Published by St. Martin's Press on December 6, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Mystery
Some people greet the day with open arms. Sheriff Sunshine Vicram would rather give it a hearty shove and get back into bed, because there’s just too much going on right now. There’s a series of women going missing, and Sunny feels powerless to stop it. There’s her persistent and awesomely-rebellious daughter Auri, who’s out to singlehandedly become Del Sol’s youngest and fiercest investigator. And then there’s drama with Levi Ravinder—the guy she’s loved and lusted after for years. The guy who might just be her one and only. The guy who comes from a family of disingenuous vipers looking to oust him—and Sunshine—for good.
Like we said, the new day can take a hike.
A Hard Day for a Hangover is the third and final book in the Sunshine Vicram Series by Darynda Jones and takes place just a few days after book two. If you haven’t read the previous books, this is not a stand alone so beware of spoilers. You’ve been warned.
Sheriff Sunshine Vicram has had her fair share of ups and downs lately. After the big reveal to Levi in the previous book, you’d think things would have started feeling a bit more like smooth sailing. I mean, so she tried to arrest him a couple of times and dropped an epic bombshell on him. That doesn’t mean he needed to escape and disappear on her. Right? RIGHT? But Del Sol, New Mexico has a new mystery to solve and our lovely Sheriff is on the case. She’ll have time to worry about Levi later.
“If Scooby-Doo taught us nothing else, it’s that real monsters are always human.”
Sunshine’s new case is of a young Jane Doe, found on a cliff, barely alive. But Sunshine isn’t the only one on the case. Her daughter Auri has also decided to look into it and Sherlock Auri is a force not to be messed with…unless she tries to skip school to do so. With the help of her friends and the every swoon worthy Cruz by her side, she’s just as determined to help the missing women, even if it means putting herself in a killer’s path.
“Do you suffer from shyness? Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive? Ask your doctor or pharmacist about tequila.
—Sign at The Roadhouse”
Fans of the series will be happy with the conclusion as many of the questions about the Ravinder family and Sunshine’s own disappearance years ago are finally answered and the ending leaves hope that we will see Auri with her own series (I plead to Darynda hopefully) as she has become an amazing sleuth in her own right. Each chapter is sprinkled with Darynda’s signature meme or quip, and the dialogue between characters is funny as always, even when the scene is serious. The series also gives another little nod to our favorite grim reaper. As a whole, the series is engaging, undeniably funny and completely unforgettable. Another five star read from Ms. Jones.
“Grandma has a stash of pirate romances?”
“And cowboys and vampires and there’s this one series about a female grim reaper who’s in love with the son of—”