduced to accepting an offer from one of his girls-on-the-side: for a handsome sum, Lola is to retrieve a mysterious reel of film.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410484222
Branch Call Number: LP CHANC-M
Characteristics: 447 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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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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