Hot, Shot, and Bothered by Nora McFarland – Book Review

Amazon summary:

TV news photographer Lilly Hawkins is on the biggest assignment of her career. A deadly wildfire is racing through the California mountains toward the town of Elizabeth Lake. After barely slipping in ahead of road closures, Lilly has her hands full photographing the massive evacuation and approaching inferno. She has no time to cover the accidental drowning of a reckless party girl in the lake . . . until she learns the victim’s name.

When Lilly knew her thirteen years ago, Jessica Egan was a principled environmental activist and not a bit reckless or wild. Could she have changed that much, or is a killer exploiting the chaos surrounding the fire to disguise a murder?

Soon Lilly’s juggling the story she should be covering with the story she can’t let go. What could have been the motive for Jessica’s death? Was it sexual jealousy, long-held grudges, or just plain old-fashioned greed that got Jessica killed? Meanwhile, Lilly has to contend with her station’s low-budget technology, the antics of her dodgy uncle Bud, and the alarming job offers her boyfriend is fielding from big-city competitors. Lilly is racing against the clock to get answers. If only the murderer—or the fire—doesn’t get her first . . .  

Hot, Shot, and Bothered
My review:
Lilly’s back! If you missed the first book in the series, A Bad Day’s Work, you should check it out. Hot, Shot, and Bothered can stand alone, but it’s more fun if you already know the characters.

I loved reading about Lilly and her odd assortment of fellow “shooters”, her, um.. interesting…Uncle Bud, and the messes she gets herself into. Both books are pretty funny, but Lilly seems to have matured – a little – in the second book, so the tone seemed a little different to me. This is a great mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. I’m looking forward to book #3.

About the book:
Title: Hot, Shot, and Bothered
Author: Nora McFarland
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release date: August 2, 2011
Pages: 304
Where I got the book: I won this book in a Goodreads First-Reads giveaway.