A Lilly Hawkins Mystery
By Nora McFarland
Touchstone,$15.00, 274 pages
The action starts on the first few pages and never stops. TV photographer Lilly Hawkins was at the studio where she worked when she heard on the scanner that the police were asking for an ambulance for someone who had been shot multiple times. She was startled when they gave the location: it was her home address. She rushed home to find her uncle near death. Instead of waiting at the hospital while he was in surgery, she began investigating the incident. As she explored her uncle’s past looking for answers, several possible suspects emerged. Her boyfriend complicated matters by begging her to stop the investigation. Some of the characters in this book are so quirky and real, the reader may feel they have met them somewhere before.
Nora McFarland is the author of A Bad Day’s Work and Hot, Shot, and Bothered. She has worked for CNN and is a former community relations manager for Barnes & Noble. Nora has an MFA from University of Southern California’s school of cinema and television. She began her career as the only female television photographer in Bakersfield, California.
Lilly Hawkins is bold, smart, funny, and resourceful. She faces the mystery and danger of her situation with courage and determination, making this story a satisfying and fun read.
Reviewed by Fran Byram