Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

eBook - 2019
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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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : St. Martin's Press, 2019
ISBN: 9781250126139
Branch Call Number: FICTION And
Description: 1 online resource
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Summer2021
Sep 23, 2020

I did not enjoy this book.

The first half was a mess. I almost stopped reading it but the library's website was down, so I wasn't able to get a replacement.

Drue was unlikable--36, no life, no career, no strength of character, no motivation to do something with herself, no skills, and no attempts to deal with her family issues anout which she was openly bitter.

In the second half, the author decided that the book would be a murder mystery, so the story finally had a point.

But it was a bit too amateur for me. Add the mess of the first half, and it was two/two-point-five stars.

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AMWayment
Jun 22, 2020

Thirty-six-year old Drue Campbell is the protagonist. A few months earlier Drue’s mother passed away. Her father, Brice attended the funeral. It was the first time Drue had seen him in more than twenty years. After the funeral, he gave Drue a set of keys for her Nonni and Papi’s cottage in Sunset Beach. He told her the cottage was hers, but it needed a lot of work. He asked Drue what her plans were. With a flaky boyfriend, a crappy waitressing job, and a recent injury, Drue had to admit she didn’t really have any plans. He offered her a job working at his law firm, but Drue turned him down. Of course she ends up taking the job.

Drue tries to settle in at work. When she’s not at the office she’s working on getting the cottage into shape. In the attic, she finds some old papers and newspaper clippings about a missing person. She wonders why the papers are in the cottage. Drue also wonders about the recent suspicious death of a young woman who worked at a local beach resort. The woman’s mother is unhappy with how the firm handled her daughter’s case. Drue finds the case heartbreaking and begins investigating on her own.

Is it possible that someone at the firm is involved in these cases? Could Drue be putting herself in danger as she tries to find the truth?

Most of the story takes place in the present, but there are chapters from 1975/1976 interspersed throughout the novel that give the backstory of one of the cases Drue is researching.

I thought this was a very well-written, well-paced story with many great characters. Drue’s story was interesting and so were the cases she was investigating. It was emotional at times but was also often refreshingly funny.

“Sunset Beach” was an engrossing and satisfying novel with layers and twists that kept me gripped and quickly flipping the pages.

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Ginamarguerite
Jun 07, 2020

I needed a change of pace from the thrillers and suspense reads I've been immersed in and to step away from world events for a few days and Sunset Beach was a good choice. It's definitely "Lifetime" movie action -- some high drama. The characters generally started off unlikable but by the end I was liking Drue, Jonah and Brice. Wendy I still had some issues with. I felt the ending, especially the part about Colleen wasn't quite done. It was like the author got there and didn't quite know where to go with it.

SPOILER SPACE

Sherri shot Colleen and Zee took part in chasing her. If she hadn't been shot she wouldn't have run and wouldn't have fallen and died. Zee aided and abetted what was at a minimum manslaughter.

Still, I'll read Andrews again when I need an escape read.

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2greyts
Feb 15, 2020

Beach read, enjoyable even in February

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Lesley_17
Oct 12, 2019

I throughly enjoyed it! Very hard to put down!

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twhitehead24
Jul 14, 2019

This is the second Mary Kay Andrews book and I really enjoy reading her books. When I read the description I was intrigued: who can resist a beach read with a 40 year old mystery and a murder. I was hooked when I read the acknowledgement when Ms. Andrews talked about St. Petersburg, Florida, where I lived most of my life. “Sunset Beach” is a great book that will have you reading into all hours of the night to figure out the mystery to the murders. It was fun to read about places that I have visited and, oh my gosh, Maas Brothers, Central Plaza, and many of my old stomping grounds. Cannot wait to read more of Ms. Andrews books.

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janetnorm
Jul 08, 2019

I just finished sunset beach. In Epilogue there was a name I never or cannot remember seeing in the book. Can anyone tell me who Corey is?

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CL_kcls
Jul 01, 2019

'Sunset Beach' was not what I expected, especially from the cover, but I enjoyed it immensely.

'Sunset Beach' may be a beach read but it is not a light, fluffy beach story; it's a mystery that takes place at a beach.

It's fun to see MKA expand her beach horizons to include some mystery depth, in this case two mysteries, with all the beauty of the beach.

Unfortunately, the 36 year old heroine of the story sounded and acted a bit too much like a petulant 18 yr old. I found that off-putting. However I feel MKA left the door open to more mystery sequels. If that's the case, perhaps Drue will mature into her age.

3.75 stars for 'Sunset Beach'

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leroi0211
Jun 26, 2019

I was most disappointed in Ms Anderson's latest offering. It fell short in the characterization and wit, for which she known to excel. I'll wait very patiently for her next one, with fingers crossed that she, does better.

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ktjonas
Jun 13, 2019

this book was a disappointment to me...it started off great,but by the middle of the book,it seems to get in a rut and just goes around and around ,,page by page on the same thing..same conversations..I could not even read it...

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