Darynda Jones returns us to the second story from (and about) Sherriff Sunshine Vicram in the little New Mexico town of Del Sol with
A Good Day for Chardonnay
Firstly – don’t even try this book without reading the first, A Bad Day for Sunshine: you’ll need the background for this story to make sense – there are plenty of bits that are ongoing and continue to reveal throughout this story and, I can only assume, into the next. But, we are dealing with the here and now – and we have plenty to deal with. From the pressure from the mayor to discover IF the Dangerous Daughters are real or not, to Auri’s relationship with Cruz and her constant sneaking out, to flashbacks coming to Sunshine about her abduction and a special forces trained man being near-fatally stabbed at the local bar, and the ostensible sighting of a long-missing and presumed dead teenager: things are quickly hotting up.
And all she wanted was a day to just relax but that is not to happen. See, Levi (him of the major crush-love feelings she’s had) is in dangerous territory, first by knowing the special forces man now in the hospital in critical condition, and secondly from his uncle looking to take over his distillery and the family by any means necessary. Auri is convinced, after finding a box of news clippings in her grandparents’ attic, that Mrs. Fairborn, the serial confessor, may be connected to. We start with an errant raccoon and Quincy’s call for help, and soon find stabbings, conspiracies, an age-old serial murder case, questions, pressure and more revelations coming to Sunshine regarding her ‘missing time’, when she was abducted at seventeen. With everything being equal, the hijinks never end, including her parents setting her up with a local ‘exterminator’, who, all things being equal, wasn’t quite a match.
I adore this series and the characters – many of whom are over the top in all the best ways, because there is an underlying emotional component that allows readers to see and feel the connections, the love and the respect (and in this book) the nsfw steamy moments between Levi and Sun, with all their baggage, unsaid words and plenty of sparks. Start with the first book, take a moment to suspend your disbelief for the multiple coincidental happenings – Jones weaves a tale told in two voices (Auri’s and Sun’s) and gives us a fuller and more emotionally complex story with revelations unexpected and imaginative. And still there are more questions to roll us into book three – one that I’m ready for now!!
Title: A Good Day for Chardonnay
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Sunshine Vicram #2
Also in this series: A Bad Day for Sunshine
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Comedic Elements, Contemporary Elements, Dual Narration, Family Saga, Friendship, Grief, Historic Elements, Humor elements, Mystery Elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: American, Small Town
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Published on: 27 July, 2021
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 8 minutes
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Running a small-town police force in the mountains of New Mexico should be a smooth, carefree kind of job. Sadly, full-time Sheriff--and even fuller-time coffee guzzler--Sunshine Vicram, didn't get that memo.
All Sunshine really wants is one easy-going day. You know, the kind that starts with coffee and a donut (or three) and ends with take-out pizza and a glass of chardonnay (or seven). Turns out, that's about as easy as switching to decaf. (What kind of people do that? And who hurt them?)
Before she can say iced mocha latte, Sunny's got a bar fight gone bad, a teenage daughter hunting a serial killer and, oh yes, the still unresolved mystery of her own abduction years prior. All evidence points to a local distiller, a dangerous bad boy named Levi Ravinder, but Sun knows he's not the villain of her story. Still, perhaps beneath it all, he possesses the keys to her disappearance. At the very least, beneath it all, he possesses a serious set of abs. She's seen it. Once. Accidentally.
Between policing a town her hunky chief deputy calls four cents short of a nickel, that pesky crush she has on Levi which seems to grow exponentially every day, and an irascible raccoon that just doesn't know when to quit, Sunny's life is about to rocket to a whole new level of crazy.
Yep, definitely a good day for chardonnay.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.