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Synopsis from JKS Communications:
Lucky O’Toole may have been promoted to Vice President of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas’ primo Strip property, but nothing has changed. When Paxton Dane, a former member of the Babylon’s Security detail turned Private Investigator, discovers a young woman dead, sprawled across the hood of a new, bright red Ferrari California in the Babylon’s dealership, a Jimmy Choo stiletto stuck in her carotid, he calls Lucky to handle the problem.
Lucky’s life is already in precarious balance. Her mother, Mona, is pregnant, hormonal, bored, and looking for ways to fill her days. Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, has hit the road on his quest to find international stardom. But, realizing he’s made a mistake, he writes a song for Lucky, then hits the talk shows, pleading his case. Lucky is less than amused with the national spotlight on her personal life. She’s having enough trouble as it is fending off the amorous attentions of Chef Jean-Charles Bouclet, the Babylon’s tasty new dish. Lucky feels mixing business and pleasure with the chef is a sure-fire recipe for disaster.
And the timing could not be worse. The Smack-Down Poker tournament with all the media attention the second-largest poker tournament in the world attracts is holding it’s final table at the Babylon. Hookers, thieves, players, cheaters, media, and hangers-on all descend looking to win or to score.
When one of the major players turns up dead, Lucky starts putting the pieces together with the help of Cole Weston, a hearing-impaired professional poker player. They chase clues and suspects through Vegas to the
storm drains underneath the city—where the runoff from a summer monsoonal shower turns deadly.
After a revelation by someone close to her sends her world reeling even further, Lucky struggles to keep her life in balance, and a murderer from killing again as bodies pile up.
Then, just when she’s losing control… life deals another major complication to her personal life….and it’s not going to be pretty.
I adore Lucky O’Toole. She’s a great character who somehow manages to deal with an extremely stressful job, one crisis after another, and a love life that is far from perfect. This book made me laugh, as well as try to figure out the mystery.
This is the fourth book in the Lucky O’Toole mystery series and a wonderful addition to the series. It’s funny, clever and has snappy dialogue. Lucky reminded me very much of Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich’s series. It helps that it’s set in Las Vegas – I love Vegas. A great way to spend an afternoon.
FTC Disclosure: JKS Communications and NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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