Monday, March 14, 2011

Review: Lucky Stiff: A Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure by Deborah Coonts

  • Author:  Deborah Coonts
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765325446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765325440

Product Description:


Lucky O’Toole--Head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, premier mega-resort on the Vegas Strip--thinks it’s just another night in Las Vegas.  A tractor-trailer has spilled its load of a million honeybees, blocking not only the Strip but the entrance to her hotel... the District Attorney for Clark County—apparently the odd man out of a threesome on the twelfth floor—is hiding in the buff in one of the hotel’s laundry rooms... and Numbers Neidermeyer--one of Vegas’ less-than-savory oddsmakers--is arguing with Las Vegas’ ace private investigator, the Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock.

The next day, Lucky discovers Ms. Neidermeyer was tossed into the shark tank at the Mandalay Bay Resort as a snack for the Tiger Shark.  When the police show up at the Babylon with a hastily prepared search warrant, applied for by the District Attorney himself, and Jeremy lands in the hot seat, Lucky realizes her previous night was far from routine. 

Amid the chaos of fight weekend, the hiring of an eccentric new French chef, and her madam mother's intentions to auction off a young woman’s virginity, Lucky is drawn into a deadly game where no one is what they seem, a game that will end only when she discovers who made fish-food out of Numbers Neidermeyer.

Lucky O’Toole and Fabulous Las Vegas—life doesn’t get any better.

About the Author:


DEBORAH COONTS's mother tells her she was born in Texas a very long time ago, though she's not totally sure—her mother can’t be trusted.  But she was definitely raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food, and beer.  She currently resides in Las Vegas, where family and friends tell her she can't get into too much trouble.  Silly people.  Coonts has built her own business, practiced law, flown airplanes, written a humor column for a national magazine, and survived a teenager.

My Review:

Lucky Stiff...Lucky me for reading this hilarious Las Vegas romp!

Bees! Babylon! Brilliant! It is Fight Week at the Babylon and this novel starts off with a Bang! Bees everywhere!  Fortunately for the guests at the Babylon mega-resort, Lucky, the ultimate head of customer relations and is on the scene and ready to save the day.
This is an excellent follow up to the first book in the series, Wanna Get Lucky?  Deborah Coonts brings Las Vegas to life once again in the second Lucky O'Toole mystery.  She has an captivating writing style that grabs your attention immediately. And Ms. Coonts provides an insight into the behind the scenes action of Las Vegas that allows you to feel like you are really there. And she has created a strong, intelligent yet sexy woman in the main character, Lucky.
A fascinating array of characters once again inhabit Lucky's world.  Larger than life, just like Las Vegas, characters such as Teddie, Lucky's beau and former female impersonator extraordinaire, The Big Boss who runs an empire on the Las Vegas strip who is actually Lucky's father, and Mona her mother, the owner of a bordello in Pahrump (yes Pahrump really does exist) where Lucky grew up.  That is just Lucky's immediate family!  There is private investigator The Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock, Numbers Neidermeyer the odds-maker, Darlin' Delacroix, Detective Romeo and Lucky's two assistants: Miss Patterson, the prim and perfect assistant and young protege Brandy Alexander.  Add in celebrities, a questionable district attorney, a hint of the old mafia and a virgin for auction.

Las Vegas has a plethora of fascinating venues that are perfect over-the-top settings for capturing the reader's interest.  The murder victim is found in the Shark Reef attraction at Mandalay Bay!  Las Vegas has become the biggest venue for important sporting events thus is the perfect setting for an important fight and the onslaught of celebrities that cluster anywhere cameras are.  Las Vegas itself is a character with its bright lights, glitz and the hopes and dreams of residents and visitors who come from around the globe.

Fabulous mystery that is wonderfully plotted with twists and turns a plenty.  And I just loved the ending! Bravo! Cannot wait until the next Lucky O'Toole adventure:  So Damned Lucky!

The author generously provided me with a copy for this review.

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