Full Ser­vice Blonde

Me­gan Ed­wards Im­brifex Books (NOVEM­BER) Soft­cover $15 (306pp) 978-1-945501-00-5

Foreword Reviews - - Reviews Adult Fiction - JOHN M. MUR­RAY

Full Ser­vice Blonde is a fan­tas­tic read—light on mys­tery, and heavy on ro­mance and drama.

Full Ser­vice Blonde is a breezy, en­ter­tain­ing mys­tery deal­ing with pros­ti­tutes, thiev­ing cats, and the bustling Ve­gas strip.

Christ­mas­time in Las Ve­gas finds twen­ty­four-year-old jour­nal­ist Cop­per Black caught up in a mur­der mys­tery. Though she nor­mally deals

with lighter sto­ries, Cop­per jumps at the chance to tag along to in­ter­view Vic­to­ria Mckim­ber, a pros­ti­tute turned ac­tivist. Vic­to­ria doesn’t be­lieve any­one else can do her life story jus­tice and talks Cop­per into pen­ning the tale.

Cop­per has to set the story aside, though, to deal with fam­ily drama and a long-dis­tance boyfriend com­ing to town. In the mean­time, Vic­to­ria dies in a seem­ingly ac­ci­den­tal hit and run. Cop­per strug­gles to solve the mys­tery while deal­ing with her splin­ter­ing fam­ily, her tan­gled love life, and a cadre of sex­ist co­work­ers.

A pre­quel to Get­ting Off on Frank Si­na­tra, Full Ser­vice Blonde does well at in­tro­duc­ing re­cur­ring char­ac­ters and build­ing up Cop­per Black as a po­ten­tial PI. Cop­per’s work as an as­pir­ing jour­nal­ist and con­nec­tions to the com­mu­nity come in handy, of­fer­ing plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for the fu­ture devel­op­ment of the series. Ve­gas func­tions as a char­ac­ter in and of it­self; it is won­der­fully fleshed out, with the text show­ing a deep love for the desert oasis.

De­spite its heavy events, the book reads as light and airy. The mys­tery it­self is re­solved fairly eas­ily, if with­out much work from Cop­per her­self. While much of the book builds up the mys­tery of Vic­to­ria’s death and the pos­si­ble killer or killers, the res­o­lu­tion fo­cuses more on Cop­per’s re­la­tion­ship and fu­ture. The am­bigu­ous na­ture of the mur­derer’s iden­tity al­most makes the oth­er­wise siz­zling novel fiz­zle out.

Full Ser­vice Blonde is a good read—light on mys­tery, heavy on ro­mance and drama, it would make for a per­fect pool­side es­cape, or a work to de­vour on a flight to Ve­gas.

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