First Line: You know you live in a rough neighborhood when somebody honks at a blind man in the crosswalk.
Lonely and broke in Cleveland, Allie Harper has survived a divorce, but it's been tough. If only she could find a nice guy and enough money to get her car fixed, her problems would be solved. Or so she thinks.
A blonde in a Hummer almost plows into a blind guy in a crosswalk, and Allie jumps to his rescue. Well... there's the nice guy (and he's gorgeous). And the money? It just so happens that nice, gorgeous blind guy, AKA Thomas Bennington III, has the winning ticket for the $550 million lottery jackpot. Tom isn't happy. He only bought the ticket to prove to a kid from the projects that only losers buy lottery tickets. But Tom and Rune, the boy from the projects, now have targets the size of $550 million on their backs, and killers and kidnappers are coming out of the woodwork. With only Allie's landlady and a couple of Cleveland cops who can be trusted to help them, Tom and Allie have to devise a strategy to stay alive.
Allie Harper very quickly tells us, "I have always felt that with some training, I'd make an excellent P.I. A cross between V.I. Warshawski and Kinsey Millhone, with a dash of Stephanie Plum, Bounty Hunter, thrown in for insouciance." In Too Lucky to Live, I saw a lot of Stephanie Plum and not much at all of Millhone and Warshawski. Rune, the poor kid Tom was trying to teach a lesson, was my favorite character, but there wasn't enough of him. I have to be honest and say that I understand why. With killers and kidnappers behind every door, giving Rune a more substantial part would call for putting a child in a lot of danger, and I don't care for that at all.
Too Lucky to Live is a light, quick, fun read which is well-suited to fans of mysteries like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum.
Too Lucky to Live by Annie Hogsett
Poisoned Pen Press © 2017
Paperback, 316 pages
Cozy Mystery, #1 Somebody's Bound to Wind Up Dead mystery
Source: Purchased at The Poisoned Pen.