For twenty-year-old Li Johnson, a job as a cruise ship waiter was supposed to be a way to get over his father’s death and earn enough money to go back to college. Instead, Li is struggling to maintain his sanity while coping with the demands of a sadistic maitre d’ and a boatload of entitled rich jerk passengers. Li just wants to keep his head down and survive his job from hell, but when he finds a passenger sunburned to a crisp on the Sunbathing Deck, something about the scene just doesn’t add up. Before he knows it, Li is on the track of a murderer and if Li doesn’t find the real killer soon, he might just get framed for the crime — or worse, lose his crappy job.
A brand-new classic in the amateur detective genre, Sunny Side Up is a traditional murder mystery for the 21st century, with a glamorous setting, a gallery of suspects, clues that will keep readers guessing to the last page, and a delightful new hero in Li Johnson, the millennial minimum wage manhunter, who brings sleuthing to the service economy.
Cover art by Dominic Grijalva
“Daniel Stallings’ debut mystery offers an appealing protagonist and a fresh viewpoint. Root for the underdog!” –Carolyn Hart, Multi-Award Winning Mystery Author
“A deftly crafted novel by a master of the genre, Sunny Side Up is unreservedly recommended.” –Midwest Book Review
“Very entertaining … this brought in a new kind of detective ― a millennial with a minimum wage job. I would like to see where Li Johnson goes after this one – it would be fun to go along on another investigation with him!” –JessicaMap Reviews