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Gin and Panic

(Discreet Retrieval Agency #3)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  90 reviews
“Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets―and has a high old time doing it! So will you.”―Ann B. Ross, New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Julia series

Former socialite Lola Woodby is now struggling to make ends meet as a not-so-discreet private eye in Prohibtion-era New York City, along with her stern Swedish sidekick, Berta. When they’re offered a piece-of-cake job―retrie
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Minotaur Books
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Cindy Burnett
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Gin and Panic is a light-hearted, screwball comedy/mystery. It takes place during the Roaring Twenties with gangsters, criminals, and lots of socialites. I was not a huge fan of the main character, Lola Woodby – she was too scattered and immature for me. While this is the third book in the series, it is the first one I have read and also my last. Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the chance to read this ARC. All opinions are my own.
Donna Craig
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is definitely just for fun. I read the first two on audio and absolutely loved every minute of them. I wish I could continue the series on audio, but 3 and 4 don’t seem to be available. So I got the books. This third installment is fun, and I really enjoyed reading it. It’s light-hearted and funny, but I miss the audio! Also, the first two books had an object in them which the main character, Lola, obsessed over—a girdle in one,then an expensive lipstick which she couldn’t afford to re ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I love the first book in this series. The dynamics and silliness of Lola and Berta. These two had me laughing a lot. Although, Berta really brings the humor; even though Lola is kind of the main one. Yet, this time, I was lacking the comedy. Additionally, none of the other characters intrigued me. Thus I found it hard to stick with this book. Which I did not stick with this book after chapter twelve. This is unfortunate as I know this author can write and this book is not one of the best showing ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Lord Sudley employs Lola Woodby, and Mrs Berta Lundgren to retrieve what he considers to be his rhinoceros trophy from the Connecticut mansion of his friend and big game hunter Rudy Montgomery. Not all goes to plan when a shot is heard and a body found.
The second of this series that I have read and I still couldn't take to the two main characters, and styleof writing resulting in not enjoying this light mystery.
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The Lit Bitch
I have just come off of reading two very very dense books with heavy subject matter. I needed something to just enjoy rather than something I need to digest.

Enter Gin and Panic. I was happy to read a cozy mystery even though I was jumping in on the third book. I didn’t care. I just wanted something that looked entertaining without epic battles in every chapter.

I had no idea what to expect with this book, but I was so relieved that it was funny. This book obviously isn’t a ‘comedy’ however there
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, historical, cozies
I have to say that I've enjoyed all the books in the Discreet Retrieval Agency series. This is the third one and it's quite fun. There are a few good mysteries and plenty of humor. I will say Lola needs a better pair of shoes than t-straps for skulking around, but that's part of the fun as is her carting her dog Cedric everywhere they go.

If you enjoy mysteries with well developed quirky characters and twisty plots, then this would be a good book for you. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It's well wri
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a hoot! I am so glad I continued on with this series. Chance has toned down her use of 1920s slang--or else I’m getting used to it--and the characters’ voices flow so much more naturally as a result. A great look at the Roaring Twenties, speakeasies and all.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really like this series a lot. Everything from the characters to the time and setting of the story, 1920's Prohibition era New York City. Can't wait for the next one! ...more
Terri Peer
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lola, Berta, Ralph and Cedric are back again in this third installment of Discreet Retrieval Agency Mysteries and I couldn’t be more pleased. These characters are terrific and the story is fun! I believe this is my favorite of the series. If you are looking for a delightful romp around the twenties in New York complete with speak easies, gangsters, gum shoes and the language that goes with it then this is your book. Lola and Berta are dames determined to make it as detectives in NYC. Lola never ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gin and Panic is the third Discreet Retrieval Agency by author Maia Chance. This is the first book in the series that I have read. It can easily be read as a stand alone.

Gin and Panic is set in the 1920 Prohibition Era in New York and Connecticut. Lola and Berta, the Discreet Retrieval Agency's two owners, are hired to retrieve a rhinoceros from the country mansion of a big game hunter. They were retrieving it for Lord Sudley, an Englishman and fellow big game hunter. Lola and Berta are set to s
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
Even more fun than the last one I read.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty:

Gin and Panic by Maia Chance
Minotaur Books, 2017
Crime Fiction (Cozy); 304 pgs
Source: E-Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley

Gin and Panic is my first foray with the Discreet Retrieval Agency cozy mysteries, although the third book in the actual series. I admit to not being sure what to think when I first started reading Gin and Panic. Retrieving a rhinoceros head for a client wasn’t the
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review

Lola Woodby was a member of high society, but is now a private detective. She and her detective partner, Berta, are called to a mansion to retrieve an errant trophy, but find themselves drawn into a murder mystery with plenty of suspects.

This book is just plain fun. Lola and Berta are clever, quick, and funny, and they have highly entertaining adventures as
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and loved this series. If you are looking for dark, serious heavy murder mysteries this is not for you. If you are looking for a really fun, lighthearted romp with great plots, interesting characters and lots of historical 20s background these are for you. I have read the previous two books and with each book Ms Chance gets better and better. This time Lola, Berta, Ralph and Cedric are up to their eyebrows in diamonds, rhinoceros and of course, murder. A English lord wants to mar ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-copy
This is a really fun series. My only complaint was I thought banking hours were shorter in the old days. When they were trying to get to the bank by 5 pm, I was jolted out of the story. I remember banking hours ending at 3 pm.

Otherwise I highly recommend this mystery.

I borrowed a copy from the library.
Lelia Taylor
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
When I think back on this book, the first word that comes to mind is "charming" followed very shortly by "fun". This is a pair of sleuths I loved spending time with and the plot and setting did a lot to hold my attention; overall, I was reminded of those lighthearted mysteries that take us back to the more innocent-seeming time of 1923.

Lola isn't really the brains of the duo but she's learning to adapt to her altered circumstances and her previous position in society opens doors to them while Be
Judah Kosterman
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly Modern Millie meets a particularly good episode of Hart to Hart.

Our Prohibition-era, gal-pal detectives are back: divorced (and therefore disgraced), 30-ish socialite Lola and her 60-ish, former domestic help turned partner, Berta. This is book three of the series, and that means fleshing out secondary characters like Lola’s commitment-phobic, WWI-veteran, fellow gumshoe boyfriend and Berta’s besotted, small-fry mobster. Lola still works best on coffee and cake and Berta is still full
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a thoroughly enjoyable period mystery series!

Lola lost everything when her husband died but gained her freedom. With the help of her former cook they opened the Discrete Retrieval Agency and she is gaining some self respect. In this book they have been hired to retrieve a rhinoceros head trophy for a very handsome British Lord. This involves a stay at a house party in Connecticut. During their stay there is a death and they discover something very unexpected when retrieving the rhinocero
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, arc
Gin and Panic by Maia Chance is the third book in her Discreet Retrieval Agency and continues the screwball comedy team of Lola and Berta as they try to retrieve a rhinoceros trophy. Of course, nothing goes as planned with these two and a murder once again throws them into a sticky situation.

The smartly paced plot with some very humorous moments keep this book from being dull as Lola was continually thinking of her break-up with Ralph throughout most of the book. I would have preferred that Lola
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've always enjoyed detective cozies, so Maia Chance's Gin and Panic was a treat. We have a former socialite Lola Woodby who works with no-nonsense Swedish Berta. They are investigators and don't just look for a missing broach but are willing to take on murder investigations. This time, they're hired to find a specific rhino trophy during a shooting party at Montgomery Hall in Connecticut.

The party is cut short by the death of the host, Rudy Montgomery. Their client doesn't believe the death was
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very fun mystery series. Lola Woodby and Berta Lundgren operate the Discreet Retrieval detective agency. When they are asked by a British lord to pilfer a rhinoceros head he claims was stolen from him by another hunter, they don't expect that the case will lead to murder. With lots of 1920s period details - visiting an automat, going to a speakeasy, riding in a dumbwaiter, attending a radio broadcast - the story is lighthearted and not too serious. Lola's on-again, off-again romance wi ...more
 Gigi Ann
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
My Thoughts...

Maia Chance has a way of writing witty and ditzy characters who will lead you on thrilling adventures. Anyone who likes hijinks with their cozy mysteries will do a few back flips while reading this book.

There were a few laugh-out-loud moments in this period piece set in the 1920s when slap-stick comedy was famous. All in all it was a fun reading experience I enjoyed for the last few days. I enjoyed it enough to award it 3***Gin stars.

Thank you to the publishers who gifted this book
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get into this book at all. I feel bad for writing this down, but it's the truth. The dialogue was extremely outdated, I couldn't root for any of the characters (okay, maybe one at the most, which was Lola Woodby), and I just didn't get invested into the plot. If you write a book about the past, that's perfectly fine. It's good to learn about what society was like in a different time and place. Which publisher thought it was a good idea to make this story come to life? James Patterson ...more
Nancy H
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
The third in the Discreet Retrieval Agency mystery series, this story is set in the 1920's and is humorous and very well written. The main characters are Lola, a former socialite whose fortunes have fallen, and her assistant Berta, who used to be her cook. Together the two of them try to 'retrieve' lost things, and in this story, they are asked to retrieve a big game trophy, a rhinoceros mount, which happens to be attached to a wall in the house of a man who isn't supposed to have it. When they ...more
Jazz age widow, socialite Lola, and her former cook are now private detectives who specialize in finding missing property. They're hired by an English nobleman to retrieve a rhino's head (mounted, of course) from his friend's palatial home. Problems arise when the friend is shot. Suicide, say the police, but Lola isn't so sure. When she goes for the head, she finds a treasure in uncut diamonds that belong to--well, who knows? The situation is complicated when Lola's crush, a real private eye nam ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
GIN AND PANIC is a delightful, dizzy, madcap light mystery. It is a comedy novel, more than a serious mystery and that is its essential charm.

The book is set in the Roaring Twenties and the characters reflect the period's colorful characteristics---gangsters, house parties, restless socialites--topped off with a cook turned detective.

I loved every minute of this light, escapist novel. It would be a perfect tonic for someone who needs a
lift. NetGalley provided me with a complimentary copy of this
Dianne Landry
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lola and Berta are hired by Lord Sudley to retrieve a stuffed rhino head during a shooting party at an upstate New York manor. While there the owner of the joint is commits suicide or is murdered, take your pick.

Lola is reeling from the fact that Ralph did ask her to marry him so she falls under the charm of the English Lord, who hires her and Bertha to investigate the death.

Diamonds are found and lost, chaos ensues and it all comes out right in the end.

Love this series and eagerly await the nex
Kimberly Ann
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a bit better than the previous in the series, not much, but I liked the characters & story better.

Main Character (M.C., because I still can not remember her name) is still a ditz and still knows squat about discretion...

Locked door, fake suicide mystery... With a 2nd murder of one of the guests, hidden treasure, a cache of diamonds hidden in the head of a rhinoceros, and dealings w/ a mobster

I read this two days ago, and don't remember too much about the details, but we do find out wh
Chris Eirschele
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lola and Berta continue on with solving mysteries in Maia Chance's third cozy in the Discreet Retrieval Agency series. "Gin and Panic" follows the story of two deaths the women have been called in to solve and a man, a so called love interest, who pretends to fall for Lola. Lola finds diamonds, loses them in a lake, and must find them again to save her their own life.

This series takes place in the 1920s. I enjoy these books and like the writing of the author.

Highly recommend and enjoyable.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The duo have been tasked to retrieve a rhino head from the home of a wealthy man. The client says he shot it not the owner and wants it back, but wont say why. They do so, but uncut diamonds fall out. Oh and the home owner shoots himself. The girls are asked to find out if it is really a suicide by their client. Ralph has declared himself not fit for marriage and Lola is hung up on this. Good twists and turn keep you on toes
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