Flies in the Punch Bowl

Flies in the Punch Bowl

by Erika Simms

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Overview

In this entertaining story rich with tongue-in-cheek humor and clever twists, a witty art lover battling a tarnished past races to solve a series of high-profile art thefts in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle’s elite are reeling from a spree of unsolved art thefts, and Annabel Riley, an adventurous art aficionado eager to rebuild her career after a wily art forger derailed it, has just entered the scene.

After witnessing a bizarre chain of events at a resurrected prohibition speakeasy that seem linked to the thefts, Annabel sees an opportunity to restore her reputation, but only if she can identify the culprit. With promises of glory and absinthe martinis, she convinces close friends Evan Neruda, a struggling journalist with Latin charm, and Lyla Finch, a corporate worker bee with an irreverent streak, to help her investigate the thefts.

Humorous interactions abound as their paths collide with a zany ensemble of characters. But as the friends dig deeper into the crimes, the facts become murky, the list of suspects grows, and in a startling crescendo, Annabel finds herself face-to-face with the perils of pursuing the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733529501
Publisher: Wynkoop Press, Ltd.
Publication date: 03/21/2019
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Erika Simms spent fifteen years in Corporate America before escaping to write her debut novel, Flies in the Punch Bowl. Native to Anchorage and raised in Seattle, she currently lives in Denver with her husband, where she is at work on the next book in the series.

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Flies in the Punch Bowl 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Loved it! In her debut novel the author introduces us to three friends, Annabel, Lyla, & Evan with varied backgrounds, personalities, and intellects. Things get moving quickly when the trio are caught crashing an exclusive art gala, have an unpleasant encounter with a nasty character, and get snared at a speakeasy. There's something shady going on in the art community as these inquisitive pals soon discover. With many surprising twists and turns the author takes you on a journey filled with laughter, fanciful banter, wonderful art references, and much more as the trio works to solve a series of art heists.
Nikki Walter 10 days ago
A humorous glimpse into the mad world of the upper crust is what makes this book irresistible. The satire of the “privileged class” is spot on, and the clever, if not quirky characters, are such a kick to spend time with. I’d love to know if these characters are based on real people. With all the depressing books floating around out there, it was a treat to read something light and delightful.
Grace Nguyen 20 days ago
A fun romp with stylish flair. Three characters in their twenties stumble into a series of art thefts and can't help but involve themselves. The main character, Annabel, seeks professional vindication from the machinations of a forger who cost her her job, and the other main characters (Evan and Lyla) are along for the ride. With entertaining banter, these amateur sleuths navigate the mad world of the upper crust as they put the pieces together to unravel the crimes. The uppity suspects are portrayed with just enough satire to elicit laughter, while interesting art references are peppered throughout. I liked that! Overall, a light but entertaining read that I recommend.
Laura Reynolds 3 months ago
Loved it! In her debut novel the author introduces us to three friends, Annabel, Lyla, & Evan with varied backgrounds, personalities, and intellects. Things get moving quickly when the trio are caught crashing an exclusive art gala, have an unpleasant encounter with a nasty character, and get snared at a speakeasy. There's something shady going on in the art community as these inquisitive pals soon discover. With many surprising twists and turns the author takes you on a journey filled with laughter, fanciful banter, wonderful art references, and much more as the trio works to solve a series of art heists.
John Mercer 3 months ago
Those familiar with the Pacific Northwest, or those looking for a taste of a different region, will find an enjoyable tale of three likeable young professionals, perhaps a bit bored with their lives and struggling to advance their careers, who get caught up in an urban adventure triggered by events at an upscale gallery. Fortified with cocktails and "age appropriate" attention spans that barely keep them on track, the three work through riddles and clues to discover the truth. The book captures the Northwest vibe with witty to sarcastic dialogue that brings smiles and outright laughter as events unfold for the amateur sleuths. Compelling characters, a fun plot with quick tempo and subtle jabs at society's "winners" make this a great read. As a note, abundant cultural references may warrant further inquiry to fully appreciate the characters' wits.
EmSpencer 4 months ago
A nice break from murder mysteries. Murder mysteries are typically my go-to genre, though when I received this book as a gift, I decided to give it a go. What a pleasant surprise! The imagery was colorful and the twists were unexpected. The amateur sleuths who stumbled into the art thefts drew me in with their witty banter and unique personalities. The eccentric suspects they tracked down then provided for some entertaining encounters. At times I laughed out loud. It’s hard not to with characters like these. We’ll be reading this in book club.
Marcel Estante 4 months ago
A fun read with lovable characters and a clever plot that moved like lightning in places. It felt like I was there in the scene, infiltrating an underground speakeasy, sneaking around an abandoned hotel, seeking information from an old hermit at the history museum, navigating twists along the way... Will recommend this book to others.