Title: Lucky Stiff (Lucky O’Toole)
Author: Deborah Coonts
About the Book:
Lucky O’Toole — head of Customer Relations at premier mega resort the Babylon — 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’s less-than-savory oddsmakers — is throwing some major attitude at Las Vegas’s ace private investigator, the beautiful Jeremy Whitlock.
The next day, Lucky discovers Ms. Neidermeyer has been 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 Babylon’s hiring of an eccentric new French chef, and her madam mother’s scheme 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.
Lucky O’Toole is the head of Customer Relations at one of Las Vegas’s swankiest hotels, but that means negotiating all the craziness of Sin City – drunks, naked gamblers, and a truck of honeybees. During a typical night, a body shows up in the shark tank and now Lucky has to figure out who put it there.
I read this Lucky O’Toole book back to back after the first and while they are stand alones, there are a few relationship reveals in the first one that make the second that much better (her dad, her boyfriend, the guy who still wants her). That being said, LUCKY STIFF is a cute, entertaining mystery all on its own – thankfully not one that kept me up till 3 am and looking for the concealer in the morning, but one I looked forward to hanging out with at the end of each day. Coonts’s characters are vivid and quirky and full of life. I definitely give this 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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