"Going to the BAD" is a humorous mystery that is so visual that it's as if the action was taking place on a TV screen before us and someone like Julia Louis-Dreyfus, one of the stars of Seinfeld, is acting the lead part.
The story opens with Lilly Hawkins at work at her TV station. Her attention is diverted when she hears a police scanner announce a shooting at an address and Lilly recognizes her own home. She learns that her elderly Uncle Bud has been shot and taken to the hospital, in critical condition.
Zany things begin happening at the TV station. The afternoon anchor is nervous about his first show where an animal shelter is bringing some caged animals to the show the TV audience and maybe have some of the animals adopted.
There is a dilemma about investigating the shooting of her uncle. On one hand, it could be a good story but on the other hand, she knows he's had a sordid past and doesn't want to bring up more dirt about him.
Lilly is a spunky character who learns that her Uncle had learned that some items which were stolen years ago, may have been found. The man accused of stealing these items lived on a farm with his sister. The sister has grown old and has slight dementia. Her daughter keeps the door of the mobile home locked so she can't get out and wonder. When Lilly arrives, the woman tells her to come in thought the bathroom window. When Lilly does, the woman forgets who Lilly is and begins screaming. Lilly has to beat a hasty retreat.
Lilly is at the lead of a number of excellent characters in the book. I kept visualizing them as if this was the first episode of a new TV series.
The action takes place in Bakersfield, California and in a few farms in the suburbs. I enjoyed the realistic dialogue and the manner in which the author brings together the various parts of the story into a satisfactory conclusion.