This combination cozy mystery/hot romance novel is the adorable first installment of a series featuring Private Investigator Dolores “Lola” Cruz.
Lola, 28, is single, still living in her parents home in a separate apartment with her brother Antonio and her beloved dog Salsa. She has never quite gotten over her crush on Antonio’s best friend, Jack Callaghan. Jack, 31, has recently returned to Sacramento and Lola is more than excited to find him back in her life again. But she has a missing-person-turned-murder-victim case to investigate, and someone wants to prevent her from solving it by killing her.
Discussion: Some of the dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny. When her cousin accompanies her to question a witness, and suddenly decides to masquerade as “bad cop,” Lola’s reaction is a riot. Lola’s thoughts about Jack are very funny as well, such as when she discovers he has raspberry chipotle sauce in his refrigerator and thinks he may be a “metrosexual,” or when she worries:
“What if he’s a serial killer? Or a compulsive cheater? Or – oh my God – a dog-hater?”
Yes, it’s silly, but in a fun way, like a refreshing sorbet between heavier courses of reading. And speaking of food, there are some killer recipes for Mexican food on the author’s website, here. I can’t wait to try the margaritas! And the guacamole! And the chocolate lava cakes! And well, you get the idea. Even if you don’t read the book, be sure to stop by her website and check out the great food!
Published by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Publishing Group, 2009