Synopsis: After her philandering husband died and left her penniless in Prohibition-era New York, Lola Woodby escaped with her cook to her deceased husband’s secret love nest in Manhattan. Her only comforts were chocolate cake, dime store detective novels, and the occasional highball. But rent came due and Lola and Berta were forced to accept the first job that came their way, leading them to set up shop as private detectives.
Now Lola and Berta are in danger of losing the business they’ve barely gotten off the ground―work is sparse and money is running out. So when a society matron offers them a job, they take it―even if it means sneaking into a slimming and exercise facility until they can steal a diary from Grace Whiddle. But barely a day in, Grace and her diary escape from the facility―and Grace’s future mother-in-law is found murdered on the premises. Lola and Berta are promptly fired. But before they can climb into Lola’s Duesenberg Model A and whiz off the health farm property, they find themselves with a new client and a new charge: to solve the murder of Grace’s future mother-in-law.
Genre: Cozy Mystery
My Rating: **** (4 stars)
I love historical fiction set in the 1920’s, so I was really excited to get an early copy of Teetotaled to check out. It did not disappoint! The heroine, Lola, has a very dry, sarcastic sense of humor which I adored, and this book kept me chuckling all the way through.
The mystery in Teetotaled was just as entertaining. It kept me guessing, and the cast of suspects and supporting characters made me feel like I was watching a BBC production of Jeeves and Wooster.
Cozy mystery fans as well as historical fiction aficionados who don’t mind a dose of humor are sure to enjoy this book!
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