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Deadly Gamble by Shirley Kennedy Blog Hop, REVIEW and GIVEAWAY!!!!

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Name: Deadly Gamble

Author: Shirley Kennedy

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Length: Super Novel

ISBN: (print) 978-1-939590-10-7

ISBN: (ebook) 978-1-939590-09-1

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When attractive Kristi Andrews is hired as Assistant Marketing Director at the Parthenon hotel/casino in Las Vegas, she’s focused on succeeding at her new job. But from the very first day, strange events occur: a deadly escalator accident—the strange death of a candle shop owner—a psychic’s warning that the Parthenon is doomed AND IT’S ALL KRISTI’S FAULT.
Shocked and baffled, Kristi must determine if she could be responsible for the mysterious, evil presence that seems to haunt the hotel. She’s aided by a man she’s just met—famous western historical author, Mike Garvey. Attracted to Kristi, Mike goes one hundred fifty years back in time to draw upon his knowledge of old Las Vegas and the Santa Fe Trail. They are the key to a puzzling mystery which Kristi must solve if she wants to save not only the Parthenon but the entire Las Vegas Strip from total disaster.



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Shirley Kennedy wrote and published Regency romances for several years for both Ballantine and Signet. She switched genres to write a wagon train romance. When struck with what she called “a great idea” about a haunted casino in Las Vegas, she was compelled to abandon both Regency England and the Old West to write Deadly Gamble.

Born and raised in Fresno, California, Shirley has lived in such diverse places as Denver; Houston; Torrance, California; Bogota ,Colombia; and Calgary, Alberta, Canada where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Sciences at the University of Calgary. She worked as a computer programmer/systems analyst for several years before she went back to her first love, writing.

Shirley lives close to her two daughters in Las Vegas Nevada. Brutus and Sparky, her two editorial assistants on the furry side, love to nap in the sunshine next to her computer while she produces her next novel.

See Shirley’s web site at www.shirleykennedy.com

Her published books include:

Heartbreak Trail, Camel Press

Three Wishes for Miss Winthrop, Signet

Lady Flora’s Fantasy, Signet

The Irish Upstart, Signet

The Selfless Sister, Signet

The Rebellious Twin, Signet

The London Belle, Signet

Lady Semple’s Secret, Ballantine


Deadly Gamble was a nice, easy read to spend a few hours with. The story flowed really well and the historical aspects were a very nice touch.

I really liked Kristi’s character. I am a logical person so I enjoyed that she was too. She chalks everything up to coincidence and unfortunate for her that isn’t true at all. The whole reason for the spirit haunting is because her biological father came from a line of very unsavory men. Therefore this spirit doesn’t like her. One day, when helping her mother, she finds a letter with information that changes her life.

I liked Mike for a few reasons. One, I like that he is a nice guy. And two, I like that he didn’t want to jump all over Kristi when he first meets her. He has a love for history and that takes precedence. He has recently been writing a series that is very much outside of that realm. But, he lends a realistic touch to this because the reason he starts writing it is intriguing. Thankfully for him, he has a score with this series because it makes him a lot of money.

I really liked the historical references in this book. I am a historical fiction addict so this part of the book definitely intrigued me. The book features Las Vegas and the history behind it. As I have once traveled to Las Vegas, I was very interested to learn about things I had no idea about when I visited and how they all fell into place with the things I did see when I was there. The historical references were inserted very nicely into the plot of the story so it did add a realistic touch. The things you find out from the diary entries are sad and I felt my heart strings pull for Silas. The whole things was tragic and I felt terrible for Silas.

I feel this story was nicely paced and for all the mystery and historical buffs out there, you will love this story and I would recommend it. It was very well researched and very well thought out. Great read!!

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  1. Great review Melissa.

    Thank you for being a part of Shirley’s tour.


    • Valerie Rhodes on August 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm
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    Awesome review.. thanks for sharing. 😉

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