BOOK REVIEW: A Good Day For Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram #2) by Darynda Jones

Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Format: ebook
Genre:  Police Procedural

Publisher: St. Martins Press
410 pages
Buy:  Kindle Paperback 


Running a small-town police force in the mountains of New Mexico should be a smooth, carefree kind of job. Sadly, full-time Sheriff—and even fuller-time coffee guzzler—Sunshine Vicram, didn’t get that memo. 

All Sunshine really wants is one easy-going day. You know, the kind that starts with coffee and a donut (or three) and ends with take-out pizza and a glass of chardonnay (or seven). Turns out, that’s about as easy as switching to decaf. (What kind of people do that? And who hurt them?)

Before she can say iced mocha latte, Sunny’s got a bar fight gone bad, a teenage daughter hunting a serial killer and, oh yes, the still unresolved mystery of her own abduction years prior. All evidence points to a local distiller, a dangerous bad boy named Levi Ravinder, but Sun knows he’s not the villain of her story. Still, perhaps beneath it all, he possesses the keys to her disappearance. At the very least, beneath it all, he possesses a serious set of abs. She’s seen it. Once. Accidentally. 

Between policing a town her hunky chief deputy calls four cents short of a nickel, that pesky crush she has on Levi which seems to grow exponentially every day, and an irascible raccoon that just doesn’t know when to quit, Sunny’s life is about to rocket to a whole new level of crazy. 

Yep, definitely a good day for chardonnay.


This book is laugh out loud funny.  The banter and the witty chatter between all the characters reminds me a bit of The Marvelous Miss Mazel on Prime, in how quick and witty they are.  However, this is a police procedural so there are bad guys, and serious situations that don't always take themselves too seriously.  The humor helps.  There are several cases piling up on Chief of Police Sunshine Vicrams desk in her sleepy little tourist town in New Mexico.  Her major crush, Levi, is right smack dab in the middle of all of it too leaving her both frustrated, angry and tongue tied.  

A stabbing at the local bar leaves 1 man stabbed, another man hit by a truck and another with a fatal injury. While investigating Sunshine can't believe her eyes when a young boy shows up on a security camera that she has been looking for for years.  Her first missing persons case and the one that haunts her days and nights, when she isn't dreaming of Levi, her long term crush. 

The Mayor is breathing down her neck and her daughter is giving her heart palpitations as she keeps sneaking out of her grandparents house to find herself in dangerous situations.  Not to mention the rookie cop she is training who has been in prison for the last 4 years for a crime he didn't commit. 

Darynda Jones has me hooked.  I love this series and will keep coming back for more.  Brilliantly written with just the right blend of humor and seriousness it was a perfect read in between more serious books.  I loved it. 

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