Peaches and the Gambler

Rated 4.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Take one recently fired woman, add to that two pesky daughters, one opera singing sister, two good-looking men, one murder investigation, and a boxful of Dove Ice Cream Bars. Then, generously stir with a seedy strip club, throw in a .45 Magnum and a dash of Bojangles' cajun seasoned fries and you have a Dish of Disaster! More
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About A. T. Hicks

A.T. Hicks lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her patient husband, rotating children, a menagerie of pets and an overactive imagination.

Though she wrote her first novel more than twelve years ago while living in Aix-en-Provence, France, she wouldn't actually publish until many years later.

Thank God for that!

With many more years of experience under her belt, her writing skills improved to such a degree as to be nearly unrecognizable to her earlier attempts. After having read many a novel, she realized mystery was the genre she was most interested in. Diving in headfirst, she tackled her second novel with zeal and several months later she completed the first installment of a series of Peaches Donnelly Mysteries called Peaches and the Gambler.

She can most often be found in front of her laptop computer, but reading a novel, or just observing the kookiness of daily life are also very enjoyable pastimes.

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Review by: Monica Fellowes on May 7, 2013 :
Where to start with this one?

I can't quite classify it as it doesn't really fit. It's not a romance, the romances all fail. It's not a murder mystery as that doesn't get started until 24% (Chapter 10) into the book; therefore, it's really just incidental to the book. It's not entirely a family drama as there is NO resolution, growth, etc.

I guess if I had to it's about sex. It starts with a "shock" type beginning using sex. Prostitutes, strippers, teenage sex, who's sleeping with who, who's not sleeping with who, who wants to sleep with who, who uses sex as a weapon, etc, that goes through the book over and over and over. However, there isn't any actual love or romance.

Women repeatedly shake their tits and ass to get what they want from men and use men against other men, again, using sex.

Even with the murder investigation (with or without the police) we cannot escape mentions of who wants to sleep with who or who isn't sleeping with who, etc.

Some minor grammatical and spelling errors are present, but these are fairly incidental.

Negatives aside, the author has a good writing style and the characters are realistic.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Review by: Andrew Fontenelle on May 1, 2013 :
"Peaches and the Gambler" was a great read and a very enjoyable murder mystery story.

Finding herself without a job, Peaches Donnelly decides to turn Detective and solve the murder of her childhood friend. Not having done anything like it before is no barrier to Peaches and she enters into the investigation with some hilarious results. As her investigation progresses she goes undercover as a stripper and has to deal with a host of characters who not only make her life interesting but keep her on her toes.

"Peaches and the Gambler" is a very nice mix of drama and comedy which has you guessing who committed the crime right up to the very end. A page turner I found difficult to put down once I started! This is the first book I've read by A. T. Hicks and it certainly will not be the last - I already have the next Peaches novel on my reading list.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Review by: Joe White on March 14, 2013 :
This book was absolutely AMAZING! I don't normally read chic lit but took a chance. This book was so much fun and kept me laughing the whole time. I think what I liked best was the adult themes and situations. I was impressed by the authors ability make this booked distinctly adult yet still light and fun. Far short of erotica, but if peaches needs a session with her vibrator-then so be it. Not in graphic detail, just real life. Family dramas, exes, and murder make Peaches quite a women. All I have is one question-when does the next one come out?
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Jennifer Zuna on March 2, 2013 : (no rating)
Crime fiction has always been one of my favorite genres of books to read. I really really enjoyed this book. The author really nailed the mixture of the crime mystery with some truly funny laughs. This book is very bold, the language used and the situations Peaches gets into are not for the faint of heart lol. Peaches is a single mom dealing with her daughters, exes, sister and is trying to help a beloved neighbor solve her son's murder to boot. Sex, drugs, gambling and a few hilarious extended family members make this a fun read. It's very obvious that Peaches has no idea what she's doing, but she tries really hard and ends up coming out on top and learning some things in the process. I can not wait to see what Peaches gets herself into next!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

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