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Hasta la Vista, Lola! (Lola Cruz Mystery #2)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  15 reviews
When Lola comes home to her parents’ house to find a horde of relatives mourning her death, no one is more surprised than she is. The news had reported that one Lola Cruz, PI was found murdered in an alley, causing great alarm in the Cruz family. Before Lola can say “boo,” a cop comes to the house. It turns out the dead woman had a driver’s license with Lola’s information. ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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Mar 20, 2010 Richard rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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A weak mystery whose solution you will figure out in about 20 pages, but the super sleuth and her group of helpers require several days and lots of pages.

The setting, Sacramento, CA is nice for a change from the usual California haunts where murders occur. I would have liked more local information, such as its use as a deep water port almost 80 miles from San Francisco.

A cute twist Ms. Ramirez, who is an Anglo married to a Mexican man, uses is to salt the dialogue with lots of Spanish 101 words
Dolores Cruz has just finished up a divorce case in her PI business and is ready to be assigned to the next when she finds out that she is dead. Or rather a woman who was killed in an alleyway in Sacramento has stolen her identity. Lola investigates why and how her identity was stolen, in the middle of being romanced (or not) by the sexy childhood crush Jack Calahan and working her family's Mexican restaurant.

Mystery is good, the characters are great. The sexual tension between her and Jack is
Hasta la Vista, Lola! could have been called My Big Fat Mexican Mystery—because it has the same mix of culture, family drama, and romance as Nia Vardalos’s charming Greek chick flick (with plenty of mystery and suspense thrown in for extra flavor).

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This was kind of like a Stephanie Plum, only Latina family. Good mystery, but the romance was too much like Plum. I may read another one--light reading.
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Ah this book… I read the first one a while ago. I bought the second once I finished it in fact and it’s true that I decided it was a good thing to start it now that I have some time.

We thus find Lola, our beloved heroine who is still struggling to manage her relationship with Jack and who does not really know how to deal with everything that is happening. I must say that the more they try to create something, the more problems arise, raising doubts in Dolores
the family was cute. i loved reading about them. however the romance was way too lust-based for me to believe there is anything there besides a spark and the "real love" lola keeps thinking it might be. the jealousy between them got out of hand to the point where she couldn't even call her boss to update him on the fact that she wasn't dead and jack was already getting mad. at what i don't know because he isn't technically lola's boyfriend at the time. lola's insecurities and jealousy also got o ...more
Dolores (Lola) Cruz is back, working for handsome but forbidding private investigator Manny Camacho, and trying to resolve her attraction to newspaperman Jack Callaghan. She wants to concentrate on office gossip, but the death of a woman gives her something very personal to investigate. Jack is willing to help her, but he won't come clean about romantic entanglements in his past. Meanwhile, Lola's grandfather wants her to find out what's wrong in her cousin's marriage.
Lola is funny. A PI who learns someone has stolen her identity and been killed, but her family thinks their Lola is the dead one. She sets out to investigate, aided [?:] by Jack Callaghan, a newspaper reporter who she'd love to jump in bed with, but who has a bipolar ex-girlfriend. Book ends with Lola solving identity problem, but she prepares to meet Sarah, the bipolar ex. Talk about a cliff hanger ending!
Jessica F
I really wanted to like this book. But the heroine Lola is annoyingly insecure, and too much time is devoted to her fears that her love-interest Jack is interested in someone, anyone else. Get over it!
It was a huge distraction to the book, to the point where I don't even want to finish it.
Franchesca Guerrero
Jun 05, 2012 Franchesca Guerrero rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mariel Suarez
Really fun book to read. Lola is hardworking, inquisitive and sexy!
She is a latina who is feisty and loves her family. A lot like me, I thought it was very humorous and would read it again.
I think it was ok. Could have been better because I figured out a quarter of the way through. I like Robert B. Parker better.
You need to have seen the first one to follow, but luckily I did. But what's going to happen with J?
Cute, fast read. Helps you learn a little practical spanish!
This book is clever, witty, and fun. A pleasure read.
i would give this a 4.5/5 .... enjoying this series!
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Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enou ...more
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