A vacation on the Southern California coast promises rest and relaxation for flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer and her mischievous Yorkie, Coco. But when the body of a heartthrob celebrity washes up on the beach outside her luxury hotel suite, Sadie’s fun-in-the-sun soon turns into sleuthing-with-the-stars.
The resort’s wine and appetizer gatherings, suspicious behavior of hotel guests, and casual strolls along the beach boardwalk may provide clues, but will they be enough to discover who the killer is?
Or will mystery and mayhem leave a Hollywood scandal unsolved?
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
A Flair for Flip Flops is a murder mystery with a quirky main character who likes solving mysteries. Sadie often seems to be in the right place at the right time, and she tends to discover clues that detectives overlook. This time, she is on vacation and looking forward to a relaxing week on the beach. Right! The night Sadie arrives, she attends a dinner at which a celebrity is supposed to be the guest of honor, but he never shows up. She does make a new friend, Myrtle, who enjoys mysteries as much as Sadie. The next day, they jump right in and try to solve the possible murder of the celebrity.
I always enjoy the characters in the Flair Series. Sadie is 50ish and dresses rather flamboyantly. Her Yorkie Coco (my favorite) always accompanies her wherever she goes because Coco is so small and easy to hide; although, he tends to get into trouble on occasion.
Although this is a quick read, it’s a fun read and has a surprise or two. Of course, Sadie figures things out before the police do because that’s what she does! If you like a quick, fun mystery, you’ll definitely enjoy this book.
“Deborah Garner is gifted at bringing each character to life. She adds details seamlessly, making it seem like you know these people. She presents scenarios that have you thinking you know who did it, and then in the next sentence you are second guessing yourself. And that is to say, this is a great “who done it” … it gets 2 thumbs up from me :)” – reviews Tracy Helps You
“I love the way Deborah Garner describes everything in this book, and I can’t wait to read more in this series! This book literally kept me guessing until the very end.” – reviews Sanity is for those without children
“Deborah Garner has created a unique and very flamboyant main character who seems to find trouble all by herself and turns into an amateur sleuth!” – reviews Miki’s Hope
Above reviews from A Flair for Chardonnay (A Sadie Kramer Flair Mystery Book 1)
About the Author
Deborah Garner is an accomplished travel writer with a passion for back roads and secret hideaways. Born and raised in California, she studied in France before returning to the U.S. to attend UCLA. After stints in graduate school and teaching, she attempted to clone herself for decades by founding and running a dance and performing arts center, designing and manufacturing clothing and accessories, and tackling both spreadsheets and display racks for corporate retail management. Her passions include photography, hiking and animal rescue. She speaks five languages, some substantially better than others. She now divides her time between California and Wyoming, dragging one human and two canines along whenever possible.