"Being on a Dance Team is Murder in More Ways Than One"
Reviewed by Rachael Dimond
Posted October 20, 2012
Mystery Private Eye
Dolores Cruz aka Lola works as a Private Investigator for
Camacho & Associates and is a new detective. She has
landed her first case to solve alone and is conflicted
about how she feels about it.
The Courtside Dancers for a basketball team called the
Royals have been receiving threatening letters. After one
of the girls quits after multiple letters, the co-owner,
Lance Wolfe and director of the Courtside Dancers and wife
to Lance, Victoria Wolfe, comes to Camacho & Associates
looking for help.
Lola lands the case but it involves her having to pose as a
Courtside Dancer for the Royals undercover. This means
very skimpy clothes, tons of practices to attend, lots of
grueling cheerleading, and still a case to solve on top of
all that fun.
Lola works part-time at her family's Mexican restaurant
waitressing and bussing tables. Now she has to juggle
investigating the case, dancing for the Royals, and being a
waitress all at once. It's a lot to handle but Lola can do
When clues lead to a nudist resort, Lola's patience has
worn a little thin. She is willing to go to great lengths
to solve this case but to be BARE-NAKED LOLA is asking a
lot from her!
When one of the girls on the dance team turns up dead, Lola
realizes she has to solve this mystery soon as lives are in
jeopardy. Will Lola solve the mystery before another girl
is killed or will she become the next victim in this
BARE-NAKED LOLA is the third book in the Lola Cruz
series. Reminiscent of Janet Evanovich's earlier Stephanie
Plum books, I was thrilled to discover Ramirez's books!
Told in first person point of view, I immediately was
thrown into the story.
Lola is of Mexican descent so there are Spanish lines mixed
in throughout the story. The words are common and although
I am not fluent in Spanish, I was able to follow along most
of the time. The author repeated some words in English or
had the character answer in English so it was understood
what was being said.
BARE-NAKED LOLA is a tightly plotted mystery with a nice
amount of humor and romance mixed in. Lola is a fun
character and you can't help but root for her.
I had not read the first two books in the series prior to
reading BARE-NAKED LOLA which is the third book. However,
Ramirez did a great job of giving backstory, describing the
characters, and filling in any gaps so I was never lost for
details. I will be reading the first two books and
everything else Ramirez has written as I loved reading BARE-
Overall, this was a fast paced, funny, romantic, exciting
mystery and I cannot wait to see what kind of case Lola
Cruz will have next!
Going undercover is second nature for Private Investigator
Lola Cruz, but she’s out of her league when the case of a
murdered Royals Courtside Dancer leads her to a local nudist
Parading around the sidelines of Sacramento’s
professional basketball scene in a barely-there cheerleading
outfit is one thing—but parading around in nothing but a
smile? If she has any chance of hiding this from her
traditional family and on-again/off-again boyfriend Jack,
she’s going to have a lot more than her duct tape bra and
killer dance moves to keep under wraps…
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