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Publisher's Summary

In Las Vegas, secrets are deadly.

Detectives Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are members of the elite Las Vegas Metro PD, one of the toughest and most respected law enforcement agencies in the United States. In the middle of a city with two million residents and 43 million annual visitors, they’re hunting for a killer. 

The girl

When a beautiful, young girl is killed in the high-roller Pleasure Pit of the exclusive Scala Casino, the news reverberates for hours among the ritzy clientele. Before taking the stage where she found her death, Crystal was last seen boarding an unmarked helicopter for a late-night flight to an unknown destination.

The money

The stakes are high at the roulette table, and the players are hot-blooded. Among them, a stone cold killer watches, waits, and kills without leaving a single trace of evidence. Rien ne va plus but death.

The game

The name of the game is murder, and it doesn’t stop with Crystal’s demise. Anyone who threatens to expose the killer’s identity will soon find they’re being targeted. 

In Las Vegas, secrets can kill.

Two mavericks make an intriguing team. Baxter and Holt trust each other with their lives, only not with their darkest secrets.

Fans of James Patterson, David Baldacci, Lee Child, and Robert Dugoni will be engrossed in this riveting, entertaining police procedural that will keep you listening well into the early morning hours.

Books by Leslie Wolfe

All the books are standalone, regardless of series; think Costco, not IKEA. This is a ride you won’t want to miss!

Baxter and Holt Series

  • Las Vegas Girl
  • Casino Girl

Tess Winnett Series

  • Dawn Girl
  • The Watson Girl
  • Glimpse of Death
  • Taker of Lives

Self-Standing Novels

  • Stories Untold

Alex Hoffmann Series

  • Executive
  • Devil’s Move
  • The Backup Asset
  • The Ghost Pattern
  • Operation Sunset
©2018 Leslie Wolfe (P)2018 Leslie Wolfe

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Intriguing Mystery

Laura Baxter and Jack Holt are partners in the LVMPD and they are assigned to investigate the death of Las Vegas exotic dancer, Crystal Tillman. When Crystal died onstage in the High Roller room in the ritzy Scala Casino, with no apparent cause the question is what would cause a healthy eighteen-year-old to drop dead in the middle of her dance routine?

The story is told from the perspective of Laura who in addition to solving this crime has to deal with the Department of Internal Affairs who want her to frame her partner, Holt, for something she feels sure he did not do or she herself will be out of a job. Added to that she has feelings for Holt, could things be any more complicated?

The storyline is complicated involving murder, mystery, and intrigue! The plot has been really well thought out involving several good subplots which added to my enjoyment of this book. There are so many suspects to choose from, her room-mate who also dances at the Scala, her lover, her lover's wife or any of the billionaires who were in the casino that night. Or was it the man who argued with her just before she died?

This mystery thriller flows well and is fast-paced and from the beginning to the very end it held my attention. As Laura and Holt investigate their working relationship is under added pressure because Holt feels Laura is hiding something from him, but what? Because of an incident involving the Medical Examiner, it did take a while to identify Crystal's Cause Of Death which helped to build the suspense. There were many twists, turns and surprises in this story and I personally did not guess who the murderer was.

How Laura dealt with the problem of Internal Affairs was also very well done and I hope this means that we will be able to have more stories involving her and Holt.

I was given this audiobook as a gift and am voluntarily writing my review.

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Another winner.

Another superb story by Wolfe. Narrator was adequate and easy to follow, but I expected a little more in terms of the usage of the accents needed especially for the main character. Enough twists to keep you trying to figure out "who dunnit."

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CASINO GIRL by Leslie Wolfe
Crystal see’s herself belonging to the world of glitter amd gold as an exotic dancer. Life would change with the growing baby bump for her. She grabbed the pole, defeated, and became limp, and was gone. Farley’s worst nightmare had begun. A killer was among them. Laura had a partner Jack and he was open about his secrets but she wasn’t. This caused friction between them but their lives depended on them trusting one another especially now with this case. With the death of Crystal why did they wait four hours to call 911. Plot was intense, your heart goes out for Crystal who was eighteen and a third year college student. A married boyfriend, but he loved her. This is a must read. It captures you and has a surprising ending where Jack finally gets Laura to open up. Given ARC audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.

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Another fantastic Baxter and Holt novel!

Casino Girl written by Leslie Wolfe and narrated by Gwendolyn Druyor is the second book in the Baxter and Holt series. Although it is second in series I think it could be read as a standalone. There is a slight carryover from the first book and a continuing thread regarding Laura Baxter's backstory which we are getting piecemeal but that is part of what makes the series so interesting by allowing us to slowly become acquainted with the characters but I don't think it would leave a first time reader overly in the dark. I highly recommend you read Las Vegas Girl as well but because it is a very good book not because I think you would be lost if you didn't.

In this book Baxter and Holt as well as the M.E. are trying to determine how such a young girl died but when natural causes are ruled out they have to figure out how she was murdered as well as who did it. Ms. Wolfe always seems to come up with a different method for her murderers to kill.

Ms. Druyor has a pleasant narration voice that allows you to tell the different parties in conversations.

I was gifted this audiblebook but I do purchase all of Leslie's books usually while they are in preorder status. I enjoy her books immensely and look forward to her next entry in any of her series, in fact I have already preordered the next Baxter and Holt book..



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Great story, great narrator. What's not to love?

love this author's style of writing. I haven't read one of her books and left anything other than a five star review and this book is no exception.

This is the second book in the series and I hope it continues. The mystery is complicated enough to keep you guessing until the end, with all the suspects and twist it takes. It does continue on from the first book (but it is easy to follow if you haven't read them in order), in so much as, one of the perps court case's come to trial. This is just a side story line and it is nice to find out what happens with him. The main story does get resolved and I love the way it happens.

Gwendolyn Druyor is one of my favourite narrators, she is so talented and you can just hear the emotion being portrayed by each character as they feel it. I was really please to sit and down and start to listen to find one of my favourite author had joined teams with one of my favourite narrators. Hope they plan to stick together for the next book as it will he a must for my collection.

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