“Superfab fun mystery” … “A giggle a minute” … “Happy might
be the next Stephanie Plum!”
So say readers of the debut mystery in the Ms America
series, Ms America and the Offing on Oahu. Now
beauty queen and budding sleuth Happy Pennington returns,
this time to gaudy, garish Las Vegas …
When Happy pulls bridesmaid duty for pageant-wear purveyor
Sally Anne Gibbons, the last thing she expects to find at
the altar is a corpse. But at these over-the-top nuptials
that’s what she gets: a dead best man and a groom who just
might be the killer.
Happy is well aware that Sally Anne didn’t know Frank
Richter all that well before she jumped all over his
proposal. Much as Happy doesn’t want to believe it, maybe
her mom is right and Frank is not only a shyster out for
Sally Anne’s money but a killer who pumped a slug into his
Or could the killer be Danny’s on-and-off girlfriend Cassidy
Flanagan? Cassidy’s a tough-talking cocktail waitress with
reality-show stars in her eyes and an illegal side job. Did
she add murder to her rap sheet?
Of course the trigger-puller could be Samantha St. James.
She’s a silver-haired cougar with a penchant for blackjack
dealers who let Danny get way too close. Did she rectify
that mistake by dispatching him to the Great Beyond?
Happy doesn’t know who she can trust. Except, of course, her
beauty queen BFFs Shanelle and Trixie. And hunky pageant
emcee Mario Suave, who appears in Vegas to shoot his TV show
and give her long, smoldering looks. Those come to a
screeching halt when Happy’s husband arrives in town, too.
Happy is finding Jason a changed man since he started pit
school but that seems to be going around in her family. All
of a sudden her daughter has gone girly, her dad has a new
girlfriend, and her mom is applying for a job.
What’s a beauty queen to do? Solve a murder or two, all
while dressing to the nines and imbibing the occasional
exotic cocktail. After all, when in Vegas …
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