Book Review: Going to the Bad by Nora McFarland


Working as a TV news photographer at her hometown television station, Lilly has documented Bakersfield’s most violent crimes and tragic accidents. To stay sane and avoid burnout, she’s developed a wicked sense of humor and a very thick skin. For her, a vicious shooting is just another day on the job. But what if the victim is someone she loves? Thrown off balance by the brutal attack on her uncle Bud in her own home, Lilly decides to handle the tragedy the only way she knows how. Using all her TV station’s resources and her own considerable skills, Lilly dives headlong into the investigation. But even with the assistance of her well-meaning but eccentric coworkers, this story may prove her last. Because as Lilly untangles a history of her uncle’s misdeeds and betrayals, a clever killer is preparing to strike again. Can she break the story in time to prevent another murder, or will Lilly be the next victim?

My review:
Going to the Bad is the third and final Lilly Hawkins mystery. (Hold on while I cry a little. I’m really going to miss Lilly.) I have previously reviewed Hot, Shot, and Bothered, which is the second book.  All three of the Lilly books are funny, but the humor seems more obvious in this book, and it’s full of fabulous one-liners.

In this final book, Lilly is busy unraveling Uncle Bud’s secrets while dealing with a dog with bladder control issues. I love a book that has both ups and downs just as you find in real life. McFarland has a great sense of humor and it comes through in her books, even while she deals with serious problems like, you know, people trying to kill you. While I’m sad that we’ve said goodbye to Lilly and her friends, I’ll be looking forward to McFarland’s next book.

Book #1: A Bad Day’s Work
Book #2: Hot, Shot, and Bothered
Book#3: Going to the Bad

About the book:
Title: Going to the Bad (Lilly Hawkins Mysteries)
Author: Nora McFarland
Publisher: Touchstone
Release date: Aug  7, 2012
Pages: 304
Where I got the book: Free from the author in exchange for an honest review

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