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Review: A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones

Title: A Good Day for Chardonnay

Author: Darynda Jones
Year published: 2021
Category: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 416 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location: (my 2024 Google Reading map)USA (New Mexico and Arizona)

SummaryRunning 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.

Review: I accidentally read #3 in this series before this novel, which is #2. Things definitely make more sense now!

This is such a great series. There is crime, a quirky small town, a wonderful sense of humor and sarcasm throughout, and I love the characters. I want them to be safe, to find love (and some do!), to catch the bad guys, and more.

I also like that the entire town seems to be involved in everybody's business. They confess (elaborately) to crimes they didn't commit to protect one another, the support each other's small businesses, and I LOVE that the town is really run by the secret society of women called the Dangerous Daughters.

If you want a fun detective series, then this is one you should check out.

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Alphabet (Title)--G
  • Cloak and Dagger
  • Literary Escapes--New Mexico

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