Release Date: August 17th, 2011
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Page Count: 125
Source: Complimentary copy provided by author, via Partners in Crime Tours, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!)
It’s not that Binda Morningstar’s an idiot—the girl’s got more degrees than a thermometer—but there’s something about a crisis that makes her lose her mind... and accidentally injure anyone within a ten foot radius. But if she’s going to rescue her boss from a cursed jewel, she’s going to have to keep it together. Unfortunately for her, the cop on the case, Corin Hawthorne, has her losing her mind and her heart…and if he gets anymore drool worthy, she’s going to lose her inhibitions, too.
To save her boss and win her man, she’s got to outrun a mobster, outwit the yiffs at a sex fetish convention, and outthink an ex-wife—and she’s got to do it all without breaking an arm or inadvertently hitting anyone with pepper spray... it’s all got Binda hoping that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
The mystery of this entertaining sleuth story is predictable and its suspense very short-lived and weak. The "danger" presented doesn't have me biting my nails or shivering, and for the most part, I think the crime is clean; I'd consider What Happens in Vegas a cozy mystery because all the horrific blood, guts, and violence remains bated. The plot moves quickly, so even some of the bland scenes are still enjoyable. And of course, there's the humor.
Oh, yes—the humor. I would classify this book as "comedy fiction" before I consider it a "mystery" because of Deen's outrageously hysterical characters. While at times, Binda's humor dims the suspense of the situation (for instance, when she's held at gunpoint, she continues to crack jokes), it for the most part, is hilarious. Deen brings Binda's personality alive through her inevitable clumsiness (sounds like me, to be honest!) and self-deprecating sense of humor. The other characters are just as lovable (I could just EAT Corin... mmm) and are drawn out well.
My only problem is how the funny scenes are elaborated upon too much. In my opinion, comedy shouldn't have to be picked apart, explained, and then refuted. It should just be left as is; that's what makes it funny in the first place. Despite this, Deen's clever, well-developed story is amusing and difficult not to finish; not because I want to know what happens in the end, but because I want to know what happens next. There's a slight difference, but wanting to know what occurs on the next page eventually leads me to the last page, and it has me thinking Damn. That was a fun book.
Stephanie Loves: "Holy crap. Pass me the fruit dip, don't worry about the fork, and let me dive in. The man had a deep, rich voice that left me licking my lips."
Radical Rating: 8 hearts: An engaging read; highly recommended. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥