Title: A Good Day for Chardonnay
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Sunshine Vicam #2
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Release Date: July 27, 2021
Trigger Warnings: child kidnapping, critical injuries to minors, murder, violence. References to rape.
Turns out being a sheriff is a lot harder than Sunshine Vicram expected, but she still loves it. Sunshine has another unresolved mystery on her hands with the return of one of her very first cases as a cop, a child kidnapping. Her teenage daughter, Auri, has her own case hunting an unsolved serial killer case.
This was another action packed, hilarious, scary, and a little bit steamy adventure for Sunshine and the gang. Sunshine is still struggling to deal with her feelings for the bad boy Levi, who frequently is interrupting her crime scenes. The mystery in this book was fascinating and I really enjoyed seeing Sunshine and Levi actually work together to solve it. We also get some closure for Sunshine’s kidnapping when she was a teenager, which I figured out in the first book but it was still wonderful to see how it played out.
Auri has her own case for uncovering a cold case about the town’s serial killer. I love that we continue to get Auri’s POV in this series. I don’t usually love a teenager’s POV but she is just so smart, and so much like her mother, that I can’t help but love her. Her burgeoning love is also really sweet and I really can’t wait to see what will become of it in the next book.
Like I said, this was a great mystery for the gang. It was also a very emotional one though. There are a lot of very emotional scenes towards the end of this book that really were gut punches because I wasn’t expecting them, especially since they involved the kids. I would suggest if you have any triggers that deal with kids getting injured, you should be a little careful reading this book.
Overall, this was a wonderful sequel to the first book! I am really loving the direction this series is going and I can’t wait to get my hands on book three.
*ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*
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