Thursday, June 24, 2010
"Sex in a Sidecar", by Phyllis Smallman
Book 2 in the Sherri Travis Mystery
The Sherri Travis Mysteries are fun to read, light with no fuss about them. A refreshing break one can take between other genre and zip throw them in just a few hours.
This sequel to "Margarita Nights" has Sherri fighting to survive hurricane Myrna now battling the west coast of Florida and threatening to obliterate everything in its path. She fights to keep the drinking establishment she works at open as long as possible but when a patron Gina Ross is murdered and Sherri discovers her lifeless body, skull crushed and laid out in crucifixion fashion, a decision had to be made. It was time to move inland, ride the storm out and apply her trade at the Bath and Tennis Club, a ritzy hangout for the rich and famous.
Over the next few days, while serving cocktails, Sherri learns that Gina's murder was not unique. Gina's sister was also recently murdered and the circumstances of her death were similar to the murder of tourist Bunny Lehre. Nothing like a serial killer on the loose and a bartender with big ears playing detective..... A lethal brew if there ever was one.....will she become one of the many victims?
"Sex in a Sidecar" has many humorous twits and a storyline that is fast paced. The characterization is colorful; some are a tad annoying and far fetched. The volatile interaction between Sherri and her in-laws and the depiction of the bar scenes and its upper crust characters are simply hilarious. The narration is crude and simple at times to highlight the personality of the characters. The author's description of Mother Nature and all her fury attacking the Florida coast is especially well done, not an envious situation to be in. The novel provides a decent mystery but it lacks cohesiveness in its plotting, it is all over the place....like the Hurricane....
If you read and enjoyed the first novel, you will also enjoy this one