Olivia Grace, recently retired teen PI, has her priorities sorted. Pass first-year law, look after her little sister, and persuade her parents to come back from a Nepali monastery to resume… well, parenting. But after Olivia's friend Abbey goes missing in Byron Bay, a short drive from Olivia's Gold Coast home, she can't sit back and study Torts. It's time to go undercover as hippie-chick Nansea, in hippiechic Byron Bay, hub of influencers and international tourism, and home of yoga, surfing and wellness culture.
Olivia's looking for answers, with the help of her stash of disguises, the PI skills her irresistible ex-boss Rosco taught her - and a nose for trouble. Her suspects include a hardcore surfer who often argued with Abbey in the surf, a charismatic cult leader and an acrobatic botany student.
And then there's Rosco, officially assigned to the case, and proving impossible to avoid.
Lisa Walker's second Olivia Grace novel is another rip-roaring excursion into madcap sunshine noir, with nods to Nancy Drew and
Sherlock Holmes, and a flavour of Veronica Mars meets Elmore Leonard.
Olivia Grace has given up her dream of being a private investigator and is concentrating on her first year law studies. Well she is trying to anyway!
But parenting her little sister while her Mum and Dad are off discovering themselves in Nepal is not exactly what she had in mind...
When her best friend Abbey disappears while surfing at night in Byron Bay, Olivia needs to put her private investigator skills to good use. The more time she spends in Byron Bay, the more suspects she finds. And what to make of the clues she finds that Abbey has left behind?
I loved this book and especially the lead character, Olivia. She is far from perfect, but does her best! It is a story of mystery, intrigue, family and most of all, friendship. It’s also about giving things a go and following your dreams.
A thoroughly entertaining novel that readers in Year 10 and up will love.
Reviewed by Michelle