Review: Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews


Release date: May 7, 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Women’s Fiction


Pull up a lounge chair and have a cocktail at Sunset Beach – it comes with a twist. 

Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job.

It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charming but storm-damaged eyesore now surrounded by waterfront McMansions.

With no other prospects, Drue begrudgingly joins the firm, spending her days screening out the grifters whose phone calls flood the law office. Working with Wendy is no picnic either. But when a suspicious death at an exclusive beach resort nearby exposes possible corruption at her father’s firm, she goes from unwilling cubicle rat to unwitting investigator, and is drawn into a case that may – or may not – involve her father. With an office romance building, a decades-old missing persons case re-opened, and a cottage in rehab, one thing is for sure at Sunset Beach: there’s a storm on the horizon.

Sunset Beach is a compelling ride, full of Mary Kay Andrews’ signature wit, heart, and charm. 


This is only my second book my MKA and I’m so excited to see she has such an extensive backlist because I enjoyed this one so much! I really expected it be light and fluffy but it went darker than I thought as it delves into two murder cases. Besides that though it did have plenty of lighthearted humor, romance and a heroine that I was rooting for all along.

I don’t often describe WF as gripping but this one really was, Drue stumbles upon an old unsolved missing persons case and she’s also digging into a more recent murder case with ties to her fathers law firm. I was so interested in both cases and loved Drue as an amateur sleuth. She was a fantastic lead character, enough bad ass fearlessness mixed with real life, realistic clumsiness to make it believable. Her life is messy and complicated and those kind of characters are always my favorite kind.

This was a really fun read and one that held my interest all the way through, MKA’s writing style was fluid and easy and the setting of Sunset Beach was fabulous. If this book doesn’t make you want to rent a little beachside cottage and mix up a mai tai I don’t know what will, totally recommended by me to add to your summer reading list!

Sunset Beach in three words: Humorous, Entertaining and Engaging.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to Tandem Literary for my review copy.

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