A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram #2) by Darynda Jones, Lorelei King (Narrator)
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Macmillan Audio, St. Martin’s Press
About the Book: 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.
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sheriff Sunshine Vicram is back along with her teenage daughter Auri and the rest of the quirky crew from the first book A Bad Day For Sunshine. Before I tell you a bit about the story, I have to say, this is a series you want to read in order, so make sure you read book one before this one. Sunshine Vicram is investigating a case linked to her past while her teenage daughter, Auri, is investigating a cold case involving a serial killer. She and her BFF along with boyfriend Cruz, are involved in this sleuthing and what fun that is. Meanwhile the man Sunshine is “secretly” in love with, Levi Ravinder, is involved in a serious bar fight, where one person is dead and another in the hospital, and that has another investigation going on. Then there are town secrets, who are the Dangerous Daughters?
If you are looking for a serious mystery, you might want to give this one a pass. This is a humorous, sort of rom-com with a mystery as well. It is sarcastic, with witty banter and laugh out loud scenes. The story further investigates Sunshine’s abduction years earlier and gives us most of the answers. Sunshine knows that Levi Ravinder could not have been behind what happened, but clues are pointing in that direction. The search into the past only strengthens their relationship and there is one scene that was a bit cringe worthy for me. The graphically descriptive intimate scene had me fast forwarding before my ears set on fire. I really enjoyed getting to know Auri better. She is a scrappy teen, who wants to follow in her mother’s sleuthing footsteps.
I can’t review this book without talking about the banter that Darynda Jones is known for. The dialogue will have you laughing out loud, so it’s probably best that you are not drinking anything while you read or listen to this one. The rest of the cast are also wonderful and all play a part in this entertaining read. I would love to have a best friend like Quincy, and to work with him is great. His antics with the raccoon had me laughing out loud. I love Sunshine’s parents. They only want their family happy, so besides setting Sunshine up on hilarious blind dates, they are the stable hand in raising Auri. This quirky town sets a stage for all the highjinx and shenanigans, while supporting each other, especially Sunshine and her family.
The audiobook was narrated by Lorelei King. I have listened to a few books she has performed and I enjoy her work. She uses voices to give personality to the characters and her tone and expression gives emotion to the characters adding to my enjoyment. If you enjoy a fun mystery, with some romance and a lot of humor, then this book is for you. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.