I give Toxic Blonde: A Johnny Delarosa Thriller (The Delarosa Series Book 2) by David Stever, 5 stars.
PI Johnny is back and this time his case involves yet another cheating spouse. But hey, there’s good money in it. Only, this isn’t so simple. His client quickly fears for her life, and then the client’s uncle comes to him and says that there’s much more than just the husband cheating. He sounds a bit paranoid, but Johnny quickly realizes that it may all be true. But who or what is behind it all? Just how far will they go?
I loved the first book and could not wait to read this second one. I was yet again blown away. The author pulls you in with action quite quickly, unlike some books who draw it out. Then there are the characters, both the returning ones and the new ones. I love Johnny and the people he works with, it’s so great to seem them all again. You get to meet quite a few new people attached to this new case too. Every one if them is interesting and you’re left with who is actually guilty — like the great Agatha Christie, you can see how each one could be a suspect.
This book harkens back to the great PI novels of old, but adds an updated approach with new technology and younger secondary characters. I love that Johnny himself as well as his partner are older, they’ve seen more and have a different take than the young detectives. In my opinion, this is not something we see enough of.
If you are a fan of the classic whodunit, but with an updated twist, I highly recommend this book and series. You do not have to read book one to follow the story, but I do suggest it since it is also so good.
Review by @erinwolf79