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Meet Lola Cruz. After paying her dues as an intern, she’s now a full-fledged detective at Camacho and Associates. Her boss is Manny Camacho, a muy caliente former cop with a mysterious ex-wife, a Lara Croft look-alike girlfriend, and a sudden personal interest in Lola. Her first big case? A missing mother who may not want to be found. And to make her already busy life even more complicated, Lola’s helping her cousin plan her quinceañera, and battling her family and their old-fashioned views on women and careers. ...

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Overview

Meet Lola Cruz. After paying her dues as an intern, she’s now a full-fledged detective at Camacho and Associates. Her boss is Manny Camacho, a muy caliente former cop with a mysterious ex-wife, a Lara Croft look-alike girlfriend, and a sudden personal interest in Lola. Her first big case? A missing mother who may not want to be found. And to make her already busy life even more complicated, Lola’s helping her cousin plan her quinceañera, and battling her family and their old-fashioned views on women and careers. She’s also reunited with the gorgeous Jack Callaghan, her high school crush whom she shamelessly tailed years ago and photographed doing the horizontal salsa with some other lucky girl.

Lola takes it all in stride, but when the subject of her search ends up dead, she realizes she has a lot more to worry about. Soon she finds herself wrapped up in the possibly shady practices of a tattoo parlor, local politics, and someone with serious—-maybe deadly—-road rage. To top it all off, her treasured postcoital pictures of Jack are missing! Still, Lola is well-equipped to handle these challenges. She's a black-belt in kung fu, and her body isn’t her only weapon. She’s got smarts, sass, and more tenacity than her Mexican mafioso-wannabe grandfather. A few of her famous margaritas don’t hurt, either.

Debut author Misa Ramirez, a blond-haired, green-eyed gal with a passion for the Latino culture and authentic Mexican food, has penned a delicious mix of mystery, romance, and all-out fun. Filled with sizzling scenes and side-splitting humor, Living the Vida Lola is a thrilling ride that will have you up all night.

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times BOOKreviews - Page Traynor
This highly entertaining first-person novel launches a new series with a bang. Well written with laugh-out-loud humor and a complex mystery, this wonderful debut will have you looking forward to more books in the series. Lola is no lightweight detective, despite the chick lit feel to the book, and the balance between her personal and professional life is ideal. The tension in both romance and danger deepens expertly.
Romantic Times BOOKreviews
This highly entertaining first-person novel launches a new series with a bang. Well written with laugh-out-loud humor and a complex mystery, this wonderful debut will have you looking forward to more books in the series. Lola is no lightweight detective, despite the chick lit feel to the book, and the balance between her personal and professional life is ideal. The tension in both romance and danger deepens expertly.

— Page Traynor

From the Publisher
"Living the Vida Lola has a cast of endearing characters so real they jump right off the page. If you like a mystery with plenty of sass and sizzle, don't miss this sparkling debut!"—Brenda Novak, bestselling author of Trust Me

"If you like fun and spunky Stephanie Plum, you'll love smart and sexy Lola Cruz. Fun, tightly plotted and 100% entertaining, Living the Vida Lola is a terrific story bursting with marvelous characters that keep you rapidly turning pages until the very end. Misa Ramirez's debut novel rocks."—Allison Brennan, bestselling author of Playing Dead

"Make way for Lola Cruz! Misa Ramirez's Lola Cruz is a flesh and blood heroine: smart, sassy, and sexy. Living the Vida Lola is a hot debut mystery that shouldn't be missed."—Maggie Barbieri, author of Quick Study

"Watch out baddies, Lola P.I. packs a punch and always gets her man!"—Mary Castillo, author of Switchcraft

"Sexy, funny, and completely entertaining. Who could ask for more? But wait! Living The Vida Lola has much more, including colorful characters you'll cheer for from chapter one to the end. Not to be missed."— Lara Rios, author of Becoming Americana

"Muy caliente! Living the Vida Lola by exciting new author Misa Ramirez is deliciously decadent, laugh-out-loud fun. If you like a little spice with your mystery, you're going to love PI Lola Cruz."—National bestselling author Tori Carrington of The Sofie Metropolis, PI series

Publishers Weekly

Ramirez's muy caliente debut introduces Dolores "Lola" Falcón Cruz, a Sacramento, Calif., PI whose kung fu moves are only part of her chica charm. A missing persons case-the disappearance of 42-year-old Emily Diggs, who left her six-year-old son, Sean, stranded at school-turns into a murder investigation after a boater finds Emily's body near Riverbank Marina. Lola's old high school crush, Jack Callaghan, now a Sacramento Bee reporter, provides some unexpected help. Emily had approached Jack about her 18-year-old son Garrett's recent death-from what Emily believed was a "heart infection" due to a faulty tattoo. Lola's determined to uncover the facts and catch the killer, even if it means, gulp, getting a girly belly-button piercing. Ramirez keeps the action tight, the plot smart and humor light in this spicy blend of crime solving and romance. Lola's latina perspective adds extra sizzle. (Jan.)

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Kirkus Reviews
A hormonally supercharged private eye seeks a lost mom while lusting after the man of her dreams. Lola Cruz is thrilled. Her boss Manny, owner of Camacho and Associates, is finally letting her solve a case. Emily Diggs's brother wants to know where she is and why she's disappeared, abandoning her six-year-old. Tucked into the missing woman's journal is a business card from Jack Callaghan, whom Lola's panted over for years. In between entertaining overheated fantasies of Jack, Lola learns that Emily thought her older son Garrett died from tainted tattooing, that her daughter Allison worked at the tattoo parlor he frequented and that little Sean was the result of a failed interracial romance. Lola's car is bashed. She's locked in a florist's refrigerator. Her brother, mistaken for her, winds up in the hospital. But still those fantasies about Jack persist, although fulfillment has to be deferred while Lola sidesteps a sarcastic co-worker, plans a birthday celebration for her niece, learns that two more victims have died and attacks a killer with a borrowed baseball bat while Jack is getting shot up. A series debut with too much icky love stuff and too little mystery. In Lola's favor, however, is a speed-dating pace and lots of nice underwear. Agent: Holly Root/Waxman Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312384029
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/20/2009
  • Series: A Lola Cruz Mystery Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Misa Ramirez is proud to be a Latina-by-marriage. A native California girl and a former middle and high school teacher, she now writes full-time in her home near Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband and five children.

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  • Posted February 19, 2009

    Lola rocks!

    This book was such a fun read! I loved Lola's slightly quirky character from the very beginning. She could be your best friend, your sister, or me for that matter about 7 years ago. Or maybe the girl I always wanted to be and could've been if I hadn't let my own steamy "salsa scene" go a little too far and somehow end up married with 3 boys. Lola's sexy Private Investigator persona, and the story itself, was approachable and real without being overdone. Way to go Misa Ramirez! I can't wait to read what or who Lola will do next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2009

    loved this book. fun, great mystery and wonderful detective. highly recommended

    this is a great read. fun, entertaining, a page turner and an excellent mystery.<BR/>I highly recommend this book for any age group. LOVED IT! Can't wait for the<BR/>next book to hit the shelves.

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  • Posted November 15, 2008

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    entertaining investigative half boiled noir

    In Sacramento Dolores ¿Lola¿ Falcon Cruz earns a living as a private investigator. Her current case involves a missing person, responsible forty-two years old Emily Diggs, who failed to pick up her six-year-old son Sean at his school. Everyone Lola spoke with who knew Emily insists she was a good mother who would never commit a negligent act involving her child especially with what happened to her older son.<BR/>---<BR/>However, the inquiry turns ugly when Emily's body is found near the Riverbank Marina. Lola continues her investigation, but changes her focus to uncovering the identity of the killer. Sacramento Bee reporter Jack Callaghan informs Lola that a distraught Emily told him that her older son, Garrett died from wht the woman called a ¿heart infection¿ that she believed came from an unsanitary tattoo. Lola remains dedicated to catching the culprit using Jack¿s tip as a lead by looking perhaps first hand into tattoos and belly-button and other unmentionable body parts piercing. <BR/>---<BR/>Never taking itself graveyard serious, this is an entertaining investigative half boiled noir with a touch of romance to spice up the proceedings. Ethical Lola is terrific as a literally and figuratively kick butt heroine who believes she owes her late client so continues her inquiry. You don¿t know Jack if you fail to understand that what Lola wants Lola gets, which is a killer, even if that mean a belly button or a nipple ring. Misa Ramirez provides a wonderful first case in what looks like the start of a delightful series.<BR/>---<BR/>Harriet Klausner

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