Teetotaled (Discreet Retrieval Agency #2) by Maia Chance
To be published: Oct 4, 2016
In the sequel to Maia Chance’s sassy 1920s romp Come Hell or Highball, we again meet the ladies of the Discrete Retrieval Agency, which includes former socialite Lola Woodby and her Swedish cook Berta Lundgreen. They haven’t been detectives for long and are currently living at Lola’s dead husband’s former love nest. The lady sleuths are broke again, and must take a case to pay the bills and for those ever important cocktails. A friend of Lola’s mother has asked them to investigate at a fat farm and detox facility to steal her daughter Grace’s diary. Only shortly after they arrive however, the diary disappears along with its owner and Grace’s mother-in-law-to-be is murdered. They end up working for a senator to try and solve the murder. Will they be able to solve it in time and finally get paid? To find out, read this funny and witty sequel. 3-1/2 stars.
I really enjoyed the first book, so I jumped at the chance to read the second. I didn’t think it was as good, and kept losing interest while reading it, as the story dragged a bit in the middle. I like that Lola is a curvier girl, who isn’t afraid to admit she likes pastries, chocolate and cocktails. She has started doing the detective thing rather reluctantly, but has a knack for it. Berta is probably my favorite character because as she is no-nonsense and she usually figures out things way before Lola does. I like Ralph’s character as well as he is your typical ladies man detective with a soft-spot for Lola.