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.
Former socialite Lola Woodby, not-so-discreet private eye in Prohibtion-era New York City, along with her grim Swedish sidekick, Berta, take on a piece-of-cake job: retrieving a rhinoceros trophy from the Connecticut mansion of big game hunter Rudy Montgomery.
After all, their client, Lord Sudley, promises them a handsome paycheck, and the gin and tonics will be free. But no sooner do they arrive at Montgomery Hall than Rudy is shot dead with a houseful of suspicious characters standing by.
Lord Sudley ups the ante, and Lola and Berta take the case. Armed with handbags stuffed with emergency chocolate, gin flasks, and a Colt .25, Lola and Berta are swiftly embroiled in a madcap puzzle of stolen diamonds, family secrets, a clutch of gangsters, and a flapper who knows her way around a safari rifle (summary from Goodreads).
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 were many comical moments and that endeared it to me! I loved how sassy and quirky Lola and Berta were. I laughed out loud a couple of times. Some might argue that the focus is more on the comedy than the mystery in this book, but I honestly didn’t mind in the least. It was fun and the mystery suited my mindset just fine.
This book is set in the 1920s….which you might have guessed from the cover. The 1920s seems to be a really popular era in historical fiction right now and sometimes I feel like it’s a little over done. The 1920s are far from my favorite era in history so for me sometimes the time period grates on my nerves. In this book there is a lot of 1920s slang and language, but for some reason it didn’t bother me in the way that I was expecting. In fact I actually didn’t mind it.
This book was everything that I was expecting in a cozy mystery….funny quirky characters, some comedy of errors, a mystery that was entertaining with a few twists. I was happy with the ending and felt like everything was wrapped up nicely. There were times when the book boarded on too ‘cutesy’ and I have seen other reviewers nothing the same….and yes at times it’s a little too ‘cute’ and cheeky but at the same time, it’s a cozy people. Not highbrow literature. Cozy is practically synonymous with cutesy.
This book was just what I needed right now. I needed something fun, cute, and entertaining. I felt like I got that with this book. Some times it was a little heavy on the cute and on the cliche language of the era, but on the whole it was entertaining enough and I easily continued reading the book without issue.
- Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review
This book counts toward: NA
- Hosted by: NA
- Books for Challenge Completed: NA
Recommendation: 3 out of 5
Genre: Mystery, Cozy mystery, detective novel, historical fiction