Derby Divas is another great book by Kathi Daley. Zoe and the gang are all helping out with the Demolition Derby being held In Ashton Falls. To decide if the male and female drivers should compete together or separately , the two best drivers , Pandora and Boomer, decide to settle the decision with a drag race. At the end of the race, which Pandora wins, there is a big fiery crash and it appears as though Pandora is killed. The body is burned beyond recognition, but the driver was driving Pandora’s car and wearing her racing outfit. But things are not always what they seem to be and that is the case with the car crash and death. Zoe and her friends have another mystery to solve and they are up to the task.
Zoe’s busy trying to run Zoe’s Zoo, the wildlife animal shelter that she runs. She is also busy planning a wedding for her parents and helping out at the Demolition Derby. She has to try and help her best friend, Ellie, realize that although Ellie desperately wants to find a man and have a baby, that’s not something that can be rushed. She also has to make a decision concerning marrying Zak, her boyfriend. Zoe has commitment phobias, and although she loves Zac, she doesn’t know if she can do “forever”.
All of the characters continue to grow and mature. Having read all of the Zoe Donovan series, I can really see this growth. The characters continue to be portrayed as people you would love to hang out with and call your friends.
The mystery is carried on throughout the book and I never would have guessed the solution to the mystery. There are so many twists and turns at the end it was like being on a rollercoaster.
There is a lot to love when reading Kathi Daley’s books. The thing I love the most is that when I’m reading her books, I’m totally sucked into the world she creates with words. I become so absorbed in what I’m reading, I don’t really know what’s going on around me. To me, the ability to write something that does this is the sign of a truly great author.
I would highly recommend this book to those readers who enjoy a mystery full of twists and turns. Also to those who enjoy being carried away to another time and place to hang out with some new “friends”.