by Sandra Murphy
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Lola Woodby is a society matron, although a poverty-stricken one most of the time. She’s formed the Discreet Retrieval Agency with the help of her very organized Swedish cook, Berta. Cedric, the Pomeranian, accompanies them on their cases.
Each of the women has a boyfriend. Lola’s is Ralph, another detective of the more conventional sort, while Berta favors Jimmy, a small-time mobster. Their newest case takes them to ski country. Berta, being Swiss, is used to snow, but Lola and Cedric are not. The job, arranged anonymously by letter, is an easy one—get a red ruby ring from an old lady and put it in the breadbox in the kitchen.
Of course, anything with Lola and Berta gets more complicated than ever imagined so when they arrive, there’s a party going on. Not to be thwarted, they crash the party and claim to be friends of Aunt Daphne. In the bad-to-worse category, they’re found trying to remove a ring from an elderly woman’s finger, while a recently dead body is sprawled on the living room carpet. Since they are strangers, despite their claims otherwise, they are also prime suspects in the sudden death.
In spite of having a boyfriend, Berta seems to attract men wherever she goes, much to Lola’s dismay. It’s no different in this case. On a visit to the local ski jump, Berta finds herself with not one, but two suitors. The police have told the women not to leave town until the killer is found, so in order to get home by Christmas, they have to solve the case and clear their names themselves.
Lola, Cedric, and Berta manage to get themselves into hilarious situations with the best of intentions. Lola’s looser style of investigating (read: no plan) and Berta’s stricter sense of how things should be done are a nice contrast. The story is set during Prohibition times although that doesn’t seem to keep anyone from drinking what they want and in any quantity. Readers will enjoy the mystery, the potential romances, Cedric always, and the less technical times. Usually it could be said to be “slower times” but not when Lola and Berta are involved.
This is the fourth book in the entertaining series, a perfect read for the holiday season.
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