‘Wanna Get Lucky?’ by Deborah Coonts

By Deborah Coonts


A young woman plunges from a Las Vegas sightseeing helicopter, landing in the Pirate Lagoon in front of the Treasure Island Hotel in the middle of the 8:30 Pirate Show. Almost everyone writes her off as another Vegas victim. But, Lucky O’Toole, head of customer relations at the Babylon megacasino, smells a rat, though she’s got a lot on her plate: the adult film industry’s annual awards banquet, a spouse-swapping convention, sex-toy purveyors preying on the pocket-protector crowd attending ElectroniCon… Still Lucky can’t resist turning over a few stones.

When a former flame is one of the snakes she uncovers, Lucky is certain the woman’s death was no Sin City suicide. 

To top it all off, Lucky’s best friend, Teddie—Las Vegas’s finest female impersonator—presses to take their relationship to the next level. Leave it to Lucky to attract a man who looks better in a dress than she does.

Lucky must manage the Babylon’s outrageous festivities, solve the crime, and struggle to keep her life and libido from spinning out of control.


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 the Kate Sawyer Medical Thriller series, the Brinda Rose Humorous Mystery series, as well as a couple of standalones. Although often on an adventure, you can always track her down at www.deborahcoonts.com. 


It started with The Housewife’s Assassin’s Handbook by Josie Brown and then I was on a rabbit trail to find another Murder Mystery series with a female lead. Turns out Brown and Coonts co-wrote a book merging their two heroines which is how I found Lucky O’Toole. And bam, I am HERE.FOR.IT. I’ve read 7 of the books so far (started in the middle of July) and each one builds on the last (which I so appreciate). I was a hardcore Sue Grafton fan and was devastated to hear of her passing. Kinsey Millhone was real and funny and a badass. And I longed for another female murder mystery series to fill my void. Being a Nancy Drew fan since age 9, women sleuths are some of my fav reads. And in walks Lucky O’Toole. She’s all of the things that Kinsey was/is. Set in Vegas, a place that I’m already fascinated with, it follows the journey of Lucky O’Toole who is head of Customer Relations at a megacasino on the strip called The Babylon. It’s a fantastic series and will fill your void of missing Kinsey Millhone.



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