Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts - My Thoughts


Lucky Stiff

Lucky Stiff by Deborah Coonts 
Series: Lucky O'Toole #2
Print and e-book, 344 pages
Published July 13th 2015 by Deborah B. Coonts (first published February 15th 2011)

Lucky O'Toole--Head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, premier mega-resort on the Vegas Strip--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' less-than-savory oddsmakers--is arguing with Las Vegas' ace private investigator, the Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock.

The next day, Lucky discovers Ms. Neidermeyer was 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 hiring of an eccentric new French chef, and her madam mother's intentions 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.

My thoughts about Lucky Stiff ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—'Millions of enraged honeybees had done the impossible: Single-handedly they brought the Las Vegas Strip to a standstill.'

Okay, I'll admit it. It has been awhile since I read book #1 in this series. But I was excited to get a chance to add Lucky Stiff to my review list. And it was like connecting with an old friend again. You know what it's like—you don't see or hear from that good friend for a number of years but when you reconnect, it's like you just saw each other last week—you just pick up where you left off. That's the way I felt with Lucky. I was right back in her world, like I had never left.

This series is such a fun set of stories. Lucky and her cronies are so unique and the people and problems they run into kept me so entertained as I flew through the pages. It felt like I was experiencing the craziness of Vegas, but from an insider's point of view. These people were just doing their job, making sure that everything was running smoothly.

Lucky Stiff starts off with a truck full of bees loose in Vegas. I loved it! A very good friend of mine works at the local honey farm and her life is all about bees so it was a treat to see bees be such a big part of this story. I love it when I can find a personal connection to the story I am reading. And someday..... I hope to take a trip to Vegas. It's on my bucket list and Lucky's stories make me want to go even more.

I am looking forward to continuing on with this series and I don't plan to be away from Lucky's world for very long. I enjoyed my time there and I can't wait to go back.


My thoughts about Wanna Get Lucky (book #1) are here.

Deborah previously visited The Book Bag and talked about the 'voices in her head'. Read what she had to say here.

Find the complete list of the Lucky series books here.

About the Author

Deborah Coonts

My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted. These things I do know: I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer. I am the author of Wanna Get Lucky? (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA™ Finalist), its five sequels, Lucky Break being the latest, four between-the-books novellas and the first in a new series, Crushed, a novel of wine and love.

Currently I’m stretching my writer muscles working on a women’s fiction/contemporary romance series set in Napa, a dark thriller, a romantic suspense series featuring a female helicopter pilot, as well as the next Lucky adventure—all very different projects. So, if you see me with a glass of Champagne in hand, you’ll understand. I can usually be found at the bar, but also at www.deborahcoonts.com.

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