From the book blurb
L.A. shoe designer Maddie Springer hasn't seen her father since he reportedly ran off to Las Vegas with a showgirl named Lola. So she's shocked when he leaves a desperate plea for help on her answering machine - ending in a loud bang. Gunshot? Car backfire? Never one to leave her curiosity unsatisfied, Maddie straps on her stilettos and, along with her trigger-happy best friend, makes tracks for Sin City in search of her MIA dad.
Maddie hits the jackpot, all right. She finds not only her dad, but also a handful of aging drag queens, an organized crime ring smuggling fake Prada pumps, and one relentless killer. Plus, it seems the LAPD's sexiest cop is doing a little Vegas moonlighting of his own. In a town where odds are everything, Maddie bets it all on her ability to out-step a vicious murderer. She just hopes her gamble pays off... before her own luck runs out.
Gemma had a hard time figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She worked as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic, before finally selling her first book, Spying in High Heels, in 2005 and deciding to be a writer.
Since then, Gemma has written several mystery novels and been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Reader's Choice award and three RITA nominations. Her books have hit both the USA Today and the New York Times Bestseller lists.
Gemma now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay area where she is hard at work on her next book.
What I think
Maddie Springer is back!
She is the same old funny, confused, emotional one who is now in search of her father who is in the Sin City. She has intuitive abilities which makes this second book in the series. However, she is a normal person, like you and I. That makes this series very interesting,
The USP of this series is that though the book belongs to the genre of mystery, it is dealt in a very chic-lit way. So there is humor and fun apart from the light-hearted take on things. The words flow effortlessly and it reels right in front of us. The editing is commendable and therefore there is not a moment that would evoke boredom.
I liked the romance track between Maddie and Ramirez. It seems so real. The way Maddie behaves towards Ramirez is very relatable; you-ignored-and-see-I-can-also-ignore-you types! Every girl would have done this with their loved ones at point or the other, agree?
Then, Dana… I adore her. She is self-obsessed and takes life as it comes. She is funny and comes up with bizarre ideas. I like the way she speaks. And her “Ohmigod” is a part of my smartphone dictionary!
You have to read the 1st book in the series to read this one!
Should you read it?
This is yet another chic-lit with a thriller edge!
Jaico Publications for giving away this book for review