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Sunset Beach

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,092 ratings  ·  480 reviews
Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist.

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s ei
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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    Deanna
    May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019-releases, arcs
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...


    I’m surprised that it has taken me this long to read a book by Mary Kay Andrews. However, I’m excited to have found a “new to me” author with such an extensive backlist!

    Thirty-six-year old Drue Campbell has fifteen minutes to get to work but knows she'll never make it on time. If she was back in Fort Lauderdale, she could call a friend or take an Uber. Unfortunately, Drue just moved back to the west coast so she doesn't have
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    Berit☀️✨
    May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    This was an entertaining beach read packed with Mystery and an added splash of romance and family drama. Mary Kay Andrews has written one heck of a perfect beach Mystery. When I pick this up I was expecting a bit more of a contemporary beach romance, but I was pleasantly surprised buy this charming Mystery. I loved being dumped into the middle of Druze messy life and watching her pick up the pieces and solve a couple mysteries. So pick up your detective hat, grab your bikin
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    marilyn
    Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This was my first Mary Kay Andrews book and I'll certainly be reading more of her work. I love the cover of the book which is really misleading because things are much darker in the book than the cover conveys. At the same time, we get to enjoy the beach and a worn out beach house that gets to come alive again as you read the book. In some ways I think the beach house coming alive and the life of Drue, the main character, mirror each other.

    Drue took some getting used to for me but mostly that w
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    Erin
    Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: kindle, netgalley
    Thanks to Netgalley and St Martin's Press for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    Honestly, I didn't read the entire synopsis of this book before heading over to Netgalley to snap it up. So far, Sunset Beach is my favorite deceptive cover of 2019. I feel I need to create this new category because those beach chairs swayed me into thinking this would be straight up contemporary romance. I have never been so delighted to be proven wrong. Yes romance and family drama is present, but when
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    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    4 bold stars to Sunset Beach! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    Drue Campbell is having a hard time. She’s lost her job and nothing sunny is on the horizon. Her mother has passed away, and her father, Brice Campbell, whom she hasn’t seen in over twenty years, shows up to the funeral.

    The icing on the cake is that Brice is married to Wendy, a frenemy of Drue’s from middle school. Brice and Wendy offer Drue a job at Brice’s personal injury law office…

    The job doesn’t sound desirable, but Drue also has an inheritance; a bung
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    Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
    4.5 Stars...rounded up!

    Is it truly summer unless you've read a Mary Kay Andrews's book? I look forward to her book coming out every May and the covers always give me serious summer vibes! However, don't let this beach cover fool you, this book has some serious depth!

    Drue was doing what she loved - kiteboarding and working on the side to bring in some cash. Her life is then turned around when her mother passes and now she's suddenly out of a job. When Drue goes to her mother's funeral her estrang
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    Judy
    Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Loved it and highly recommend this as a great beach read! I truly got started and was lost in this one for two days - couldn't put it down. This is my first Mary Kay Andrews read and I'm sure I will be reading more soon. Loved the characters and the plot. There's a couple of mysteries here and a love story as well as a little growing up and being an adult. Drue Campbell was a believable character and I liked the historic beach town setting.

    At the end Ms. Andrews shares her adventures searching f
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    ABookwormWithWine
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 (4.5/5)

    Progression of reading MKA: Read The Weekenders, didn't love it; read The High Tide Club and loved it, so much heart! A mystery! Humor!; reads Sunset Beach BAM, Mary Kay Andrews has officially become an auto-buy author for me.

    What it's about: Drue Campbell has recently lost both her mom and her job, so when her absentee dad shows up offering to let her work at his law firm, it doesn't take her long to decide she should do it. Luckily, her mom left her a bungalow on Sunset Beach
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    Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    Mary Kay Andrews is on fire with her newest summer read! I've been reading MKA since the early 90s and own all of her books, but I think she just keeps getting better with every book, and Sunset Beach is the perfect example. I loved everything and I mean everything about Sunset Beach!

    Thirty-six year old Drue Campbell doesn't feel like her life can possibly get any worse than it already is when her estranged father, a hot-shot personal injury lawyer walks back into her life and offers her a job.
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    Carrie
    May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Review coming soon.
    Judy Collins
    I absolutely LOVE MKA and all her books! SUNSET BEACH is a perfect beach read, mixed with thrilling suspense, humor, chick-lit, and a multi-generational mystery. (always love parent's dark secrets). Do we ever really know our parents?

    Drue Campbell is down on her luck. (you are going to love her). Her mom died. She is suffering from a knee injury from kiteboarding, and just lost her waitressing job in Ft. Lauderdale. Her estranged father Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney (
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    Susan's Reviews
    Apr 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
    My thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
    So, get ready to go along for a long, bumpy ride as Drue tries to solve an old mystery which may or may not incriminate her estranged father (who recently hired her to come work at his law firm.)

    I felt the story could have used a fair amount of trimming. By chapter 40, I was ready for this story to come to a graceful conclusion. Well, 65 chapters and one Epilogue later, this very long,
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    Selena
    May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I received a free copy of Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews from NetGalley for my honest review.

    This is the first book I have ready by Mary Kay Andrews and I was very impressed.

    Drue is 36 years old, has no career and her life is without purpose. She has lost her mother to cancer and Drue is just lost in life. Her estranged father suddenly offers her a job in his law firm.

    Drue excepts the job, and returns home to where she grew up 20 years ago. Drue blames her dad for everything that has happened
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    Anita
    Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, mystery
    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

    This is my first book by Mary Kay Andrews, although she is a favorite of my oldest daughter. Should be fun! I've got a conundrum with this book. I'm not sure just what it is. I didn't read the blurb and started expecting a Chick-Lit sort of romance. It's not really that. It is definitely Chick-Lit as the 36 year old chick is sorting out issues from her childhood with her father
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    Leslie Ray
    May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't necessarily categorized under mystery but should be as there were 2 mysteries surrounding the main character, Drue, who ends up working for her father's law firm. She is at a low point in her life, and agrees to the job offered by her father who has come back into her life after the death of her mother. There is romance but I found the mysteries she is embroiled in more enjoyable. This would make a good series as I enjoyed the interaction between Drue and De ...more
    Amy
    May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: physical-arcs
    This is only my second book my MKA and I’m so excited to see she has such an extensive backlist because I enjoyed this one so much! I really expected it be light and fluffy but it went darker than I thought as it delves into two murder cases. Besides that though it did have plenty of lighthearted humor, romance and a heroine that I was rooting for all along.

    I don’t often describe WF as gripping but this one really was, Drue stumbles upon an old unsolved missing persons case and she’s also diggin
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    Holly
    Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019
    *Received an ARC through St. Martins Press in exchange for an honest review.

    I’m beginning to think of Mary Kay Andrews books as the perfect summer reads. This had it all: a setting set in sunny Florida, family dynamics, a mystery to solve, and a little romance thrown in for good measure. I admit that at first I didn’t like the main character, Drue, but she slowly grew on me and I even liked her by the end. Sunset Beach was fantastic and perfect to read if you’re going to the beach:)
    Melissa
    This is my second Mary Kay Andrews novel and it is GOOD! Mix family drama with two mysteries-solving, add a little romance and a lot of sun and sand, and you got yourself an awesome summer read.

    I must admit that I didn't guess at all everything that happens in the book and I suspected the wrong persons!

    Thank you so much to St. Martin's Press for the early copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
    Jen
    Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    🏝A beach, a mystery, a love story, and a strong female lead...it’s everything we love and expect from Mary Kay Andrews and her newest is no exception! 🏝

    Drue is adrift. Her mom has just passed away, she’s recovering from knee surgery, she’s been fired from her job, and has broken up with her boyfriend. Her estranged father gives her keys to a cottage she didn’t know was still in the family and the offer of a job at his law firm. In search of something to turn her life around, she reluctantly tak
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    Dianne
    I have been reading books by Mary Kay Andrews and her pseudonym Kathy Hogan Trocheck for years and years. She has only bombed maybe once and when I mean bombed -I mean that she got two stars from me. Most of her books are 3's, 4's and even 5's. I had a difficult time deciding what amount of stars to give this book. It is written in such a different style that I'm used to from the author. These characters are deeper with more problems to deal with and the issues they are dealing with are grittier ...more
    Bam
    *4+ stars. At 36, Drue Campbell's life has fallen apart: her mother has passed away; her long-time boyfriend has left her; she's lost her job as a server at a beach bar in Fort Lauderdale; and she's recovering from a knee injury that has ended her competitive kite-boarding career.

    At her mother's funeral her estranged father offers her a life-line--to take a job with his law firm in St Petersburg, FL. She just might be desperate enough to accept. She's also thrilled to learn she has inherited he
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    Gail C.
    Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advance digital copy of SUNSET BEACH by Mary Kay Andrews. It is a well crafted cozy mystery that takes place in and around St, Petersburg, Florida. In this book, Drue the central character, has suffered one set-back after another, having been injured while kiteboarding on the east coast of Florida and then being fired from her job as a waitress at a local bar. She’s out of money and doesn’t really know what she’s going to do ...more
    Kelly
    Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

    St Martin’s Press
    Fiction
    May 7, 2019
    Rating: 4/5

    I received a digital ARC copy of this book from St Martin’s Press and NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

    I am pleasantly surprised with my experience reading this book. This is my first book by this author even though I’ve several of her books on my TBR list. It is the perfect balance of drama, mystery and romance. I found the authors notes at the conclusion of the novel an added bonus. She provides insight
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    Maranda
    Just recently started reading Mary Kay Andrews. They are fantastic. Lengthy story that lets the reader dive into the characters on the page. Amazing story of Drue Campbell who has recently lost her mother and decides to move to take advantage of her grandparents cottage by the sea which she inherited. Drue struggles with her estranged father and a job she just does not love. Great mystery crimes fill the pages along with unique individuals. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press ...more
    Elizabeth
    I was so sad to finish this book! I love Mary Kay Andrews and have read every one of her books! She is one of my favorite authors. This is a perfect book for a spring or summer day lazing in the sunshine.

    The main character, Drue Campbell, is the down on her luck daughter of a lawyer she hardly knows. She has moved to be closer to him after her mother dies and the fun starts there. Her father employees her at his law firm to answer phones. Enough said....

    The characters are perfectly created and
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    Kathryn
    Drue Campbell is struggling. She has a serious knee injury due to a surf board kite accident. And she is about to lose her job. What is a girl to do - only crawl back to her home town and take a job - reluctantly from her father and his latest wife - Wendy. Who also happens to be an ex friend of Drue.

    She finds herself living in a rundown cottage that belonged to her grandparents and now belongs to her. But... it has a hole in the roof and other problems and she doesn't have the money to fix up a
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    Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you @stmartinspress for my review copy of Sunset Beach
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    Ok, y'all. I want to make this clear. I love Mary Kay Andrews. She is the
    perfect Summer read for me. If it is possible. I have found a new love in MKA's newest Sunset Beach. It held the perfect mix of romance, mystery and delightful characters....btw: I'm including the beach house as a character 😉. Jesse and I have always said we want to retire to the coast (I'm from there originally) and this cemented it for me. I caught myself day dr
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    Janet
    Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019ng, kindle
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.


    Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist.

    Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her m
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    Linden
    Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Drue Campbell, sidelined after a serious kiteboarding injury and grieving the loss of her mother, decides to take a job at her estranged father's law firm. She moves into her late grandparents' beach house, which is in poor condition after years of neglect. She has a hard time working the "justice line," which is a number the firm posts on highway billboards urging people to sue, and despite warnings from her co-workers, gets involved with a case they feel was settled. Not just a great summer be ...more
    Jennifer
    Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley-ebooks
    Sunset Beach is Women's Fiction combined with mystery/suspense. There is some romance. But it is not the key focus of the story.

    The narrator is 36 year old Drue Campbell (3rd person POV). The story takes place in St. Petersburg, Florida.

    Drue has been estranged from her father for years. But now he is back in her life. The book starts with her moving and starting a new job.

    There are two mysteries that are a big part of this book. One from recently and one from the past. I really enjoyed this aspe
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    Mary Kay Andrews is the pen name of American writer Kathy Hogan Trocheck, based in Atlanta, who has authored a number of best-selling books under the Andrews pen name since 2002.

    Trochek graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree in 1976. She worked as a reporter at a number of papers, and spent 11 years as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before leaving to wri
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