Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Dolores ‘Lola’ Cruz is a Hispanic version of Stephanie Plum with all that entails. Lola is a private detective with a close and strange family. She’s single and thinks a lot about sex, especially with her sort of boyfriend Jack who both drives her crazy and drives her wild. They keep starting make out sessions and are quickly interrupted before anything serious happens. Lola both wants Jack, and doesn’t really trust him because she thinks he’s a bit of a player, which is one of the main plot lines.

Lola has just successfully completed an assignment and caught a wife performing yoga positions with her instructor that more closely resemble the Kama Sutra, apparently in a room with a view. After going home, Lola finds her entire family at her house and is worried that her soldier brother has been killed. To her great relief but utter confusion he wasn’t, but she herself had been reported dead. Turns out, some woman had stolen Lola’s identity and was then murdered in an alley. Lola decides to become her own client and find out how this woman stole her identity and why, and which Lola was the intended victim.

Overall, Hasta la Vista, Lola! is a fun and enjoyable story, almost a cozy mystery. There were quite a few Spanish phrases scattered throughout the book, especially when Lola was conversing with her family. Some of the phrases I knew or could get the gist of and others where translated nicely. However, there were a few that were a complete mystery to me. While I was irritated by the last, I think translating every phrase would have been annoying as well. If you like cozy mysteries, Stephanie Plum or even Kinsey Milhone, you’re likely to enjoy Hasta la Vista, Lola!

Rating: 3.5/5

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Misa Ramirez. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.