Shelly's Reviews > Sunset Beach
Mary Kay Andrews is one of my go-to authors for a fun beach-type read so I am grateful to NetGalley for the opportunity to read her latest novel. I am a fan of Andrews's southern fiction that combines elements of chick-lit, romance, and mystery with a healthy dose of humor and beach community atmosphere to create a fun, light read. Sunset Beach, which is the story of Drue Campbell who is having a rough year - a horrific injury ends her kiteboarding career, her beloved mother passes away, and she loses a boyfriend and her job as a beach bar waitress. When her estranged father reenters her life and offers her a lifeline in the form of a job at his law firm and a home that had once been her grandparents', Drue takes him up on it when she runs out of options. She ends up getting caught up in two mysteries. This all seems like a pretty good setup for a fun Mary Kay Andrews novel. What it was was a disappointment. It lacked most of Andrews's trademark humor and romance to focus more on the mystery (or mysteries in this case). As a mystery, it wasn't even that well executed and the heroine, while as capable as some of Andrews's others, wasn't endearing, just whiny.
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