Going to the Bad

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Going to the Bad

Lilly Hawkins Mysteries

Going To The Bad is a great whodunit with an entertaining cast of characters. Lilly is the ultimate hard-nosed detective constantly placing herself in harms way in order to solve the crime. If you can put aside the self-preservation choices normal people would make, riding shotgun with Lilly is great fun.

This story does have some surprising twists at the end and does start off a bit slow before hitting its stride. Overall, Going to the Bad is a fun mystery worth picking up.

Lilly Hawkins' lovable, but deeply flawed uncle, Bud, has been fatally shot. As he lies in the hospital on life support, Lilly, a local shooter for a TV station, decides to find his killer. Finding the killer seems to involve a decades old crime, or does it?

Everyone around Lilly wants her to stop investigating, but she is relentless. She interviews people in Bud's past and present and begins unraveling a sordid, tangled mess from the past as well as a dangerous mess in the present.

This all takes place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Her boyfriend, Rod, deeply loves Lilly, but her pursuit of Bud's killer is driving a wedge between them.

What will happen when Lilly gets too close to the killer? Can she and Rod overcome Lilly's emotional scars to pursue long-term bliss?

Book Blurb for Going to the Bad


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?

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2013 4.50