Hasta la Vista, Lola!
Review: Sacramento private investigator Delores "Lola" Cruz discovers a murder victim has stolen her identity — but who was the real target? — in Hasta la Vista, Lola!, the second mystery in this Latina chick lit series by Misa Ramirez.
Lola is wrapping up surveillance of a cheating spouse as part of an assignment when she receives a phone call from her house. Hearing only muffled crying, she rushes home to discover her extended family gathered together to mourn … her death. The news had reported that Dolores Cruz, a PI and the daughter of the owners of Abuelita's restaurant — in other words, Lola — had been found with a fatal head wound in an alley behind a local mall. The police quickly realize they have misidentified the victim, but are still puzzled why the woman had Lola's name and address on her driver's license. Lola starts her own investigation and discovers what initially seems a case of simple identity theft may be far more complicated.
Hasta la Vista, Lola! is one of those mysteries that if you buy the character, you'll buy the book. Lola is larger than life and she, together with her family, dominates the story almost to the point of distraction. That she has relationship issues is a given; there's Jack, the sexy reporter, and Manny, her dark and dangerous boss, and of course men from the past; on the night of her "death", when her former muy caliente boyfriend shows up she says, "Sergio Garcia. Could this night get any worse?"
Lola Cruz is an engaging character, and Hasta la Vista, Lola! is light and generally entertaining, but the mystery plot is never really all that credible, and develops little between the opening and concluding chapters.
Acknowledgment: Minotaur Books provided a copy of Hasta la Vista, Lola! for this review.
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Location(s) referenced in Hasta la Vista, Lola!: Sacramento, California
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Hasta la Vista, Lola! by Misa Ramirez — A Lola Cruz Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: February 2010
List Price: $24.99