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Lucky Bastard (Lucky O'Toole #4)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  374 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Lucky O'Toole, the newly promoted vice president of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas's primo Strip property, has never met a problem she couldn't handle. But when a young woman is found dead, sprawled across the hood of a new, bright red Ferrari California in the Babylon's on-site dealership, a Jimmy Choo stiletto stuck in her carotid, Lucky's skills are maxed ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Forge Books (first published May 14th 2013)
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Paula Ratcliffe
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This book was very close to being 5 stars. I love Lucky, her parents, her work environment, her smarts; this series is a lot of fun! In this book though, Lucky got absolutely no sleep (something that drives me crazy in mysteries), and it ended on a cliffhanger. It's kind-of a fun cliffhanger, but a cliffhanger nonetheless.

Recommended, and I'm very much looking forward to Lucky's next adventure!
Mar 11, 2013 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are always a fun alternative to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and this was a fun romp in one of my favorite cities, Las Vegas. Lucky is an executive in a mega-hotel and handles all problems with finesse but always manages to get involved in some kind of hinky or kinky murder. In this case a woman is stabbed in the jugular with a stiletto heel. My only problem with this one is that because of her problems with men and her life being so sucky, she seems to be holding a pity party f ...more
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 O’Toole is back with her latest Vegas (mis)adventure, and this time it’s personal: the number one suspect in the murders is a friend. Lucky doesn’t know who to trust, and it makes for a great mixture of tension, danger, and mystery.

As always, it’s fun to catch up with Lucky. She’s tough, smart, independent, and I like her more with each novel. It’s been nice
May 28, 2013 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, romance
Lucky O’Toole is back with another adventure at The Babylon on the Las Vegas Strip in book four of this fun-filled series.

Lucky has been promoted to Vice President of Customer Relations but that doesn’t make her job any easier. She has barely settled into the position, her new office isn’t even completed yet, when the next crisis strikes. A woman is found dead, sprawled across the hood of a new Ferrari in the Babylon’s on-site dealership, a Jimmy Choo stiletto stuck in her neck. At The Babylon i
Feb 05, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley, mystery, series
Lucky O’Toole is the new VP of Customer Relations at The Babylon resort in Las Vegas. She’s a trouble shooter who seems to be constantly stalked by trouble. This time it finds her in the form of a dead body sprawled on top of a Ferrari in the dealership housed within the resort. You’d think one dead body would be enough but a few more are discovered within hours of each other. To make matters worse it seems someone close to Lucky is a prime suspect.

While trying to figure out why a friend is unde
Jul 08, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
Another fun, but frenetic, entry in the Lucky O'Toole series set in Las Vegas. All the cast of character make an appearance in this one, but Lucky is the star. It picks up right after the last book and Lucky hasn't yet had time to digest her broken love life or spend time on her new hotel. Lucky does too much introspective stuff in this book and it gets really repetitive and annoying at time, however the mystery and action are good. I really like when there are more vignettes about customers in ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a delight to escape to the Las Vegas strip with Deb Coonts' Lucky. I've read the series since it launched and I enjoy each new edition immensely. We just spent Christmas in Las Vegas at the Trump Hotel and I imagined that was where Lucky's apartment was. I love the insider view of Las Vegas that Deb Coonts provides in the Lucky series.

Set in the fictional Babylon hotel on the Las Vegas, this time in the midst of a poker tournament this is a great read, good mystery and fun escape! Alread
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A copy of Lucky Bastard was provided to me by Forge Books for review purposes.

Lucky O'Toole is the Vice President of Customer Relations of the affluent Babylon casino in Las Vegas. She's a busy woman and her plate is always full but after recent events even Lucky has bitten off more than she can chew. After a woman is found on the hood of a Ferrari in the Babylon's dealership with a stiletto stuck in her neck and the evidence points to a close-friend being the killer, Luck
Stephen Campbell
I'll start by saying I'm a big fan of this series. As someone who used to travel to Las Vegas several times a year I find these books to be great fun and very much like spending a weekend in Vegas with a group of people that are far more interesting than those I used to travel with.

Ms. Coonts always opens her books brilliantly and Lucky Bastard is no exception. Murder, by stiletto (heel), with the body found on top of a shiny red Ferrari launches us into a wonderful mystery that isn't solved unt
Aug 12, 2013 Star rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Lucky Bastard’ is the first Lucky O’Toole book I’ve read. I didn’t find it hard to get to know the characters as their personalities really shined. When a old friend of Lucky’s calls her and brings her into a crime scene in her hotel, she’s stepped into a chain of events she knew nothing about. To complicate matters, the woman is her friends’ ex-wife. As the bodies start piling up, Lucky’s love life gets more complicated, her mother is pregnant (and coming up with crazy schemes), and Lucky's ba ...more
Julie Barrett
May 09, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky Bastard by Deborah Coonts
Wanted to read this book because of the locale: Las Vegas strip.
Lucky has a lot going on in her personal life (others in the family) and her business life-she runs a strip mall on the strip.
She is called when a dead body is found and wishes she had not answered the call.
Fascinating, love to learn about new things: red contact lenses! Love how they solve why things happened and the props used.
The book cover really fits the book content. Seems just when they get a ha
May 14, 2013 Dianne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-arcs
I've only read one other of the Lucky series and thought that continuing on with it would be fun, but I found that to keep up with all the action in this particular story was more like work than pleasure. With the first book I read I had no problems distinguishing who was who and what was going on, but this time I just couldn't figure out all of the back-story. Don't get me wrong the author does a fine job doing her best to keep you up-to-date with what has happened in the past, it is just that ...more
May 13, 2013 Lesa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel lucky every year when a new Lucky O'Toole book by Deborah Coonts is released. And, Lucky

Bastard, the latest adventure set in the high stakes world of Las Vegas, is probably my favorite of the four books. Even with a broken heart, Lucky O'Toole takes control of her out-of-control world.

Lucky may have that name, but the VP of Customer Relations for the Babylon casino-resort is definitely unlucky in love. Dumped by her best friend and lover, Teddie Kowalski, in favor of his music career, sh
May 21, 2013 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adore Lucky O’Toole. She’s a great character who somehow manages to deal with an extremely stressful job, one crisis after another, and a love life that is far from perfect. This book made me laugh, as well as try to figure out the mystery.

This is the fourth book in the Lucky O’Toole mystery series and a wonderful addition to the series. It’s funny, clever and has snappy dialogue. Lucky reminded me very much of Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich’s series. It helps that it’s set in Las Vegas –
Chantelle (aka the Blogmonstar)
Cross-posted at Book Reviews With the Blogmonstar

When I first requested Lucky Bastard from Netgalley I didn’t realise it was the fourth in the series. Fortunately this wasn’t an issue as you were able to pick up most things pretty quickly, without having read the previous books.

The premise of this mystery was really good – Middle of the night, car dealership showroom in a casino with dead woman on a Ferrari, killed by her own shoe. It was a really interesting mystery, and you certainly didn’t se
Lucky O'Toole continues to grow on me, and I think it's unfair to always compare her to Stephanie Plum. Lucky, progeny of a Vegas big wig, has worked her way up in the hospitality business in casinos, no less, a place where repeat customers, conventions and "whales", all vie for her attention. She's tough and she's smart and it's not her fault dead bodies keep appearing at the Babylon hotel. Her easy friendship with the police helps ease what others might construe as nosiness into official busin ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first two books in this series. I enjoyed all the goofy situations Lucky O'Toole had to handle in the Vegas hotel she works for. I had the same problem with this book (#4) that I had with #3--Lucky is still too sad over her relationship with Teddie. Also, she is exhausted much of the time and even has a sprained ankle. I missed the fun with the strange guests and parties in the earlier books and the outrageous humor. There was a very funny scene with an elderly woman who wanted to st ...more
Jun 10, 2013 Jael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As fictional characters go, Lucky O'Toole knows Vegas. If you need an upgrade on your hotel room at the Babylon, she can help. If you need a good table at the hottest restaurant, she can help. If you need tickets to the hottest show on the strip, she can help. And....if you need help clearing yourself of murder, she can help with that, too. The newly appointed vice president of Customer Relations for the Babylon hotel is back for another adventure in Lucky Bastard by Deborah Coonts.

A young woman
Jul 01, 2013 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the latest in a series of books about Lucky O'Toole, a 30 something woman who is the Head of Public Relations at the over-the-top themed Las Vegas hotel, the Babylon. Lucky is a problem solver for the hotel that experiences everything from murder to people putting themselves in situations that only happen in Las Vegas. If you enjoy the Stephanie Plum novels you will enjoy Lucky O'Toole. I have read all of's like eating chips; once you start you can't stop!
Jul 26, 2013 Bungluna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A few things kept this from being a 4 star read:

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Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Marissa
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

For those not familiar with the series, the heroine is Lucky O’Toole, Vice President of Customer Relations for the Babylon, a swanky hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Time after time (and book after book), Lucky finds herself embroiled in a murder that has someone involved her casino. And, in true heroine fashion, Lucky fights her way to the truth (with the help of handsome men and quirky famil
This mystery starts off with Lucky O’Toole, customer relations honcho for the Babylon Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, being called to the hotel's on-site car dealership. There a beautiful woman lies dead on top of a Ferrari, stabbed in the neck with a Jimmy Choo shoe. It turns out the woman participated in high stakes poker games at the hotel and just might have been cheating.

Lucky starts to look into the murder, enlisting the help of her friends, staff, and detective friend Romeo. Soon more peo
Dec 03, 2014 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, chick-lit
2.5 Stars

Here's the thing I really like the other books in this series. I love how they all feel like really being in Vegas, and I like how Lucky is different from other female protagonists. The books have always been light and fun and interesting. But I just. can't. finish. this. book.

For the longest time I couldn't put my finger on why this one just isn't pulling me in. And then I read the scene where the cops raid an illegal poker game. (view spoiler)
I really can't tell if I don't like the third and fourth books as much as the first two or if the audiobooks are just that much more fun, but I'm setting to get a little annoyed with the sameness of all of the books. Lucky's always taking care of everything (which is pretty awesome for a heroine), everything's batshit crazy until she figures it out, her hormones are on high, and there's always a twist a the end. This book, pretty much the same.
Except that Dane is the one in trouble, accused of k
Susan Sullivan
Feb 28, 2015 Susan Sullivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, but missed the zany, whacky Las Vegas characters that were so fun in the first three books. In this installment, we get a couple at the hotel who are into role playing that she's a hooker and he's her john, and Lucky's mom wants to start a phone-sex business with a 90-year old woman, but for a book that's 450 pages, I thought there'd be more crazy characters.
Mar 19, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, epub
Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god! Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes! That was the best best best romantic scene ever! The most sweet! The most cute! And so hot! I love love love Lucky and Jean-Charles! I was waiting, dying for this moment to come! But I never thought it'd be so wonderful, so amazing, so romantic! I think this is the best book in the series so far! My favorite! I'm still smiling as big as a castle! And Christophe is so cute! The sweetest thing!
And Breakfast made me laugh!
Actually ther
I really enjoyed this one.
Mar 05, 2016 Toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucky Bastard is the fourth book in Deborah Coonts Las Vegas themed Lucky series. Though somewhat more maudlin than the first three, I loved the introspective aspect of Lucky as she tries to find her new normal. Any woman who’s ever been dumped has gone through the same ruminations and will easily relate. Coonts nails it directly on the head. In the midst of heartbreak, of course, is murder. Lucky takes on the case of a friend’s murdered estranged wife. As always, Lucky tries to get one step ahe ...more
Stan Kawanami
Not my type of author or book
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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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