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A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones
Series: Sunshine Vicram #2
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 27, 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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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.
There were some open threads I was wanting to know after A Bad Day for Sunshine, which started this new Sunshine Vicram series from Darynda Jones. Sunshine is the new sheriff. Her parents live here. We have learned a little of her history, but there is some of her past she doesn’t remember. Her daughter, Auri, still continues to involve herself in trying to solve mystery with a bit of TSTL with a side of putting others in danger.
The mysteries and cases kept things moving at a fast pace. There is a lot we learn and everything is tied up with various events from the past, not the same event, different events. There’s a series of missing people from the past. There’s the Dangerous Daughters which the mayor wants Sunshine to investigate. A man gets nearly killed in a stabbing and is only saved by Levi, who then gets hit by a car. There are plenty of Ravinders who don’t seem to be toeing the line legally.
The “guys are hot” was toned down a bit from the first book. I didn’t enjoy the racoon story line. I worried about Auri because she didn’t think critically and endangered herself and others. She has some good leads on criminals but should not pursue them herself. She needs to work with law enforcement; Auri certainly has plenty of those to trust. Sunshine did have good instincts on following leads and information. Her skills are excellent and she is building a great team. I look forward to the new officer.
A Good Day for Chardonnay gave me the mysteries and solved some things for the past I wanted to know. The humor was still fun. Personally, Sunshine comes to terms with things in her personal life. She admits to herself what she wants and how she feels. Her daughter is growing up and greatly attracted to a young man. The ending leaves a few things up in the air for another adventure, as well as more personal growth and relationships. I’ll be reading.
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