- Series: The Alexandra Merritt Mysteries
- Paperback: 396 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (September 28, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492843784
- ISBN-13: 978-1492843788
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,365,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Las Vegas Desert Flower (The Alexandra Merritt Mysteries) Paperback – September 28, 2013
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This book is an exception. I read it because, after I read Maude, I read a three part series of the author’s historical fiction, and I liked those also. I decided that this was an author I could enjoy for ‘escape’ reading, to take my mind away from my problems and interest me in the problems of other people and their fictional resolutions. The characters were a little bit one-dimensional for my taste, but they were believable in broad terms, as people one doesn’t know too much about are believable. In addition, they were for the most part likeable. I enjoyed the luxury of sitting in a comfortable chair and reading about the hard work that made up the better part of their daily lives, about births, loves and deaths, and financial problems. Upheavals and problems that are almost universal, but individual in the forms they take and the way that they are resolved or accepted.
The Las Vegas stories are different. I had a mixed reaction to the first of these, The Last Two Aces in Las Vegas. It was a mystery with a plot which didn’t seem too bad to me. It had impossibly unattractive (but unfortunately not quite impossible to believe) male characters. It also had a strangely attractive male character who was not exactly a ‘good guy’. It was back-and-forth for me as far as its readability was concerned, but when I finished it I was ready to try the sequel.
This book, The Las Vegas Desert Flower, was that sequel. Unfortunately, it had effectively none of the elements I had enjoyed in the other books. I found the plot even more outlandish than is the case with most mystery-thrillers. The characters were almost universally dull, totally one-faceted, and often distasteful. Another element, which did not appeal to me, was the Las Vegas setting. A great many other people, apparently, wouldn’t agree with this objection, but the vision of Las Vegas, with its gambling, its particular forms of live entertainment, and the collection of show-business aspirers and rejects who are typically made the subjects of fiction about the place, are really not very interesting to me.
I haven’t given up on the author, but this book has brought me closer to doing just that.
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I. Was intrigued by the authors inside knowledge of the. Casino business. I will probably read the next book.