I read Bones and Roses, Book 1 in the Cypress Bay series, last year and it was hands down one of the best books I read in 2015. So, when book 2 showed up on Netgalley, I couldn't hit the request button fast enough. I'm happy to say, the second book didn't disappoint, and this will probably be one of the best books I read in 2016!
The main character, Tish, is a property manager and a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for several years. In Swimsuit Body, a movie star rents out one of the properties Tish manages and is found dead a few days later. I really enjoyed the sort of cynical take on typical Hollywood behavior. While they Hollywood types were somewhat stereotypical, I guess I expected that to some extent. It would've felt weird if they were portrayed any different to what I perceive them to be.
The plot was very well done; lots of twists and no shortage of suspects (but not so many that it was difficult to keep track of them all.) The action-packed ending was a complete surprise, the actual culprit(s) were very low on my suspect list. The characters, as always, are well-drawn, realistic and likeable. The picturesque Northern California setting, it's so well described that it's easy to hear the crash of waves on the shore and smell the briny ocean breeze.
I recommend this book (and this series!) to anyone who likes a good mystery.