Diva Las Vegas: A Raven McShane novel by Caroline and Steve Dries
I really liked the way that these authors played the city of Las Vegas. They did show an intimate knowledge of the city and it’s inhabitants that added to the story line. Though I was a little disappointed in Raven, I picked out the bad guys three chapters in and it took her to almost the very end to pick out what was going on. And seeing how the story was in first in person Raven had all the same information I did, I got a little frustated with her for going off on other angles. But it wouldn’t have been much of a story line if she had got everything from the very beginning.
Being in the first person, the authors didn’t tell us our main characters name until she introduced herself to Philip d’Angelo the general manager of The Outpost the small casino her clients husband’s family owned almost five chapters into the book. If it had not been a Raven McShane novel I would not have known who I was reading about. Her best friend, Rachel Hannity, didn’t even address her by her first name when they saw each other for the first time in five years when she hires her to find something on the man that she was convinced murdered her husband three years ago.
Cody Masters on was married to George Hannity’s sister, Amy, and was tried for the murder of George, but he had been found innocent. Now Rachel despertly needed money to get her out of the hands of some loan sharks so she was bringing a wrongful death suit against Cody and needed Raven’s help. Raven found out, with the help of her supervising PI Mike Caffrey, that there was some serious skimming going on at The Outpost that involved Philip d’Angelo, Edward Hollis, head of Security, – who was having an affairs with Amy – and Cody. All were good candidates for killing George if he had found out about the skimming, and/or the affairs.
A fun little book about the back rooms lives of the movers and shakers in Vegas and a stripper who is looking toward the future by getting her Private Investagators licences before she can’t dance anymore. I am not sure if I will be continuing with this series though.