Title: A Good Day for Chardonnay
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Sunshine Vicram #2
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: July 27, 2021
Pages: 410
Book Source: Netgalley

“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.” – Amazon

Kim’s Review

Darynda Jones is one of the few authors that is on my “will order without even knowing what the book is about” list. I know I’m always in for a good time and a few laughs while reading her books. And while I was a wee bit saddened when her Charley Davidson series ended… although she’s continuing it with short stories about some of the characters…. Sunshine Vicram is just as good, but in a less supernatural way. And there may have been some rumors of turning Sunshine into a TV or movie series…. !!!

One of the things that made the Charley Davidson series so spectacular was the relationship between Charley and her BFF, Cookie. Jones has been able to continue that loving and sassy relationship between Sunny and her daughter, Auri in A Good Day for Chardonnay. We also get a sexy as all get out and brooding love interest in Levi… and we find out some major new information regarding him. I’m really glad Jones didn’t keep any of those questions dragging on, since I think it could have brought the series down a bit.

Add in a racoon on the loose, a mysterious group of women who may or may not really be running the town, a crooked ex-sheriff, a woman who when she delivers muffins bad things happen, a potential serial killer that may still be living in town decades later, and lots of other craziness and side stories, and that gives you an inkling of what you can expect when reading a Darynda Jones book.

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