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May 28, 2013 / Leslie

Review: Lucky Bastard by Deborah Coonts

Lucky Bastard by Deborah CoontsLucky Bastard
by Deborah Coonts

Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Forge Books
Publish Date: May 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover | 352 pages
Rating: 3½ of 5

Lucky O’Toole is back with another adventure at The Babylon on the Las Vegas Strip in book four of this fun-filled series.

Lucky has been promoted to Vice President of Customer Relations but that doesn’t make her job any easier. She has barely settled into the position, her new office isn’t even completed yet, when the next crisis strikes. A woman is found dead, sprawled across the hood of a new Ferrari in the Babylon’s on-site dealership, a Jimmy Choo stiletto stuck in her neck. At The Babylon it is never just another boring day!

Lucky already has a full plate. Nursing a broken-heart along with constant reminders of her previous relationship, fending off the attentions of the new chef, dealing with her mother who wants to start a phone-sex business (mom previously ran a brothel) and her new job responsibilities were already keeping her busy. Plus the Smack-Down Poker Tournament is holding its final round at the Babylon and Lucky needs to maintain business as usual, never mind that more people are turning up dead and the body count is rising. Things are only going to get more hectic and soon Lucky begins to fear for her own safety. Lucky is running on no sleep but there won’t be any time to catch up now.

Throughout the series Lucky has remained a fun and exciting character. Still totally in control in her professional life, her romantic life is in constant upheaval with her propensity to choose the wrong guys. While romance is still an underlying theme, this installment had a lot less swooning over her men than in previous books. I missed Teddi, Lucky’s ex, but without him Lucky’s strong, independent character was back on display.

There was lots of energy and non-stop action with the reader being taken on a roller coaster ride, always a little off-balance and never knowing who to suspect or who else will end up dead. I did miss Newton, Lucky’s talking pet bird, a belligerent macaw with a foul mouth, who didn’t have much of a part this time. His snappy lines of dialog were some of my favorites in the first novel.

Lucky Bastard can be read as a stand alone even though it is the fourth in a series. The author does a good job of filling in the pertinent details of the back story, but I would recommend reading the first book Wanna Get Lucky, to get a real flavor for the main characters. Also, several previously minor characters become more developed, which is nice to see, but the extra background does help.

JKS CommunicationsFunny, clever and action packed, this fast-paced page turner is a good choice for a light summer read.


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  1. Suko / May 28 2013 12:23 pm

    Leslie, excellent review–this does sound like a fun, light book! And the main character has a terrific name!


  2. Lloyd Russell / May 28 2013 1:00 pm

    Leslie, I haven’t read any of this series, but I have enjoyed James Swain’s Tony Valentine series. Tony is an ex-cop from New Jersey who worked to expose casino cheaters. Now, he does it in Vegas. The books are pretty entertaining.


  3. BermudaOnion / May 28 2013 2:59 pm

    This does sound like fun and perfect for the summer!


  4. Mary / May 28 2013 3:32 pm

    I love this series!


  5. Carol / May 31 2013 9:46 am

    This sounds like such a fun series. I really should pick it up sometime.


  6. stacybuckeye / Jun 9 2013 9:59 pm

    This is a series I think I would like!



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