Title: Innocent in Las Vegas (Tiffany Black #1)
Author: A.R. Winters
Published: September 2013
Format Read: Kindle for PC, eBook
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Chick Lit
Date Read: August 5 2015
When a Las Vegas casino owner is found dead in his car, his wife (a former stripper) is charged. With everyone turned against her, Sophia is adamant that she didn’t kill her husband. Out on bail and desperate to clear her name, she hires a Private Investigator-in training Tiffany Black to uncover the truth. Readers follow the 28 year old cupcake loving Tiffany as she pieces together what really happened and finds herself in danger along the way.
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 help but make note of these similarities and at times it became a bit irritating for me; the single woman living alone, meddling mother nearby, spunky grandmother just to name a few. Thankfully there were some notable differences that made the reading experience more enjoyable for me. For example: the fact that Tiffany was in training to be a P.I. a career that she was determined to be successful in, the Las Vegas setting and her eagerness to learn and grow despite her fears. All these traits made for an admirable main character.
The mystery itself with the casinos, strippers and money is what I would expect from one set in Las Vegas. It kept my interest throughout and was a quick read. Although I did find it hard to keep the suspects straight because there was so many of them. It was difficult to remember who was who and how they related to the murder victim.
Although I find Winter’s writing style to be enjoyable I am undecided if I will continue with this series. I would recommend it to other fans of this genre. However I think that it would be more enjoyed by someone who has not yet read the Stephanie Plum series.