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Hot, Shot, and Bothered

(Lilly Hawkins #2)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  29 reviews
TV news photographer Lilly Hawkins is on the biggest assignment of her career. A deadly wildfire is racing through the California mountains toward the town of Elizabeth Lake. After barely slipping in ahead of road closures, Lilly has her hands full photographing the massive evacuation and approaching inferno. She has no time to cover the accidental drowning of a reckless p ...more
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Published August 2nd 2011 by Gallery Books
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Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Probably Lilly should take a few survival courses before the next book...

Lilly is so tenacious and honest (with herself and others) - it's refreshing. She is more like Jessica than she thinks she has a right to claim.

Can't wait to hear more about Bud...and Teddy and Freddy
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Touchstone (08/11)

Review by Linda S. Brown

McFarland’s debut novel, A BAD DAY’S WORK (Touchstone, 2010), introduced an intriguing rookie character to the soft-boiled mystery world: a news videographer named Lilly Hawkins, based out of the small town of Bakersfield in California’s agricultural Central Valley. Lilly is smart and smart-mouthed, a talented and ambitious newshound in a small, compact body – but sporting size 10 work boots. As one of th
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nora McFarland's Lilly gets the picture and solves murder
I missed the first installment in this trilogy about Lilly Hawkins, the TV photographer who also happens to solve murder mysteries. The writing is EXCELLENT, and I do not toss that compliment around lightly.
The plot of “Hot, Shot, and Bothered” centers around two events: one is the wildfire that threatens an upscale subdivision of Elizabeth Lake (in the Bakersfield, California area), and the other is the discovery of the body of Jessica E
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lilly Hawkins works for KJAY news as a shooter. Lilly was finishing up packing the news truck when she sees the coroner’s van go racing by. Lilly’s nose for news goes racing. Lilly jumps into the truck and takes off after the coroner. When Lilly arrives at the scene, there are some divers pulling a body out of the lake. At first glance, it seems that the death was the unfortunate result of a drowning accident but Lilly suspects there is more to the story, when Lilly realizes that she knows the v ...more
3.5 stars. So this was #2 in the series and I went into it without first reading #1. Not a huge mistake, but I wish I knew the story of Lilly & Rod and whatever trouble Lilly got herself into in the first book. It took me a while to get through this book because....well, I'm not sure. Lilly wasn't my favorite heroine ever...I didn't need all of the "shooter" was obnoxious that she was so focused on the case despite the HUGE, IMMEDIATE DANGER of the wildfire. I mean, I see the issue ...more
Andrea Mullarkey
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lilly Hawkins is back! This time covering a career-making story: a wildfire in the Sierras. She’s a little more grown-up than she was in A Bad Day’s Work and manages her relationships and her work responsibilities a bit better. But that doesn’t stop her from becoming distracted by the mysterious drowning of an old acquaintance. What she remembers of the victim and what she hears from the locals just don’t add up. She wants to get the coverage of the wildfire right, as much for her benefit as for ...more
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
Lilly's back! If you missed the first book in the series, A Bad Day's Work, you should check it out. Hot, Shot, and Bothered can stand alone, but it's more fun if you already know the characters.

I loved reading about Lilly and her odd assortment of fellow "shooters", her, um.. interesting...Uncle Bud, and the messes she gets herself into. Both books are pretty funny, but Lilly seems to have matured - a little - in the second book, so the tone seemed a little different to me. This is a great mys
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Nora gave out arcs of her upcoming book at Malice Domestic on May 1/11.

Thanks to Nora and her publisher for giving out the books. I enjoyed it and will definitely read the first one in the series.

No problem following the characters but I'm guessing the first book provides more background on the characters.
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good stuff. Read an advanced copy of it over the last week or so.
I interviewed her here for her first book and will interview here again for the second one
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2012
This is my new favorite series. I just love Lilly and Rod together and can't wait to see where the next one goes. ...more
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fun read. Liked the lead character. Want to read the first one now.
Paula Dembeck
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Lilly Hawkins Mystery series, part of a three book trilogy. This time Lilly is covering a deadly wildfire burning in the California mountains. Two firefighters have already died and tension is high. In the midst of this state wide emergency, a body of a young woman is recovered from the bottom of a lake. The drowning appears accidental. The young woman named Jessica, was reportedly a bit wild and into drugs and alcohol, so there is no investigation since all the lo ...more
Kari Wainwright
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite
In this second book of the Lilly Hawkins trilogy, Lilly, a California photojournalist (or shooter), deals with a wildfire in the nearby mountains, the murder of a fanatical environmentalist, and her own fear of judgment for past mistakes.

For this reader, McFarland’s use and description of the forest fire is one of the best plot devices of the book. As the flames encroach on a small mountain town and the smoke thickens, the tension races off the page with the force of a fire whipping through dry
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lilly Hawkins, a videographer for a local television studio to record a wildfire that is raging on the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. While there, she learns that a body of a woman pulled from a lake is a former friend of hers. Intrigued by the death and doing her on investigating, she begins to believe that her friend Jessica’s death was no accident. Now she has to deal with being trapped by the fire or by the possible murderer.

Hot, Shot and Bothered is witty, energetic and good fun.
Mark Baker
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, mystery
TV news shooter Lilly Hawkins is filming the wildfire burning out of control near Bakersfield when a body is found in a lake. When it turns out to be someone she knows and she doesn't buy the story of how she died, Lilly sets out to find the killer. I missed the supporting cast from the first book, although I still enjoyed my time with Lilly. Decent mystery, too. My biggest issue was actually the fire - hit a little too close to home for me.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Robin Spano
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Really enjoyed this second installment in the Lilly Hawkins series. Lilly is opening up as a person, letting people in and losing the hard chip on her shoulder. It's a wonderful process to watch, and Nora McFarland handles it like an expert. Meanwhile the mystery kept me flipping pages and the zinger lines kept a grin on my face.

Solid second installment in the series. Looking forward to Going to the Bad -- #3 in the series.
Jul 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed the action in this book! The plot was interesting and kept me reading. I did not know this was the second book in a series. I feel as if I had read the first book I would have known the characters better.
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I couldn't finish this book. Idk I just wasn't into it, and it wasn't for me. I think it moved too slowly for me. I feel like it could definitly be very interesting for somebody though. I would say if your into mysteries and want a light read then go for it. ...more
Kristina Franken
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fyi- For now please go to my blog for the review @ ...more
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Excited to read this book by fellow UCSC alum, Nora McFarland.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Review to come
Jun 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
I won this book from First Reads. Looks like a good book. Hope to read it soon. Thank you.
Matthew Jackson
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Not bad for what it is, but what is it isn't what I'm after. ...more
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed both the characters and the plot - I can't wait to read the first one now! ...more
Thelma Matthew
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Definitely a good read!
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lilly is at it again and this time in the middle of a wildfire. Same great humor and fast pace as the first book in the series, A Bad Day's Work. ...more
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Nora McFarland has worked for CNN and has an MFA from the University of Southern California's school of cinematic arts. She lives in Macon, Georgia. ...more

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