Today I have a review of Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews, available from St. Martin’s Press on May 7, 2019. I’m a HUGE fan of this author, and it started all the way back with her book Hissy Fit. Her books are perfect for your beach tote, and the cover suits the mood perfectly!
Drue Campbell is having a hard time. She’s lost her job and nothing sunny is on the horizon. Her mother has passed away, and her father, Brice Campbell, whom she hasn’t seen in over twenty years, shows up to the funeral.
The icing on the cake is that Brice is married to Wendy, a frenemy of Drue’s from middle school. Brice and Wendy offer Drue a job at Brice’s personal injury law office…
The job doesn’t sound desirable, but Drue also has an inheritance; a bungalow in Sunset Beach. The house isn’t all that alluring either because it’s been through some storms and is outdated; however, it is charming.
Drue has to work side-by-side with Wendy in the office, which is no fun. Then, a mysterious death happens, which might be tied to corruption at Brice’s firm. Now Drue dons her detective hat and starts her own investigation. There’s also a romance looming at the law firm…
Ahh, Mary Kay Andrews! What a charming read! There’s her trademark wit, a few giggles, some well-done intrigue with the mysteries, a quaint, beachy setting, and so much fun!
In the last two books from MKA, I’ve noticed the added mystery elements, and she executes them well. Drue reminded me a bit of Kinsey Milhone from Susan Grafton’s books, and I loved that. Overall, this is everything we want and more from a MKA book. I think all her fans, myself included, will be happy readers!
I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist.
Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.
It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.
With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.
Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews’ signature wit, heart, and charm.
Have you read Sunset Beach, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR