THE MIRACLE STRIP, by Nancy Bartholomew

1/series. Sierra Lavotini is not only the star of this new series, but the star exotic dancer at The Tiffany Gentlemen's Club in Panama City, Florida. Think Gypsy Rose Lee meets Philip Marlowe, to use a dated reference. Sierra is all about Queen of Passion as she takes it off and flashes her 38DD's. Feisty, quick-tempered and fiercely able to take care of herself, Sierra still has a close connection with co-worker Denise, the bartender, and her ever-present sidekick, the mutt Arlo. Click below for more...
Suddenly, the four-legged sidekick vanishes leaving behind a ransom note for one hundred large ($100,000 to us mainstream folks). Going to Denise's apartment, they make a grisly discovery. When the cops arrive, it's sparks: Detective Nailor is everything Sierra shouldn't touch. But she wants to. As she slowly goes in over her head trying to clear her friend Denise of suspicion of murder, Nailer's tearing his hair out trying to keep track of her. Enough said. A great start to a well-plotted amateur sleuth series; it's a 4.
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