From Publishers Weekly
Romance overshadows the crime solving in Ramirez's saucy second mystery to feature Sacramento, Calif., PI Lola Cruz (after 2009's Living the Vida Loca
). Lola returns home one evening to find all the members of her close-knit Mexican-American family overjoyed to see her alive. A little earlier, they heard on the news that her body was discovered in an alley behind the Florin Mall. The victim, who suffered a fatal head blow, turns out to be an identity thief, Rosie Gonzales. Lola and her Sacramento Bee
journalist boyfriend, Jack Callaghan, learn that Rosie posed as Lola for six months and had even enrolled in Lola's alma mater, Sacramento State. Rosie also left behind a missing child Lola's determined to locate. Also disturbing is a possible link to Lola's slimy ex-boyfriend, Sergio Garcia. Ramirez insightfully explores one of today's more pervasive crimes, identity theft, but hopefully she'll beef up the action in the next installment. Author tour.(Feb.)
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In Ramirez’s second novel featuring the feisty Latina detective, Dolores “Lola” Cruz is investigating her own death. That is, she is trying to find out why a woman who stole her identity ended up dead. With sexy reporter Jack Callaghan—her on-again, off-again love interest—by her side, Lola finds out that the other Dolores is actually Rosie Gonzalez, a single mother, whose young son has been missing since his mother’s death. Now Lola’s search turns to finding the young boy, which leads her closer to home than she expected. Fans who fell for Lola in Living the Vida Lola (2009) will welcome her smart and snappy return. The suspense here revolves as much around the will-they or won’t-they romance with Jack as it does with the missing boy and mysterious death, leading up to a shocking ending that ties everything together. --Aleksandra Walker