Lola Woodby and her faithful companion and detective partner Berta are in desperate need of funds. They are living in Lola’s deceased husband’s love nest, but the rent will be due soon. They have placed an advertisement in the newspaper and agree they must take the first job offered to their Discreet Retrieval Agency. Lucky for them along comes Grace Whiddle’s mother who wants to get a hold of Grace’s diary.
Lola and Berta go to a health farm to try and obtain the diary. Lola’s former brother-in-law is on staff there. They try everything they can think of to get the diary without getting caught including climbing in and out of windows like a monkey. The same night they are after the diary, Grace’s future mother-in-law is murdered at the health farm. Mrs. Whiddle fires Lola and Berta, but soon they have another case. They are hired to solve the murder by the husband of the victim. While it’s more dangerous than they would like, Lola and Berta agree they need the money desperately. Adventures follow as they work to solve the mystery.
Teetotaled is a good period piece cozy mystery. It takes place in the 1920s. There is a lot of humor and a touch of romance to go with the dangerous situations the women find themselves in. The plot moves along at a good rate.
Berta and Lola are fully realized characters. Many of the others are developed to a lesser degree, but their page time is shorter. Ralph is also back in this mystery providing most of the romantic interactions, but not all.
I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars. It’s a well written historical cozy. It’s good light reading. I enjoyed watching Lola and Berta as they work to solve the mysteries that cross their paths. This is the second book in the Discreet Retrieval Agency series. It was released October 4, 2016 from Minotaur Books.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.