Go, Honeylou: A Pete Schofield Caper by Thomas B. Dewey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Married couple Pete and Jeannie Schofield are a lot like Nick and Nora Charles, except Pete is more hard-boiled and Jeannie is a lot more frisky. The novel is a screwball detective romp with Pete getting beat up, and the women undressing for various reasons as they attempt to unravel a caper that includes murder, kidnapping, prostitution, a disputed inheritance, and $250,00 in hidden cash. Lots of playful banter between the married couple, and a solid plot that takes place during an assignment to transport a young Texas beauty from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with stops in Bakersfield and other locations. Fun stuff in the tradition of the Richard S. Prather and Craig Rice stories.