Bare-Naked LolaPaperback A Lola Cruz Mystery
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- Publisher: Entangled Select
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 136mm x 206mm x 23mm | 342g
- Publication date: 31 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: Fort Collins
- ISBN 10: 1620610043
- ISBN 13: 9781620610046
- Sales rank: 970,846
Meet Dolores 'Lola' Cruz. Going undercover is second nature for Private Investigator Lola Cruz, but she's out of her league when the case of a murdered Royals Courtside Dancer leads her to a local nudist resort. Parading around the sidelines of Sacramento's professional basketball scene in a barely-there cheerleading outfit is one thing--but parading around in nothing but a smile? If she has any chance of hiding this from her traditional family and on-again/off-again boyfriend Jack, she's going to have to keep a lot more than her duct tape bra and killer dance moves under wraps...
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Melissa Bourbon Ramirez is the author of the Lola Cruz mystery series and A Dressmaker's Mystery series for NAL. She is also the coauthor of The Tricked-out Toolbox: Promotion and Marketing Tools Every Writer Needs, as well as the author of two romantic suspense novels, all to be released in 2012. Melissa is published in Woman's World Magazine, Romance Writers Report, and GLOW Magazine, and has a children's book published. A former middle and high school teacher, this blonde-haired, green-eyed, proud to be Latina-by-Marriage girl loves following Lola and Harlow on their many adventures. Whether it's contemplating belly button piercings, visiting nudist resorts, or hanging out with seamstresses and goats, she's always up for the challenge. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can't believe she's lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.
By Shelley Cusbert 17 May 2012
Bare Naked Lola is the third book in the Lola Cruz Mystery series by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez, who is also the author of the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series.
This fun, cozy series features Latina Delores (Lola) Cruz, a private detective at Camacho and Associates by day and a waitress at the restaurant owned by her family, Abuelitas, by night. Despite her penchant for finding herself at the center of awkward and dangerous situations, Lola is determined to prove herself as a PI, even with the objections of her traditional Catholic family and constant distraction in the form of gorgeous journalist, Jack Callaghan. The comparison to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series is inevitable and there are general similarities, but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment this author provides.
Lola is a fun and feisty heroine who is witty, smart and capable of looking after herself (as evidenced by her Black Belt in martial arts). She is determined to solve her first undercover case, investigating threats made against the Royals Courtside Dance team, even if it means wearing the skimpy cheer outfits, and duct tape, in front of thousands of people. As a good Catholic girl, Lola finds baring too much skin uncomfortable so when the clues lead her to a Naturist resort she has to decide where to look, and exactly how far she will go, to close the investigation.
While the mystery element, identifying the sender of the notes, and later the killer, worked out satisfactorily, I think the plot would have benefited by having different perpetrators for the incidents, just to add a little more depth to the investigation. I really had no clue who to suspect for at least three quarters of the book and didn't see the motive coming at all which I am not too sure about. I think a few hints seeded earlier in the story would have been a good thing. Sara, Callaghan's loco ex, does provide a sub plot of sorts but no real complications.
I enjoyed meeting the characters that populate the series - Lola's family, colleagues and friends. Even though this is the first of the series I have read I didn't feel as I was missing anything crucial as Bourbon provides some back story.
I enjoyed Bare Naked Lola, Bourbon has a great sense of humor and this book is a quick and easy read. If you are a fan of the mystery/comedy genre the Lola Cruz mystery series is sure to please, keep an eye out for the previous titles Living the Vida Lola and Hasta la Vista, Lola!.
About The Lola Cruz Mystery Series "...Dolores "Lola" Falcon Cruz, a Sacramento, Calif., PI whose kung fu moves are only part of her chica charm. Ramirez keeps the action tight, the plot smart and humor light in this spicy blend of crime solving and romance. Lola's Latina perspective adds extra sizzle." - Publishers Weekly 4 1/2 Stars: "Tightly plotted, with scenes of laugh-out- loud humor, great dialogue and supporting characters, this is a sassy, fun story that will have you waiting impatiently for the next book." - Romantic Times Book Reviews Praise for Bare-Naked Lola "Ay Caramba! Lola's back, and hotter than ever, whether strutting her stuff as a courtside dancer or crashing a party at a nudist resort. Between the well-crafted mystery and the sizzling romance, BARE-NAKED LOLA is a great read... and muy caliente!" ~Jennie Bentley, NY Times bestselling author "Smart, sassy, and a bundle of fun! Lola is the spicy, Latina answer to Stephanie Plum -- full of laughs, heart, and the kind of endearing women you can't help rooting for. Fans of the humorous mystery genre will be cheering in their seats over Melissa Bourbon Ramirez's latest Lola Cruz mystery." ~ Gemma Halliday, NY Times bestselling author "Bare-Naked Lola reveals just how saucy, funny, sizzling and brave P.I. Lola Cruz can be. She is one hot mamacita, and this book is not to be missed! Loved every page of Bare-Naked Lola!" ~ Bestselling author Heather Webber "Melissa Bourbon Ramirez has scored with her latest edition in the Lola Cruz Mysteries series. She had me cheering for Lola as the sassy PI goes undercover as a dancer for a professional basketball team to investigate a mystery that kept me guessing (and giggling) all the way to the bare-naked end." ~ Dorothy St. James, author of the White House Gardener Mysteries "!Ay Caramba! Lola Cruz is back, smarter and sexier than ever. Melissa Bourbon Ramirez and her spicy PI detective will leave you hanging on every page!" ~ Tonya Kappes, bestselling Indie author
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Meet Dolores 'Lola' Cruz. Going undercover is second nature for Private Investigator Lola Cruz, but she's out of her league when the case of a murdered Royals Courtside Dancer leads her to a local nudist resort. Parading around the sidelines of Sacramento's professional basketball scene in a barely-there cheerleading outfit is one thing--but parading around in nothing but a smile? If she has any chance of hiding this from her traditional family and on-again/off-again boyfriend Jack, she's going to have a lot more than her duct tape bra and killer dance moves to keep under wraps... Praise for the Lola Cruz Mysteries "Ramirez's muy caliente debut introduces Dolores "Lola" Falcon Cruz, a Sacramento, Calif., PI whose kung fu moves are only part of her chica charm. A missing persons case--the disappearance of 42-year-old Emily Diggs, who left her six-year-old son, Sean, stranded at school--turns into a murder investigation after a boater finds Emily's body near Riverbank Marina. Lola's old high school crush, Jack Callaghan, now a Sacramento Bee reporter, provides some unexpected help. Emily had approached Jack about her 18-year-old son Garrett's recent death--from what Emily believed was a "heart infection" due to a faulty tattoo. Lola's determined to uncover the facts and catch the killer, even if it means, gulp, getting a girly belly-button piercing. Ramirez keeps the action tight, the plot smart and humor light in this spicy blend of crime solving and romance. Lola's Latina perspective adds extra sizzle." - "Publishers Weekly" 4 1/2 Stars: "Tightly plotted, with scenes of laugh-out- loud humor, great dialogue and supporting characters, this is a sassy, fun story that will have you waiting impatiently for the next book." - "Romantic Times Book Reviews"