Naughty on Ice (Book 4 in the Discreet Retrieval Agency Mystery Series) by Maia Chance
There was something about Naughty on Ice that made me feel it was like taking Agatha Christie and having her write an episode of Rosemary and Thyme. The book's Vermont setting was pretty apt in terms of the weather and people. I also enjoyed the quirky attitudes of the book's two sleuthing heroines.
Lola Woodbury and her cook and partner in solving crimes, Berta, head to Vermont after receiving a mysterious Christmas card that gives them their next assignment. They need to get into a holiday gathering in Maple Hill. There, they need to retrieve a ring that one family member allegedly stole from another Goddard family member many years ago.
When Cressida Goodard falls dead after sipping her Negroni, Lola and Berta become prime suspects. After all, they have the ring they've just taken from Cressida's finger. They know they can clear everything up by showing police their case file, except someone's stolen that when they were out of their hotel room. Things aren't looking great for these women. They need to find the killer and prove their innocence before they're arrested.
Naughty on Ice was my introduction to the Discreet Retrieval Agency Mystery Series. I wish I'd read the other books to get to know Lola and Berta better, but I was still intrigued. I read the story eagerly, though there were some slower sections that I had to power through. All in all, this cozy mystery was a great way to spend a wintry day.