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A Bad Day for Sunshine

(Sunshine Vicram #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  7,390 ratings  ·  1,675 reviews
Sheriff Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o' joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a kidnapper on the loose.

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? Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by St. Martin's Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a hilarious, entertaining, witty, thrilling ride from the fantastic author of Charley Davidson series (I devoured the six books of the series and I should create more time, sleeping less or multitasking like reading at the movie theatre, riding my spinning bike and eating my dinner at the same time! So I can finish more books. Another solution: I should get inserted special chips too my brain to read three books at the same time!)

I laughed so much during my read and I couldn’t leave this bo
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Crazy Fun!

A Bad Day for Sunshine is part mystery, part family drama, and many parts wackadoodle!

The new sheriff of Del Sol, New Mexico, Sunshine Vicram, has her hands full her first day on the job: a distraught woman drives her car into the police station, a prisoner has escaped from jail and is hiding out in Del Sol, and a 14-year-old goes missing and leaves an eerie note behind detailing her demise. To make things even more stressful, the Mayor is keeping an eye on Sunshine as her methods for
This is one long laugh out loud blend of heady comic entertainment with crime fiction, the first in a new series by Darynda Jones set in Del Sol, New Mexico, a place that teems with the strange and the bizarre. Sunshine Vicram has returned home with her beloved teenage daughter, Auri, after leaving a town where she experienced harrowing trauma. She is not sure how this all happened, her parents are behind her election as sheriff, which means she will be working with her best childhood buddy, Dep ...more
A positively refreshing read! Just exactly what I needed!🕺💃🏽

Listen up partner, there’s a new sheriff in town!

Sunshine Vicram has returned to her hometown, with her 14 year old daughter Auri in tow. Somewhat stunned, Sunshine has just been elected the new Sheriff for Del Sol New Mexico. She’s clueless how this happened, given the fact she never actually entered the race!?

It’s her first day on the job, and thanks to some cursed blueberry muffins she has her first case. A missing teen who warn
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
I was looking for a fast paced mystery, easy to listen to but with some interesting characters. “A Bad Day For Sunshine” fit the bill.

This is a lighter read for me but it was perfect as an audiobook. Sunshine Vicram returns to Del Sol, New Mexico after her parents somehow got her elected sheriff. Sunshine has a 14 y/o daughter Auri and the book is told from Sunshine and Auri's point of view.

Sunshine is a little unsure about her new job and her first day sure ends up to be an unexpected one! She
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Love love love!

Full review:

Sunshine Vicram is the new sheriff in her hometown of Del Sol, only she didn’t run for election. Thank goodness she has a law enforcement background! She has a teen daughter named Auri, with whom she engages in witty and just plain adorable banter throughout the book (LOVE). She also has a best friend named Quincy, who is a deputy under her and pretty adorable himself along with their banter. There’s another mysterious guy from her past, a rooster named
I was a big fan of this author’s Charley Davidson series which was straight-up urban fantasy. Now she’s begun a new one featuring *gasp* humans. Yep, not a demon, ghoul or God in sight. Turns out she can also write entertaining mysteries featuring normal people. Wait….I may be using that term loosely.

Del Sol, New Mexico has always attracted the artistic, odd & eccentric. It’s the type of close knit community where everyone’s on a first name basis, even with the resident flasher (that would be Do
Larry H
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

A Bad Day for Sunshine is a fun, slightly wacky mystery with a great set of characters I can’t wait to see again!

Although it’s the last thing she really wanted to do, Sunshine Vicram returns to her crazy hometown of Del Sol, New Mexico with her teenage daughter, Auri, in tow. She didn’t have much of a choice, really, because her parents somehow got her elected sheriff, which doesn’t sit too well with the mayor or the incumbent she defeated, since Sunshine never actually expressed i
Move over Charley Davidson there’s a new sheriff in town and her name is Sunshine!

Wow this was fun! Darynda Jones is the queen when it comes to spinning stories filled with Snark, humor, banter, quirky characters, and hot men. I was a huge fan of the Charley Davidson series and sad to see it end, but I think I found a new favorite. Sunshine Vicram has returned to small town Del Sol, New Mexico. She is the newly elected Sheriff and that is slightly problematic seeing though she didn’t even run
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is another book that immediately grabbed me. Like with the first paragraph. Sunshine Vicram is the new sheriff of a town “even the locals call The Psych Ward”. A town that “held more secrets than a politician’s wife.” Oh, and that sheriff position? She won, even though she never entered the race.
Meanwhile, Sun’s daughter, Aurora, is not having an easy time adjusting to her new school. The popular kids have it in for her.
This is a fairly lighthearted book. There’s great banter, wild escapa
Susanne  Strong
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
4 Stars

A Sarcastic, Sassy, & Smart Read! In short, “A Bad Day for Sunshine” has it all!

Del Sol, New Mexico has a new Sheriff. Her name is Sunshine Vicram and she is bad a$$. Sarcastic, smart as a whip and sassy to boot. She and her teenage daughter Auri are quite the pair. Let’s just say that their relationship is the bomb. They are quirky, hysterically funny and their witty banter makes them the envy of friends and foe.

Sunshine and Auri make a great team as well, which is an asset when a teena
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Darynda Jones has introduced a light hearted new series featuring newly elected Sheriff Sunshine Vicram. After moving away from her home town, Del Sol in New Mexico, single mother Sunshine is back with her fourteen year old daughter Auri. Her first day on the job throws her straight in at the deep end with the abduction of a teenage girl. It looks like she may have to call in her old teenage crush, a sizzling hot tracker by the name of Levi Ravinder, someone she has been trying to avoid since re ...more
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
Newly elected Sheriff Sunshine Vicram rolls back into Del Sol, New Mexico with her fourteen year old daughter Auri and a suitcase full of bad memories and karma. She'd left this whimsical little town in her rearview at age seventeen - running from a traumatic, life-altering experience and a broken heart with no intention of ever returning to the scene of the crime. And yet, here she is having won an election she didn't enter. Is that even legal? One's thing for sure, the most action this place e ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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100% honesty. I requested this as soon as I saw the cover. C’mon, it’s soooooo good . . . . .

Then I noticed who the author was and I read a few of her Charley Davidson books waaaaaaaaay back in the day. My previous experience along with the title indicating “Sunshine” might not be a great thing had my brain thinking this was going to be the story of a vampire Sheriff . . . . .

Don’t you judge me. Charley was a dang grim reaper
3.5 stars

I can only best describe this as what it would be like if there was an alternate world version of Gilmore Girls in book form. Only in this version Lorelei is named ‘Sunshine’ (no, really) and is the sheriff of ‘Stars Hollow’ so there are mysteries, murders, and kidnappers mixed in with the nearly constant light-hearted banter. It’s a little weird and quirky, and perhaps feels like it’s trying too hard at times, but yet oddly is captivating.

This was a pleasant surprise because I didn’t
Madison Warner Fairbanks
A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

Police Mystery suspense with a female protagonist. First book in the Sunshine Viacram series. A bit of mystery, suspense and snark.
Alternating view points of Sunshine and daughter Aurora. The two have a close and caring relationship that is wonderful to be a part of.
There are multiple storylines and not all are fully resolved by the end of the book. Certainly not a cliffhanger, but more the beginning of a deep relationship you will want to follow and feel.
Sheyla ✎

I thought Charley Davidson was a funny and interesting female character to follow. Yet, I must confess that I didn’t finish the series and I'm not sure why except that sometimes life interferes with my reading. I do plan to go back to it at some point.

However, when I learned a new book by Darynda Jones was coming out, I was super excited about it. I've always liked her writing style. As luck would have it, I was given a complimentary copy by the publisher and I couldn't be happier.

I can’t say en
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Having never read a book by Darynda Jones, and hearing wonderful things, I accepted the offer by NetGalley to read this story and I am thrilled I did. I have not laughed out loud at a book in quite some time, but his book is often hilarious, uproarious, and rollicking.

Sunshine Vicram is a terrific character, a young woman who mysteriously wins an election in a small town called Del Sol, in New Mexico. She has no idea how she won or even more amazingly how she did not know she was runnin
Wow guys!! I have never read a book by Darynda Jones before, in fact I've never even heard of her. Netgalley sent me an email saying this was available to read now for only 2 days so I grabbed it!! I'm so happy I did! I LOVED this book! I loved these characters and was pulled into this story right from the start! These characters are fun, I loved the mystery, and I even laughed in parts. The suspense was great. I'm definitely going to be reading more books by this author no doubt!!
May 22, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf
I didn't realize this book was going to switch back and forth between the MC's POV and a 14-yr old girl's POV in a middle school angsty crisis. I may come back to it, but I doubt it.

Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not aware of many authors who can successfully combine crime fiction with zany humor, but that’s exactly what Darynda Jones has done in “A Bad Day for Sunshine.” Sunshine Vicram has surprisingly found herself the new sheriff of the quaint New Mexico town of Del Sol. She anticipates her days will be filled with minor crimes and neighborly disputes. But all hell breaks loose when an escaped convict is believed to be in the area and a teenage girl and autistic boy go missing. Besides Sunshine, ...more
Meggie V
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2020
Even if this book was solely about Doug the flasher, I would still read it and enjoy it.

Because Darynda Jones wrote it. That is all.

3.5 stars

I'll come straight out and admit that I had a hard time getting into this book. I actually tried both, first the eARC and then the audiobook, both gave me trouble, but I persevered. Especially when I saw all these amazing reviews coming in. Because it was clear that I was missing something.

The tide turned when I got to the halfway point. Around 50%, the novel picked up. I started connecting with characters, really caring about the outcome, and enjoying the banter between certain best fr
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun. Quirky characters, humor, mystery, all wrapped up in great writing. This is my first read of a Darynda Jones novel and I will likely be reading more because I truly enjoyed it. When it starts out, Sunshine Vicram and her daughter Auri have returned to their hometown. Sunshine has been elected Sheriff - but she didn't even enter the race. Sunshine had left Del Sol, New Mexico after having a horribly traumatic experience there. Now she wants to find the perpetrator. There ar ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I need the next book NOW! Also, I can totally see this becoming yet another favorite series from this author.
Full review to come closer to release date.

4.5 Stars!

A Bad Day For Sunshine is probably one of my most anticipated reads for 2020. I adore Jones's writing and was so excited to see a new series from her. One with a feisty snarky heroine that I just knew I was bound to fall in love with.

Told in alternating point of views from Sunshine and her daughter Auri, this was
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc

AUTHOR: Darynda Jones
SERIES: Sunshine Vicram #1
RELEASE DATE: April 7, 2020
GENRE: Mystery
THEMES & TROPES: Abduction, Small-town Mystery
RATING: 5 Stars


I have an admission to make - I find it hard to focus in this new, weird world we live in. So if book can capture my attention and hold it, I cherish these moments. Darynda Jones's skill with words is effortless and I completely forgot what a genius she is. I adored her Charley Davidson s
Beware the muffins ! Seriously if someone brings you some delicious mouth watering muffins, buckle up buttercup it’s going to be rough day.
I will admit to being afraid to start this book. I loved her previous series, it’s in my top 5 series, read and re-read several times. I was afraid it wouldn’t or couldn’t be as soul catching. Silly me Ms. DJ, wrote another book that I can’t stop thinking about and already want to re-read. The characters are fantastic. Sunshine, Levi, Quincey, Auri, Cruz, Ji
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

As a BIG fan of the Charley Davidson series, I was thrilled when A Bad Day For Sunshine was announced. I love Darynda’s writing style, the characters she creates, and the worlds she develops.
This book sounded like it would have a similar vibe. It did not. This book missed the marked entirely. It was extremely slow and held my interest for about 10% of the book.

Both Sunshine and Auri (her daughter) are narrators, which
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sunshine Vicram is the new sheriff in Del Sol, New Mexico. She's returned to her hometown as the new sheriff, in a campaign her parents orchestrated, without her knowledge. Sunshine won though, and her first day on the job is a doozy. A teenage girl goes missing, and everyone is curious about why Sunshine left her hometown so suddenly years earlier.

This is the first book in a new series by Darynda Jones. I've enjoyed Jones's Charley Davidson series, so I was excited to see she had a new book ava
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I really enjoyed this book! I have been wanting to read Darynda Jones's work for a very long time but just haven't fit it into my reading schedule yet for one reason or another. As soon as I saw this book, I knew that this would be one that I would have to read. I really like the fact that this is the start of a brand new series and that is a very different premise than the books in her popular series. This story hooked me from the b
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