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#Win Teetotaled by Maia Chance (US) With Q&A


MAIA CHANCE writes historical mystery novels that are rife with absurd predicaments and romantic adventure. She is the author of the Fairy Tale Fatal series, The Discreet Retrieval Agency series and the Prohibition-era caper, Come Hell or Highball.  Her first mystery, Snow White Red-Handed, was a national bestseller. Maia lives in Seattle, where she shakes a killer martini, grows a mean radish, and bakes mocha bundts to die for. She is a Ph.D. candidate for English at the University of Washington.







1)      Do you have a favorite cocktail? Oh yes!  It’s a Prohibition-era one, too: The Last Word.  It’s a tangy mix of gin, Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice.

2)      What kind of research did you do for this book? I did quite a lot for Teetotaled, particularly researching health farms.  It turns out that the 20’s were rife with weird health crazes.  I also researched Yankee Stadium, ballroom dancing venues, Swiss finishing schools, wedding dress shops, and Coney Island.  For researching the fine details of the historical environment—for instance cars, clothes, and houses—I use images.  I love Pinterest for this.

3)      How did you come up with the idea of the “health farm”? By imagining the absolute LAST place Lola and Berta would enjoy being J

4)      Lola Woodby finds comfort in chocolate cake. What’s your favorite treat? Chocolate.  I am right there with Lola on that one.  Chocolate cake is great, but I prefer the unadulterated stuff.

5)      If you could pick any decade to live in which one would you choose?  That’s an interesting question.  We tend to think of past decades as more innocent than our own, but I think human beings are always struggling with versions of the same problems.  Researching Teetotaled, for example, I was reading about 1920s American politicians, and boy did they sound just like our contemporary politicians.  But to answer your question, despite everything I’d say, if I could be a man, I’d pick the 1960s, but as a woman I’d choose the 21st century.

6)      Do you have any special writing rituals?  I often write standing up, and I take frequent breaks to get up and do weird little exercises (maybe I belong in a health farm).  Unless I’m working at the coffee shop, of course.  Don’t want to look like “that crazy lady,” you know.

7)      What was the most difficult scene to write in Teetotaled? I’m not sure about a particular scene—Teetotaled was a hoot to write—but I do struggle a little with making sure that the sidekick Berta doesn’t steal the show.

8)      What do you find most endearing about Lola Woodby? Lola gets set back and insulted quite a bit, and she just rolls with the punches.  Least endearing?  Sometimes she doesn’t say what’s on her mind when it comes to her personal relationships, which leads to misunderstanding.

9)      What book is on your nightstand right now? The Big Fat Lie by Nina Teicholz.  It’s the surprisingly intrigue-filled story of the demonization of dietary fat in the 20th century.  Food history is one of my keen interests.


10)  What’s in store next for the Discreet Retrieval Agency Mysteries? I’m just finishing up book #3 in the series, Gin and Panic.  It’s shaping up to be a doozy.

(Discreet Retrieval Agency, Book 2)
Minotaur Books; October 4, 2016
304 pages; $24.99 U.S.
ISBN: 978-1-250072214

After her philandering husband died and left her penniless in Prohibition-era New York, Lola Woodby escaped with her Swedish cook to the only place she could her deceased husband’s secret love nest in the middle of Manhattan. Her only comforts were chocolate cake, dime store detective novels, and the occasional highball (okay, maybe not so occasional). But rent came due and Lola and Berta were forced to accept the first job that came their way, leading them to set up shop as private detectives operating out of Alfie’s cramped love nest.
Now Lola and Berta are in danger of losing the business they’ve barely gotten off the ground work is sparse and money is running out. So when a society matron offers them a job, they take it even if it means sneaking into a slimming and exercise facility and consuming only water and health food until they can steal a diary from Grace Whiddle, a resident at the “health farm.” But barely a day in, Grace and her diary escape from the facility and Grace’s future mother-in-law is found murdered on the premises. Lola and Berta are promptly fired. But before they can climb into Lola’s brown and white Duesenberg Model A and whiz off the health farm property, they find themselves with a new client and a new charge: to solve the murder of Grace’s future mother-in-law.
Teetotaled, Maia Chance's sparkling new mystery will delight readers with its clever plotting, larger-than-life characters, and rich 1920's atmosphere.

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  1. What a fun interview with Maia! I am so excited you are having a giveaway for this, I liked the first one and she has another series about mysteries/fairytales that is quite good too! Thanks!

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  2. Teetotaled sounds captivating and intriguing. The characters and the era interest me greatly.

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  3. This is the second mother-in-law I've met today. When in a crisis, there is always chocolate cake and cheap novels. That might work for me. Depending on how big the stress.

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