The Miracle Strip [NOOK Book]


A Sexy Stripper-Sleuth Bares It All to Catch a Cold-Blooded Killer in The Miracle Strip by Nancy Bartholomew
The whip-smart Sierra Lavotini is the hottest act on Panama City's strip scene. She's the headliner at the bare-all bar, the Tiffany Club. Besides her bodacious business, Sierra's life is fairly simple. And that's the way she likes it. But when a good friend, Denise, seeks her help, Sierra's life takes...
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A Sexy Stripper-Sleuth Bares It All to Catch a Cold-Blooded Killer in The Miracle Strip by Nancy Bartholomew
The whip-smart Sierra Lavotini is the hottest act on Panama City's strip scene. She's the headliner at the bare-all bar, the Tiffany Club. Besides her bodacious business, Sierra's life is fairly simple. And that's the way she likes it. But when a good friend, Denise, seeks her help, Sierra's life takes a murderous turn.

Seems Denise's furry friend Arlo has just been "dognapped." From the pricey ransom note, Sierra figures there's much more to this case than meets the eye. And her hunch proves correct when a quick trip to Denise's apartment reveals a fresh corpse. Sierra can't shake the feeling that her friend isn't telling her the whole story--especially after Denise turns up missing and the body count continues to rise. Determined to reveal the naked truth, Sierra tackles this steamy caper head on, digging in her stiletto heels until the dangerous job is done.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like the fabled hooker with the heart of gold, Panama City, Fla., stripper Sierra Lavotini flaunts her 24-carat concern for a bartender's abducted dog in this wise-cracking debut. When Arlo the mutt is snatched, his gorgeous redheaded owner, Denise, gets a ransom note asking for $100,000, and Sierra agrees to help look for the missing dog. After a dead man turns up in Denise's motel room, Sierra learns that her friend has run away from her abusive former lover, a drug dealer who is now out of prison. Sierra speeds after a car in which she sees Arlo but is forced off the road by the other driver. In the hospital, she learns Denise is now missing. Taking up the search for friend and dog, Sierra must sidestep the proprietary attitude of her boss, a squabbling but intent police duo and her solicitous trailer-park neighbors, all of whom think she's in over her head. Spunky Sierra, aided by her Chihuahua, Fluffy, her unquestioning confidante and supporter, devises plan after plan to find her friend and snatch back Arlo. In the process, she steps up the heart rate of a stolid cop and lets readers in on her views of her trade. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Panama City, FL, serves as setting for this promising first mystery featuring Sierra Lavotini, tough-talking narrator/stripper, and her dog, Fluffy. Assertive and gutsy, Sierra helps bartender friend Denise when someone holds Denise's dog for ransom; that is, until they find a body in Denise's apartment and Denise herself disappears. Despite drug-related revelations about Denise's past, Sierra tries to rescue her--risking death or worse at the hands of a biker gang. Rapid-transit prose, wild characters, nonstop action, and frequent dramatic humor make this a pleasure to read.
Kirkus Reviews
Denise Curtis's dog Arlo may just look like a mutt to you, but somebody thinks he's worth $100,000þthat's what the ransom note demandsþand Denise is so intent on getting him back that she seems to agree. There are only two problems. One: When Sierra Lavotini accompanies her distraught friend back to her place, they find it thoroughly tossed (the first of many such occurrences in this housekeeper's nightmare of a first novel) and decorated with a dead body Sierra could swear Denise recognizes. Two: Quicker than you can say, "Where's Arlo?," Denise disappears too. So recovering the lady and her dog, and keeping the cops at bay, is all up to Sierra, a stripper at the Tiffany, a club so exclusive that she keeps her G-string on. Sierra is at once the biggest draw in the story and its most unbelievable creation. She's meant to be tough but adorable, like a Damon Runyon ing‚nue, though her tiresome insistence on her own virtue ("I'm a good girl, really I am," she tells her disapproving father) and on Denise's ("Could a sociopath own such a good dog?") drains much of the tension from her tale, which is left cruising on the shoulders of bikers, druglords, chases, gunshots, crazies, and other weightlessly thrilling devices familiar to every fan of the Lethal Weapon franchise. Still, you've got to have a soft spot for an exotic dancer who centers herself by meditating before every performanceþunless, of course, the routine is too alienating to validate her inner child.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466856929
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Series: Sierra Lavotini Mysteries, #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 445,884
  • File size: 392 KB

Meet the Author

Nancy Bartholomew lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Miracle Strip is her first novel.
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  • Posted August 12, 2013

    Sierra Lavotini has mountainous hooters. It¿s not really relevan

    Sierra Lavotini has mountainous hooters. It’s not really relevant to the story, but I just thought I’d throw it out there, since this kind of information is important when you’re a guy. It’s mentioned early on (page four to be exact), along with the exact dimensions (38DDs), so it takes all suspense and mystery out of the equation, and I can focus on the task at hand. Which is writing my review and engaging your attention for the next few minutes or so.

    What struck my attention wasn’t the cup size of the main character, although it did hold a certain appeal, but the potential contained within this bite-sized tale. Sure, the dialogue was a bit cheesy at times, and Nancy Bartholomew resorted to the tried and true mistake of a beginning author by dropping character’s names over the course of a conversation much more often than would happen in real life, and sure, the plot of THE MIRACLE STRIP might have exceeded the potential of even my own imagination at times. But the voice sold me on page one, and I would have followed Ms. Lavotini back to her trailer park home, just to hear her tell me her tale over the course of a few hours, and I probably would have left with a smile on my face, even if I didn’t get a glimpse at the merchandise.

    Sierra’s a stripper with machine gun jubblies and an attitude to match; a female companion named Fluffy, who has more bite and bark than her pint-size and name would otherwise entail; a redheaded knockout named Denise who often exudes more trouble than sense; she’s the marquee act at the Tiffany Club, but she’s got plenty of competition; and she drives her Camaro Z28 like a bat out of hell, tearing down the road with more purpose than sense. With a heart as big as her breasts, she’s a loyal friend to have.

    The plot focused more on nude dancing (interesting research material), pole face time, and Sierra’s relationships with Raydean, Fluffy, John Nailor, Lyle, and Vincent Gambuzzo than it did on dognapped Arlo and dead bodies. But I went along for the ride with the top down and my hair blowing in the breeze. If you’d rather not dig your five inch stilettos in too deep, and you’re looking for a light, breezy read, you may find yourself having a party with all of your clothes still on and finding some enjoyment in the process.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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