by Gemma Halliday
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Chick Lit
Published: February 2007
Personal Rating: 4 star
Summary from GoodReads:
L.A. shoe designer Maddie Springer hasn't seen her father since he reportedly ran off to Las Vegas with a showgirl named Lola. So she's shocked when he leaves a desperate plea for help on her answering machine - ending in a loud bang. Gunshot? Car backfire? Never one to leave her curiosity unsatisfied, Maddie straps on her stilettos and, along with her trigger-happy best friend, makes tracks for Sin City in search of her MIA dad.
Maddie hits the jackpot, all right. She finds not only her dad, but also a handful of aging drag queens, an organized crime ring smuggling fake Prada pumps, and one relentless killer. Plus, it seems the LAPD's sexiest cop is doing a little Vegas moonlighting of his own. In a town where odds are everything, Maddie bets it all on her ability to out-step a vicious murderer. She just hopes her gamble pays off... before her own luck runs out.
I was excited to continue with this series, however, was a little reluctant as this book would take Maddie out of L.A. and to Las Vegas. I was worried that this location change would affect how I liked the characters and plot, but was so not the case. This book was just as good as the first, if not better.
Several of the characters from the first book were alive and well in Vegas personally or via phone. And Gemma was again able to create additional characters who you connected with and laughed with/at many times. The news reporter, hotel desk clerk, Mrs. Rosenblatt who is Maddie’s mom’s friend all bring excitement and laughter to the book.
These books are perfect in length. I did not find that it was too long or too short, and Gemma is able to complete the murder investigation and continue with the outside plot lines to finish off nicely. She does wrap up what is going on currently, but leaves enough of a cliff hanger to want to continue to the next book.
I have really enjoyed this series as it is one of the few that I have read the installments back to back without getting burned out. There are six novels and two novellas in this series. I’m excited to continue reading through all of them.
Verdict: A definite read for lovers of Stephanie Plum series or anyone who loves Chick Lit mystery style.