Wanna Get Lucky?

The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series

Book 1
Chestnut Street Press
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“Evanovich…with a dash of CSI.” – Publishers Weekly (review of Lucky Stiff)


Everyone Has a Hidden Talent


For Lucky O’Toole it’s murder…solving it.


Surviving in Sin City takes cunning, a pair of five-inch heels, and a wiseass attitude. Lucky has mastered them all and has a pair of legs she uses to kick butt and turn heads.


As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, mischief is in her job description.


She’s good at her job.


She’s less good at life. But who has time for a life when there’s a killer on the loose?


WANNA GET LUCKY?


A woman falls from a tour helicopter to the horror of the 8:30 Pirate show crowd.


Was it suicide? An accident? Could she have been pushed?


Lucky’s day began with the invasion of the Adult Video Awards and Trade show convention.


It got more hectic when the spouse-swapping annual event checked in.


And if adding a body to the mix wasn’t enough, Lucky’s got a new suitor. Her best friend, Teddie, a female impersonator who is pressing to take their relationship to the next level.


Can she really date a man who looks better in a dress?


What happened to the woman over the pirate show?


Will her sleuthing skills catch the killer and save her job?


A light, funny, romantic mystery providing a Vegas escape appropriate for anyone looking for a good laugh. Pick up a copy now and start your adventure.



AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS


Why did you decide to write humor?


I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.


The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?


When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.



PRAISE FOR Wanna Get Lucky?


"This is chick lit gone wild and sexy, lightly wrapped in mystery and tied up with a brilliantly flashing neon bow. As the first in a series, Wanna Get Lucky? hits the proverbial jackpot." - Booklist


"Deliciously raunchy, with humorous takes on sexual proclivities, Vegas glitz and love, though Agatha Christie is probably spinning in her grave." - Kirkus Reviews


"Wanna Get Lucky? is a winner on every level. Deborah Coonts has crafted a first-class murder mystery coupled with a touching and unexpected love story. Against a flawlessly-rendered Las Vegas backdrop, Lucky's story is funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized." - Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author


"Get ready to win big--with a novel that will keep you glued to the pages all the way to the end. Wanna Get Lucky? is as entertaining as the city in which it's set." - Brenda Novak, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author


"More fun than a winning streak in Vegas. Lucky O’Toole is a character with brains, beauty, and a wry sense of humor. Readers will want to meet her again—and soon." - Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author


"Paints a dead-on portrait of Las Vegas that is somehow dark, outrageous, and hilarious at the same time. Lucky O’Toole is wise, witty, and brimming with cheery cynicism. Wanna Get Lucky? goes down faster than an ice-cold Bombay martini--very dry, of course, and with a twist." - Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author


"Wanna Get Lucky? is an amazing debut novel, a mile-a-minute read, with fantastic characters, dry wit, and the gritty neon feel of Las Vegas. Bravo to Deborah Coonts--I see a great future ahead." - Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author


"Wanna Get Lucky? sizzles. It beguiles and surprises. It's belly-laugh funny. Add in unforgettable characters, crimes to die for, the ka-ching of high-stakes casinos, and Laura Ashley-decorated bordellos, and you have a read that's utterly irresistible from first page to last. Watch out, Janet Evanovich. The new hot number is Deborah Coonts." - Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author


"When it comes to the crunch (something for a sullen teenager, hostile neighbor, unbearably saintly mother-in-law), the secret is to make them laugh. Deborah Coonts's Wanna Get Lucky? (Forge/Tom Doherty, $24.99), set at the 'most over-the-top mega casino/resort on the Las Vegas Strip,' entrusts the sleuthing to a brainy beauty who sees the lighter side of human folly." - Marilyn Stassio, New York Times Book Review, choosing Wanna Get Lucky? As a Notable Crime Novel for 2010

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About the author

Deborah Coonts swears she was switched at birth. Coming from a family of homebodies, Deborah is the odd woman out, happiest with a passport, a high-limit credit card, her computer, and changing scenery outside her window. Goaded by an insatiable curiosity, she flies airplanes, rides motorcycles, travels the world, and pretends to be more of a badass than she probably is. Deborah is the author of the Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure series, a romantic mystery romp through Sin City. Wanna Get Lucky?, the first in the series, was a New York Times Notable Crime Novel and a double RITA™ Award Finalist. She has also penned a few standalone novels; After Me, a medical thriller, Deep Water, a romantic suspense, and Crushed, a contemporary romance set in Napa. Although rarely there, Deborah calls Houston home. You can always track her down at www.deborahcoonts.com.

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Publisher
Chestnut Street Press
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Published on
May 11, 2010
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Pages
382
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ISBN
9780985792510
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English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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“Evanovich…with a dash of CSI.” – Publishers Weekly


Everyone Has a Hidden Talent


For Lucky O’Toole it’s murder…solving it.


Surviving in Sin City takes cunning, a pair of five-inch heels, and a wiseass attitude. Lucky has mastered them all and has a pair of legs she uses to kick butt and turn heads.


As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, mischief is in her job description.


She’s good at her job.


She’s less good at life. But who has time for a life when there’s a killer on the loose?


LUCKY STIFF


Someone fed Numbers Neidermeyer to the tiger shark in the tank at Mandalay Bay resort.


Lucky’s friend, the Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock, is suspect Numero Uno.


Miss P, Jeremy’s squeeze and Lucky’s partner in crime, is in a tailspin.


A tractor-trailer full of honeybees jackknifes on the Strip in front of the Babylon, spilling its load.


The district attorney—apparently the odd man out in a threesome—is hiding in the buff in a laundry room.


And Lucky’s mother decides to auction a young woman’s virginity.


Can Lucky get Jeremy out of the hot seat, handle the new hot French chef and her mother…and restore order in her life?


A light, funny, romantic mystery providing a Vegas escape appropriate for anyone looking for a good laugh. Join the fun! Get your copy today!



AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS


Why did you decide to write humor?


I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.


The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?


When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.



PRAISE FOR Lucky Stiff


“Lively, funny, scary! The pages will singe your fingers, and you’ll laugh yourself stiff.” - Barbara D’Amato, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author


“The pages turn so fast they give off blue fire.” - Carol McCleary, author and CrimeFest Award finalist


"Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this witty tale of misdirection and larger-than-life characters. Fans of J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series will love this." - Library Journal, starred review


“Fast-paced, witty, and full of colorful characters, Lucky Stiff is a sure bet to be a readers’ favorite.” - Booklist


“A prize fight, a pop star and a virginity auction. Could we be anywhere else but Las Vegas?…[Lucky Stiff] is as lively and endearingly wacky as Wanna Get Lucky?” - Kirkus Reviews


“This wonderfully funny and entertaining mystery stars Lucky O’Toole, head of customer relations at a Las Vegas resort. Readers who like cozy mysteries with a lot of sass, great dialogue and a plot that flies will love this.” - RT Book Reviews


“Deb Coonts’ Lucky Stiff is a postcard of Las Vegas like you’ve never seen it, populated by outrageously imaginative characters embroiled in raucous high-stakes action. Toss in sizzling love affairs, deadly enemies, naughty humor and never-saw-it-coming twists and you’ve got a winning mystery with a heart of gold. Coonts has a gift for showcasing the darker realms of human nature against a wickedly funny backdrop. Irresistible!” - Sophie Littlefield, Anthony and RT Books award-winning author


"Coonts covers Sin City territory with a dash of CSI and Janet Evanovich in her second glitzy, lighthearted novel." - Publishers Weekly

“Evanovich…with a dash of CSI.” – Publishers Weekly (review of Lucky Stiff)


Everyone Has a Hidden Talent


For Lucky O’Toole it’s murder…solving it.


Tonight she feels like committing it.


Her live-in lover, Teddie, has rock-starred out and taken his show on the road.


Her mother is a pregnant hormonal weapon of mass destruction.


But, as the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, murder isn’t in her job description.


SO DAMN LUCKY


Renowned magician, Dimitri Fortunoff apparently dies while trying to pull a Houdini.


Then his body actually disappears.


Lucky is less than amused. She has enough problems already.


Paxton Dane, a handsome Texan long on charisma, short on history, is pressing for an opening.


And the new French chef is equal parts charm and venom, seasoned with a dash of irresistible.


But Lucky can’t shake the question: did Fortunoff really die or is this some elaborate hoax?


With his connections to the UFO convention in town, outlandish theories abound.


Love, laughter, and a few evil spirits from the Great Beyond or the Great Void—


A light, funny, romantic mystery providing a Vegas escape appropriate for anyone looking for a good laugh. Join the fun today!



AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS


Why did you decide to write humor?


I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.


The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?


When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.



PRAISE FOR So Damn Lucky


“Lucky’s latest lark brims with the over-the-top ridiculousness that I love about Vegas. Fans of the series will fall in love all over again, and new readers will look forward to her next escapade.” - Publishers Weekly


“Lucky’s the kind of gal who will make any heart beat faster.” - Kirkus Reviews


“A whirlwind of a kooky crime novel, and readers will enjoy every minute of it. Coonts provides the perfect solution for readers waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book.” - Booklist


“So Damn Lucky is wacky and witty, chaotic and compelling, and the title aptly describes how you’ll feel after you’ve read the book.” - USA Today

“Evanovich…with a dash of CSI.” – Publishers Weekly (review of Lucky Stiff)


Everyone Has a Hidden Talent


As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, solving the occasional murder is in Lucky’s job description.


A rapier wit, her weapon of choice.


LUCKY BASTARD


Tonight, someone turned a young woman, a Jimmy Choo embedded in her carotid, into a hood ornament for the latest Ferrari in the Babylon’s dealership.


And one of the big-name players in a huge poker tournament ends up dead.


Are the two deaths related?


Lucky starts making connections putting her in the crosshairs of a killer.


Her former lover, Teddie, comes back from his rock tour to deliver a bombshell.


Then life deals another major complication to her personal life…and it’s not going to be pretty.


Can Lucky handle the fallout and catch a killer?


A light, funny, romantic mystery providing a Vegas escape appropriate for anyone looking for a good laugh. Get your copy today!



AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS


Why did you decide to write humor?


I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.


The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?


When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.



PRAISE FOR Lucky Bastard


“If you’re entertained by sex, innuendo and a few fantasies you’d like to see played out—and who isn’t?—you ought to have Lucky and her extended Vegas family (So Damn Lucky, 2012, etc.) on speed dial.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review


“This fast, funny, frantic Vegas-set series offers great laughs as well as compelling mystery and intriguing continuing characters. You’ll want to spend more time with Lucky, the daughter of a former madam and a mobster.” - RT Book Reviews


“…the talented Coonts takes the reader on another wild ride through Sin City.” - Booklist


“Lucky’s sass and snark make for fun reading…” - Publishers Weekly

“Evanovich…with a dash of CSI.” – Publishers Weekly (review of Lucky Stiff)


Even a Blind Dog Finds a Bone


For Lucky O’Toole, she finds killers.


As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, murder is a bit outside of her normal.


But, armed with a wicked wit and an even more wicked right-cross, Lucky takes it all in stride.


But tonight taxes even Lucky’s formidable skills.


LUCKY CATCH


Lucky’s former lover, Teddie, shows up, hat in hand.


A gaggle of egomaniacal chefs appear for a televised cook-off.


And Lucky’s current lover, Jean-Charles, stops answering his phone.


Since trouble comes in threes, Lucky is sure this is the extent of tonight’s trouble.


As usual, she’s a tad optimistic.


A prized Alba truffle disappears from Jean-Charles’s restaurant.


A young chef is murdered in Jean-Charles’s food truck.


Jean-Charles still isn’t answering his phone.


And when Lucky’s path crosses the killer’s will her goose be cooked?


You want to know…I know you do.


A light, funny, romantic mystery providing a Vegas escape appropriate for anyone looking for a good laugh. Get your copy today!



AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS


Why did you decide to write humor?


I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.


The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?


When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.



PRAISE FOR THE LUCKY O’TOOLE VEGAS ADVENTURE SERIES


“Lucky’s story is funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized.” - Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“Get ready to win big--with a novel that will keep you glued to the pages all the way to the end.” - Brenda Novak, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author


"More fun than a winning streak in Vegas. Lucky O’Toole is a character with brains, beauty, and a wry sense of humor. Readers will want to meet her again—and soon." - Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author


"Deborah Coonts...entrusts the sleuthing to a brainy beauty who sees the lighter side of human folly." - New York Times Book Review


"Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this witty tale of misdirection and larger-than-life characters. Fans of J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series will love this." - Library Journal, starred review


“A whirlwind of a kooky crime novel, and readers will enjoy every minute of it. Coonts provides the perfect solution for readers waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book.” - Booklist

“Evanovich…with a dash of CSI.” – Publishers Weekly (review of Lucky Stiff)


Some People Never Catch a Break


For Lucky O’Toole it’s a break from murder.


As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, Lucky is used to cracking heads and cracking jokes. 


Besides, it’s Christmas.


But even Santa can’t give Lucky what she wishes for.


LUCKY BREAK


Holt Box, a beloved country singer on the comeback trail is killed in Lucky’s lover, Jean-Charles’s, kitchen.


Mr. Box dies in Lucky’s father’s arms.


Her former lover, Teddie, is accused of the murder.


A heavy-hitter in the Macanese underworld is working over Lucky’s father.


An old nemesis salivating for revenge gets out of jail on a technicality.


Lucky’s mother is ramping up an ill-advised political campaign.


And the holidays are racing to a crescendo.


And then things get really messy…


A light, funny, romantic mystery providing a Vegas escape appropriate for anyone looking for a good laugh. Get this can’t-put-it-down romp today!



AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS


Why did you decide to write humor?


I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.


The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?


When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.



PRAISE FOR THE LUCKY O’TOOLE VEGAS ADVENTURE SERIES


“Lucky’s story is funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized.” - Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“Get ready to win big--with a novel that will keep you glued to the pages all the way to the end.” - Brenda Novak, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author


"More fun than a winning streak in Vegas. Lucky O’Toole is a character with brains, beauty, and a wry sense of humor. Readers will want to meet her again—and soon." - Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author


"Deborah Coonts...entrusts the sleuthing to a brainy beauty who sees the lighter side of human folly." - New York Times Book Review


"Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this witty tale of misdirection and larger-than-life characters. Fans of J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series will love this." - Library Journal, starred review


"A whirlwind of a kooky crime novel, and readers will enjoy every minute of it. Coonts provides the perfect solution for readers waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book." - Booklist

“Evanovich…with a dash of CSI.” – Publishers Weekly (review of Lucky Stiff)


Everyone Has a Hidden Talent


For Lucky O’Toole it’s murder…solving it.


Surviving in Sin City takes cunning, a pair of five-inch heels, and a wiseass attitude. Lucky has mastered them all and has a pair of legs she uses to kick butt and turn heads.


As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, mischief is in her job description.


She’s good at her job.


She’s less good at life. But who has time for a life when there’s a killer on the loose?


LUCKY IN LOVE


Lucky O’Toole, the Vice President of Customer Relations for the Babylon, one of Las Vegas’ most over-the-top strip properties, is seriously regretting booking a reality television show, The Forever Game, into the small theater at her hotel. One thing she knows for sure: Vegas does NOT need a dose of reality.


The four couples competing in The Forever Game add their own mischief to the incendiary mix normally available in Sin City while competing for a Las Vegas wedding extravaganza. The host of the show, Trey Gold, appears interested only in keeping the spotlight on himself while the contestants run-wild sampling all Vegas has to offer, threatening to blow the whole show out of the water.


Not only must Lucky keep the couples from killing each other, killing their relationships, or ending up on the front page of the Review-Journal, she has to navigate the rocky road to love herself. Teddie, her live-in lover, is leaning more-and-more towards chasing a new dream as a singer, leaving Vegas…and Lucky behind. And a new French chef seems determined to muddy the murky waters of love even further.


Then there’s Lucky’s mother, Mona, who never could leave well enough alone…


A light, funny, romantic mystery providing a Vegas escape appropriate for anyone looking for a good laugh.



AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS


Why did you decide to write humor?


I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.


The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?


When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.



PRAISE FOR THE LUCKY O’TOOLE VEGAS ADVENTURE SERIES


“Lucky’s story is funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized.” - Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“Get ready to win big--with a novel that will keep you glued to the pages all the way to the end.” - Brenda Novak, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author


"More fun than a winning streak in Vegas. Lucky O’Toole is a character with brains, beauty, and a wry sense of humor. Readers will want to meet her again—and soon." - Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author


"Deborah Coonts...entrusts the sleuthing to a brainy beauty who sees the lighter side of human folly." - New York Times Book Review


"Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this witty tale of misdirection and larger-than-life characters. Fans of J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series will love this." - Library Journal, starred review


“A whirlwind of a kooky crime novel, and readers will enjoy every minute of it. Coonts provides the perfect solution for readers waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book.” - Booklist

“Evanovich…with a dash of CSI.” – Publishers Weekly (review of Lucky Stiff)


Everyone Has a Hidden Talent


For Lucky O’Toole it’s murder…solving it.


Surviving in Sin City takes cunning, a pair of five-inch heels, and a wiseass attitude. Lucky has mastered them all and has a pair of legs she uses to kick butt and turn heads.


As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, mischief is in her job description.


She’s good at her job.


She’s less good at life. But who has time for a life when there’s a killer on the loose?


LUCKY FLASH


Love, laughter, and mischief Vegas-style.


Lucky O’Toole, Vice President of Customer Relations at the Babylon Resort, one of the premier properties on the Vegas Strip, is back. This time she wises-up and sends her down-and-dirty best friend, investigative reporter “Flash” Gordon on the trail of Johnny Pismo. Pismo, a washed-up-never-been singer shows up at the Babylon singing a song about a ring of thieves stealing Vegas’s music memorabilia. They replace each piece of Vegas’s music history with a fake, selling the originals on the black market. Pismo even claims to have the prize piece in Lucky’s father’s collection—a large diamond ring given to the Big Boss by Liberace himself.


Lucky is shocked to learn he’s telling the truth.


Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, offers a few choice pieces of his memorabilia collection as bait. Of course, Lucky must join the chase to protect Teddie’s treasures.


But can she protect her heart from him in the process?


A light, funny, romantic mystery providing a Vegas escape appropriate for anyone looking for a good laugh.



AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS


Why did you decide to write humor?


I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.


The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?


When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.



PRAISE FOR THE LUCKY O’TOOLE VEGAS ADVENTURE SERIES


“Lucky’s story is funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized.” - Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“Get ready to win big--with a novel that will keep you glued to the pages all the way to the end.” - Brenda Novak, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author


"More fun than a winning streak in Vegas. Lucky O’Toole is a character with brains, beauty, and a wry sense of humor. Readers will want to meet her again—and soon." - Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author


"Deborah Coonts...entrusts the sleuthing to a brainy beauty who sees the lighter side of human folly." - New York Times Book Review


"Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this witty tale of misdirection and larger-than-life characters. Fans of J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series will love this." - Library Journal, starred review


“A whirlwind of a kooky crime novel, and readers will enjoy every minute of it. Coonts provides the perfect solution for readers waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book.” - Booklist

“Evanovich…with a dash of CSI.” – Publishers Weekly


Everyone Has a Hidden Talent


For Lucky O’Toole it’s murder…solving it.


Surviving in Sin City takes cunning, a pair of five-inch heels, and a wiseass attitude. Lucky has mastered them all and has a pair of legs she uses to kick butt and turn heads.


As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, mischief is in her job description.


She’s good at her job.


She’s less good at life. But who has time for a life when there’s a killer on the loose?


LUCKY STIFF


Someone fed Numbers Neidermeyer to the tiger shark in the tank at Mandalay Bay resort.


Lucky’s friend, the Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock, is suspect Numero Uno.


Miss P, Jeremy’s squeeze and Lucky’s partner in crime, is in a tailspin.


A tractor-trailer full of honeybees jackknifes on the Strip in front of the Babylon, spilling its load.


The district attorney—apparently the odd man out in a threesome—is hiding in the buff in a laundry room.


And Lucky’s mother decides to auction a young woman’s virginity.


Can Lucky get Jeremy out of the hot seat, handle the new hot French chef and her mother…and restore order in her life?


A light, funny, romantic mystery providing a Vegas escape appropriate for anyone looking for a good laugh. Join the fun! Get your copy today!



AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS


Why did you decide to write humor?


I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.


The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?


When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.



PRAISE FOR Lucky Stiff


“Lively, funny, scary! The pages will singe your fingers, and you’ll laugh yourself stiff.” - Barbara D’Amato, Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning author


“The pages turn so fast they give off blue fire.” - Carol McCleary, author and CrimeFest Award finalist


"Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this witty tale of misdirection and larger-than-life characters. Fans of J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series will love this." - Library Journal, starred review


“Fast-paced, witty, and full of colorful characters, Lucky Stiff is a sure bet to be a readers’ favorite.” - Booklist


“A prize fight, a pop star and a virginity auction. Could we be anywhere else but Las Vegas?…[Lucky Stiff] is as lively and endearingly wacky as Wanna Get Lucky?” - Kirkus Reviews


“This wonderfully funny and entertaining mystery stars Lucky O’Toole, head of customer relations at a Las Vegas resort. Readers who like cozy mysteries with a lot of sass, great dialogue and a plot that flies will love this.” - RT Book Reviews


“Deb Coonts’ Lucky Stiff is a postcard of Las Vegas like you’ve never seen it, populated by outrageously imaginative characters embroiled in raucous high-stakes action. Toss in sizzling love affairs, deadly enemies, naughty humor and never-saw-it-coming twists and you’ve got a winning mystery with a heart of gold. Coonts has a gift for showcasing the darker realms of human nature against a wickedly funny backdrop. Irresistible!” - Sophie Littlefield, Anthony and RT Books award-winning author


"Coonts covers Sin City territory with a dash of CSI and Janet Evanovich in her second glitzy, lighthearted novel." - Publishers Weekly

“Evanovich…with a dash of CSI.” – Publishers Weekly (review of Lucky Stiff)


Everyone Has a Hidden Talent


For Lucky O’Toole it’s murder…solving it.


Surviving in Sin City takes cunning, a pair of five-inch heels, and a wiseass attitude. Lucky has mastered them all and has a pair of legs she uses to kick butt and turn heads.


As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, mischief is in her job description.


She’s good at her job.


She’s less good at life. But who has time for a life when there’s a killer on the loose?


LUCKY BANG


Having a blast on the 4th of July in Vegas takes on a whole new meaning for Lucky O'Toole, head of customer relations for the Babylon, a major Strip property, when she discovers a bomb in a friend's restaurant and narrowly escapes becoming part of the "explosive entertainment." And this wasn't the first time. Years ago, when Lucky was small, she'd had another narrow escape. Could the two be related? Missing dynamite, an old grudge, whispers from the past, force Lucky to delve into dark secrets best left alone. And when her father disappears, things become personal.


A light, funny, romantic mystery providing a Vegas escape appropriate for anyone looking for a good laugh.



AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS


Why did you decide to write humor?


I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.


The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?


When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.



PRAISE FOR THE LUCKY O’TOOLE VEGAS ADVENTURE SERIES


“Lucky’s story is funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized.” - Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“Get ready to win big--with a novel that will keep you glued to the pages all the way to the end.” - Brenda Novak, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author


"More fun than a winning streak in Vegas. Lucky O’Toole is a character with brains, beauty, and a wry sense of humor. Readers will want to meet her again—and soon." - Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author


"Deborah Coonts...entrusts the sleuthing to a brainy beauty who sees the lighter side of human folly." - New York Times Book Review


"Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this witty tale of misdirection and larger-than-life characters. Fans of J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series will love this." - Library Journal, starred review


“A whirlwind of a kooky crime novel, and readers will enjoy every minute of it. Coonts provides the perfect solution for readers waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book.” - Booklist

“Evanovich…with a dash of CSI.” – Publishers Weekly (review of Lucky Stiff)


Everyone Has a Hidden Talent


For Lucky O’Toole it’s murder…solving it.


Surviving in Sin City takes cunning, a pair of five-inch heels, and a wiseass attitude. Lucky has mastered them all and has a pair of legs she uses to kick butt and turn heads.


As the Chief Problem Solver for the Babylon, Las Vegas’s most over-the-top destination, mischief is in her job description.


She’s good at her job.


She’s less good at life. But who has time for a life when there’s a killer on the loose?


LUCKY FLASH


Love, laughter, and mischief Vegas-style.


Lucky O’Toole, Vice President of Customer Relations at the Babylon Resort, one of the premier properties on the Vegas Strip, is back. This time she wises-up and sends her down-and-dirty best friend, investigative reporter “Flash” Gordon on the trail of Johnny Pismo. Pismo, a washed-up-never-been singer shows up at the Babylon singing a song about a ring of thieves stealing Vegas’s music memorabilia. They replace each piece of Vegas’s music history with a fake, selling the originals on the black market. Pismo even claims to have the prize piece in Lucky’s father’s collection—a large diamond ring given to the Big Boss by Liberace himself.


Lucky is shocked to learn he’s telling the truth.


Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, offers a few choice pieces of his memorabilia collection as bait. Of course, Lucky must join the chase to protect Teddie’s treasures.


But can she protect her heart from him in the process?


A light, funny, romantic mystery providing a Vegas escape appropriate for anyone looking for a good laugh.



AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBORAH COONTS


Why did you decide to write humor?


I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.


The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design?


When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.



PRAISE FOR THE LUCKY O’TOOLE VEGAS ADVENTURE SERIES


“Lucky’s story is funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized.” - Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author


“Get ready to win big--with a novel that will keep you glued to the pages all the way to the end.” - Brenda Novak, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author


"More fun than a winning streak in Vegas. Lucky O’Toole is a character with brains, beauty, and a wry sense of humor. Readers will want to meet her again—and soon." - Diane Mott Davidson, New York Times bestselling author


"Deborah Coonts...entrusts the sleuthing to a brainy beauty who sees the lighter side of human folly." - New York Times Book Review


"Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this witty tale of misdirection and larger-than-life characters. Fans of J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series will love this." - Library Journal, starred review


“A whirlwind of a kooky crime novel, and readers will enjoy every minute of it. Coonts provides the perfect solution for readers waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book.” - Booklist

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