Living the Vida Lola: Lola Cruz Mystery Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Meet Lola Cruz. After paying her dues as an intern, she's now a full-fledged detective at Camacho and Associates. Her boss is Manny Camacho, a muy caliente former cop with a mysterious ex-wife, a Lara Croft look-alike girlfriend, and a sudden personal interest in Lola.
Her first big case? A missing mother who may not want to be found. And to make her already busy life even more complicated, Lola's helping her cousin plan her quinceañera and battling her family and their old-fashioned views on women and careers. She's also reunited with the gorgeous Jack Callaghan, her high-school crush whom she shamelessly tailed years ago and photographed doing the horizontal salsa with some other lucky girl.
Lola takes it all in stride, but when the subject of her search ends up dead, she realizes she has a lot more to worry about. Soon she finds herself wrapped up in the possibly shady practices of a tattoo parlor, local politics, and someone with serious - maybe deadly - road rage. To top it all off, her treasured post-coital pictures of Jack are missing!
Still, Lola is well-equipped to handle these challenges. She's a black belt in kung fu, and her body isn't her only weapon. She's got smarts, sass, and more tenacity than her Mexican mafioso-wannabe grandfather. A few of her famous margaritas don't hurt, either.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 13 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||January 29 2019|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #223,311 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3,558 in Cozy Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#5,512 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
#39,141 in Women Sleuths
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Dolores, aka Lola, has been in the PI business for 4 years, trained under Manny of Camacho & Assoc, in Sacramento CA. When her brother,Antonio's childhood friend Jack Callaghan returns all the hot flashes of lust & crush reignite in Lola.
Meanwhile Dolores is assigned to Emily Diggs. Emily's son died of a heart infection after a tattoo and Emily wants justice. When Emily turns up dead, the case gets very blurred by lies and legal blockades.
There are many plot twists in this who-done-it. There are also a lot of Spanish phrases and responses that I had a hard time following as exposure to Spanish is not common in Canada, especially in my generation.
Our Thrillers & Suspense book club is featuring book 3 in this series as April 2019 book of the month so I am working my way through this series!
Top reviews from other countries
Book told from FMC POV. Some steam. As mentioned above, no cliffhanger. Fun start, really enjoyed.
Emily had contacted Jack about a story, but turned up DEAD before he could return her message. What Lola wants Lola gets, and she's determined to find out what happened to Emily -- even if she has to make a "purchase" at a tattoo parlor to do it!
With a cast of characters you won't soon forget, this page-turner has got it all: Suspense, Humor, and Heart. I highly recommend this book for a great read and can't wait until Misa Ramirez comes out with another in the series!!
Does this start to sound familiar? Stephanie Plum is the Italian-Hungarian template and Dolores Falcon Cruz, Sophie Metropolis, Bubbles Strohmeyer and probably a half dozen more literary characters are the watered-down Mexican, Greek and I believe Polish (I could be wrong on that) wanna-bes. Somehow Stephanie (and her creator) do it all so much better, tighter, funnier and more readably.
The Dolores story lines and mysteries really becomes who cares...it's all about the bumbling PI and caliente newspaper writer Jack and their attempts to find a place to do what both of them have supposedly been lusting after since high school. Oh and she really wants to figure out what makes Ranger (I mean Manny tick).
Author Misa Ramirez has created one go-for-the-gusto heroine...but more than that...she's created a family and cast of characters that I can't wait to catch up with again and again in future books in this series.
Luuuvvv Lola Cruz and Luuuvvv Misa Ramirez's voice!