Las Vegas is a dream destination for most people. It is the ultimate glamorous town, and one of my favorite places. There is so much to do other than gambling, and you can spend too much or too little and still have a memorable experience. Little wonder that the title of Green Eyes in Las Vegas lured me. Cupcakes sealed the deal. I have never read anything about Tiffany Black before, so here was a chance to read about yet another women sleuth. The book provided a 180 degree turn from my recent Miss Marple binge. Tiffany Black couldn’t be any more unlike Miss Marple!
Tiffany Black is a casino dealer, has been one for a few years. She is a newly minted PI and has also solved a high profile case. But she needs cash if she is to drop her casino job. One night, actually early morning, while walking home from work, she comes across a strange sight. A man just drops down in front of her. He is wearing a ski mask and all she sees are his green eyes. He winks, gets into a Ferrari and drives away. Thus starts the book, and it hooked me in alright.
Tiffany is contacted by a stripper to look into the death of her flat mate. Crystal was stripping on the sly while trying to get into the movies. Might sound like an old story, but her secret was important to her, and Tiffany needs to solve the murder without letting the boyfriend or family know how Crystal earned her money. Meanwhile, a Van Gogh has been stolen and Mr. Green Eyes could be a suspect. Tiffany is assisting the police and the insurance company both. Green Eyed guy sounds like a mirage and she begins to think she dreamed him up.
As the Crystal investigation progresses, Tiffany has a stalker. She is constantly looking over her shoulder and very jittery. ‘Friend’ Stone guards her as much as possible. Tiffany’s mother is trying to set her up with one loser after another. As Tiffany demolishes one Big Mac after another, and gorges on triple chocolate cupcakes, her mind works at laser speed. Will she solve Crystal’s murder and retrieve the Van Gogh without becoming a statistic herself?
Comparisons are inevitable, I guess. Are there shades of Janet Evanovich? I won’t say yet. A matchmaking mother, indifferent father, overzealous and shocking Grandma, sexy friend with the potential for more, old and nosy neighbors – maybe these are just the typical characters one encounters in life? Or not. I suppose comparisons are unfair? One thing I like is that Tiffany Black appears to be smart.
There is not as much about casinos as I would have liked, and the big ones like the Bellagio or Venetian etc. are not mentioned. Tiffany works in a casino closer to downtown, way down the Strip from these places.
Overall, Green Eyes in Las Vegas was enjoyable. It was a page turner and written in a fast narrative style that doesn’t leave room to wander off or get bored. There is a lot of ‘Green Eyes’ magic in the book, and hopefully this will be a permanent character in the series. I won’t say more and spoil your fun.
Go read the book and enjoy! It is definitely worth its price of 99 cents.