Jun 16, 2016

Book Review: Betting Blind

For Lennox Cooper, helping out a friend means gambling with her life.

In the rainy city of Portland, Matilda Bauer has been blackmailing her parole officer, Fulin Chen. Just when Fulin’s ready to come clean, Matilda disappears. Bad news for Fulin, because once Matilda is arrested for breaking parole she’ll show the photos she has on him and end his career. Fulin turns to his longtime friend and poker buddy, Lennox Cooper, P.I., to help him find the beautiful blonde con-woman.

A former cop, Lennox knows how it feels to live and breathe the police life—and to be thrown out of it. She'll do anything to help her friend avoid a similar fate. But three days later Lennox finds Matilda dead, in what looks like a sex game gone terribly wrong. Fulin Chen is the lead suspect. Lennox's search for Matilda, however, causes her to begin turning over rocks, finding that her past lies under many of them—not to mention deadly threats. Matilda Bauer had no shortage of enemies, though, and Lennox will have to sift through the many blackmail victims and jilted lovers to find the real killer.

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I really enjoyed the first book in this series, A Bitch Called Hope.  But even reading that first book didn't prepare me for just how good BETTING BLIND would be.   Since Lennox proved herself to the Friday night poker gang in the last book, she now has a firm team around her and one of the gang is in trouble.

It has been several months since Lennox was able to uncover the murderer of her old family friend and she has been working rather regularly for defense attorneys.  Now if only she could get her love life back on track and convince her late partner's son not to vandalize her house, life would be good. That is until Fulin, one of her best friends, is convicted of murder.

What follows is a lot of good old detective work, a lot of danger and a strengthening of Lennox and Fulin's friendship.  Lennox also get a chance to date a nice, normal guy which has its rocky times due to her job and the fact that it isn't exactly nine to five.  

BETTING BLIND is another book by Ms. Gardner that I read in one sitting.  Great characters, a kick ass heroine, an investigation with some interesting twists and danger appearing from some unexpected directions.  Oh and let's not forget it being set in the Pacific Northwest, specifically in Portland Oregon.  What's not to love?

I do recommend that any of my readers who enjoy a hard driving PI story with a strong female lead.  I just hope that I don't have to wait another three years for Lennox's next story.


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