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Innocent in Las Vegas

(Tiffany Black Mysteries #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  7,530 ratings  ·  654 reviews
Cupcake-loving croupier Tiffany Black is determined to leave her job at the casino for good. She's one small step away from acquiring her Private Investigator license, and has her eye on the prize.

Accepting her first real case - investigating the murder of casino-mogul Ethan Becker - should be exciting. Instead, things spiral out of control and Tiffany finds herself in ove
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published September 2013
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Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Stephanie Plum, meet Tiffany Black, A.R. Winters's new heroine in Innocent in Las Vegas.

I remember reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels when I was in my early teens. I raved about them. But then I grew up.

Somehow, Innocent in Las Vegas takes me back to that time, when an innocent enjoyment of books and laugh out loud capers were paramount. I have to say although I can draw parallels between the two characters, I relate more to Tiffany Black, and love her interactions with her
Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂
OK I'll start with the positives.

I enjoyed the author's writing style. It kept me entertained until the end.

I think the premise of a fledgling detective with experience in the Vegas casino community is a good one.

& I think Stone has potential as a hero.

But... this book is so derivative. An eccentric grandma a la Evanovich. Two heroes to (potentially) rescue our heroine when she gets into difficulties? Also Evanovich. An elderly & kindly male neighbour who bakes? Grafton.

Also (view spoil
Debbie Oxier
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this simple fast paced mystery about a private investigator and her somewhat quirky family. Tiffany Black works as a dealer at a casino in Las Vegas. She lives in a small apartment nearby and her parents and grandmother not too far from that. Her Nanna is a feisty little old lady who lives life with gusto, much to the regret of Tiffany's mom who is positive granny is up to no good. She expects Tiffany to snoop into Nanna's business and report back to her. However, Tiffany and he ...more
Oct 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book is really quite bad. I haven't read the Stephanie Plum books that some reviewers have said that this copies in epic proportions but anyway, the story is weak and predictable.

I felt the main character was unbelievable in so many ways: one that she is hardly a capable, ruthless or even innovative PI yet she manages to 'stumble' across what the Police didn't even consider; and that although she is too frightened to talk, she manages to fight off two security men by 'stabbing' one with he
Melissa Lee
Innocent in Las Vegas is a contemporary chick lit mystery that got straight to the point of the story early on. The author didn’t waste any time introducing our heroine Tiffany and the details of the murder she is to solve.

As a fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, I was able to pick up on several similarities between her character and Winter’s character. Their writing style also shares the same sarcastic humour, which is something that I enjoy. However as I read along I couldn’t hel
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great Start to What Will Be an Amazing Series

I truly enjoyed getting to know Tiffany Black in this story and watch her begin her PI career. Miss Winters does a splendid job of intertwining thrills and humor into a plot that kept me reading until I reached the last page (seriously I finished it in one day!). I truly enjoyed watching Tiffany come into her own as an investigator up against insurmountable odds, and appreciated the rookie mistakes she had along the way. It made her character more rea
Amy H
I have to say this book was a good book. I rated it actually 2.5 stars for the following reasons...

Well, I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review..

reason 1.) this book is just like the Stephanie Plum series, I am sorry to burst anyone's bubble but it is let me break it down for you....

2.) this girl lost her job, is working as a P.I. ( props to you for not making her a bounty hunter.) 3.)she is fat and loves to binge eat. ( sounds oddly the same as another book?)
4.) sh
Not humorous at all!!!

I was really disappointed with this book. The title is a bit deceiving. I didn't find this humorous AT ALL. I found it a bit boring and unfullfilling. How does one become a PI without knowing the basics? I just couldn't completely immerse myself in this book. I found myself just reading but not fully interested in what was going on. Good thing this was a freebie.
Gerald Kubicki
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A copy of many janet Evanovich books,only the heroine Tiffany Black is a private eye. The book is somewhat funny complete with overbearing parents
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
While this wasn't a bad book, I'm glad that I didn't pay for it. How many books can you read with the same format - young female lead, wants to be a PI, "wacky" family trying to get her married off, a strong, silent, mysterious guy, crazy neighbors, etc, etc, etc. It's been done by one of the best. Again, not a bad book, but I won't be getting any others in the series.
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I found it odd that she was training to be a P.I. but didn't want to carry a gun? I can let the self defense thing slide, but the lack of a weapon was just strange. The story wasn't very fast paced. It seemed to derail a little bit for me here and there with some gaps in continuity. I don't see this is a horrible read, but I don't think I'll be picking up any other books in this series.
This was a nice, quick, and enjoyable read. I'm really starting to like the cozy mystery genre. The characters were very likable in this book. So, I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.
Cait S
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so there are some super positives here and then some smaller negatives.

Starting with the super positive. This might be the fastest book I have ever read. I literally read it in one sitting. It wasn't necessarily super in depth or gripping or anything like that. But it's just one of those books where you glance down at the % in the bottom corner of your Kindle and realize you've got up 40% from the last time you checked...ten minutes ago. Very fast, pretty fun, if you need a relaxing read,
This book was a little disappointing, in that it struck me as an attempt to create another female PI, using the famous Stephanie Plum persona, as a model for the book's main character. complete with a wacky Nanny, funny parents, and a tall, handsome and mysterious male character who may be a candidate for future romance, further on in the series. This is the first book, and has the main character learning to be a private investigator, while trying to solve her first case. She is trying to clear ...more
Namitha Varma
The story was enjoyable. I finished it in about a few hours in one sitting. The writing style is quite good - it keeps you captivated for long enough. My problem in this book is with 2 things: a) The attacks on the PI started even before she unearthed any sensible clues. Why? Wouldn't someone start assaults after the detective had got close to the solution of the mystery? b). The romantic/personal side of the story is SO similar to Bridget Jones. Older single woman, her mother and grandma trying ...more
Mindy M. Shelton
Sep 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book is cute, but how does someone copy so blatantly? As a Stephanie Plum fan, I was appalled reading this book and couldn't get over the similarities. I mean, come on, even the wacky Grandma? With that being said, the storyline was cute and this author might be more successful if they originate their own series. I won't get another book from this author until there's not even a hint of copying ideas.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tiffany Black, Las Vegas croupier and aspiring PI, isn't much good with guns or hand-to-hand combat. She'd much rather tuck into a nice chocolate muffin. But when an old-friend-turned-stripper-turned-trophy-wife asks her to solve the murder of the friend's husband, she takes on the case when no one else will.

"Innocent in Las Vegas" is essentially a cozy mystery, with a hint of romantic suspense. The heroine, who is nominally a professional PI but might as well be an amateur, is sweet and funny a
David Berkowitz
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Innocent in Las Vegas is a very lighthearted mystery. The author uses the word "humorous" but I think lighthearted is a better description. Or maybe a female reader would see humor in the life of PI Tiffany Black.

Tiffany certainly has some family drama of a minor kind - an incorrigible grandmother, a mother who just wants her to get married and a father who stays glued to the TV. I find this a very common theme in stories about single female investigators. Does this really reflect the lives of
Nola Arganbright
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
First of a great new to me series!

Tiffany Black is a new PI, not even certified yet when she is hired by a murder suspect hoping to clear her name. This is a well written, free flowing book that is easy to read and comprehend. Tiffany's client has hired a Security agent to protect Tiffany from thugs who are following her. Of course, the agent is Alpha male and gorgeous!
Stephanie Plum readers will love Stone and the other characters in the book. It is a fun book with good characters and a strong
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really quick read. Not a bad book, but just not what I'm into at the moment. Not saying I wouldn't read more books by this author, but it may be awhile before I do if I do. :-)
Patricia Hamill
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Entertaining, fun and a little dangerous.

Innocent in Las Vegas is a book I came across while scanning for freebees on Amazon a while back. The version I have features a cupcake on the cover, just the sort of quirky thing to catch my eye, and having now read the story, a pretty good match to it.

Alright, I'll start off with the basics. Although I haven't read many in this genre, I would have to classify this as a cozy mystery. Tiffany Black is a novice Private Investigator who hopes to one day dit
Ricah (vamptimesurfer)

Tiffany Black lives in Las Vegas. She works as a private investigator by day and works at a casino by night. She accepted her first case-to investigate Ethan Becker's death. Police investigated about this case and their suspect is Sophia- ex-stripper, wife of Ethan.

Personally, I didn't love Tiffany. Yes, she's funny and it always makes me laugh by how addicted she is with cupcakes but as I continue reading I found it annoying and it makes me ir
Elizabeth Ray
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was better than I expected it to be! Tiffany Black is a Private Investigator in training by day and a casino dealer by night. She gets her first big case- one that no one else wants- from an ex-stripper who the police believe killed her husband. She wants Tiffany to find the real murderer. Things get dangerous when Tiffany is threatened to stop the case and people are breaking into her apartment and trying to kill her. Luckily, her client also hires a mysterious and knowledgeable man n ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I liked this story, it's everything I used to like about the Stephanie Plum books before they went downhill. This book stars Tiffany, who is a casino dealer in Vegas. She has nearly completed her PI license when she is hired by a girl she went to school with. Not the nicest girl, but the one who was a stripper and married a casino owner: the deceased. She stumbles onto a few things, and pretty soon she's getting shot as she puts it all together. All the things you wanted Stephanie to do like: wa ...more
Sharon Storm
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
If you really enjoyed the Stephanie Plum series and want a quick read, you may like "Innocent in Las Vegas". I used to live there, so I enjoyed some of the Las Vegas references. Unfortunately, the plot was way too similar to other female detective novels, especially the Stephanie Plum series. Tiffany, the main character in this book, has parents and a grandmother who were carbon copies of the family in the Plum books. Also, there were many typos. The word "nobody" was hyphenated several times, ( ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I might have given Innocent in Las Vegas a 2.5/3, but I couldn't get past the fact that it was such a blatant, poorly done imitation of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.

I would have been okay with the formula of the hapless detective with the wacky family, but the characters were almost identical. Dad in front of the tv, mom in kitchen pushing marriage, crazy granny, senior citizen neighbors, shady hot guy/mentor, alternate hot guy/cop, the only people missing were Lula and Vinnie.

Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Tiffany has taken on her first job as a Private Investigator which is to find proof that her client is innocent of the murder that the police believe she committed. This story is quite humorous and had me chuckling several times.

I didn't connect with the heroine in this story. At first I thought her addiction to cupcakes was funny, but as the story progressed I started to really dislike her obsession with chocolate and pastries. I am pretty sure this is just a personal dislike of mine and don't
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book's full name is Innocent in Las Vegas: A Humorous Tiffany Black Story. They would have done better to leave off the word "humorous." I never felt any inclination to smile - much less to laugh - while reading this light mystery. As a matter of fact, the word "mystery" wasn't mentioned until I saw the book description here on Goodreads; I guess I assumed it was supposed to be a mystery since the main character was a private investigator. Anyway, the book was okay. It was a little adolesce ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had this book on my phone to read when I was in my car waiting to pick up my daughter from her various functions. As I started reading, I was shocked to see so many similarities to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. That's why it took me so long to finish; I couldn't get into it as I would think the author could come up with her own ideas. I also had a hard time with the typos and grammatical errors, I thought editors are supposed to correct these things. Probably won't be reading anymor ...more
Sharon Nelson
Jul 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
An obvious attempt to emulate Janet Evanovich. And a not-so-good one at that. There was no "mystery" to the mystery. No intrigue. In fact, not a lot of anything.
Not the worst thing I've tried to read, but definitely not an author I plan to revisit. I finished it, but only because I was too tired to care much.
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A.R. Winters is a cozy mystery writer who loves writing about crazy characters and vibrant locations. And food, lots of delicious food!

When not writing, A.R. Winters is usually busy eating too much cake...

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