Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Mother Daughter Murder Night by Nina Simon



High-powered businesswoman Lana Rubicon has a lot to be proud of: her keen intelligence, impeccable taste, and the L.A. real estate empire she’s built. But when she finds herself trapped 300 miles north of the city, convalescing in a sleepy coastal town with her adult daughter Beth and teenage granddaughter Jack, Lana is stuck counting otters instead of square footage—and hoping that boredom won’t kill her before the cancer does.
Then Jack—tiny in stature but fiercely independent—happens upon a dead body while kayaking near their bungalow. Jack quickly becomes a suspect in the homicide investigation, and the Rubicon women are thrown into chaos. Beth thinks Lana should focus on recovery, but Lana has a better idea. She’ll pull on her wig, find the true murderer, protect her family, and prove she still has power.
With Jack and Beth’s help, Lana uncovers a web of lies, family vendettas, and land disputes lurking beneath the surface of a community populated by folksy conservationists and wealthy ranchers. But as their amateur snooping advances into ever-more dangerous territory, the headstrong Rubicon women must learn to do the one thing they’ve always resisted: depend on each other.

I loved this book!  It’s part mystery and part family drama.  The relationship dynamics between Lana, Beth and Jack reminded me a lot of Gilmore Girls except Jack is cooler and more resourceful than Rory.  I loved reading about the change and growth in Lana, Beth and Jack’s relationship.  Lana is a fierce riot.  If gory mysteries turn you off, don’t worry, this one isn’t grizzly.  I also loved the small town coastal setting.  This is one of Reese Witherspoon’s book club selections and I can see why, it’s got a little something for everyone.  Fans of contemporary family stories and mystery fans alike will love Mother Daughter Murder Night. 


I got my copy of Mother Daughter Murder Night as an ebook through my local library. You can pick yours up at book stores everywhere or your local library.  For more information, visit the author's website.

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