Lucky O’Toole, the newly promoted vice president of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s primo Strip property, has never met a problem she couldn’t handle. But when a young woman is found dead, sprawled across the hood of a new, bright red Ferrari California in the Babylon’s on-site dealership, a Jimmy Choo stiletto stuck in her carotid, Lucky’s skills are maxed out.
Of course, her life is already on overload. Her mother, Mona, is pregnant, hormonal, and bored—a triple threat. A song that Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, wrote for her is getting national airplay as he hits the talk shows, pleading for her forgiveness. Lucky is less than amused by the high-powered “”infotainment”” spotlight on her personal life. She’s having enough trouble fending off Chef Jean-Charles Bouclet, the Babylon’s tasty new dish.
All of this and The Smack-Down Poker tournament, the second-largest poker tournament in the world, is holding its final round at the Babylon. Hookers, theives, players, cheaters, media, and hangers-on descend, looking to win or to score. When one of the players turns up dead, Lucky starts to make connections between the two murders, putting her in the crosshairs of the killer.
Then, just when she’s losing control… life deals another major complication to her personal life… and it’s not going to be pretty.
Lucky struggles to keep her life in balance, and a murderer from killing again.
Review: For those not familiar with the series, the heroine is Lucky O’Toole, Vice President of Customer Relations for the Babylon, a swanky hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Time after time (and book after book), Lucky finds herself embroiled in a murder that has someone involved her casino. And, in true heroine fashion, Lucky fights her way to the truth (with the help of handsome men and quirky family) and solves the murder.
In this installment of the Lucky series, Lucky’s friend and one-time co-worker, Paxton Dane, is accused of murder. Even more shocking is that the murdered woman is his wife. Now, nowhere in the first three books was it mentioned that Dane was married, and Lucky is pissed she finds out this way. However, being the good friend that she is, Lucky agrees to help him find the murderer.
In order to do this, she has to wend her way around a poker championship, a deaf poker player, a feisty cowgirl, a mortician’s convention, and, as in every book, fabulous shoes. Then there is her personal life which now consists of handsome and mellow French chef Jean-Charles Bouclet and his five-year-old son, Christophe. Will Lucky be able to make a go of the family life? Only the next book will tell…
The thing I love most about these books is the variety of characters. Some are no-nonsense (Miss P), others are eccentric as all get-out (Mona and Mrs. Olefson), and yet others could be anyone you might meet in your normal day (Romeo and Jerry). The men are anywhere from normal to exceedingly handsome, smarmy to suave. There is no one “type” throughout the story, giving Coonts’ writing the flair I look for when picking up a book.
If you have read the previous Lucky books, it will come as no surprise that there is a “catch” ending, something to leave you on the edge of your seat until the next book comes out.
Favorite Quote: So many questions, so few functioning brain cells.