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A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
Series: Sunshine Vicram #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 7, 2020
Genres: Romance, Mystery
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Del Sol, New Mexico is known for three things: its fry-an-egg-on-the-cement summers, its strong cups of coffee—and a nationwide manhunt? Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff—an election her adorably meddlesome parents entered her in—and she expects her biggest crime wave to involve an elderly flasher named Doug. But a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of it's reminding Sunny why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that trouble at her daughter’s new school and a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and Sunshine has her hands full.
Enter sexy almost-old-flame Levi Ravinder and a hunky US Marshall, both elevens on a scale of one to blazing inferno, and the normally savvy sheriff is quickly in over her head. Now it’s up to Sunshine to juggle a few good hunky men, a not-so-nice kidnapping miscreant, and Doug the ever-pesky flasher. And they said coming home would be drama-free.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this new Sunshine Vicram series from Darynda Jones. Sunshine is the new sheriff in the town where she grew up and her parents live. She has been away for about 14 years. She is an experienced law enforcement officer and I like that. Her caring and commitment to her work is excellent. Her first day on the job is crazy with things happening.
A Bad Day for Sunshine has many traits we have come to expect from this author. The main character, Sunshine loves coffee and sexy men. She’s a hot blond woman. The story is told from a case viewpoint. It is set in New Mexico. There is a snarky sense of humor from the quirky characters to the delicious chapter titles.
Deputy Salazar responded to a report of a woman stopping at mailboxes and going through residents’ mail. Upon further investigation, it was the mail carrier. ~ Del Sol police blotter
There are some really amazing characters. I like Sunshine’s parents, Levi, the coffee shop dudes, and Jimmy. Cruz was fantastic and I’ll be happy to see more of him. We also get more of Sunshine’s background in some (sort of) flashback scenes or memories.
I didn’t like the way Sunshine had such a sexual view of almost all men; it was a little over-the-top. Sunshine’s daughter is the other main point of view for some of the chapters. I was uncomfortable with how much she involved herself in the cases as she is only fourteen, and that her mother let her do some of it.
I really enjoyed the mystery and the cases. The action was exciting. There’s easily more I want to know and an ongoing story arc I will want to follow. After this great start, I’ll definitely want to read more in this mystery series.
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