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Lucky Stiff

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.

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Coincidence Detection, a Jane Wilkinson Mystery

Coincidence Detection, a Jane Wilkinson Mystery by Selaine Henriksen-Willis

Rating:  * * * *

Jane Wilkinson, PI, would rather read than do almost anything else.  When investigating, she uses whatever story she is currently reading as a personal sounding board to note what resonates with her, allowing her detection skills and her intuition to work together.  When a character from the book pops into her head during an investigation, she makes note of it and explores the parallels between the character and the investigation, and why she is reading what she is reading into the book.  Her intuition draws her to parts of the story which ultimately help her solve the case.  “It works for her.”

I look forward to further books in the Jane Wilkinson series.  (None published at this time, to my knowledge.)

Silenced by Allison Brennan

Silenced by Allison Brennan (Lucy Kincaid series, Book 4)

Rating:  * * * *

Lucy and her FBI cohorts unravel the secrets and lies surrounding the brutal deaths of young call girls in Washington, DC.  Memories from Lucy’s own painful past – being near-fatally attacked by a predator – figure heavily into her reasoning and reactions to this case, both assisting the search and causing the FBI to doubt her abilities.

Suspenseful and intriguing, Silenced – the first book I have read by this author – drew me in from the first and kept me hooked with well-developed characters, interconnecting story lines, enough detail to be compelling without drowning in it, and a race to the finish.

The recurring characters in the story (Lucy, boss Noah, boyfriend Sean) are well fleshed out in this story, but they clearly have more facets to be explored.  I was left with enough questions and interest that I’m already starting to read the next book in the series.

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