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Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Review - Hot, Shot and Bothered: A Lilly Hawkins Mystery by Nora McFarland

Today's review is about a firecracker of a mystery that will certainly heat up a summer's afternoon of reading!

About The Book:

TV news photographer Lilly Hawkins is on the biggest assignment of her career. A deadly wildfire is racing through the California mountains toward the town of Elizabeth Lake. After barely slipping in ahead of road closures, Lilly has her hands full photographing the massive evacuation and approaching inferno. She has no time to cover the accidental drowning of a reckless party girl in the lake . . . until she learns the victim’s name.
When Lilly knew her thirteen years ago, Jessica Egan was a principled environmental activist and not a bit reckless or wild. Could she have changed that much, or is a killer exploiting the chaos surrounding the fire to disguise a murder?
Soon Lilly’s juggling the story she should be covering with the story she can’t let go. What could have been the motive for Jessica’s death? Was it sexual jealousy, long-held grudges, or just plain old-fashioned greed that got Jessica killed? Meanwhile, Lily has to contend with her station’s low-budget technology, the antics of her dodgy uncle Bud, and the alarming job offers her boyfriend is fielding from big-city competitors. Lilly is racing against the clock to get answers. If only the murderer—or the fire—doesn’t get her first!

I just had a blast reading this book!  Nora McFarland delivers a fast-paced story that pulls the reader in for a rollercoaster ride of an adventure, and hardly gives you a moment to catch your breath all the way to the smashing ending! 

I love how detailed McFarland is in describing the incredibly hard work the brave men and women that fight wildfires go through. She is equally descriptive in her look into the world of the people who report the news, and the often dangerous situations they too find themselves in.

"Hot, Shot And Bothered" is the second book in McFarland's "Lilly Hawkins Mystery" series, and I, for one, can't wait for the next story!

About The Author:

Nora McFarland has worked for CNN and is a former community relations manager for Barnes & Noble. She has an MFA from the University of Southern California's school of cinema and television. Nora lives in Macon, Georgia.  Check out her website at http://www.noramcfarland.com/ for more information on her writing and upcoming projects!

I received a copy of this book from Touchstone Books for review. I was not compensated for my opinion.


Nora McFarland said...

Thank you, Sharon! I'm so proud you liked my book!

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

You are so welcome, Nora! It was a lot of fun to read!!