A few months ago I reviewed the first book in the Sherri Travis series called Margarita Nights by author Phyllis Smallman. The book showed promise for a new series set in Florida so I decided to check out the next two books in the series, Sex in a Sidecar and A Brewski for the Old Man. The following synopsis are from the author’s website.
Florida has two seasons. The rainy season brings hurricanes, the dry season delivers tourists – both can be nasty.
Sherri Travis is tending bar at the Bath and Tennis Club where two women have been murdered. A rich socialite, who comes in daily for her quota of side-cars, decides to commit suicide by being the next victim,but first she has to decide who the murderer is.
Sherri pours the drinks and listens to the stories, trying to make sense of it all.
The story of the return to Jacaranda of Ray John Leenders, the man who abused Sherri when she was a child. Back in town he’s living with a woman who has a young daughter. Sherri doesn’t want to get involved; it’s none of her business – except, except – she knows the woman and her daughter and it’s impossible to stay uninvolved.
These two books were a fairly quick and easy read. It continues the life of Sherri but since she received an insurance settlement from the death of her husband in the first book, she is able to purchase the bar she worked at, Sunset, with another investor, Clay who also happens to be her love interest.
I know that these are a cozy mysteries but sometimes I wonder how these characters get themselves into so much trouble! Granted most of the time she isn’t looking for that trouble but manages to find her anyway.
I was surprised that despite everything that has happened in the first two books and how Sherri has managed to solve or help solve these crimes that Detective Styles always seems to think she is involved more than she really is and automatically thinks she had something to do with the death of John Ray in the third book. Hasn’t he learned anything yet? Or is he just looking for an excuse to get close to Sherri? Granted there is a lot of circumstantial evidence but we all know you can’t make assumptions.
If you enjoyed Margarita Nights you will enjoy these next two installments. The pace is quick and the cast of characters which follows each book will keep you hopping trying to decide who can or cannot be trusted.