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Living the Vida Lola: A Lola Cruz Mystery (Lola Cruz Mysteries) Hardcover – January 20, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Lola Cruz Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312384025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312384029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Ramirez's muy caliente debut introduces Dolores Lola Falcón 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. (Jan.)
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"Living the Vida Lola has a cast of endearing characters so real they jump right off the page. If you like a mystery with plenty of sass and sizzle, don't miss this sparkling debut!"—Brenda Novak, bestselling author of Trust Me

"If you like fun and spunky Stephanie Plum, you'll love smart and sexy Lola Cruz. Fun, tightly plotted and 100% entertaining, Living the Vida Lola is a terrific story bursting with marvelous characters that keep you rapidly turning pages until the very end. Misa Ramirez's debut novel rocks."—Allison Brennan, bestselling author of Playing Dead

"Make way for Lola Cruz!  Misa Ramirez's Lola Cruz is a flesh and blood heroine:  smart, sassy, and sexy.   Living the Vida Lola is a hot debut mystery that shouldn't be missed."—Maggie Barbieri, author of Quick Study

"Watch out baddies, Lola P.I. packs a punch and always gets her man!"—Mary Castillo, author of Switchcraft

"Sexy, funny, and completely entertaining.  Who could ask for more?  But wait!  Living The Vida Lola has much more, including colorful characters you'll cheer for from chapter one to the end.  Not to be missed."-- Lara Rios, author of Becoming Americana

"Muy caliente! Living the Vida Lola by exciting new author Misa Ramirez is deliciously decadent, laugh-out-loud fun. If you like a little spice with your mystery, you're going to love PI Lola Cruz."--National bestselling author Tori Carrington of The Sofie Metropolis, PI series

 

 



This highly entertaining first-person novel launches a new series with a bang. Well written with laugh-out-loud humor and a complex mystery, this wonderful debut will have you looking forward to more books in the series. Lola is no lightweight detective, despite the chick lit feel to the book, and the balance between her personal and professional life is ideal. The tension in both romance and danger deepens expertly. (Page Traynor Romantic Times BOOKreviews)

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The writing is bright and fast-paced, Lola Cruz is smart, witty and sexy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJ Stafford on October 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a find in this engaging series of books starring Lola Cruz. I have been a raving fan of Evanovich from the first time I read her books and now I am delighted to say that I have found another series that are just as entertaining. I find that the Lola Cruz Mysteries has all of the aspects of fun "who dunnits" - along with chuckles, a bit of sexual tension and meaty vocabulary- where she beats Evanovich hands down. I work 70 hours a week and when I climb into bed at night to read a bit I find myself reading much later than I should because I hate to put Lola down! To the author I say Keep up the Good Work and write more stories about Lola! Also, someone call Spielburg and tell him to buy the movie rights to these great books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Cano-Murillo on April 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you dig mysteries, you'll love this cheery, fun read by Misa Ramirez. The writing is bright and fast-paced, Lola Cruz is smart, witty and sexy. The story will lock you in until the last page!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In Sacramento Dolores "Lola" Falcon Cruz earns a living as a private investigator. Her current case involves a missing person, responsible forty-two years old Emily Diggs, who failed to pick up her six-year-old son Sean at his school. Everyone Lola spoke with who knew Emily insists she was a good mother who would never commit a negligent act involving her child especially with what happened to her older son.

However, the inquiry turns ugly when Emily's body is found near the Riverbank Marina. Lola continues her investigation, but changes her focus to uncovering the identity of the killer. Sacramento Bee reporter Jack Callaghan informs Lola that a distraught Emily told him that her older son, Garrett died from wht the woman called a "heart infection" that she believed came from an unsanitary tattoo. Lola remains dedicated to catching the culprit using Jack's tip as a lead by looking perhaps first hand into tattoos and belly-button and other unmentionable body parts piercing.

Never taking itself graveyard serious, this is an entertaining investigative half boiled noir with a touch of romance to spice up the proceedings. Ethical Lola is terrific as a literally and figuratively kick butt heroine who believes she owes her late client so continues her inquiry. You don't know Jack if you fail to understand that what Lola wants Lola gets, which is a killer, even if that mean a belly button or a nipple ring. Misa Ramirez provides a wonderful first case in what looks like the start of a delightful series.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Story Eyed Dreamer on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
More like Loving La Vida Lola! Fun, fast paced, I love this book and this character. I can't wait to read Hasta La Vista! Excellent, Ms. Ramirez! Bring it on!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan Hatler on March 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Lola Cruz is assigned a missing person's file and this sassy P.I. takes finding Emily Diggs to heart. While investigating Emily's private journal, Lola finds Jack Callaghan's business card. Jack is a reporter for the Sac Bee, is Lola's high school crush, and can dance the salsa like nobody's business (Lola finds out first-hand!).

Emily had contacted Jack about a story, but turned up DEAD before he could return her message. What Lola wants Lola gets, and she's determined to find out what happened to Emily -- even if she has to make a "purchase" at a tattoo parlor to do it!

With a cast of characters you won't soon forget, this page-turner has got it all: Suspense, Humor, and Heart. I highly recommend this book for a great read and can't wait until Misa Ramirez comes out with another in the series!!
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By Aurian on March 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
It took me a while to get into this book. I am still not sure if Lola is smart, or fluffy, and things just come to her. As I don’t speak or read Spanish, I did not really like all the Spanish/Mexican words used by all the characters. I am Dutch, I can read French, German and English besides my own language. But Spanish is mostly beyond me. So not knowing what precisely was being said, time and again, threw me out of the story.

Lola is a beautiful 27 year old woman, still living at home, in an apartment above her parents house, shared with her brother. They are both saving for their own house, and enjoy the cheap rent. But Lola is starting to feel the constant company and censure of her parents. They don’t like her dangerous job, and want her to do something safe, and preferably work in the family restaurant full time, get married and give them a lot of grandchildren.
When Lola was 15, she had this huge crush on the most popular guy in school, and kind of stalked him where ever he went. She even made pictures, and caught him once in the backseat of his car with another girl. She still has the picture of a naked Jack in her dresser drawer … And now Jack is back in town, and as he was her brother Antonio’s best friend, she is bound to run into him again. Does she want to see him, or would it be too embarrassing?

Lola likes her job as a private investigator, she likes her colleagues, except for Sadie, who seems to do her best to discredit Lola. But her handsome boss, Manny, has faith in her. He gives her an important case, a missing mother, and Lola is determined to find her. Talking with whomever knew Emily, she stumbles upon a sad tale, a mother grieving for her dead son, and wanting someone to blame for it.
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