“Blood Feud”

blood“Blood Feud” by Mike Lupica reintroduces readers to Sunny Randall, Robert B. Parker’s PI last seen in “Spare Change.” A few things have changed; she moved; she got a new dog, and she is a little older.

“Do I look as if I’m getting older?”

“This is some kind of trap,” he said.

“I’m being serious,” I said. “The UPS kid ma’amed me the other day.”

However, most things remain the same.

“I assume you shot him,” Spike said.

“No,” I said. “But I thought about it.”

 In a first person narrative, readers find Randall still in a turbulent on-again off-again relationship with her ex-husband Richie Burke, despite his “unfortunate” crime mob family connections. When Burke is shot, Randall searches for answers and finds herself plunged into the middle of his family’s business. The situation becomes more personal that she expected.

Lupica did a fine job of renewing the franchise and reacquainting readers with familiar characters after all the years. He also introduced a few new ones that advance and refresh the franchise. I received a review copy of “Blood Feud” from Mike Lupica, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Penguin Group, and NetGalley and found it very entertaining. Previous readers will feel right at home with the new series. New readers will easily jump into the franchise. I look forward to reading the next book in the series