Naughty on Ice (Discreet Retrieval Agency, #4)
Naughty on Ice is the latest in Maia Chance's dazzlingly fun Prohibition-era caper series featuring society matron Lola Woodby and her stalwart Swedish cook, Berta.The Discreet Retrieval Agency is doing a brisk holiday business of retrieving lost parcels, grandmas, and stolen wreaths. But with their main squeezes Ralph and Jimmy once more on the back burner, both Lola and Berta pine for a holiday out of New York City. So when they receive a mysterious Christmas card requesting that they retrieve an antique ring at a family gathering in Maple Hill, Vermont, they jump at the chance. Sure, the card is signed Anonymous and it's vaguely threatening, but it's Vermont.In Maple Hill, several estranged members of the wealthy Goddard family gather. And no sooner do Lola and Berta recover the ring--from Great-Aunt Cressida Goddard's arthritic finger--than Mrs. Goddard goes toes-up, poisoned by her Negroni cocktail on ice. When the police arrive, Lola and Berta are caught-red-handed with the ring, and it becomes clear that they were in fact hired not for their cracker-jack retrieving abilities, but to be scapegoats for murder.With no choice but to unmask the killer or be thrown in the slammer, Lola and Berta's investigations lead them deep into the secrets of Maple Hill. In a breathless pursuit along a snowy ridge, with a lovelorn Norwegian ski instructor and country bumpkin hooch smugglers hot on their heels, Lola and Berta must find out once and for all who's nice...and who's naughty.

Naughty on Ice (Discreet Retrieval Agency, #4) Details

TitleNaughty on Ice (Discreet Retrieval Agency, #4)
Author
ReleaseNov 13th, 2018
PublisherMinotaur Books
ISBN-139781250109071
Rating
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cozy Mystery

Naughty on Ice (Discreet Retrieval Agency, #4) Review

  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    I think this one is my favorite of this series--so far. In this outing Lola and Berta receive an invitation to a holiday party in order to retrieve a stolen ring. Upon their arrival however, a murder happens. Nobody was expecting them and Lola and Berta have no idea who sent the invitation. The police automatically have misgivings of the ladies because they are outsiders. Lola and Berta aren't able to leave the small snowy town in Vermont so they begin their own investigation into the lady's dea I think this one is my favorite of this series--so far. In this outing Lola and Berta receive an invitation to a holiday party in order to retrieve a stolen ring. Upon their arrival however, a murder happens. Nobody was expecting them and Lola and Berta have no idea who sent the invitation. The police automatically have misgivings of the ladies because they are outsiders. Lola and Berta aren't able to leave the small snowy town in Vermont so they begin their own investigation into the lady's death. Even though they aren't getting paid for this job, they can't help being curious. As more murders happen, things become more entangled. Berta seems tired all the time and Lola is worried about her and the future of the agency. Ralph, Lola's boyfriend, makes an unexpected appearance so he sets out to help Lola investigate. I really enjoyed the snowy atmosphere of Vermont and this investigation. I honestly didn't figure things out so I was pleasantly surprised at the ending. I also admit that I'm getting a crush on Ralph:) Best one yet!*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kate Baxter
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 starsLola Wooby and her gifted Swedish cook, Berta Lundgren, are at it again in the newest installment of the "Discreet Retrieval Agency" mystery series. The time is the Age of Prohibition and the scene is bucolic upstate Vermont. By way of a holiday invitation for drinks and dinner, our fearless ladies have been called to the Goddard Farm estate in the quaint village of Maple Hill; that is, quaint at first blush. Their mission, should they accept it, is to retrieve a stolen ring from "Aun 3.5/5 starsLola Wooby and her gifted Swedish cook, Berta Lundgren, are at it again in the newest installment of the "Discreet Retrieval Agency" mystery series. The time is the Age of Prohibition and the scene is bucolic upstate Vermont. By way of a holiday invitation for drinks and dinner, our fearless ladies have been called to the Goddard Farm estate in the quaint village of Maple Hill; that is, quaint at first blush. Their mission, should they accept it, is to retrieve a stolen ring from "Aunt Daphne" and place it in the breadbox for safekeeping and subsequent retrieval. Sounds like an easy enough task and it gets them out of the frenzy of New York City during the days leading up to Christmas. Why do things appear so simple on the surface, then turn into such a quagmire? While they're retrieving the ring, a murder occurs at Goddard Farm. With Lola and Berta being strangers to these parts, naturally, the police think they're the perpetrators. Heck, in such a small town, everyone else is a known entity. Our lady detectives can't leave town until the police complete their investigation. What investigation? The police think they already have the murderers. Their only chance to clear their names is to investigate and figure out who the murderer is. The story takes off from there and wanders about in several different directions until all things come to a dramatic conclusion. This is a charming, period, cozy mystery with sheer farce strewn throughout. It bears little resemblance to reality. Would you accept a dinner invitation anonymously sent from a distant town you've never visited? I think not. Regardless, being curled up on the couch with an amusing mystery is the perfect antidote for a cold wintry day. This could make a lovely Christmas gift for your favorite mystery fan. I am grateful to publisher St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for having provided a free uncorrected digital galley of this book. Their generosity, however, did not influence this review - the words of which are mine alone.
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    Naughty on Ice by Maia Chance was an interesting addition to the Discreet Retrieval Agency series.Lola Woodby and Berta Lundgren receive a mysterious Christmas card inviting them to Maple Hill, VT to attend a party and retrieve a ring that has been stolen. Upon arrival at the home, they witness the hostess being poisoned and the police arrive with grave suspicions about Lola and Berta involvement in the murder. The plot moved smoothly but Lola and Berta were often lost amid the numerous clues, t Naughty on Ice by Maia Chance was an interesting addition to the Discreet Retrieval Agency series.Lola Woodby and Berta Lundgren receive a mysterious Christmas card inviting them to Maple Hill, VT to attend a party and retrieve a ring that has been stolen. Upon arrival at the home, they witness the hostess being poisoned and the police arrive with grave suspicions about Lola and Berta involvement in the murder. The plot moved smoothly but Lola and Berta were often lost amid the numerous clues, the odd and quirky family members, a few twists and the suspicious police department. The story seemed to slow down in the middle but eventually picked back up as Lola and Berta finally started putting the clues together. All in all a good read that kept me guessing until the reveal.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own. My rating is 3.5 stars.
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  • Julie B.
    January 1, 1970
    For more reviews, please visit my blog.Genre: Detective fictionRating: 4.5/5.0 starsMain Takeaway: A refreshing read reminiscent of classic post-war British detective fiction that kept me glued to the page.**I received this book from the publisher, Minotaur Books, in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation for this review, and the opinions expressed are in no way influenced by this transaction.**Lola and Berta of the Discreet Retrieval Agency in 1920s New York City make their l For more reviews, please visit my blog.Genre: Detective fictionRating: 4.5/5.0 starsMain Takeaway: A refreshing read reminiscent of classic post-war British detective fiction that kept me glued to the page.**I received this book from the publisher, Minotaur Books, in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation for this review, and the opinions expressed are in no way influenced by this transaction.**Lola and Berta of the Discreet Retrieval Agency in 1920s New York City make their living retrieving stolen items and solving crimes. So when they receive an anonymous letter requesting the retrieval of a stolen ring, Lola and Berta travel to Maple Hill, Vermont and intrude on the Goddard family’s lives to complete the task. However, when Lola and Berta finally retrieve the ring, one of the Goddards is mysteriously murdered, and Lola and Berta placed in suspicion. Stuck in Maple Hill, the women of the Discreet Retrieval Agency have no choice but to try and solve this murder on their own, save their own skins, and make it home on time for Christmas.This mystery was exactly what I needed to break my reading slump. Maybe slump isn’t the right word… rather, disinterest? Lack of time? Let me preface this all by saying I have not completed a book in over two months. TWO. MONTHS. Life, graduate school, work all got in the way, ate up my time, and when I finally found myself home in the evenings I found myself turning more often to Netflix than to my looming tower of books resting ominously by my bedside table. Naughty On Ice changed that.Initially, I got pulled in with the Christmas setting (yes, yes, I know its not December. I simply don’t care. I love Christmas, and don’t try to stop me). The prohibition era caught me next. The clear influence of my literary hero and muse Agatha Christie made me obsessed (come on now, you can’t tell me you didn’t love that Poirot-esque reveal at the end?). And finally, the crafting of a good mystery full of twists and a killer reveal that makes you want to go back and look for all the clues.If you’re looking for a cozy detective mystery to curl up with by the tree this season, make Maia Chance’s Naughty On Ice your choice. Did I mention its a series? I know what I’ll be binge-reading this winter!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I was so fortunate to win an advanced copy of this book from the author. This is yet another fantastically fun adventure with Lola and Berta. If you liked the other three books in the series you will love this one!
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    True rating 3.5 stars!Naughty on Ice, what do you get when you have a Society matron, a Swedish cook and an anonymous request? Murder, mayhem, and possibly some time spent in jail. For Lola and Berta a quick trip to the Vermont countryside turned up more questions than answers as they landed themselves in a pickle when they were framed for a crime they didn’t commit. They had to prove their identities, solve a murder or two, and traverse relationship woes, all before they had a murder pinned on True rating 3.5 stars!Naughty on Ice, what do you get when you have a Society matron, a Swedish cook and an anonymous request? Murder, mayhem, and possibly some time spent in jail. For Lola and Berta a quick trip to the Vermont countryside turned up more questions than answers as they landed themselves in a pickle when they were framed for a crime they didn’t commit. They had to prove their identities, solve a murder or two, and traverse relationship woes, all before they had a murder pinned on them. Along the way, the two ladies meet several interesting characters and there may have even been some romance in the air for these lovely ladies.In Naughty on Ice, the way that Lola and Berta tackle an investigation seemed quite haphazard in their approach. There was also quite the mingling between personal lives and the ongoing investigation which made the direction of the story seem a bit meandering at times. Despite its serpentine way, the two women follow the clues from one to the next until they solve the mysteries that they encountered during their stay in Vermont. It would be an adventure that they wouldn’t soon forget. If you enjoy reading cozy mysteries that are filled with many moments of mirth, then I recommend this book to you.This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review and more at The Genre Minx Book Reviews
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Another madcap case for Lola and Berta aka the Discreet Retrieval Agency. It's 1923 and Christmas is just around the corner but Lola and Berta have taken a case that lands them in Maple Hill, Vermont. It's a very small town with a lot of snow and an interesting bunch of residents. One of them is a murderer. The case seems simple enough, retrieve a ruby ring that was stolen back in 1919. They should have known there was something fishy when they have an anonymous client. Off they go to Vermont, w Another madcap case for Lola and Berta aka the Discreet Retrieval Agency. It's 1923 and Christmas is just around the corner but Lola and Berta have taken a case that lands them in Maple Hill, Vermont. It's a very small town with a lot of snow and an interesting bunch of residents. One of them is a murderer. The case seems simple enough, retrieve a ruby ring that was stolen back in 1919. They should have known there was something fishy when they have an anonymous client. Off they go to Vermont, with Cedric the pup along for the ride. (Imagine carrying around a five pound dog while slogging through the snow trying to find a killer) Just as they find the ring, still firmly attached to a very living finger, the first victim keels over, dead by poison. The ring then takes a back seat to the rest of their stay. And stay, they must, having been told, in very stern fashion, not to leave town. Wanting to be back in New York City for Christmas, Lola and Berta are very well motivated to catch the killer and the next train out of town. These ladies are a wonderful pair of amateur detectives. They may have business cards to hand out but they are still sort of winging it. It's that situation that leads to laughs and gets them into hot water. Given that the setting is freezing cold deep snow, hot water sounds pretty good to Lola as she deals with icy cold wet feet having made the trip in not very practical high heeled boots. The descriptions of clothing, cars, food and ski jumping all make this a very vividly told story. I was sorry when it came to an end but, oh, what a nice ending it turned out to be. I can't wait for the next case for Lola and Berta.My thanks to the publisher, St. Martin's and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Ethel (artisanwriting.blogspot.com)
    January 1, 1970
    Was it the butler in the parlor?Receiving a Christmas card addressed to The Discreet Retrieval Agency signed by Anonymous, Lola and Berta are requested to find an antique ring and leave it in a breadbox. And so they are off to Vermont to take up the task. Upon their arrival at Maple Hill at the wealthy Goddard family gathering, they are not only caught with the ring (taken off of inebriated Great Aunt Cressida Goddard's finger), but are accused of the death of Judith Goddard. It would appear she Was it the butler in the parlor?Receiving a Christmas card addressed to The Discreet Retrieval Agency signed by Anonymous, Lola and Berta are requested to find an antique ring and leave it in a breadbox. And so they are off to Vermont to take up the task. Upon their arrival at Maple Hill at the wealthy Goddard family gathering, they are not only caught with the ring (taken off of inebriated Great Aunt Cressida Goddard's finger), but are accused of the death of Judith Goddard. It would appear she was poisoned while drinking a Negroni cocktail. There were many suspects, including her new, young fiance, as well as other family members.So who's been naughty or nice...who will be the person getting a lump of coal in his/her Christmas stocking? Could a one time Society Matron and her cook, save the day as they investigate this murder and stumble upon some other secrets as well?As each suspect leads the two women on a "merry" chase, each suspect is eliminated for one reason or another until finally, all becomes clear. Well I now know it wasn't the butler in the parlor, but could it have been Ms. Scarlet in the library? You'll have to read this book to find out! Have fun.Set in the prohibition era Lola Woodby and her side-kick Berta make this a fun read, setting the tone of the novel. These two are quirky and entertaining, quite tongue-in-cheek!My thanks to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cuppa
    January 1, 1970
    Naughty on Ice, the fourth book in the Discreet Retrieval Agency Mystery series, is quite possibly my favorite so far. I love this series, set during the Prohibition era, filled with warmth and humor and offering some challenging puzzles to solve. Former society matron, current penniless widow Lola Woodby and her former cook turned sleuthing partner Berta Lundgren receive a mysterious Christmas card inviting them to a family gathering in Vermont - to retrieve an heirloom ring from another family Naughty on Ice, the fourth book in the Discreet Retrieval Agency Mystery series, is quite possibly my favorite so far. I love this series, set during the Prohibition era, filled with warmth and humor and offering some challenging puzzles to solve. Former society matron, current penniless widow Lola Woodby and her former cook turned sleuthing partner Berta Lundgren receive a mysterious Christmas card inviting them to a family gathering in Vermont - to retrieve an heirloom ring from another family member. They go to the party and find the ring but are surprised when their hostess keels over, poisoned. To further complicate matters, someone has stolen the file Berta created on the case so Berta and Lola can't prove they weren't at the party to steal the ring for themselves. Until they can prove their innocence, the ladies are stuck in the back woods of Vermont. Will they make it home to their beaus before Christmas? Or will they fall victims to a clever murderer? This is a delightful holiday read, but not so Christmassy that it can't be read at any time of the year. It would make a great gift for a mystery lover. But if you haven't read the first three books in the series (1. Come Hell or Highball 2. Teetotaled 3. Gin and Panic) I suggest you start with number 1 for optimal enjoyment. Still, there is no reason you can't start with any of the books.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    How have I missed this series? You gotta love a cozy where a great aunt is murdered with a poisoned Negroni! The Goddard family hired Lola and Berta to come to Maple Hill, Vermont and find a ring. Seems straightforward if extravagant in its way but of course it's. not. The Goddards have secrets, there is murder afoot, and everyone gets snowed in for a bit. Lola and Berta have a wonderful relationship which has clearly evolved since Lola lost her money. Their beaus Ralph and Jimmy figure in as we How have I missed this series? You gotta love a cozy where a great aunt is murdered with a poisoned Negroni! The Goddard family hired Lola and Berta to come to Maple Hill, Vermont and find a ring. Seems straightforward if extravagant in its way but of course it's. not. The Goddards have secrets, there is murder afoot, and everyone gets snowed in for a bit. Lola and Berta have a wonderful relationship which has clearly evolved since Lola lost her money. Their beaus Ralph and Jimmy figure in as well, especially when Ralph helps sort out the good guys from the bad. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is light, funny, and a very good read.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Ridiculous dialog, “trembly, bunny-rabbit fear” and that was the least childish. I couldn’t help but imagining Lola Goodby as a Kewpie doll character. The plot may have worked but I just couldn’t get past the over-worded descriptions. If you like crazy, period piece madcap adventures, certainly Lola and Berta will lead you on a merry chase. However, I think there are much better in this genre specifically Deanna Raybourne and Alyssa Maxwell.Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a c Ridiculous dialog, “trembly, bunny-rabbit fear” and that was the least childish. I couldn’t help but imagining Lola Goodby as a Kewpie doll character. The plot may have worked but I just couldn’t get past the over-worded descriptions. If you like crazy, period piece madcap adventures, certainly Lola and Berta will lead you on a merry chase. However, I think there are much better in this genre specifically Deanna Raybourne and Alyssa Maxwell.Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a copy.
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    Naughty on Ice is another enjoyable addition to the Discreet Retrieval Agency series by Maia Chance. We find our favourite lady detectives in snowy Maple Hill, Vermont after receiving a Christmas card with a job opportunity from an anonymous client. Tasked with retrieving an antique ring from an elderly woman at a wealthy family gathering, the ladies get more than they bargained for when the owner of the home dies after being poisoned. As strangers in town and uninvited guests caught stealing a Naughty on Ice is another enjoyable addition to the Discreet Retrieval Agency series by Maia Chance. We find our favourite lady detectives in snowy Maple Hill, Vermont after receiving a Christmas card with a job opportunity from an anonymous client. Tasked with retrieving an antique ring from an elderly woman at a wealthy family gathering, the ladies get more than they bargained for when the owner of the home dies after being poisoned. As strangers in town and uninvited guests caught stealing a ring, Lola and Berta become prime suspects in the murder and must race to find the real murderer before they get arrested.What's really interesting about Naughty on Ice is that we are given a prologue with the mysterious Christmas card and then the first chapter starts with the police interrogation after the owner has been murdered. I thought it was a clever choice on Maia Chance's part to start the mystery with the murder having already taken place as opposed to working up to the murder. I love the writing of the Discreet Retrieval Agency. Maia Chance does an amazing job of transporting readers back to the prohibition era by inserting the right amount of lingo and descriptive language to make readers feel as if they're right beside Lola. Each time I read a new novel in the series, I fall more in love with Lola, Berta and Ralph. They're incredibly likeable characters and I thought Naughty on Ice did a great job building on their relationships with each other.I did feel the ending was a bit abrupt and that the mystery was wrapped up a bit too quickly. I would've liked a few more pages exploring what transpired at the end, but perhaps Maia Chance is saving that for the next book.Naughty on Ice is the fourth book in the cozy mystery series and I can't wait to read the next adventure.**I received an ARC via NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun duo. Lola and Berta are unconventional Lady Detectives. Formerly Mistress and Maid, Lola is living the free life as a widow doing as she pleases, and Berta is her elderly maid-turned-sidekick, and now partner in crime-solving. The two well-balanced and funny, Berta providing sage wisdom and wit to Lola's fashion-over-function and sometimes scattered personality. This adventure was pretty well-paced, the plot kept me guessing at the whodunit, and I thought it wrapped up nicely. I would What a fun duo. Lola and Berta are unconventional Lady Detectives. Formerly Mistress and Maid, Lola is living the free life as a widow doing as she pleases, and Berta is her elderly maid-turned-sidekick, and now partner in crime-solving. The two well-balanced and funny, Berta providing sage wisdom and wit to Lola's fashion-over-function and sometimes scattered personality. This adventure was pretty well-paced, the plot kept me guessing at the whodunit, and I thought it wrapped up nicely. I would definitely read more of these two.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a review galley.I liked it but I take cozies in small amounts. I have no doubt fans of historical cozy mysteries will enjoy - especially fans of Prohibition Era, small town cozies. In the mood for something a bit different this holiday season? NAUGHTY ON ICE might be just what you're looking for!
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  • Terri Peer
    January 1, 1970
    My daughter won this advanced reader copy and was kind enough to let me borrow it. Lola, Berta and Ralph are back to solve another murder and I couldn’t be happier. It’s nice to catch up with old friends and tag along while they work through the clues to solve who done it. I love the 20s slang and the clothes it makes these stories such a kick.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    When they receive an anonymous card asking them to retrieve a stolen family ring, Lola and Berta take their Discreet Retrieval Agency to Vermont. Before they can begin the job, someone dies from a poisoned drink and Lola and Berta are suspects. Another fun Prohibition-era mystery with loads of quirky characters and a mythical hairy beast.
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  • Virginia Winfield
    January 1, 1970
    This was the first book in this series that I have read. I hope to read many more of Maia Chances books. This was such a fun cozy mystery. There were many funny parts and some suspenseful parts. The characters were great. I received a copy of this book from Minotaur Publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Another series I’m all caught up with. I haven’t read many books set in the flapper era, and the 1920s slang never ceases to amuse me. This is a fun, fast read that should appeal to a wide variety of readers.
  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    fun as always!
  • Jessica Howard
    January 1, 1970
    A fun Prohibition-era mystery; full review coming for Shelf Awareness.
  • Miranda Owen
    January 1, 1970
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  • LucyV
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Another adventure for Lola and Berta. Good dialogue.
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    Maia Chance's Discreet Retrieval Agency series is frothy good fun---perhaps more light romance and adventure than mystery, but fun rainy-day reading.NAUGHTY ON ICE takes our intrepid team of lady detectives to rural Vermont---their adventure is filled with lots of bootleg whiskey, maple syrup, snowy treks to chase down a "furry monster" and a few murders to keep the ladies busy.Their detective methods are more than hap-hazard, and their skills quite questionable, but they are very apt at sniffin Maia Chance's Discreet Retrieval Agency series is frothy good fun---perhaps more light romance and adventure than mystery, but fun rainy-day reading.NAUGHTY ON ICE takes our intrepid team of lady detectives to rural Vermont---their adventure is filled with lots of bootleg whiskey, maple syrup, snowy treks to chase down a "furry monster" and a few murders to keep the ladies busy.Their detective methods are more than hap-hazard, and their skills quite questionable, but they are very apt at sniffing out the best candy and bake goods in any locale . . . . and that is a skill I admire.This series is definitely best reserved for light mystery readers, but it would lighten the spirits of anyone having a dark day.
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