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Lucky Bastard

(Lucky O'Toole #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  645 ratings  ·  82 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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Forge Books
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Nov 18, 2013 rated it liked it

In this 4th book in the 'Lucky O'Toole' series, the customer relations professional investigates a murder committed with a Jimmy Choo shoe. The book can be read as a standalone.


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 stake
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
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a woman is found stabbed to death on a Ferrari, and the murder weapon is none other than a Jimmy Choo stiletto, Lucky O’Toole finds herself mixed up in yet another murder. But things are different this time- somebody she’s close to is the prime suspect, and seems determined to stay that way.

As newly appointed Vice President of Customer Relations at the Babylon, and having recently had her heart broken, Lucky has enough on her plate. And a relationship with French chef Jean Charles Bouclet i
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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!
I really enjoyed this one.
This book. It was SO hard for me to finish. So very hard. I've read the first 3 books and stopped reading them for some reason so I decided to give the series another try. My bad. ALOT of things about this book drove me nuts.
Lucky was SO negative. Every conversation was filled in with her thoughts of how she couldn't stand cliches and she couldn't stand Ms. P's platitudes(Lucky constantly used them anyway) and how she needed luck, and after every single sentence in a conversation, the author wou
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the Lucky stories but I don't understand how she always becomes embroiled in the murders and other things that happen. And bringing back Teddy just as she hooks up with the French Chef? Ouch. Lots of twists and turns in these stories. Lucky seems super human at times. I'd like to actually get more detail about Lucky herself. Maybe from some other character's point of view, she's hard to get a handle on as far as what she looks like. Tall, but that's about all that's really said. I ...more
This was the first in the series that I read. Some of it was not totally believable but I was entertained. I laughed a lot and I was able to follow the plot. Lucky is a little snarky but I loved it. I enjoined the mystery/romance aspect of the novel. Looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Sandy Lipinski
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: deborah-coontz
Hilarious action - packed mystery. Things are heating up between Lucky and a French chef.
Maggie Shanley
Amusing Las Vegas murder story, but part of a series and I found I was missing a lot by listening to this one first. I recommend reading this series in order.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series.
Jeff P
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
There were some good turns in the story that kept me surprised and interested. I will probably read more of this series.
Susan Sarabasha
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the lasts in the series that my library can get. Will now start downloading them.
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
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Romancing the Book
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, mystery
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
Paula Ratcliffe
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Stan Kawanami
Not my type of author or book
Still love this series, but sure wish Lucky wasn't so "lucky" with men. I think she may have ruled one out, but one won't go away, and one almost seems too good to be true. At least the romance isn't the overriding factor in these books, and the mystery portion is great!! Don't get me wrong, the romance is very well scripted, but I love the mystery and the Vegas background even more. We spent several vacations in Vegas and the surrounding area, and I feel like Deborah is taking me back for a muc ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Charles Ray
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the newly promoted vice president of customer relations for her father’s casino, Babylon, Lucky O’Toole hasn’t encountered a problem she couldn’t solve. Then, the body of a young woman is found in the casino’s on-site auto dealership with a stiletto heel embedded in her throat. Paxton Dane, a PI and so-so friend, is suspect number one, especially when he announces that the dead woman is his wife.
Lucky Bastard by Deborah Coonts is another tour de force featuring our six-foot tall, fashion and
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, mystery
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)
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, mystery, netgalley, 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
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
‘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
I enjoy reading the Lucky O'Toole series as she is a smart cookie who solves all kinds of problems. In this book, however, she spends too much time bemoaning her fate and being cranky. I get it. I know she's upset, but the description of this in her own mind and in the book was repetitive, and sometimes identical. I kept thinking I was in a different place in the book, because the diatribes were the same. Did not give 4 stars for that reason.
Having said that, the plot is clever, and the ending
Julie Barrett
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 29, 2015 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
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