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So Damn Lucky (Lucky O'Toole #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  479 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
Lucky O'Toole—Head of Customer Relations at The Babylon, premier mega-resort on the Vegas Strip—thinks it's just another night in Las Vegas. But then a magician pulls a disappearing act, right under Lucky's nose. Is it a stunt? Or something worse?

While Lucky chases leads, someone is trying to put her off the scent. As if this wasn't enough to ruin her day, Lucky's relation
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by Forge Books (first published February 28th 2012)
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Mar 10, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky O’Toole is the head of Customer Relations at the Babylon in Las Vegas. She has been invited to a farewell party in honor of the forty year run of the Calliope Burlesque Cabaret at the Athena Resort and Casino. It seems that the farewell party would not be a party without a big surprise. That is correct. Famed magician, Dimitri Fortunoff is performing as the grand finale. Dimitri will perform Harry Houdini’s famous Chinese Water Torture Cell trick. Something goes terribly wrong and Dimitri ...more
Barbara ★
I must admit that I love Lucky O'Toole. She's one of those characters you want as a best friend. Her life is off the charts kooky and yet fun at the same time. She has amazing friends, co-workers and lovers (yes plural). In this installment, Vegas is hopping with a UFO convention, magicians, Area 51 rig-a-ma-role and murder. Lucky has her hands full especially when (view spoiler). Then the fun really began with Lucky choosing her new man. I'm not sure I like her ...more
Robert Bacal
There aren't many books that have a main character who is a customer service manager in Vegas, let alone have a murder mystery. Throw in some magicians, UFO's, humor, and you have a decent book. Not earth shattering, but decent. I read this before the author's previous ones in the series, and just started the first, which I think I will like more.

Nice blend of some basic character development, humor, but not quite good enough to rise above the decent, mundane work in the mystery genre.
"So Damn Lucky" by Deborah Coonts~Lucky's a Hellbentforleather, Sassy Las Vegas Detective!

Any time spent with Lucky is unimaginatively hilarious!
She's the kickin' female friend you'd love to have
drinks with at girl's night outs!!
Published by: Forge
Pages: 385
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I encourage you strongly to go there!!

The Book Summary from Kirkus Reviews:
If Houdini were going to send a message from the great beyond, what are the odds it would land in Vegas? Lucky O'Toole, He
Charles Ray
Nov 26, 2016 Charles Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For Lucky O’Toole, head of customer relations for Babylon, a mega-casino in Las Vegas, things could be going better. A magician she’s booked for an act in the casino apparently dies during his act, and the body disappears. Her boyfriend, Teddie, is on tour with a rock star, and becoming increasingly distant. She’s having issues with the Big Boss, owner of the Babylon, who also happens to be her dad. And, all of this is before lunch.
In Deborah Coonts’ So Damn Lucky, the sometimes hapless, always
Jan 06, 2017 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. Lucky is the bastard child of a bordello owner, Mona, and a Vegas "mover and shaker" casino owner Albert Rothstein (the Big Boss). She had no idea who her father was until the year before this book, when he had heart problems and faced death. That's when he finally told her the truth, although she had been working for him since she was 15. She had worked herself up the ladder, from cabana girl to the Head of Customer Relations at the Babylon, and she is very good at both her jo ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Jael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky O'Toole is back for another adventure in So Damn Lucky by Deborah Coonts. There is never a dull day in her job as Head of Customer Relations at the Babylon hotel. A horde of magicians and UFO enthusiasts have descended on the hotel. Yes you read that right, UFOs!! I guess that picture on the cover should have given me a clue.

When we met up with Lucky again she is on her way to a party where famed magician Dimitri Fortunoff is the star attraction. But Lucky is distracted. All she can think
Romancing the Book
Reviewed By~Marissa
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There are several reasons why I like Deborah Coonts’ character Lucky O’Toole. First off, she has a demanding yet rewarding job at a high profile, high-class hotel/resort in Las Vegas. She also gets to wear designer clothes without worrying about how expensive they are, and she can wear high-heels and not trip or stumble in them (and her feet don’t get sore after five minutes like mine do!). Her tall, handsome, talented boyfriend looks good in b
Dec 24, 2016 Babydoclaz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked the magic show background of this book. It's always fun to have an 'inside' look/viewpoint of the magic that is Vegas.
Paula Ratcliffe
This book was sent to me via FSB Media for a honest and fair review. Lucky starts out having relationship issues with Teddy who is performing around the world. Lucky wonders where their relationship is headed and where it went wrong. When he comes back to see her she can tell something is wrong and in the end the two part ways. Teddy leaves her his sax, with no explanation why. And when he is back on the road he keeps calling her, wanting the friendship they once had.

A Magician disappears perfor
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

3.5 stars

Lucky is back with another adventure - or rather, misadventure. I loved the premise of this one - magicians and aliens. It was completely different from anything I’ve ever read, and it certainly kept me guessing. It was interesting and mysterious, and a lot of fun.

Lucky continues to grow on me. She’s tough and no-nonsense and independent. I like that other ‘regula
Oct 03, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I liked this book solely because I loved the previous books in the series.

There were two main plotlines. The Lucky and Teddie relationship and the convoluted twisty magician-alien-Area 51 thing. I am still confused on who was who when it came to the magicians and repeatedly my eyes glazed over when I was trying to remember their exact place in the story.

Zewicki, Danilov, Carl, Jenkins, Griffin, Mortimer, Marik and Fortunoff. Just to name a few. Which do not include the ongoing character
Gloria Feit
The opening line of Deborah Coonts’ new book, the third in the Lucky O’Toole series [following “Wanna Get Lucky?” and “Lucky Stiff,”] is eye-catching, to wit: “Some things in life are best savored alone - - sex is not one of them.” And that sets the tone of the novel, bringing back the six foot tall Head of Customer Relations at a Las Vegas Strip hotel, i.e., the chief problem solver, hired by Albert Rothstein, owner of several of the biggest hotels in the town, usually just referred to as The B ...more
Whitney Oaks
Alright Lucky! I enjoyed this book a lot more than the last. I was disappointed though, that Lucky is still having to solve murders. WTH is up with that? Why can't she just be the Customer Relations person for the hotel and nothing else? Coonts needs to just go ahead and declare Lucky a P.I. alongside The Beautiful Jeremy Whitlock and get it over with.
This time, instead of a swarm of bees, Lucky is dealing with a UFO convention and a bunch of magicians that are already getting on
Feb 12, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So Damn Lucky starts on a downer Teddie is overseas chasing his dreams and has left Lucky along and she is beginning to doubt their relationship. There have been so many changes in Lucky’s life since the first book in this series and for the first time it appears that things are looking pretty down for her. There are still sexual tension between Lucky and two men who work in the hotel, Dane and the chef. Lucky is also unsure how long she will be able to keep the big secret about being the Big B ...more
Wendy Hines
Jan 25, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucky O'Toole is the Head of Customer Relations at the Babylon Casino and Resort. Bad enough that her boyfriend Teddy is off playing rock star by seeking his dreams, but one of the acts at the casino goes south fast. A magician, hoping to replicate one of Houdini's famous acts, finds himself trapped in a box of water and dies. When Lucky goes to the hospital to hear how he died, making sure there is no funny business, she finds out that the magician never showed up. No ambulance claims to have b ...more
I just re-read this one and bumped my original rating of 4 stars down to 2. I have been debating between 2 and 3 stars but the aggravating parts were so aggravating that I bumped it down to 2. If nothing else, I refuse to give positive reinforcement to negative behaviours.

The storyline of this book was OK. However, it drove me crazy that Lucky spent so much of the book mooning about Teddie. The few times that she was not mooning about him, she was mooning about Dane and Jean-Charles, and really
Samantha Janning
Feb 29, 2012 Samantha Janning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So Damn Lucky by Deborah Coonts is the third installment in the Lucky O’Toole series. I have read and reviewed both Wanna Get Lucky? and Lucky Stiff, and I’ve been having a fun time with these characters. I love the Vegas setting and all the background information on the city, and I also love reading a good mystery. In this book, Lucky is dealing with a group of magicians that may be intent on murder, her mother drops a bombshell, and her live-in lover is off touring the world with a gorgeous po ...more
Jamie Kline
May 13, 2012 Jamie Kline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I dove right into this book after finishing Lucky Stiff, since the ending left us with sort of a shock regarding Lucky's mother. The story line in So Damn Lucky revolves around the disappearance of a magician. That in and of itself wouldn't be too strange, especially in a city like Las Vegas, but the circumstances surrounding the disappearance become more and more peculiar and suspicious. While trying to help solve the case, Lucky also has to deal with her confusing and unstable love life. Once ...more
Feb 27, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a madcap mystery with a strong female character
Recommended to Robin by: MacMillan Publishers
Shelves: mystery
This is the third in the Lucky O’Toole mystery series (WANNA GET LUCKY and LUCKY STIFF), featuring the hotel casino customer service representative extraordinaire. Lucky can handle even the thorniest issues that Las Vegas can throw at her--bondage balls, adult movie conventions, complicated X-rated situations in hotel rooms—with aplomb and finesse. But Lucky’s personal life poses bigger challenges, namely a mother who owns a bordello in Pahrump and a father who is the...OK, I'm not telling as I ...more
Everyone should be reading Deborah Coonts!!! So Damn Lucky, the third in the Lucky O'Toole series set in Las Vegas, is damn good! Lucky O'Toole is a hard-working, smart, funny, occasionally insecure and brilliant at her job as Head of Customer Relations at the fictitious Hotel Babylon.

Lucky does have her romantic issues in this series entry, but it never stands in the way of customer service. Other exciting things going on include a conference of Area 51 believers, Halloween weekend, and a group
Mar 25, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So Damn Lucky is the third installment in the Lucky O'Toole series written by Deborah Coonts. It is a highly entertaining and well written series. The author who lives in Las Vegas knows the city well and once again has portrayed it perfectly. This outing centers around magicians, science fiction and the lore of Area 51. As always, Lucky's world is filled with interesting characters.

This novel is filled with life changes for our main character Lucky and all are very promising. The little girl wh
I ranked this three stars but it's on the low end. These stories just aren't as fun to read as they are to listen to. Le sigh. Hope the fourth book gets added to my library's audio collection soon.
Lucky O'Toole, Head of Customer Relations, is once again in the middle of seventy different things at once including: her parents getting married (finally!), her mother's pregnancy, her troubled relationship with Teddie (her former BFF turned lover turned rock god), the annual Halloween bash, a guest c
Mar 18, 2015 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow.. that Teddie guy is a real big jerk! I don't like him at all. I started to like him a little in book 1. He seemed like a nice and sweet guy but... by book 2 he started to be selfish and a jerk. In this book he was even worse. I wanted to hurt him so much! I didn't like how he treated Lucky.
The French chef, Jean-Charles instead... really really DELISH! SO cute and sexy! Made me almost swoon! Wow! Loved him!
As always, I liked Lucky. Although I didn't agree with some of her behaviors. Especi
Dec 11, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the fourth Lucky O'Toole mystery, Deborah Coonts combines the magic of Las Vegas, a love story and murder. I've always been fascinated with Houdini stories and in So Damn Lucky, his water torture chamber claims another magician. Of course it has to happen a the Babylon Casino, and Lucky - the resident "fixer" has a mystery to solve. Her mother, Mona, has her own set of worries - a new brothel opens up down the road from Mona's, the Big Boss is let in on a secret and Lucy's man, Teddie, comes ...more
Book Duo
Dec 13, 2011 Book Duo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the third Lucky O'Toole mystery, Deborah Coonts combines the magic of Las Vegas, a love story and murder. I've always been fascinated with Houdini stories and in So Damn Lucky, his water torture chamber claims another magician. Of course it has to happen a the Babylon Casino, and Lucky - the resident "fixer" has a mystery to solve. Her mother, Mona, has her own set of worries - a new brothel opens up down the road from Mona's, the Big Boss is let in on a secret and Lucy's man, Teddie, comes b ...more
I've read several of the Luck O' Toole books by Ms. Coonts. They are full of lots of info so you don't get confused about who is who and what is going on. I really like that in a book. Lucky is looking for love in all the wrong places, but maybe she's found it this time. But who knows. Lucky is not really good a picking out a good guy. The last one left her. On top of all the personal problems Lucky has, she's after a killer. She has a missing magician, a crazy guy that lives under the city, and ...more
Mar 25, 2012 Alice rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a disappointment after the first two mysteries that I loved. In this novel, the heroine, Lucky O'Toole, spends a lot of time boohooing about her relationship with her boyfriend, Teddy, who was a very funny drag queen in the first two books, and is now a world-traveling rock and roller. She doesn't know where their relationship stands and is depressed about it. There were very few funny scenes in the about bizarre Vegas hotel guests and events. There's a good mystery dealing with go ...more
Marie Connelly
Feb 28, 2013 Marie Connelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author lives in Vegas and has created a very funny, real character named Lucky. She's in charge of the daily running of a fictional casino. There are several in the series and if you like to laugh out loud when you read, try this. The descriptions of Vegas and the people you meet will definitely prepare you for a Vegas visit. Once you meet Lucky and her mother who runs a brothel in Pahrump, NV you will want to read all the books in the series. The newest one, Lucky Bastard, comes out in May ...more
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My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted. These things I do know: I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer. I am the author of Wanna Get Lucky? (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA Finalist), its five sequels, Lucky Break being the latest, four between-the-books novellas and the first in a new series, Crushed, a n ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lucky O'Toole (7 books)
  • Wanna Get Lucky? (Lucky O'Toole, #1)
  • Lucky Stiff (Lucky O'Toole, #2)
  • Lucky Bastard (Lucky O'Toole, #4)
  • Lucky Catch (Lucky O'Toole, #5)
  • Lucky Break (Lucky O'Toole #6)
  • Lucky the Hard Way (Lucky O'Toole #7)

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