Sharing Books and Authors, with an emphasis on Mysteries.
Monday, February 27, 2012
So Damn Lucky by Deborah Coonts
Anyone who follows this blog regularly knows I'm a sucker for good characters. And, no one creates better characters than Deborah Coonts. Las Vegas is the perfect setting for eccentric, odd, larger-than-life characters. Deborah Coonts' Lucky O'Toole is a star in the world of Las Vegas. And, she's the star in another top-notch funny, romantic story, So Damn Lucky.
Don't mess with a six-foot sexually frustrated woman. Lucky O'Toole's job as Head of Customer Relations, or "chief problem solver" at the Babylon, a megacasino on the Las Vegas Strip, might be exciting and interesting, but her love life is the pits. Her best friend and lover, Teddie, is somewhere in Europe, discovering himself as a rock star. Their conversations have been few and far between, and Lucky is beginning to suspect they might be drifting apart. So, she's fired up when she has to deal with the closing of an old casino, her manipulating parents, and Halloween in Vegas.
Ah, Halloween in Vegas. For Lucky that means the Bondage Ball, the Houdini Seance, the UFO crowd, and a group of magicians. And, the combination of the UFO crowd, Area 51, and those magicians spell trouble for Lucky, particularly when one of the magicians dies during a show. Then he, his assistant, and the paramedics all disappear.
It isn't long before Lucky is caught up in stories about Area 51, mind-control experiments, along with suspicions of a subject that went rogue and became a killer. How are the magicians involved in those activities? It will take some digging, but Lucky is nothing if not determined, even if it means digging for the truth in the tunnels under Las Vegas. With her heart already bruised, she needs a mystery to occupy her mind.
I adore Lucky O'Toole, the smart troubleshooter with a smart-alecky mouth and a damaged heart. It's tough to grow up at a whorehouse, not knowing who your father is. She's tough, witty, with a heart of gold. And, she deserves a man to love her. In the midst of all of Lucky's adventures, she's surrounded with good-looking men in Las Vegas; Paxton Dane, who works for the Gaming Control Board, John-Charles Bouclet, the new French chef at the Babylon; and, of course, the missing Teddie Kowalski.
She's also surrounded with well-developed characters in Miss P, her assistant, who is dating The Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock, a private detective; Lucky's mother, Mona; her father, The Big Boss, and all the staff at the Babylon. Then, there are her friends, Romeo, a police detective, and "Flash" Gordon, a reporter. Add in the customers in the Babylon, with all their, ahem, "unusual" behavior away from home, and Coonts has created a delightful cast to populate her Las Vegas.
I've referred to Coonts' Las Vegas mysteries as capers in the past. These are wonderful stories filled with outrageous behavior. There's witty conversations, puns, and a great deal of humor. Add, sexual innuendo, and amusing characters. Coonts' books are formulas for entertainment. So Damn Lucky, the third in the series, can certainly stand alone, but why would you want to miss the previous books? If you like the perfect setting for amusing behavior, over-the-top characters, and intriguing mysteries, try Deborah Coonts' Wanna Get Lucky?, Lucky Stiff, and So Damn Lucky.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
It's an honor to be asked to review books, and I'm grateful to all the publishers, publicists, and authors who send me books. Thank you. Reviews will appear on my blog if I've had a chance to read, and finish, the book. If I do not finish a book, I won't review it, and I will not respond to emails asking when, or if, I'll be reviewing a book.
My reviews are only my opinion, and do not reflect the views of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.
I will not review self-published books, and, at the present time, do not accept books in e-book format.
My Oct. 19, 2009 blog provides full disclosure that I only receive review copies of books, with no other compensation. All review copies are marked as such. If there any any questions, please feel free to contact me.