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March 27, 2012 / Leslie

Review: Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts

Lucky Stiff
by Deborah Coonts

Genre: Mystery, Romance
Publisher: Forge Books
Publish Date: February, 2011
Format: Paperback | 464 pages
Rating: 3 of 5

Lucky O’Toole, head of Customer Relations at The Babylon in Las Vegas, returns, along with the zany cast of characters introduced in Wanna Get Lucky, for another fun-filled adventure in book two of this series.

The story starts out with a bang as Lucky has to deal with an overturned truck blocking the strip and the entrance to The Babylon. To complicate matters, the truck was carrying a load of bees for the upcoming entomologist convention. A million honeybees have escaped and are now buzzing around the hotel grounds.

If the bees aren’t bad enough, there is more to ruin Lucky’s week. The next day Numbers Neidermeyer, a shady bookie, is found dead in the shark tank and Jeremy Whitlock, local private investigator, is the chief suspect as he was seen arguing with her the day before. Then Lucky discovers that her mother, Mona, who runs a brothel, is auctioning off a young woman’s virginity. In the hectic, non-stop world of the Babylon, this is just the beginning. Things are about to get a lot more chaotic for Lucky.

Fast-paced and fun, I enjoyed most of Lucky Stiff. There was just a bit too much romance for me, but in fairness, I’m not much of a romance reader. Lucky’s strong, independent nature so well-established in the first book, now takes a backseat to her swooning over her boyfriend, Teddie, the ex-female impersonator who is now trying to establish a music career. I liked their relationship better in the first book.

The story ended on a fun note and I am looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book, So Damn Lucky. Although this is book two of the Lucky O’Toole series, it can easily be read and enjoyed as a stand alone. The author does a nice job of filling in details about the characters and their relationships. If you are looking for an entertaining, light read, this would be a good choice.

Source: Review copy provided by FSB.


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  1. Mary / Mar 27 2012 3:06 pm

    I’m glad you’re enjoying this series. It’s a lot of fun!


  2. BermudaOnion / Mar 27 2012 3:26 pm

    I really want to try this series – it sounds great!


  3. sagustocox / Mar 27 2012 7:17 pm

    I have not read this series before. Thanks for the recommendation.


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