Melissa Bourbon Ramirez has treated the reader to a hilarious romp, in this mystery for, despite the murderous subject matter, MS Bourbon Ramirez’ characters are delightfully entertaining.
Lola, a good Latina daughter of a large caring family, is determined to become a good detective and counts on her boss, the enigmatic Manny, to teach her. As well as detecting, she helps out at her family’s restaurant and figures ways to entice the delectable Jack into her bed. Unfortunately, Jack has an unstable ex-wife, Sarah, who frequently abandons her medication and chases after Jack, which somewhat dampens Lola’s spirits.
The novel opens with Lola being co-opted to go incognito with the members of the Royals Courtside Dancers, who support Sacramento’s basketball team. Riven from limb to limb with unaccustomed exercise, Lola finds herself forced to go undercover – strike the word “cover” from that – in a nudist colony to find a murderer. Attempting to keep herself clothed, dodging the well meant efforts of her loving family to assist and trying to keep her boyfriend, Jack from finding out what she is up to, takes all of Lola’s ingenuity...
I think one could describe Bare-Naked Lola as a “cozy” mystery, probably because of the warm, easy way in which it is written. Ms Bourbon Ramirez has done a great job of fleshing out her colourful characters, who are likeable and great fun. The pacing of the plot is excellent in this well-presented story.
A delight to read and highly recommended.