Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews #bookreview #mystery #contemporary

Title: Sunset Beach

Author: Mary Kay Andrews

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

 Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Page Count: 432

My rating: 5 stars

About the book:

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.


Mary Kay Andrews has done it yet again with this new novel, Sunset Beach. Looking at the covers of her novels you would almost expect to be picking up a contemporary romance but instead there has been so much more involved in her stories making them a bit hard to label and classify as any one thing.

In Sunset Beach readers meet Drue Campbell who is one of those characters that has  really yet to find herself even though she’s in her thirties. Drue’s passion had been kite boarding but she’s had  to  give it up due to a major injury. To fund her passion she’s bounced from mediocre job to mediocre job.

After Drue’s mother passes her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a hotshot attorney who she hasn’t seen in years steps back into her life to let Drue know she inherited her grandparents cottage. He also offers Drue a job which she desperately needs and reluctantly accepts only to find her new stepmother, a former childhood friend, is her new boss. However, Drue quickly finds an old case that catches her attention that she’s determined to solve.

Sunset Beach really had something more going on with the characters and story with each turn of the page. Anything from family drama and personal relationships to a murder mystery from an old client case at the law office along with another mystery more close to home  for Drue as she cleans and renovates the beach house. I also wondered starting off if I would even like Drue but really did so this one was one that I flew through finding it hard to put down.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author:

MARY KAY ANDREWS is The New York Times bestselling author of The High Tide Club, The Beach House CookbookThe WeekendersBeach Town, Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Christmas Bliss, and more. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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