Review: A Good Day for Chardonnay by Darynda Jones

Series: Sunshine Vicram #2
Author: Darynda Jones
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Released: July 27th, 2021
Received: NetGalley

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A Good Day for Chardonnay is the second novel in Darynda Jones’ Sunshine Vicram series. It’s a delightful mystery/thriller series that somehow maintains a sense of humor and confidence despite all of the horrors that go on. I love it.

Sunshine Vicram (yes, that is her real name) is the Sheriff of a small town somewhere in New Mexico. You’d think that running a small town would mean things are quiet for her and her force – but you’d be wrong.

Between Sunny’s past, her family, and the never-ending drama of the town, Sunny doesn’t have time for much else. It will take a lot of coordination to get to the bottom of everything she’s dealing with, but thankfully Sunny’s got the required determination.

“Can you give me one good reason why I shouldn’t beat you to death with a feather duster?”

If you like thriller novels with a whole lot of personality, a dash of humor, and a touch of that cozy mystery vibe, then you’re going to love A Good Day for Chardonnay. However, I would recommend checking out the first in the series (A Bad Day for Sunshine) first.

What I love the most about this series and Sunny’s character, in particular, is that it deviates from the norm. Calling it a bit of a thriller alongside a cozy mystery really does not do it justice. It’s charming and unique and isn’t afraid to bounce all over the place between those two borders.

It’s more than enough to keep my attention and allow me to have a lot of fun in the process. Yes, there are some darker moments in A Good Day for Chardonnay, but Sunny’s personality lives up to her name, and her sense of humor will always work to brighten the mood. It helps keep the story from getting too dark and thus makes it the perfect escape of a read.

Thanks to StMartinsPress and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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