Lucky Stiff (Lucky O'Toole Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Lucky Stiff (Lucky O'Toole Series #2)

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Overview

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.        

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Very much in the spirit of Carole Nelson Douglas's Midnight Louie mystery series (sans talking cats), Coonts covers similar Sin City territory with a dash of CSI and Janet Evanovich in her second glitzy, lighthearted novel featuring Lucky O'Toole, the head of customer relations for the Babylon, "the most over-the-top resort/casino on the Las Vegas strip" (after Wanna Get Lucky?). Early one morning at the Babylon, after dealing with a honeybee invasion, Lucky happens on PI Jeremy Whitlock quarreling with notorious oddsmaker Evelyn Wabash "Numbers" Neidermeyer. Hours later, Numbers's remains turn up in the shark tank of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and Jeremy becomes the prime suspect in her murder. Meanwhile, Lucky's madame mother plans to stage a "virginity auction" at her brothel, and Lucky's songwriting lover, Teddie Kowalski, heads to L.A. for a recording deal. Amid all the flashy Vegas fun, some readers may notice that the action's awfully familiar. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
“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 on Lucky Stiff

“Coonts covers Sin City territory with a dash of CSI and Janet Evanovich in her second glitzy, lighthearted novel.”

—Publishers Weekly on Lucky Stiff

“Deliciously raunchy, with humorous takes on sexual proclivities, Vegas glitz and love, though Agatha Christie is probably spinning in her grave.”

—Kirkus Reviews on Wanna Get Lucky?

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

—Booklist

“Funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized.”

—Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author, on Wanna Get Lucky?

Library Journal
In an ironic twist, loan shark Numbers Neidermeyer's body is found in a shark tank in a Vegas casino. Everyone, it seems, wanted Numbers dead, and soon Lucky O'Toole (Wanna Get Lucky?), customer relations pro at the Babylon, is drawn into the case. She was one of the last people to see Numbers alive, and one of her best friends is the primary person of interest. Other lively subplots include Lucky's mother, a Vegas madam, auctioning off a young woman's virginity; Lucky's boyfriend being offered a music deal that will result in a long tour; and a top Mafia godfather asking Lucky for a favor she can't refuse. VERDICT Watching Lucky navigate the dangerous shoals of the male-dominated world of gambling is a delight. 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.
Kirkus Reviews

A prize fight, a pop star and a virginity auction. Could we be anywhere else but Las Vegas?

It's an ordinary week at the Babylon, Vegas's glitziest hotel. All Lucky O'Toole, head of Customer Relations, has to deal with are an entomology conference after half the bees buzzed off when their transport overturned, a middleweight title fight that marks the last hurrah of a boxer with 15 kids and counting, a naked D.A. lurking in a laundry closet while his wife and an odds-maker entertain themselves in Room 12410, and her boyfriend Teddie heading to Los Angeles to jump-start his music career by signing on as the opening act for pop tart Reza Pashiri. Sure, there are problems, but nothing compared to the brouhaha that ensues when the odds-maker, Numbers Neidermeyer, becomes the late-night snack in the hotel's shark pool and Lucky's assistant's lover, a local p.i., becomes the main suspect. Along the way, Lucky gets one guy off the hook for murder, watches the D.A.'s wife take a header off the hotel roof and decides to keep silent about a frame-up she knows happened but can't prove.

Lots of sex and booze, and perhaps half-a-dozen too many mentions of Lucky's Hermès Birkin handbag, but this installment is as lively and endearingly wacky as Wanna Get Lucky? (2010).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429994873
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Series: Lucky O'Toole Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 115,549
  • File size: 373 KB

Meet the Author

Deborah Coonts

DEBORAH COONTS's mother tells her she was born in Texas a very long time ago, though she's not totally sure—her mother can’t be trusted.  But she was definitely raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food, and beer.  She currently resides in Las Vegas, where family and friends tell her she can't get into too much trouble.  Silly people.  Coonts has built her own business, practiced law, flown airplanes, written a humor column for a national magazine, and survived a teenager.

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Interviews & Essays

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO A GUY IN A DRESS?

By Deborah Coonts

Leave it to me to fall in love with a guy who looks better in my clothes than I do. My name is Lucky and, in love, I am anything but. Or maybe my luck is a little off, who knows? So, my guy wears dresses for a living. I know, I need to be in a home, but it's not as crazy as it sounds. Really, it's not.

It all started when I went to the Flamingo to check out an act that was getting a bunch of buzz around town?he styled himself as The Great Teddie Divine, Las Vegas' foremost female impersonator. To be honest, men making themselves all pretty and prancing around like divas don't exactly set my heart afire, if you know what I mean. But when someone separates himself from the pack in Vegas, everyone notices. And, since it's my job to book the best talent for my employer, the Babylon, I scored a center orchestra ticket two rows back and settled in for the show.

That night, Teddie was channeling Cher to a packed house. Closing my eyes, I can see the whole scene as if it was on a continuous celluloid loop in my brain. He was wearing a long, black wig, a silver sheath with a split up the side that bordered on indecent, full makeup-eyeliner, lashes out to there, lipstick, the whole shebang. And the show was amazing. No, he was amazing. Flowing seamlessly from one number to another (my particular favorite was I Got You Babe, but I did miss Sonny). If I hadn't known that Cher really hadn't lowered herself to play such a small theatre, I would've bought into the whole act. Teddie was that good.

After the show, I flashed my ID, which didn't mean anything to the guards at the Flamingo, but I guess I looked intimidating enough and the guy let me backstage. Teddie had his back to me as I approached. I started to say something, to draw his attention then stopped. Normally, 'shy' would not be a word anyone would use to describe me, but at that moment it fit, and I had no idea why.

He'd just come off stage. The applause was thunderous. He was a little sweaty, and energized, feeding off the crowd. Someone handed him a towel. He took a long drag from a bottle of water. Then he pulled off his wig and ruffled his, short spikey blonde hair.

When he turned his baby-blues my direction my heart stopped.

And I was appalled. Most men left me curiously deflated. Don't get me wrong; I'm as appreciative as the next gal of a guy with a great smile, broad shoulders, and a good butt. Cynical would probably be the best label to slap on my feelings towards men. Spending one's formative years in a whorehouse being raised by a madam can do that.

And now I get hot-and-bothered by a dude in a dress? I had officially gone 'round the bend. And I couldn't do anything about it. I was rooted to the spot, determined to see how the whole thing played out. Curious in a slightly twisted sort of way. I mean, I didn't see a whole lot of upside to a relationship with a guy who had better legs than mine. And who was probably gay, to boot.

Can I pick 'em, or what?

Sauntering toward me, Teddie shot me a thousand-candle-power grin, making me go all warm and gooey inside. Clearly tonight there was going to be no limit to my humiliation. In five-inch heels (I'm pretty sure they were Manolos) he had me by a couple of inches, which I found a bit perplexing...and intriguing. At six feet with kick-ass shoes of my own (Jimmy Choos, thank you very much), I'm not used to being up-staged.

Standing in front of me, he took another swig of water then let his smile fall into a lopsided grin as he waited, his amusement evident.

I tried to form thoughts, words, but my IQ had flatlined. Surreptitiously, I wiped my sweaty palm on my slacks. Christ, I felt like a schoolgirl at her first Cotillion. Not that I had any experience with fancy parties-the daughter of a former prostitute is rarely on the guest list-but I imagined this is how one would feel.

"Can I help you?" Teddie finally broke the ice and rescued me from complete mortification.

"I want you," I managed to squeak, then colored as I realized how it sounded.

"I like a direct woman, one who knows what she wants." If he was making fun of me, he hid it well.

"Innuendo is an ice-breaker, isn't it?" I countered as I found my footing. The stark cold shot of reality jump-started my brain. I was flirting with a guy who probably wanted to sleep with as many women as good old hetero me did-that would be zero. I had reached a new low. "I'm Lucky O'Toole from the Babylon," I said as I extended my hand. "I'd like to talk to you about moving your show to our hotel."

Just mentioning the Babylon usually caused most entertainers to genuflect and seriously consider kissing my feet, which was sort of fun. Teddie wasn't playing that game. Instead, he took my proffered hand, tucked it through his elbow, and said, "Over dinner, perhaps?" as he led me further backstage. He didn't wait for my answer. "Let me change. I know the greatest little bistro. You like basic American food." It was statement, not a question.

He could see into my soul even then.

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

    Lucky O¿Toole is back and she is just as funny and sarcastic as

    Lucky O’Toole is back and she is just as funny and sarcastic as ever. Thin this boo we see more of Lucky's personal life, in the first we saw it first with that hint of “which guy would she choose” and in this one we find out. The author shows us a different view of the Las Vegas that we all see on CSI. I can’t wait to see what the next installment holds.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    Lucky O'Toole Is At It Again!

    I was very eager to dive into this second installment of this amazing series. The first book, Wanna Get Lucky?, introduced me to so many wonderful characters that I just couldn't wait find out what was going to happen with them next. This is a good time to point out that, as this is a sequel, there may be some unintentional spoilers in this review. So if you haven't read the first book in the series yet, you may want to do that first. Ok, enough with the disclaimers, on to the review!

    We're reintroduced to Lucky O'Toole, head of Customer Relations for Babylon hotel in Las Vegas, in the middle of yet another bizarre predicament, this time involving tons of angry bees. The craziness doesn't stop there! There were two major developments in the last book. First was a blossoming romance between Lucky and her best friend, Teddy. The second was that Big Boss, for whom she has worked since she was a teenager, is actually her biological father. These are issues that Lucky continues to try and come to terms with in this book. I really like Teddie and he seems to bring out the best in Lucky, but there is so much delicious temptation surrounding her (which we will get to in a minute). As far as her father goes, she does not want the world to know just yet; being seen as "the boss's daughter" tends to undermine one's authority. Lucky has to deal with a plethora of problems throughout the course of this novel, from helping her friend Jeremy escape a murder investigation to convincing her mother that auctioning off a young woman's virginity is not a smart PR move. There certainly isn't a dull moment!

    Let's talk more about Lucky's love life. It is extremely complicated, and it's sure to become even more so in the next book. She has definite feelings for Teddie, but she's also worried about it ending badly and losing her best friend. He's also an amazing musician, so if his career takes off he may decide to leave her behind. Adding to her confusion are the two other delicious men in her life. First there's Dane, the incredibly sexy security guy who carries a definite torch for Lucky. Then there's the new master chef at Babylon, Jean-Charles. He has the smoking hot, exotic thing going for him; even though he and Lucky butt heads, there's a spark there that may be hard for her to resist in the future. I'm definitely excited to see what happens and I certainly don't envy her making a decision between the three men.

    I think part of what makes this series so fun is that it's set in Las Vegas. The situations that Lucky finds herself would be absolutely unbelievable anywhere else, but anything can happen in Vegas. I always look forward to what craziness will step into her life next.

    If you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend it. The characters alone make them worthwhile reads, but the story line is equally interesting and intriguing, plus it holds a lot of humor throughout.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

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    First page to last - I was hooked!

    Review by Zita: Lucky has another murder mystery to solve and she¿s in top form again. As in her debut novel, Ms. Coonts has produced an enjoyable read that grabs you from the first chapter and pulls you along to the last page. In this edition we find out a little more about Lucky and her life while she tries to track down a killer and keep her nearest and dearest out of the hot seat. You¿ll cheer her on as she works her way through the well-conceived plot, although, truth be told, I felt kind of sorry for the shark. Ick.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Fun and mystery in Vegas

    A woman falls from a helicopter; there's a drunk, naked man passed out in the stairwell; a semi full of honeybees overturns and the bees attack - just a few of the things Lucky has to deal with tonight in Las Vegas. Her job is to make sure that the public doesn't become aware of the problems, just comes and has a good time. Her title is Head of Customer Relations at the Babylon, but there is so much more to the job! Her boyfriend is a former female impersonator who plays the piano, is gorgeous, and has women falling all over him. Will he help her with her numerous problems? Was "falling" from a helicopter an accident for Ms. Neidermeyer, or was she murdered? Will the DA's secret liaisons be found out? There is a new French chef coming to the resort. What is her wacky mother's plan? Come join Lucky, Teddie, Darlin' Delacroix, Detective Romeo, and the others as Las Vegas comes to life!

    This was a fun, quick read that held my attention. I kept waiting for the next shoe to drop as situations continued to pile up! If you are looking for a mystery/romance beach read or just something fun and quick, this book would be a good choice. Thank you to Leyane Jerejian and FSB Media for my copy of this book.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    Lucky Stiff! Lucky Me for reading this hilarious Las Vegas Romp!

    Bees! Babylon! Brilliant! It is Fight Week at the Babylon and this novel starts off with a Bang! Bees everywhere! Fortunately for the guests at the Babylon mega-resort, Lucky, the ultimate head of customer relations and is on the scene and ready to save the day. This is an excellent follow up to the first book in the series, Wanna Get Lucky? Deborah Coonts brings Las Vegas to life once again in the second Lucky O'Toole mystery. She has an captivating writing style that grabs your attention immediately. And Ms. Coonts provides an insight into the behind the scenes action of Las Vegas that allows you to feel like you are really there. And she has created a strong, intelligent yet sexy woman in the main character, Lucky. A fascinating array of characters once again inhabit Lucky's world. Larger than life, just like Las Vegas, characters such as Teddie, Lucky's beau and former female impersonator extraordinaire, The Big Boss who runs an empire on the Las Vegas strip who is actually Lucky's father, and Mona her mother, the owner of a bordello in Pahrump (yes Pahrump really does exist) where Lucky grew up. That is just Lucky's immediate family! There is private investigator The Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock, Numbers Neidermeyer the odds-maker, Darlin' Delacroix, Detective Romeo and Lucky's two assistants: Miss Patterson, the prim and perfect assistant and young protege Brandy Alexander. Add in celebrities, a questionable district attorney, a hint of the old mafia and a virgin for auction. Las Vegas has a plethora of fascinating venues that are perfect over-the-top settings for capturing the reader's interest. The murder victim is found in the Shark Reef attraction at Mandalay Bay! Las Vegas has become the biggest venue for important sporting events thus is the perfect setting for an important fight and the onslaught of celebrities that cluster anywhere cameras are. Las Vegas itself is a character with its bright lights, glitz and the hopes and dreams of residents and visitors who come from around the globe. Fabulous mystery that is wonderfully plotted with twists and turns a plenty. And I just loved the ending! Bravo! Cannot wait until the next Lucky O'Toole adventure: So Damned Lucky!

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

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    fans will enjoy this casino caper

    On the Vegas Strip, the Babylon Resort and Casino is perhaps the glitziest of the glitzy. Customer Relations chief Lucky O'Toole understands where she works attracts people who "Wanna Get Lucky?" However, even Lucky is unprepared for the honeybee horde just in front of the hotel caused by a truck tipping over as a fight weekend begins. O'Toole cannot remember the last time the Strip shut.

    The next morning O'Toole learns the county District Attorney hides in a closet after becoming the third wheel in a tryst. That same morning, private investigator Jeremy Whitlock argues in public with ruthless bookie Evelyn Wabash "Numbers" Neidermeyer. Later that day, Numbers' number is up in Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino's shark tank; cops suspect Jeremy as the murderer. On a more normal note, Lucky's mom the Madame plans a "virginity auction" and Lucky's songwriting lover Teddie Kowalski is in Los Angeles on a recording deal. Musing O'Toole knows life in Vegas is never dull.

    This is an amusing Vegas thriller in which the heroine feels she crapped out as one hell of a night has become one hell of a day. The jocular story line is character driven with Lucky the hub of the zaniness and the support cast like her mom, her lover, her P.I. hunk and the unlucky stiff the speaks to. Although there is a similarity in the glitzy lampoon tone and its Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes Bad Luck lyrics to the first tale and over the top of the tower of the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower; fans will enjoy this casino caper.

    Harriet Klausner

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