A beauty queen’s quest to be appreciated for her brains as well as her looks. Happy Pennington has just been crowned Ms America- but possibly only because the favourite was murdered during the final. With this making her a suspect, Happy takes matters into her own hands to clear her name.
Kooks for your Kindle?– The usual selection of supporting characters, including a typically adorable Ms Congeniality and a slightly batty mother, not too over the top.
The Bella-Swan-Pathetically-Self-Sacrificing-Factor– Phew, not a whiff of it here; Happy is on a mission to prove how resourceful and clever she is. Unfazed by danger, she doggedly sets out to clear her name and subvert the stereotype of the dumb beauty queen, while respecting the hard work she and her colleagues put into pageanting.
Painting a picture for your paperback?– It’s doubtful that anybody needs any encouragement to go to Hawaii, but you are guaranteed to feel the urge to sip a well decorated cocktail at sunset having read this book. The setting is mostly at the plush hotel, with some eventful excursions. The author has a lovely way with words, of course that’s what we take for granted in an author, but Dempsey has a singular way of conveying the intelligence behind the pretty exterior of the lead character.
Nookie for your Nook?– This being a pageant for married women, our heroine has her husband along, but most of the time he is stashed out of the way in another hotel and largely forgotten. Fortunately he seems extremely understanding.
Evaluation of your eBook?-. A character with potential (a sequel is already out there), with echoes of the Miss Congeniality movie. There are shades of Stephanie Plum in her amateur, plucky efforts at crime solving, but different enough to set it apart. It reduced speed at one small point in the middle, but still skipped along well for a medium size read. Best devoured on a beach, because it WILL invoke the urge for the aforementioned cocktail.
Frothy Ranking: 4/5 cocktails.