LEAVING LA LA LAND
Teresa “Toots” Loudenberry has a knack for finding adventure, even when she’s not looking for it. But ever since her friend Sophie convinced her to start holding regular séances, life in Los Angeles is getting a little too dramatic even for Toots’s tastes. When their friend Ida receives a message from the beyond suggesting that her late husband was murdered, a spooked Toots decides it’s time the Godmothers left LA for her hometown of Charleston…
Meanwhile, Mavis, the final member of their group, has been acting suspiciously, mailing packages in bulk and refusing to divulge what she’s up to. She should know by now that Ida, Toots, and Sophie will never let secrets rest or ignore a friend in need. And when the Godmothers discover that whoever killed Ida’s husband has plans for Ida too, they’ll do what they do best—rally together, concoct a daring plan, and show the world there is no match for these four formidable friends...
“A thrilling read ripped from today’s headlines. Michaels mixes humor and good old-fashioned cop drama in an endearing way.” —RT Book Reviews
“A page-turner... the perfect blend of mystery, adventure and romance.” —The Charleston Mercury
The Godmothers are back and Michaels picks up the perfunctory tale where she last left it. Toots and her friends have taken up s ances and discover, between a pair of "bloodcurdling screams," that Ida's husband, Thomas, didn't die of food poisoning as thought, but that he was actually murdered. Worse still, his killer was his own daughter, an illegitimate child that Ida didn't know existed. And now it's clear that this daughter also wants Ida dead so that she can inherit her father's millions. Meanwhile, Toots is bankrolling a haunted bakery in Charleston, S.C., and encouraging the burgeoning romance between daughter Abby and former stepson Chris. Michaels's newest lacks the drama, tension, and plausibility of her last Godmothers effort, Exclusive. Throughout this series, characters buy their way out of difficulties, never develop beyond two dimensions, and dance easily around danger, stripping everything from the reading experience but a basic curiosity about what minor scrapes characters will get into and easily out of next.