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.
So much better than your typical cozy mystery - entertaining writing, well-constructed plot, and insight into high society 1920s-style.
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.
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.
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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