Review: Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts

Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts
Series: Lucky O’Toole Las Vegas Adventure (# 2)
Release Date: February 2011
Publisher: Forge
Page Count: 364
Source: FSB Media

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.

Review: Lucky has another murder mystery to solve and she’s in top form again. As in her debut novel, Ms. Coonts has produced an enjoyable read that grabs you from the first chapter and pulls you along to the last page. In this edition we find out a little more about Lucky and her life while she tries to track down a killer and keep her nearest and dearest out of the hot seat. You’ll cheer her on as she works her way through the well-conceived plot, although, truth be told, I felt kind of sorry for the shark. Ick.

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