Fun to read stand-alone mystery

Sunset Beach: A Novel

By: Mary Kay Andrews

Rating: 5 of 5

It’s been a while since I read a book by Mary Kay Andrews. In the past, most of the books I have read by this author where fairly lengthy but funny rom-com novels. With “Sunset Beach”, while the fun and some romance is still present, the books focuses on solving not one but two mystery whodunnits.

As I was nearing the end of the book, I was hoping that this novel would be the start of a series featuring Drue and Zee as investigators for the law firm they both work for. There is an Epilogue which seems to doom this hope to failure; however, I think that Mary Kay Adrews could (and should) still consider doing a series featuring this intrepid and intelligent heroine.

The story is (mostly) about Drue. She has recently been injured doing a sport to which she had dedicated her life. She has also lost her job and is in fairly desperate straits. In walks her father with an offer. He wants her to come to work for his law firm which seems to be a bit of an ambulance chaser place.

Although their relationship is not great (to put it mildly), Drue agrees. Little did she know that she would be working with another figure or two from her past. While the situation is difficult, it allows her to live and fix up the shambles of a house she has recently inherited.

Drue becomes intrigued and then more than slightly obsessed with solving a crime that seems to have solved, at least as far as her father’s law firm is considered.

Along the way to researching this case (on the sly as she is told repeatedly that the case is DONE), she stumbles across another mystery from the past. She finds herself caught up in solving that much more personal mystery as well.

As always with Ms. Andrews books, I found the book to be a really good read. With the mystery elements included, the book moved into my favorite genre. I will certainly be back to read more of her books in the future. Hope against hope, this will not be the last time I visit with Drue Campbell.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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