Lucky Score - Deborah Coonts

Lucky Score

By Deborah Coonts

  • Release Date: 2018-02-07
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
5 Score: 5 (From 23 Ratings)
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If Lucky O’Toole, chief problem solver for the Babylon, Vegas’ primo Strip property, knows one thing—where money goes, trouble follows.

So, when the NFL announces it’s moving a team to Vegas, Lucky is left on the fence until the trouble she feared lands in her lap.

Nolan Ponder, one of the key players in the negotiations to get the NFL to Sin City, staggers into the Babylon covered in blood and holding a knife.

With the mountains of money and careers on the line, Lucky figured someone would try to kill the deal.

But murder?

Chasing down a murderer is the last thing she needs.

Teddie, her former live-in lover is exploiting every angle to get back into her heart.

Jean-Charles, her fiancé, is planning a trip to France to introduce Lucky to his family.

Mona, her mother, still hasn’t named her twins.

Lucky’s life is quickly becoming a game of murder and mayhem.

She just hopes this game won’t go into overtime. 


Wanna Get Lucky? (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 1)
Lucky Stiff (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 2)
Lucky in Love (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 1)
So Damn Lucky (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 3)
Lucky Bang (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 2)
Lucky Now and Then (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 3)
Lucky Bastard (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 4)
Lucky Catch (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 5)
Lucky Flash (A Lucky O'Toole Original Novella 4)
Lucky Break (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 6)
Lucky the Hard Way (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 7)
Lucky Ride (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 8)
Lucky Score (The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure Series Book 9)


Why did you decide to write humor? 

I’m not sure I decided to add snark to the Lucky, books, specifically to Lucky’s own voice, it just happened that way. When I was a kid, my mouth always got me into trouble. Finally, I’ve found a way to harness the sarcasm for the Forces of Good—or at least in a way not to anger my grandmother. And when Lucky started talking to me, she had a strong dose of sass in her.

The Lucky O'Toole Vegas Adventure series is hard to categorize. Is that by design? 

When I set out to write Wanna Get Lucky?, I knew I wanted to write a romp through Las Vegas. I had the characters and the setting but no real understanding of narrative drive. So, I threw a young woman out of a tour helicopter into the middle of the Pirate Show and let the story unfold. A bit of murder to keep the plot moving, some wisecracking and Vegas mischief to make you laugh, and some romance to keep it interesting. A bit of a mash up, but it works.


“Lucky’s story is funny, fast-paced, exuberant and brilliantly realized.” - Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Family Tree

“Get ready to win big--with a novel that will keep you glued to the pages all the way to the end.” - Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author of Trust Me, Stop Me, and Watch Me

"More fun than a winning streak in Vegas. Lucky O’Toole is a character with brains, beauty, and a wry sense of humor. Readers will want to meet her again—and soon." - Diane Mott Davidson, author of Fatally Flakey

"Deborah Coonts...entrusts the sleuthing to a brainy beauty who sees the lighter side of human folly." - New York Times Book Review

"Las Vegas is the perfect setting for this witty tale of misdirection and larger-than-life characters. Fans of J. A. Konrath's Jack Daniels series will love this." - Library Journal, starred review

A whirlwind of a kooky crime novel, and readers will enjoy every minute of it. Coonts provides the perfect solution for readers waiting for the next Stephanie Plum book.” - Booklist 


  • Lucky Score

    By Ruff-cut
    This is the latest edition byDeborah Coonts of her ‘Lucky’ series. It was excellent, as had been all her others. Writing about Las Vegas, a functioning dysfunctional person in a dysfunctional family, the sarcasm & wit, friendships, lovers, etc. make the stories enjoyable & real. I look forward to each new installment!
  • Lucky Score for me!

    By LaryeFlynn
    I was looking for a book when the title Wanna Get Lucky (by Deborah Coonts) caught my eye at Dollar General years ago, and Couldn't resist. Since then, I've read each of the Lucky books, waiting impatiently for each new book. I grew up reading mysteries, and still love them, but I've discovered a love for laughter, too. And reading Deborah Coonts' Lucky O'Toole series gives me both, just like reading Janet Evonovich's Stephanie Plum series, or Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swenson series. I can't wait till the Lucky series is picked up by Hollywood, and made into movies! ;)
  • Another Great Lucky O’Toole Adventure

    By nora charles
    I’ve been a fan of Lucky and her crazy Vegas life since I read the first installment of Deborah Coonts’s series years ago. This new adventure doesn’t disappoint. It’s non-stop action from the beginning, with loads of twists and turns. Lucky is still the smart and savvy character she was at the beginning, but she’s grown a lot. She’s questioning her life and choices, and wondering how to move forward with more balance. Family takes more of a back seat in this new tale, though there are still appearances by all the usual suspects. Much as I enjoyed the characters and mystery of the book, I was equally enamored with the writing style of Ms. Coonts. Her use of words is a joy. She has a way of phrasing things that is quite lyrical. That in itself made the book a delight to read. I would definitely recommend this book, though I would suggest starting from the beginning of the series to truly enjoy the way the characters have grown. (I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher.)
  • Great book — again.

    By Big Fish Fan58
    Loved the latest Lucky installment. Can’t wait for the next.
  • The NFL Gets Lucky

    By Edubirder
    Deborah Coonts has outdone herself again! This is another gem in the Lucky O’Toole series, and I had to fight the urge to burn through it in a single night. Mystery novels like these need to taken at least a little slowly so you can enjoy the many levels of Ms. Coonts’s story-telling genius. Of course there’s the mystery that only Lucky can solve. This one is connected to some off the field issues surrounding the movement of an NFL team to Las Vegas, and we get to see a side of the NFL that few of us ever experience. Then there are the constant challenges of her family and friends that always seem to get mixed into the current mayhem. Meanwhile, we see everything through Lucky’s own internal dialogue as she battles her personal demons. Finally, the author did not take the easy way out and avoid addressing the tragic murder of so many people in Las Vegas last October. Instead, Coonts handled it with sensitivity, insight and intelligence, making me kind of proud to be a Deborah Coonts fan. I really have no hesitation about giving this five stars. Personally, I wish that Lucky did a little less male-bashing … it seems there are men who bail her out of tough situations and who love her despite her unique challenges … but maybe that bit of growth is still to come for Lucky. Anyway, I loved the book and love Deborah Coonts!
  • Is there anything that Lucky O’Toole can’t do?

    By duckieandree
    Lucky O'Toole is back in action, and feistier than ever in this novel, the latest in the fabulously fun Lucky O'Toole Las Vegas Adventures series. I couldn't put it down! If there was a rating higher than five stars, I would gladly give it to Lucky Score. A murder of a famous politician, the NFL moving to Vegas, and her friends are in deep trouble. So what's a girl to do? Solve the murder, figure out the crime spree, and save her friends, of course, all while up to her proverbial butt in alligators! Who can she trust? How can she solve this mess? No one knows how, but if Lucky can't figure it out, no one can!
  • Lucky in Vegas

    By Lova g. Book
    Another great Lucky adventure! Keeps you guessing ‘til the end. Nothing better than murder in Vegas!