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Check It Out: A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

This is Kelsey Patterson with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. Today, I’m recommending A Bad Day for Sunshine by bestselling author Darynda Jones. Best known for her Charley Davidson series (which I’ve recommended previously on Check It Out), Jones is back with an all-new series, starring a snarky and sassy new heroine, Sheriff Sunshine Vicram. Turning her talents to the police procedural genre, Darynda Jones has written a wickedly funny first installment to the series.  

Del Sol, New Mexico is known for three things: its fry-an-egg-on-the-cement summers, strong cups of coffee—and, now, a nationwide manhunt? Town native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff—thanks to her adorably meddlesome parents who nominated her—and she expects her biggest crime wave to involve an elderly flasher named Doug. But a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of this is reminding Sunshine why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that the trouble at her daughter’s new school, plus a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and well, the forecast looks anything but sunny. 

But even clouds have their silver linings. This one’s got Sunshine’s sexy, almost old-flame she’s been pining after for years, and a fiery-hot US Marshal. With temperatures rising everywhere she turns; Del Sol’s normally cool-minded new sheriff is finding herself knee-deep in drama and danger. Can Sunshine face the call of duty—and find the kidnapper who’s terrorizing her beloved hometown—without falling head over heels in love or worse?  

Check out A Bad Day for Sunshine and other saucily humorous mysteries like it at the Sioux City Public Library. For even more book recommendations, subscribe to our podcast, The First Fifty Pages, available on Google Play, Stitcher, and iTunes.

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