Book Title and Author: Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews
Publication Date and Publisher: May 7, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Pages: 432 pages
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Date Read: March 23, 2019 (paper copy via publisher)
Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist.
Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.
It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.
With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.
Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews’ signature wit, heart, and charm.
Mary Kay Andrews is on fire with her newest summer read! I’ve been reading MKA since the early 90s and own all of her books, but I think she just keeps getting better with every book, and Sunset Beach is the perfect example. I loved everything and I mean everything about Sunset Beach!
Thirty-six year old Drue Campbell doesn’t feel like her life can possibly get any worse than it already is when her estranged father, a hot-shot personal injury lawyer walks back into her life and offers her a job. After all, her mom just passed away from cancer, she’s not quite recovered from a knee injury she received in a kiteboarding accident, and she was just fired from her waitressing job.
Drue really has no choice but to take Brice’s job offer and move back to St. Petersburg. Once there, she realizes things can get worse when she finds out her dad is now married to a woman her own age…who just happens to be her 8th grade best friend turned enemy, Wendy! The only upside to moving back to St. Petersburg is that Drue discovers that she has inherited the beach cottage on Sunset Beach that her grandfather built decades ago and where she spent so many happy years while growing up. It’s now dilapidated and needs major repairs, but Drue is thrilled it’s all hers.
What she’s not thrilled about is working with Wendy every day, and it doesn’t help that Drue is really bad at screening calls at the law firm and drumming up clients for her dad. Instead, Drue’s more interested in trying to figure out who strangled the daughter of one of their clients–and mainly why her dad didn’t get the girl’s mother a bigger settlement in the wrongful death suit! As far as Drue is concerned, the client is right and justice wasn’t served, so Drue turns secret investigator to figure out what happened and if the law firm (and her father) is somehow involved in hiding things.
If that mystery weren’t enough to keep Drue busy, she finds a box in her attic while trying to prevent a leak in her roof that has an old police file from 1976 in it about a missing woman. Her dad used to be a police officer, but why would an entire police file just happen to be in her grandparent’s attic and what happened to the missing woman 40 years ago? Let’s just say that Drue has some suspicions!
Drue’s investigations in both mysteries take her on a shocking path where she can trust no one! I love when MKA adds mystery and intrigue in her novels because she always adds just the right touch of suspense to keep you glued to the pages without letting it get too dark and heavy (although we all know I love my dark and gritty novels!). But for a summer read, this is the perfect mix of mystery, a bit of sleuthing, some intrigue, family drama, some romance, and a perfect southern summer setting!
Sunset Beach is another delightful summer novel from the queen of the beach reads, and it gets my highest recommendation! Make sure you grab a copy or add it to your TBR before it releases on May 7, 2019!
**Thank you, St.Martin’s Press and Mary Kay Andrews for the early review copy. All opinions are my own.**