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Review: A Hard Day for a Hangover by Darynda Jones

Title: A Hard Day  for a Hangover: A Novel (Sunshine Vicram Series, 3)

Author: Darynda Jones
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 352 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2023 Google Reading map)USA (NM)

SummarySome people greet the day with open arms. Sheriff Sunshine Vicram would rather give it a hearty shove and get back into bed, because there’s just too much going on right now. There’s a series of women going missing, and Sunny feels powerless to stop it. There’s her persistent and awesomely-rebellious daughter Auri, who’s out to singlehandedly become Del Sol’s youngest and fiercest investigator. And then there’s drama with Levi Ravinder―the guy she’s loved and lusted after for years. The guy who might just be her one and only. The guy who comes from a family of disingenuous vipers looking to oust him―and Sunshine―for good.

Like we said, the new day can take a hike.

Review: Well, I managed to read #3 in the series before #2. Duh. I wondered why a couple things were confusing. Even though I read these novels in the wrong order, I still enjoyed myself.

As with the first book in this series, A Bad Day for Sunshine (link to my review), the usual cast of characters is front and center. I do like it when I get to know a "family" of characters: the police officers, their families, and a few other characters in the town (some nefarious and some just quirky). And I like that their relationships are advancing along as they do in real life.

And, like the previous novel I found humor in amongst the mystery. The writing style is reminiscent of Thursday Murder Club books. Even though there is levity and humor, the mystery is more than solid, has no bizarre/out of nowhere twists, and has a satisfying ending that doesn't feel rushed.

I am really loking forward to reading the middle novel of this trilogy.

Challenges for which this counts: none

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