The Miracle Strip (Sierra Lavotini Mysteries)

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A Sexy Stripper-Sleuth Bares It All to Catch a Cold-Blooded Killer
The whip-smart Sierra Lavotini is the hottest act on Panama City's strip scene. She's the headliner at the bare-all bar, the Tiffany Club. Besides her bodacious business, Sierra's life is fairly simple. And that's the way she likes it. But when a good friend, Denise, seeks her help, Sierra's life takes a murderous turn.

Seems Denise's furry friend Arlo has just been "dognapped." From the pricey ransom note, Sierra figures there's much more to this case than meets the eye. And her hunch proves correct when a quick trip to Denise's apartment reveals a fresh corpse. Sierra can't shake the feeling that her friend isn't telling her the whole story--especially after Denise turns up missing and the body count continues to rise. Determined to reveal the naked truth, Sierra tackles this steamy caper head on, digging in her stiletto heels until the dangerous job is done.

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"Fans of Janet Evanovich should love The Miracle Strip, which has my highest recommendation." --Jeremiah Healy, author of The Only Good Lawyer

"Nancy Bartholomew is a major new talent in the mystery field. Her characters crackle to life and her tale moves without a false note and at a pace that should be the envy of many well-known writers in the field who have forgotten that character, story and pace are all essential. Nancy is terrific. I look forward to her next novel and will consume it the day it arrives." --Stuart M. Kaminsky, author of The Dog Who Bit a Policeman

"From the first sentence, The Miracle Strip grips you by the scruff and zips you along...Humor abounds, dialogue rings true, and the situation is outrageous. A triumph of a first novel." --Clay Harvey, author of A Flash of Red

"Fasten your seat belts because you're in for a wild ride with this amazingly funny and suspenseful debut novel. Ms. Bartholomew has created a magnificent, take-no-prisoners heroine who is a true delight." --Romantic Times

"A zany, satirical, and ultra-humorous look at the ever growing Florida literary detective community. The story line contains a wonderful who-dun-it, a great supporting cast, and a bubbly lead protagonist who will disrobe readers of any inhibitions... A miracle mix." --The Midwest Book Review

"A doozy of a debut novel..." --Elizabeth Baldwin, Mystery Galaxy Books

"Promising... Rapid-transit prose, wild characters, nonstop action, and frequent dramatic humor make this a pleasure to read." --Library Journal

From Kirkus Reviews:

Denise Curtis's dog Arlo may just look like a mutt to you, but somebody thinks he's worth $100,000that's what the ransom note demandsand Denise is so intent on getting him back that she seems to agree. There are only two problems. One: When Sierra Lavotini accompanies her distraught friend back to her place, they find it thoroughly tossed (the first of many such occurrences in this housekeeper's nightmare of a first novel) and decorated with a dead body Sierra could swear Denise recognizes. Two: Quicker than you can say, ``Where's Arlo?,'' Denise disappears too. So recovering the lady and her dog, and keeping the cops at bay, is all up to Sierra, a stripper at the Tiffany, a club so exclusive that she keeps her G-string on. Sierra is at once the biggest draw in the story and its most unbelievable creation. She's meant to be tough but adorable, like a Damon Runyon ingnue, though her tiresome insistence on her own virtue (``I'm a good girl, really I am,'' she tells her disapproving father) and on Denise's (``Could a sociopath own such a good dog?'') drains much of the tension from her tale, which is left cruising on the shoulders of bikers, druglords, chases, gunshots, crazies, and other weightlessly thrilling devices familiar to every fan of the Lethal Weapon franchise. Still, you've got to have a soft spot for an exotic dancer who centers herself by meditating before every performanceunless, of course, the routine is too alienating to validate her inner child. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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