Lucky Stiff (Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure Series #2) by Deborah Coonts, read by Renee Raudman
Rating: * * * *
We begin with the buzz of a tractor-trailer load of honeybees overturning on the Vegas Strip. Then the really bizarre things start happening!
Lucky, head of customer service at a glitzy Vegas casino/hotel, handily deals with the honeybee crisis, then moves on to save hunky P.I. Jeremy Whitlock from a murder rap when local bookmaker Numbers Neidermeyer is discovered in the shark tank.
Blessed with an abundance of eye-pleasing men in her life, Lucky has also earned the friendship, loyalty, and cooperation of a number of colorful characters including her cross-dressing (but only when on stage) boyfriend; flamboyant and effervescent mother, a brothel madam; a local mob boss; and The Big Boss at her own casino, who is currently dating her mother.
Renee Raudman’s narrative style and voice are uniquely suited to stories such as this: quirky, off-beat, over-the-top, full of backhanded wit. Few readers could bring this story to colorful life the way she can, exactly what I would have pictured were I reading the written word.