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Going to the Bad: A Lilly Hawkins Mystery (Lilly Hawkins Mysteries) Kindle Edition
Working as a TV news photographer at her hometown television station, Lilly has documented Bakersfield’s most violent crimes and tragic accidents. To stay sane and avoid burnout, she’s developed a wicked sense of humor and a very thick skin. For her, a vicious shooting is just another day on the job. But what if the victim is someone she loves? Thrown off balance by the brutal attack on her uncle Bud in her own home, Lilly decides to handle the tragedy the only way she knows how. Using all her TV station’s resources and her own considerable skills, Lilly dives headlong into the investigation. But even with the assistance of her well-meaning but eccentric coworkers, this story may prove her last. Because as Lilly untangles a history of her uncle’s misdeeds and betrayals, a clever killer is preparing to strike again. Can she break the story in time to prevent another murder, or will Lilly be the next victim?
"Determined to avenge an attack on her uncle, a photographer turns investigator in this character-rich whodunit and whydunit." --Kirkus
"McFarland's twisty third Lilly Hawkins mystery (after 2011's Hot, Shot, and Bothered) finds the Bakersfield, Calif., TV news photographer caught off guard by an attack on her beloved black sheep uncle, Allan "Bud" Hawkins . . . Lilly's instincts may occasionally lead her astray, but readers will enjoy stumbling alongside her." -- Publisher's Weekly
About the Author
- ASIN : B0061NX98U
- Publisher : Gallery Books (August 7, 2012)
- Publication date : August 7, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1894 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 306 pages
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Even though Lilly's search reveals some very dark history about her favorite Uncle Bud, McFarland is able to weave in just the right amount of humor using the secondary characters in clever subplots to keep the story balanced. It's a special treat when a book can make you laugh out loud in some sections and wipe a tear away in others.
Lilly is still the stubborn, sassy and foolishly brave heroine of the first two books but what she uncovers in this story, forces her to grow emotionally in a satisfying way.
Wow! What a great read. The fast-pace and non-stop action in this suspenseful drama kept me riveted to the pages as I could not put this book down. The tone of the story aligned with the mystery as a Lilly delves deeper into this investigation even in the face of danger. Lilly is such a strong, confident and brassy character, you can't help but root for her as she narrows in on her target with surprising discovery. This story boasts a wonderfully crafted plot; a likable, yet quirky cast; and great banter tinged with humorous anecdotes; and is by far the best book in this adrenaline-charged series and I sure hope it's not the last we hear from Lilly.
The story opens with Lilly Hawkins at work. Her attention is drawn to a police scanner that informs listeners of a shooting and address. Lilly immediately realizes that it's her own address and later, is informed that her Uncle Bud was shot and taken to the hospital.
Zany things are happening at the TV station. The afternoon anchor is nervous about his first show where an animal shelter is bringing some caged animals to show the TV audience and maybe have some of the animals adopted.
Lilly seems to be conflicted about looking for the person who shot her uncle. From one point of view, it would probably be a good story but after speaking to a person who was one of Bud's best friends, something was stolen from this rich friend and Bud is one of the suspects. When Lilly learns this, she hesitates about learning any 'dirt' about her uncle.
One character is an elderly woman who has some kind of dementia. With Lilly's spunky attitude, Lilly drives out to see the woman who tells her that the door can't be opened and Lilly would have to come in by the bathroom window. When she does this, and the woman forgets that she invited her, the woman screams and Lilly has to make a hasty retreat.
The action takes place in Bakersfield, California and in a few farms in the suburbs. It takes place over Christmas eve and Christmas day. I liked the story, the dialog was well done and the author brought together the segments of the story to a tight and satisfactory conclusion.
But when she arrives, she realizes that it's her Uncle Bud who was shot. She didn't even know he was in town. But neither here nor there, Lilly wants to know who shot him and why. With some help of her newspaper co-workers, she dives into the investigation, not liking where some of it takes her - into Uncle Bud's shady past.
What ensues is a hysterical, page-turning suspense that will keep you thoroughly entertained. McFarland has a knack at character development and dialogue that really brings them to life. Lilly's sarcasm and wit gave me a few chuckles and I was impressed with the pace of this story.
This is the first McFarland novel I have read, but it is the third in the series. Going To The Bad can be read as a standalone - I had no problems with backstory of characters or events. However, I urge you to get the first two in the series, A Bad Day's Work and Hot, Shot, and Bothered, just because if they are anything as good as this one - they can't be missed. Mystery lovers won't want to miss this one!