A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Title: A Good Day for Chardonnay
Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Sunshine Vicram, #2
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date: July 27, 2021
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.
Read the first book! Do not read this book without reading the first book! Believe me. Take my word for it. READ THE FIRST BOOK!
Oh, yes, the first book? The title is A Bad Day for Sunshine. It leads right into book two: A Good Day for Chardonnay. I can guarantee that you will have no clue what is going on if you do not read the first book.
Are we all clear now? You do understand you have to read the first book first, right?
Now that that is out of the way.
I never thought Darynda Jones could top her Charley Davidson series, but she has definitely done it with the Sunshine books. These books are straight contemporary with a mystery and (will you get on with it?) a romance. Actually, they don’t have a mystery, they have multiple mysteries.
Who abducted Sunshine when she was a teenager?
Who is the father of her daughter?
Who is her Chief Deputy in love with?
Has Randy (the raccoon) been officially deputized?
And a new mystery involving one of Levi’s uncles . . . is he in prison unjustly?
And the thing about Darynda Jones, she can make you feel any of these mysteries are just as important as another.
This book does clear up some of the mysteries, but it definitely introduces more mysteries and problems. The plot is wonderful, but my favorite parts are the one liners.
For example, there is one scene where Sunshine has to climb a ridge. She thinks to herself that she needs more cardio and less Oreo. That could be me talking. No, I mean really. That could be me.
And of course, my absolute favorite parts of the books are her chapter headings. I’ll leave you with my favorite one.
“Donate blood today! Please note: it must be your own blood.”
This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.