Naughty on Ice

Naughty on Ice

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...

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Title:Naughty on Ice
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Naughty on Ice Reviews

  • Jessica

    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!

  • Cuppa

    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.

  • Holly

    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.

  • Susan

    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.

  • Julie B.

    Lola and Berta of the Discreet Retrieval Agency in 1920s New York City make their l

    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!

  • Ethel (artisanwriting.blogspot.com)

    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.

  • JoAn

    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.

  • Kate Baxter

    3.5/5 stars

    Lola 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 stars

    Lola 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.

  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews

    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.

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