Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hasta la Vista, Lola! by Misa Ramirez

Lola Cruz is "A driven, independent woman walking a tightrope between modern American culture and my parents' old-fashioned, male-oriented Spanish culture." But, even Lola is at a loss when it's announced that she's dead in Misa Ramirez' Hasta la Vista, Lola!

Lola didn't hear the announcement of her death on TV, but her entire family did. When she received a strange phone call from her parents' number, she rushed over to find the entire family in mourning because Dolores Cruz, a private investigator who worked for Camacho and Associates, was found dead in an alley. Well, that's Lola's name, description and job, but she's standing right there in front of her family, including her grandmother, who insists she's now la fatasma, a ghost.

Someone stole Lola's identity. Now, she's obsessed with finding out who the other "Dolores Cruz" was. Which one of the two was the actual target of a killer? Should Lola worry about her life? It's bad enough that she has to worry about her love life, as she hungers for reporter Jack Callaghan, a childhood friend who still lights her fire. And, the feeling is mutual, but Lola doesn't know if she can trust Jack.

Lola has a lot on her plate. When needed, she waitresses at the family restaurant, Abuelita's. Her grandfather asked her to do a little snooping for him. She has to find out who the other Dolores Cruz was, and uncover the mysteries of interoffice politics at Camacho and Associates. Oh, and there's that little matter of Jack.

Misa Ramirez' second Lola Cruz mystery, following Living the Vida Lola, is intricate, involving a hot news topic, identity theft. Lola Cruz is an intelligent, willful character, fun to get to know. And, Hasta La Vista, Lola! is filled with a great deal of sexual tension. What's not to love in this fun mystery?

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Hasta la Vista, Lola! by Misa Ramirez. St. Martin's Minotaur, ©2010. ISBN 9780312384036 (hardcover), 272p.

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Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I like the sound of this one...very cute. Not that often that we hear about our own death! And identity theft is definitely a hot topic.

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bermudaonion said...

That does sound fun and Lola sounds like a great character!

Lesa said...

Talk about cute, Elizabeth. You should read it when Lola warns waitresses to ignore her grandfather. Cute book with a great family.

Lesa said...

Lola is a great character. It was just a fun book right now.