Review: A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones

Posted April 7, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 25 Comments

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Review: A Bad Day For Sunshine by Darynda Jones
A Bad Day For Sunshine

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Series: Sunshine Vicram #1
Genres: Mystery Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by St. Martin's Press
Released on April 7, 2020
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

Lightning can strike the same place twice.  Or, in other words, Darynda Jones has another hit for us.  It was like being back in a familiar world where the setting might be new as well as the faces, but I still felt like I knew them somehow.  Giggleworthy wit, twisting plot threads, quirky characters, a bit of woowoo, and a riveting first in series that left me groaning for the next book.


Review

A Bad Day for Sunshine opens on Sunshine Vicram’s first day of county sheriff in Del Sol, New Mexico, her home town.  Oddly, she won an election she didn’t actually run in or want to win, but her adorable parents and her spritely teenage daughter, Auri, are tickled she got the job and is back.  Not that she isn’t qualified- she was a Santa Fe detective for years, but a dark moment in her past drove her away and would have kept her away in spite of her deep feelings for one brooding hottie, Levi Ravinder.

But, her first day begins with a missing girl, a prison escapee, and trouble for Auri as the new girl.  Sunshine quips her way through first day with best buddy Quincy as her chief deputy at her side.  Don’t let the light manners and pretty face fool you.  She has a first-class mind and can keep up just fine with all the craziness that Del Sol can throw at one.  Too bad that dark nightmare and her childhood hot crush might be one and the same.

The book jumps right in a a clipping pace and the reader better fasten in or get left in the dust.  Sunshine was an immediate reader crush for me as were every other character I encountered along the way including the secondary storyline of Auri, her daughter doing the treacherous gauntlet that is high school.  Both are strong intelligent female leads that crack their jokes and have a strong mother-daughter bond because of Sunshine’s heartbreaking past.  Her parents were salt of the earth and backed her up through all that and into the present.

This book set up the series and slid into a dire group of current cases and Sunshine’s own cold case.  Sunshine and her posse work it all and the zany zinging around was no trouble to follow.  I loved the intro to the group of older gals that pal around with Sunshine’s mom, her own circle of friends that are as loyal and fun as they come, the redneck and southern Ravinder clan who live ‘back in the hills’ of New Mexico making shine, and of course Auri’s growing circle of friends.  Quite the colorful layers for this cast of characters.

There is a slow burn romance for Sunshine even as Auri has her first girl crush and romance with the school’s heartthrob, Cruz.  Levi Ravinder is sizzling and there are some nice sultry teasers that foreshadow things though his connection to Sunshine’s own cold case does have her torn in two directions just as the trouble with his family clan is still problematic. Pretty sure these storylines will carry over through the series.

Woven through the book is a hint of magical realism in the form of psychic talent and one fun little crossover moment with the previous Charley Davidson series.

So, all in all, this was an abso-fab winner that will soothe Charley Davidson-loving hearts though will come to love Sunshine Vicram in her own right.  Romantic Suspense fans should get in on this one from the beginning.

I rec’d this book via Net Galley from St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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sherry fundin
4 months ago

the delight had me cracking up
sherry @ fundinmental

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

LOL, yeah I was a little punch drunk from excitement for this book. 🙂

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I know how you feel, I am the very same way, totally punch drunk and fangirling hard whenever my fave historian announces a new book 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

That is fun to have that feeling. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
4 months ago

I just read Kim’s review too, looks like you both love it and I get a chance at starting a new series with an author I’ve always wanted to read. Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yep, Debbie, nab this one. It will put sunshine in your soul. 🙂

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
Reply to  Sophia Rose

I was replying to you and Sherry up there but somehow my comment ended up down here. So, I deleted the comment from here but it would not let me delete it altogether. That is why you have this long rambling non-comment here and I shall now attempt to reply to you both again in the right thread.

Ethan
4 months ago

I love a crime novel, so this one sounds like a real winner!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Ethan

These are light weight versions of crime novels, but so fun, Ethan. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Great review! I thought this one was a lot of fun too!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

Oh yes, we’re in for another sensational series, Anne!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I loved all the elements and characters. Cannot wait for book 2.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

Yeah, another blockbuster for us. 🙂

Jen
Jen
4 months ago

Great review, Sophia! I didn’t know what to expect and this ended up being a huge winner for me. I like that it has some of the humor of CD, but is uniquely its own. I love the depth of emotions. And I need the next book, now!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Jen

Yes, I agree. It has a flavor of CD, but didn’t copycat which was what was worrying me before I read it. Need more Sunshine and Auri! 🙂

Nadene
4 months ago

I see everyone is enjoying this book. It’s encouraging.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

Oh yes, you would probably get a kick out of this one, Nadene! 🙂

Melliane
4 months ago

I really really want to read this one!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

You really, really do, Melliane. 🙂

Carole Rae
4 months ago

I do like slow burns a little more than the instas

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Same here. I find them more believable. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

Daryda always makes me laugh. I still need to finish Charley Davidson. Maybe I’ll just skip and read the last book. Nice to hear this series is enjoyable, too. 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

Same here! She cracks me up.

vvb
vvb
3 months ago

Been seeing this one around. Glad to hear it’s a good one. Ooo – bit of woo woo

Sophia Rose
3 months ago
Reply to  vvb

She has a fun way of writing a good suspense mystery. 🙂