Saturday, September 20, 2014

Review: Innocent in Las Vegas (Tiffany Black Mystery #1)

Innocent in Las Vegas (Tiffany Black Mystery #1) by A.R. Winters

Publisher: CreateSpace, 2013
200 pages, kindle edition
Source: Free through Amazon

Synopsis (from Goodreds):
Cupcake-loving croupier Tiffany Black is determined to leave her job at the casino for good. She’s one small step away from acquiring her Private Investigator license, and has her eye on the prize.

Accepting her first real case – investigating the murder of casino-mogul Ethan Becker – should be exciting. Instead, things spiral out of control and Tiffany finds herself in over her head, as she confronts secretive suspects, corrupt casino henchmen and her mysterious, ex-Special Forces bodyguard.

Tiffany’s poker-hustling Nanna and pushy parents want her to find a nice man and settle down, but Tiffany just wants to track down the real murderer before he finds her first…

My Review:

This book was better than I expected it to be! Tiffany Black is a Private Investigator in training by day and a casino dealer by night. She gets her first big case- one that no one else wants- from an ex-stripper who the police believe killed her husband. She wants Tiffany to find the real murderer. Things get dangerous when Tiffany is threatened to stop the case and people are breaking into her apartment and trying to kill her. Luckily, her client also hires a mysterious and knowledgeable man named Stone to help her out.

I enjoyed the premise of Tiffany trying to break into the P.I. Business. I never actually thought of what it would take to be a P.I. I also loved the character of Tiffany. She was down-to-earth, funny, and real. She was the kind of person I would want to be friends with. However, I did think she seemed stupid when she started out her work with no self-defense classes and without a weapon. Her nana was a hilarious character I would love to keep reading about. Love those feisty old ladies! Stone was another great character. He didn't say much, but he cared about Tiffany and taught her (and the reader!) a lot.

The mystery was okay. Not the most clever, but it did all make sense in the end and it was certainly unpredictable. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and look forward to Winter's future novels.

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