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Summer Butler is killing it in the ratings - and all of America is tuning in as New York Times best-selling author Denise Grover Swank greenlights a new season of TV’s hottest sleuth…

Summer Butler had no idea that Darling Investigations would be such a smash. But ratings don’t lie - fans love watching the former star solve real-life crimes in her hometown. With the first season wrapped, the reality-show PI is feeling the pressure to make the next one an even bigger success.

Though finding a new case won’t be easy - it’s not like another dead body will just fall in her lap - Summer’s willing to give it a try. Besides, reconciling with her family - not to mention her old flame, police chief Luke Montgomery - is a nice way to spend her downtime.

But Summer’s rekindled romance isn’t the only thing burning up Sweet Briar. It seems the town is harboring an arsonist, and all the smoldering signs point to the same culprit: her cousin Dixie. Although this case may be too close for comfort, it seems season two is already bringing the drama - and for Summer it could also be too hot to handle. 

©2018 Denise Grover Swank (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Original and engaging story!

I read/heard the two Darling Investigation books and I found the stories to be not only very well written but original and engaging. The performance of the narrator is outstanding. I can't wait for more books in this series.

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Loved this series!

Please write more Darling Investigations! Can't get enough of it. A very good read. Thank you

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DGS does it again!

Another fun read to escape daily life. I am a huge DGS fan. I don’t usually listen to audio books but I had to take on this series as a fan and also because I didn’t want spoilers while reading the Magnolia Steele series releases from the DGS newsletter.

I was skeptical about listening rather than reading but I have found it a great relief at the end of a day of staring at the computer.

If you like DGS books, or if you haven’t read them but enjoy strong female characters with sass, and romantic bits woven throughout a southern-set mystery, then you will love these books. My only problem is that I want more...as usual with DGS books!

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Good story it overly dramatic characters

While the basic plot of the story has merit, the overly dramatic swings in behavior and emotions was disappointing. At times the heroine of the story seemed more like a 10- or 12-year old than a 20-something detective.

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Blazing Summer

This one was just as good as the first one and Summer is back season two is starting and this one not going as planned. There is an arsonist on the loose and they are trying to pin it all on Dixie. Of course, Summer and her team solve the mystery and the associated murders. So good! I wish there were more of this series.

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Entertaining

Different from the average cozy mystery books. Great story and characters too. Summer is a likeable main character.

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Very fun read!

Love the twists in this book! And the fact the characters you hate aren’t always the bad guys! I can’t wait for more!

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Fun and interesting

I love that this is more than a mystery novel or a detective story. It is very well rounded and you can't help rooting for the main characters. I would definitely recommend this series and I hope there are more to come.

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Great fluff book.

This book is an easy read. It is great to read something not serious. This is the second book of hers I have read and will read more. Very enjoyable.

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Denise is amazing

I love this book! Love the series and the characters! I hope there are many more books to come.

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  • Elisabeth
  • 11-02-19

Enjoyed

Enjoyable who dun it plot, lots going on, action, romance, suspense and all narrated brilliantly. More please

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  • Bronwyn D
  • 06-03-21

Good Story, Great Audiobook

After book two of this series I'm comfortable to say that Denise Grover Swank has a writing style that works great in audio. It was a really enjoyable listen.

There's just something about Summer that I love. Maybe it's the complex family arrangements, maybe its the 'bumbling detective' vibe. I would read about her all day long. Unfortunately I think the two parts is all Swank has written in this series. I really enjoy the characters in this book, even the bit characters have good personalities and a place in this small town.

I wish I could say I loved every minute, but Lauren the evil showrunner ruins the story in places for me. I would enjoy Summer and her television program that much more without her and the competitive TV show angle. I think it would be just as funny slightly more toned down.

This series includes the slow burn romance between Summer and Luke as a side story. This story does contain a sex scene, but if thats not your thing you can skip it without impact to the story. Being a primarily romance reader, I felt it was both well placed and pretty succinct.

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  • Katie W.
  • 09-27-18

I really enjoyed this book!

I always enjoyed DGS novels - the best thing when you want a good old fashioned comfort read. Action, romance and comedy wrapped up in one, with characters you can love.