Diva Las Vegas: A Soap Opera Mystery
by Eileen Davidson
Review by Linda Marie Schumacher
Signet Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451230751
Date: 06 July 2010 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
In Diva Las Vegas, Soap-Opera star Alexis Petersen finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation--again! This murder occurs at the elite Halloween party thrown by Hugh Hefner himself at the Playboy mansion.
Soap Opera star Alexis Petersen keeps finding herself around a murder. This time Alexis is at the Halloween party at the Playboy mansion with her best friend and hair stylist George, and they find a quasi-friend and former Playboy Playmate murdered inside the haunted house.
Since she has been involved in murders so often, Alex has developed a very personal relationship with Detective Frank Jakes. Jakes is all cop, but considers Alex as a consultant during these murder investigations because she has so many contacts in the show-business industry that help his case. Jakes and Alex have moved way past professional in their relationship when they are not solving murders together.
This time, Jakes and Alex suspect foul play from a plastic surgeon that works in LA but officially resides in Vegas. Alex accepts a job at a Soap Opera fan event in Vegas called "Daytime in the Desert" so that she and Jakes can travel to Vegas at the same time. The Vegas detective assigned to the case to assist Jakes is an attractive woman, who immediately worries Alex. Through the investigation, Alex realizes even more how much she and Jakes are meant to be together because he has no interests in the Vegas detective beyond professional.
Alex is a single mother of a young daughter and Jakes is becoming a fixture in her life. It is fun to watch their relationship progress through the novels. No need to worry though, the novels have plenty of background to catch up on the storyline even if you have not read the previous books.
The story is light and fun to read. The style is similar to Janet Evanovich. You will read through a few lines of dialogue, and then Alexis will interject a thought. Usually the thought is off color or self-mocking, and it is always funny. One thought she expresses at the Playboy Halloween party is, "I didn't know that devils wore thongs, but apparently they do at Hef's Parties." Another she expresses when she meets the butler entering a house for an interview is, "I had to give it to him: he had some guns. And muscles in places you'd never imagine." The narrative is laugh after laugh.
The author, Eileen Davidson, is a real soap opera star. This is her third novel about Alexis Peterson. I highly recommend Diva Las Vegas and I am looking forward to the next in the series.