When cupcake-loving croupier and private investigator Tiffany Black witnesses a handsome, green-eyed man making a getaway after an art heist, she finds her normally chaotic life becoming even more complicated.
Tiffany flits between her two new cases: investigating the missing Van Gogh, and the murder of a Hollywood starlet with a secret life. When her investigation takes an intriguing turn and a man with mesmerizing green eyes comes into her life, Tiffany starts to wonder if this man might be the missing link between both crimes...
When her octogenarian friend Glenn starts dating a very inappropriate woman, and Nanna starts calling a twenty-something-year-old her “boyfriend”, Tiffany wonders if being attracted to a potential criminal might not be so crazy after all.
As she follows the investigation from movie sets to museums, danger strikes a little too close to home when Tiffany discovers that not only was the dead girl being stalked, someone with a deadly motive appears to be watching her too...
While the second in a series, this book stands alone just fine.
Green Eyes was a quick, light mystery read. I didn't find it especially funny though and only laughed once near the end. I found myself comparing it to the Stephanie Plum series and there are a lot of similarities. Matching making mother, really unfortunate prospective grooms, a quirky grandmother, Stone, her sexy PI/security guy mentor (will they or won't they???). However, Tiffany, while inexperienced, isn't the fiasco as a PI as Stephanie is as a bounty hunter and grandma is a successful poker player,not a funeral junkie. Tiffany's Lula appears to be Ian, her neighbor, who while ineffectual like Lula and helps in the end, is quite different from Lula otherwise. There's also a potential love triangle between Tiffany, Stone and Green Eyes. And like The Plum series, the story line is a little light on the actual investigation.
I have grown quite unhappy with The Plum series, so if Tiffany actually grows as a PI and the stories don't degenerate into exploding animals, chases, and an interminable love triangle I'll be happy to continue reading the series.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I enjoy this series, and like reading about the mysteries and adventures Tiffany Black gets into in Las Vegas. In this one, she sees a man descending through the air via parachute, watches him fold up his parachute, and get into a fancy car and drive away, and suspects that he might be a criminal. When she hears about the theft of a very valuable painting, she remembers that he was carrying some similar under his arm as he walked away from her, and the chase is on. When a murder happens that she thinks is linked to the theft, things get even more complicated. It is a good mystery with lots of twists and turns, and Tiffany solves it well.
I liked Green Eyes in Las Vegas. It was funny, lot of interesting characters, lots of suspects. It is a cozy mystery.
Tiffany Black is a casino dealer. She is also a brand new P.I. She has a crazy family, goofy neighbors and gets into a lot of trouble. Just by being herself.
Tiffany walking home after work sees a man in ski mask, in a suit & parachute off the strip. He has green eyes that wink at her gets into a car and disappears. She can't stop thinking about him. She finds out their was a art theft in that neighborhood.
Tiffany gets her second case looking into a actress murder. The cops just think it was a burglary gone wrong. Her friend thinks they are wrong and they don't know everything about her.
Tiffany's family keeps getting reports that she is doing dangerous things. Like for example when she goes to a strip club. Her mom keeps fixing her up with guys.
It seems someone is always watching her. Then she finds pictures of her and a threat in her apartment.
In some ways she reminds me of Stephanie Plumb. Except for a cleaner story and her cars are not exploding all the time.
The setting for the book is Las Vegas. It is fast paced book.
I want to read more books by A.R. Winters in the future. They are fun entertaining story.
I was given this ebook and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley.
I love these books! They are simple in nature, fast paced and quick to read, and HIGHLY entertaining!
For those who don't know, Tiffany Black is a croupier in Vegas by night, a private investigator the rest of the time. Her first big case she solved a wealthy man's murder. She has a friend, Stone, who serves as a bodyguard should the need arise but there is also a hint of attraction between them, although so far Tiffany denies it. She also has a good friend on the force, Emily, and her family lives nearby. Her Nanna is a hoot, a gambler, and always looking to set Tiffany up with men she'd have no intention of dating.
When the story opens, Tiffany has just gotten off work. It's 3am and she's walking home to her small apartment when she hears a noise behind her. She turns just as a man parachuting from the sky lands on the sidewalk. She's instantly taken by his gorgeous green eyes. It's all she can see of his face because he's wearing a ski mask. She does notice,however, the expensive suit he's wearing and the bright red sports car he gets into before driving away. Oh, and he winks at her. Intrigued, she's unable to get him out of her mind. Then she finds out an expensive work of art, a Van Gogh, was stolen from a private collection just around the corner from where she ran into Mr. Green Eyes. She ends up talking to the police as well as the insurance company underwriting the painting. They end up asking her to look into the theft.
In the meantime, she's asked to look into the murder of a stripper. The girl's friend comes to Tiffany for help because the police have dismissed the case as a mugging gone bad. Not sure there's much she can do, Tiffany agrees to look into it. So what happens when there appears to be a link between the two cases? And what will Tiffany do when she runs into Mr. Green Eyes again, this time in plain sight, and she finds out he owns a casino and is well liked about town? Was she mistaken in her identity of him as a thief? What should she do when he begins to pursue her? And who keeps leaving threats in her apartment for her to find when she gets off work? We also meet her neighbor, Ian, here when someone tries to kill Tiffany and she ends up taking cover in Ian's apartment. He's a bit of a dork, in a nice way, can be extremely annoying, and somehow manages to think he's her new partner. He even watches Castle re-runs to bone up on his skills!
I breezed through this in one sitting. Didn't want to put it down. I can't wait to see how these characters continue to grow and how Tiffany's relationship with each one progresses. Am very curious about the ex-CIA, Stone. Would love to see something blossom between him and Tiffany. This was definitely a winner.
Since it was included in Kindle Unlimited, I've decided to read the second book, even though the first was kind of bland.
Tiffany still sees becoming a PI as her way out being a blackjack dealer. A friend of her client from the first book hires her to find out, who killed her best friend/roommate. The victim wanted to become an actress and therefore worked as a stripper on weekends. But, she was about to star in an indie film and had a rich fiancé. The murder investigation is then diluted with two more side plots that could be connected or not. For one, Tiffany witnesses a burglary (someone steals a painting and jumps off a building to escape) and also, she receives threatening letters.
The murder investigation starts well enough, with Tiffany questioning all the victim's acquaintances, but by the end of the book, she starts accusing everyone but the mailman of being the killer, as she has no clue who actually did the deed. To be fair, there weren't any clues to the killer's identity. If he/she hadn't gotten nervous at the end and started acting strangely, I wouldn't have figured it out either. While the series reads mostly like a whodunnit, it doesn't offer the necessary clues to allow readers to properly solve the murder.
Aside from the murder investigation, the series features two things that could turn into potential disasters further into the series. Number 1 is the running gag of Tiffany's mum trying to set her up with men. I don't care how desperate a mother is for grandchildren, there is no way that she would introduce her to some fat loser, who lives in his mother's basement playing computer games and looks for someone else to mooch off. That part was probably supposed to be funny, but I found it annoying.
Number 2 is a love triangle (I hate those) lurking on the horizon, as Tiffany meets a Thomas Crown wannabe to compliment her Ex-James Bond.
So, still not in love with the series, but there is far worse out there.
Tiffany Black is a a casino dealer who is attempting to become a full time private investigator in Las Vegas. She has some decent contacts and some friends who are in her corner on the career change, which helps, but her instincts are still a work in progress. Through all of this, she's two for two in solving her first two cases, albeit via quite a bit of luck helping along the way.
A.R. Winters has done a nice job making the first two books in the Black Mystery Series interesting, relatively fast moving and with the charater development of the main character, who is likeable, fun, humerous, naive at times and most importantly easily relatable to for the reader. Green Eyes in Vegas also does an excellent job of introducing some related characters to the protagonist and unveiling their quirky interesting personalities as well.
Personally, I've always prefered a little darker and deeper detailed mystery novel (I.E Coben, Deaver & Swanson) but Winters provides a nice change of pace with her writing style which, while still a mystery novel is a little lighter and is infused with a little more quirkiness and humor. Looking forward to continuing on with the Tiffany Black Mystery series.
Tiff is back still trying to build up clientele for her P.I. business. She gets a referral and is on the case looking into a suspicious murder of a stripper/actress. Investigating the murder she picks up more business from an insurance company looking into the theft of a painting. Tiffany witnessed the thief parachuting down in front of her. All she remembers are piercing, twinkling green eyes. Not much to go on she has a run in with a jerk police detective in charge of the case. Gathering information Tiff encounters the green eyed man who is a rich philanthropist. Jack has the eyes but is he the thief? He's connected to the movie that Tiffany's dead actress was in and is trying to charm Tiff into dating him. Confused and trying to muddle through information she gets help from Stone who is always willing to help and possibly more with the weird chemistry between them. To top everything off, someone is stalking Tiffany so her neighbor Ian volunteers to be her bodyguard leading to hilarious consequences
This was another good Tiffany Black Mystery. In this one Tiffany is coming home from work at the casino and a man shows up from behind her wearing a mask and he has pretty green eyes. Tiffany is mesmerized by his green eyes. Come to find out a Van Gogh painting was stolen and mr green eyes stole it. Tiffany gets a new case to figure out who killed a movie starlet. Tiffany knows someone is watching her and someone keeps leaving messages under her door. Her granny finds a young boyfriend and her mother parades all kinds of potential boyfriends who seem to be really bad. Oh let's not forget about the sexy PI Stone who took Tiffany under his wing. There are some interesting twists and turns. There are knives, a plane trip oh my will Tiffany find the man of her dreams and solve her cases. I will continue reading this series and i recommend it to anyone who loves this type of mystery.
Quick Info Standalone/Cliffhanger?: Standalone Part of a Series?: Yes ---------------------------------- Meeting the Characters Tiffany Black Stone ---------------------------------- What happens? Tiffany is hired to look into the murder of a young stripper. She is also asked to poke about into a stolen painting, not investigate but as she was a witness to someone stealing it shes asked to look into the guy that owns the painting. Final thoughts This was a good read. I liked Tiffany last time and I liked her again today. Interested to see who she'll end up with. Would I read again?: Yes Would I read this author again?: Yes Would I continue on with the series?: Yes
I am enjoying these books. They are fun and much like Stephanie Plum, Tiffany Black has interesting friends and family. In fact, trade New Jersey for Las Vegas and they are very much alike. I actually prefer Tiffany's world. However there are big differences between these books and Evanovich's which I suspect is more about how they are published. These books need proofreading and a good editor. I still am enjoying them. Also the author uses the word learnt so much that although I know it means learned it was annoying. Perhaps they become more polished. But as long as they remain enjoyable, I will keep reading!
Vegas is one of my favorite places. Anything Vegas related, I want to read it or watch the movie if it is based there. I am happy to have stumbled across this cozy mystery series set in Las Vegas. Even though there are made up names of casinos, the feel of Vegas and some of the older hotels' names are used. I'm not a gambler, I go for the food, shows and people watching which this series gives all of that. Throw in a murder mystery and this book fits right in with more than a few of my favorite things.
The mysteries in this book seemed rather weak, like just a means to set-up a potential new love interest. Although, after having read six of the Tiffany Black books, this is one she actually solves and not one where the killer just shows up to kill her and all is revealed. The art theft plot is very Leverage-esque. Still and all, a light, entertaining read.
PI also working as a dealer at a casino, was walking home one morning and saw a mysterious green eyed guy jump out a window with a parachute. She is hired to try and find who had stolen the painting also solve a murder. Lots of great detective work done with some humor. This is an awesome read with a lot going on. A definite must read
What a fun and exciting read! Tiffany is confronted by a man wearing a ski mask with green eyes dropping from the sky when walking home from work. She ends up working two PI cases at the same time. She is also being stalked by someone. Are they tied to one of the cases?
Weak story and took too long to tell it. Would have been better if written as a"short story." A dealer at a casino in Las Vegas is going home after her shift and she sees someone parachuting out a window. To find out the person stole a Van Gogh painting.
Tiffany is up to her eyeballs in a murder of a stripper. Nothing seems as if it truly is. Lots of impressive investigating and laughs to boot. It all works nicely to lead her readers to the global solution. Can't wait to read the next in the series.
This was a fun little murder mystery with a stolen art caper thrown in just to keep things interesting. It reads like a Janet Evanovich story where the humor and zany characters have been toned down a notch while the plot has been kicked up just a little. I wonder what happens in the next one.
Sorry, but I prefer a story that has an ending instead of a " continued in the next book". Relatable characters, doofy bad guys, irateable cops, and a hurry up your investigation insurance company.. Fun, quick read.
This book cures me of the entire Cupcake Mystery series. Sorry, but dumb characters and dumb silly choices take away a lot of this reader's empathy and interest. Plenty of readers will eat this up. I'll switch to something more real and captivating for my time.