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Deadly Gamble (Mojo #1)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,277 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Mojo's got an uncanny knack for winning at slots, but her home sweet home is Bad-Ass Bert's Biker Saloon. She'd love to go undercover with an irresistibly hot cop, but he's got baggage as big as his biceps. Mojo survived a mysterious childhood tragedy, but she's never quite figured out who she really is or how to get on with her life. Now the wisecracking Mojo is seeing gh ...more
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Published January 1st 2008 by HQN (first published November 1st 2006)
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This book is just one of those entertaining reads. It's got doses of good humor, and a plot that leaves you guessing (although I guessed right thank you) until the end. It is the story of Mojoe Sheepshanks, a name that is good enough to recommend the book on, a woman who's knowledge base is formed by 'damn fool's guides' books. She is a quirky character who lives in a cast of similarly quirky people. Mojoe's start is more tragic than commic as we learn early in the book she witnessed the violent ...more
Mojo Sheepshanks doesn't remember her life before she was kidnapped at the age of five. She's being haunted by her long dead childhood cat and her recently dead ex-husband. Her make-shift family is going through a lot serious shit. Someone is trying to kill her. She decides she wants to be a detective to get the answers that will return her relatively normal life.

This book is cram packed with so many of the gimmicky plot devices I usually steer clear of, that I'm a little amazed with myself for
Ann Marie
Oct 04, 2009 Ann Marie rated it it was amazing
Great book! Edgy, fast read. Mojo Sheepshanks seems like an everyday train wreck. Her half brother admitted to murdering her parents when she was five. Her babysitter abducted her to keep her safe. Her cop boyfriend relationship is on and off. Surprising and full of roller coaster raw emotion. I picked up the sequel right after I finished this. I couldn't wait to see where Mojo's story goes.
Christina T
Feb 24, 2016 Christina T rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Having been a fan of paranormal for many years I have read tons of vampire/werewolf type books and although many are so wonderful they tend to spend all eternity on my keeper shelf I tend to have a soft spot in my heart for other types of paranormal books. The ones that center around some sort of psychic activity really intrigues me. I admit, I love shows like Medium and The Ghost Whisperer and reading books along the same lines is just right up my alley.

Mojo Sheepshanks wakes up one day (or nig
Carol Malone
Oct 07, 2012 Carol Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s no story teller quit like Linda Lael Miller and she’s at the top of her game with the Mojo Sheepshanks series. I sure hope she continues with a third novel soon—I’m dying here. And that’s the perfect tie into this wonderful story. Mojo, through a set of very unfortunate circumstances has come to reside above a biker bar in a small town in Arizona. She can’t remember her brutal childhood where she witnessed an unspeakable crime committed on her parents. But she does remember being spirite ...more
Pj Ausdenmore
In DEADLY GAMBLE, Miller introduces us to Mojo Sheepshanks. Mojo is a young woman who is an intriguing blend of tough, independent, stubborn and vulnerable with a bit of rebel thrown in, a perfect fit for modern day Arizona. At the age of five she witnessed the brutal murder of her parents, which she has blocked from memory. She was kidnapped by her babysitter, Lillian, who feared for her safety. She was given a new name, Mojo Sheepshanks, and spent her life moving from one town to the next with ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first novel by Linda Lael Miller. Up until recently I never read anything with a western theme and L. L. Miller writes many contemporary and historical western themed romances. The cover of this novel would suggest this book was also western themed. Well, don't judge a book by it's cover.
Deadly Gamble is a contemporary romantic suspense novel.
Mojo Sheepshanks, has a lot going on in her life. She witnessed her parents being murdered when she was five. She has no memory of what happene
Dec 26, 2008 jenjn79 marked it as on-hold
Recommended to jenjn79 by: author I like
After peaking at the end of this book, and the end of book 2, I decided to put this series on hold for now. When I read romance, I want an HEA and so far, this series doesn't have it. The relationship still appears to be unsettle when book 2 ends. I don't really feel like reading something like that right now. Plus, first-person stories (romances) drive me nuts. And on top of that, from what I can tell, these books are told solely from the heroine's POV. I hate that! It makes me feel so disconne ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Carolynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda Lael Miller writes in several genres, and this book crosses multiple lines--mystery, paranormal, and romance, but in a very convincing style that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next.

Mojo Sheepshanks had an early introduction to trauma and loss, with the violent death of her parents when she was five. She keeps rocking with the blows that fate has for her, then getting up and getting on with things. She keeps trying to find ways to make her life come out "normal," eve
Aug 15, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Betty by: Sent to me for review

Deadly Gamble
Linda Lael Miller

November 2006

Linda Lael Miller brings ghosts to the table of this reading delight. When Mojo Sheepshanks was five years old she was a witness to her parent’s murders. – then she was known as Mary Jo . The child was found hiding in a clothes dryer, drenched in blood. Later, her half-brother, Geoff, confessed to the killings and was sent to Juvenile Detention.

Mojo was raised by a neighbor, Lillian, who took the child and went underground, after changing both of th
Jane Doe
First this is not a romance suspense story. It reminded me of 1st Grave on the Left only not nearly as good. Way to many things going on. The flow was confusing and seriously how many guys does one women need that have wacko ex's. The ending was a cliffhanger about the relationship that was supposed to be romantic. I might read the next one....but probably not. I have heard so many great things about this author so I will try some of her other series.
I thought this was ok. I feel like I should have liked it more than I did, especial since it has some pretty good reviews and comparisons to Janet Evanovich or Charlaine Harris. However, I just never got sucked into the book. Sometimes the snappy dialog worked, other times it fell flat for me. When Mojo is asked by her sister to discretely investigate if her husband is having an affair, Mojo makes a big deal over how good she is at investingating and playing detective. Then, she acts like a bull ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book - even though it was completely unexpected. I thought I would be reading a western-romance and instead I quickly found myself engulfed in a ghostly mystery. The main character, Mojo Sheepshanks (aka Mary Jo Mahugh)is a hard-working, down-on-her-luck medical transcriptionist who lives above a biker bar and dates an undercover cop. She knows that she witnessed her parents murder when she was four and that she was subsequently kidnapped by Lillian - the woman she considers her mot ...more
Teresa Snyder
I'm really disappointed. Based on reviews and the author stating Mojo was her favorite character, I expected this to be the best book. Ever. Not even close! As far as mystery and suspense, I figured out the bad guy early in the book. As far as romance, it's almost nonexistent! I don't much care for Mojo, and I don't particularly care for Tucker and his beyond odd family life - ex-wife and twins. The books ending was HORRIBLE! It certainly wasn't a happily-ever-after ending.

Im going to read book
Laura Beasley
Had a hard time rating this book. Not what I had expected from Linda Lael Miller. Good mystery but people coming back from the dead did not appeal to me. A lot going on in this book and at times too much. Could get confusing. Lots of twists and surprises. This is the beginning of a series and not sure if I will read the others. Mojo and that is not her real name was abducted and kept safe for years after her parents are murdered. She can not remember anything about the murders. Lillian who took ...more
First line: "At first, the chill was a drowsy nibble at the distant and ragged edges of my awareness, raising goosebumps on the parts of my flesh bared to that spring night."

With a heroine named Mojo Sheepshanks, I just knew I was in for a good time with this book, and I was right. Mojo is a loner with a bleak past who takes herself not at all seriously. Throw in the fact that she can suddenly see the ghost of her ex-husband and her childhood cat and you have an outrageous story that is a lot of
Frank Smith
Feb 19, 2015 Frank Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good and promising opening book in a new series, can't wait to see what happens in future.
Characters are kooky and funny, without being unbelievable or too stereotypical.
Series sort of reminds me of the Stephanie Plumb books by Janet Evanovich, but with a paranormal bent, but they do have to deal with some heavier subject matter [life after death], so are a little more serious about those type things, which isn't in ANY way religious or pretching about one religion over others.
Feb 02, 2014 Natasja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wat trok mij nou zo aan dit boek? Ik las de achterkant en dacht nou dat lijkt me wel wat een geest in het verhaal zeker omdat ik het paranormale wel erg interessant vind,maar eenmaal in dit boek werd ik verrast door ook de nodige humor wat je toch niet echt verwacht in een thriller,en aangezien ik ook graag een chicklit tussen door lees kon dit boek al niet meer stuk.
Er zaten ook erg goede spannende gedeeltes in.Het einde in dit boek zorgt dat je ook het volgende boek wil gaan lezen.En komt dat
Apr 21, 2008 Liisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the "Stephanie Plum" series by Janet Evanovich
Recommended to Liisa by: My friend Marleen
"Deadly Gamble" is written in the same formula as the very funny and popular Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

Instead of Stephanie, we have Mojo Sheepshanks; a likeable (& bumbling) Medical Billings Clerk (and part-time P.I.) who sees dead people!

Rather than Trenton, New Jersey, Mojo lives in Arizona ... and above Bad-Ass Bert's Biker Saloon to boot!

And finally, instead of Jersey cop Joe Morelli, we have the Narcotics Cop, Tucker who gives as good as he gets.

I don't say this to be
I liked this book and never anticipated the ending. It had a bit or romance, mystery, and ghosts. The main character is Mojo who was kidnapped after both of her parents were murdered by her older brother. The problem is she doesn't remember any of what happened that day. Now she is getting death threats and her landlord is shot in the bar below her apartment.
Feb 14, 2016 Joni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery concerning a young woman who lost her memory due to an accident, suddenly starts seeing ghosts, and discovering clues to her identity. She meets/becomes involved with handsome cop, a wealthy man shows up claiming to be her uncle, and she has a brother who is an ex-con. Good book, just not exceptional.
Jan 07, 2014 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure if I'd like this book as I started reading it but it grew on me very quickly and thoroughly enjoyed it. Her name is as wild as she is. Her persistence, stubbornness and overall low-self esteem made her a great character. She matured during the "awakening" and enforced her bonds with her sisters. The ghost of her ex and her cat were not quite explained but easily understood as to why they were there and what they needed to do for her to move on. I believe this is the first in a seri ...more
Danielle Gignac
I had a hard time getting into this book. In fact, I probably only had about 50 pages left in the book when I started to finally get into it. Of course it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger... So I'm reading the next one in the series. Not sure if I'll read any more of them (if there is anymore) after that.
Jun 25, 2010 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-during-2010
She's got an uncanny knack for winning at slots, but her home-sweet-home is Bad-Ass Bert's Biker Saloon. She'd love to go deep undercover with an irresistibly hot cop, but he's got baggage as big as his biceps. She's survived a mysterious tragedy, but Mojo Sheepshanks hasn't quite figured out who she really is or how to get on with her life. And now the wisecracking Mojo is seeing ghosts--the real, ectoplasmic kind--and turning up baffling clues to her real identity. Suddenly a wealthy man is cl ...more
May 21, 2016 Jeanne rated it liked it
This was a different type of story than I had ever read of Linda Lael Miller. It's a little bit romance, a little bit mystery with a few ghosts thrown in. The story was interesting and had good flow. It's not my kind of book but I found it was still a decent read.
Lori Anderson
Apr 15, 2008 Lori Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Janet Evanovich books
I was originally skeptical of this book and almost didn't bother to read it. My husband brought it home from him mom's, saying she thought I'd like it. I realized it was published by Harlequin Romance and thought, there's just no way I'd like it.

Well, I was wrong, and I'm glad I read it. There were no heaving bodices or turgid manhoods. It read like a Stephanie Plum novel, and at times I laughed out loud. Its gimmick is "she sees dead people". Complete with bar fights, a farting dog, and an ex-h
May 24, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a while to get into this book but once I did it was a real page turner. Not quite what I ad come to expect from this author but considering how quickly I finished this story maybe thats not such a bad thing
Molly Morris
Feb 06, 2014 Molly Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Although she sees dead people, it isn't really a paranormal mystery. I really connected with the main character Mojo and want to read Mojo #2. Also a rare phenomenon for me to want to read a sequel!
Mar 24, 2014 Cami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Mojo Sheepshanks! She is my favorite character LLM has ever created. I've always hoped for another book after #2! If you read anything by LLM read Mojo for sure!!
I am not really into romantic suspense at all.I try to avoid the genre actually.Sometimes thought exceptions have to be made.Ms.Miller is one of my fav authors so when I was given this book I kept it.Reading the back made me interested in Mojo.With a name like that you cannot be fascinated.

I give this 3.5-4 stars.I loved the paranormal element and Mojo of course. Good characterization. Intriguing character chemistry.I will definitely be reading the next book.

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