Getting Off On Frank Sinatra
A Copper Black Mystery
by Megan Edwards
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Pub Date 14 Mar 2017 | Archive Date 18 Oct 2018
While researching a story about an exclusive private school, Copper accidentally discovers the dead body of the school’s beloved founder. Now involved in a high-profile murder investigation, Copper turns to her brother, a civic-minded pastor who is overseeing the construction of a center for the homeless. An Indian medicine man claims the site is a sacred burial ground, attracting hordes of protesters.
As she tries to solve the murder, help her brother, advance her career, and sort out her love life, Copper stirs up a world of trouble. Her escapades as she evades a sociopath and a suspicious homicide detective make Megan Edwards’ rousing debut Getting Off on Frank Sinatra a nonstop roller coaster of a read.
A Note From the Publisher
THE “REAL” LAS VEGAS: Experience the wackiness of real life in “Sin City” through the experiences of East Coast transplant Copper Black as she turns reluctant sleuth.
FIRST IN A SERIES: Copper Black will return to investigate the death of a prostitute from one of Nevada’s legal brothels.
A LITTLE BIT MYSTERY – A LITTLE BIT FUN: This amateur sleuth has more than just a dead body to worry about. Add in family, work, boyfriends, and a renegade tortoise for a nonstop romp with plenty of unexpected detours.
AUTHOR EXPERIENCE: Award-winning writer Megan Edwards adopted Las Vegas as her home town 16 years ago and is Executive Editor of Living-Las-Vegas.com, a site dedicated to “real life in the shadow of the Strip.”
WEBSITE: meganedwards.com And an audiobook version will also be released.
"Edwards makes an assured fiction debut. This amusing mystery stars aspiring journalist Copper Black, a contributor to a Las Vegas newspaper, who must navigate a multitude of personal and professional hurdles...Copper learns enough secrets to make deadly enemies before emerging bruised, battered, victorious, and primed for new comic adventures." -- Publishers Weekly
"From its sly title to its high-energy ending, Getting off on Frank
Sinatra is a delightful romp rooted in Las Vegas’ intoxicating history.
In this sunny crime drama, Edwards captures the fun of residing in the
nation’s most improbable small town." -- Laura McBride, author of We Are Called To Rise
"A zany, fun, action-packed tale that will keep you laughing and turning the pages. The magic of Las Vegas and its cast of characters are on full-display and will completely charm you. Getting off on Frank Sinatra is entertainment worthy of Sin City, America’s entertainment capital." -- Deborah Coonts, author of The Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure Series
"A fun Las Vegas ride from the imaginative fingers of Megan Edwards." -- Doug Elfman, Journalist, Review-Journal
"A brilliant tale filled with sharp humor and characters who will lead you on a quintessential Vegas adventure. I cannot recommend it highly enough." — Oksana Marafioti, author of American Gypsy: A Memoir
"Author Megan Edwards views her adopted city with a journalist’s eye and an insider’s understanding of what makes us tick..." — Brian Rouff, Author of Money Shot
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I loved Getting Off on Frank Sinatra. From the witty title (which is well explained throughout the book) to the crazy characters and suspenseful ending, I could not put this book down. Edwards' writing is reminiscent of Janet Evanovich. It is a great mystery, but nothing that will scare you or keep you up at night. A perfect escape!
A really good and easy read. It was well written and funny. I enjoyed it!
Copper Black works for a newspaper in Las Vegas. She does not have an important job, but she has big ambitions.
Copper's life is not exactly normal. Her parents are still married, but her father has come out as gay and is in a relationship with a younger man and her mother is in a relationship with Copper's former Sunday school teacher. Copper lives in an apartment above her brother's garage. It is a temporary situation and has been for a year.
This is a well done cozy mystery.
Copper is a terrific protagonist. She investigates and asks good questions. She is such a likable person that people have a tendency to answer her questions. Although her family is not always easy to deal with, she treasures them. She sees the humor in life and is willing to overlook flaws in others.
The secondary characters add a great deal to the story. The people at work are interesting. The reader meets citizens of Las Vegas who are involved with charitable works, students at a special high school for the arts as well as protesters who are willing to do a great deal to make a point. A young film maker has wonderful stuff in his basement. Of course we do not want to forget Oscar the tortoise or the meat eating plants.
And never forget, there are scary villains in Las Vegas.
The plot is innovative. A well loved woman has been murdered. There does not seem to be any logical reason for her death. But, no one's life is free of past conflicts, or so it seems.
I liked this book very much. Copper is a heroine who is easy to like. Her personal life is certainly complicated. Her inability to make decisions, at times was frustrating, but it also made her feel very human.
This is the first book I have read by Ms Edwards. I hope to read many more.
I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in the hope that I would write a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.
This was a terrific crime romp and I could not wait to pick it up and continue reading - with humour and verve (although I did keep getting 'David' and 'Daniel' mixed up - I knew one was considered hotter than the other in protagonist and central figure, journalist Copper's life) - she is an aspiring career woman, she juggles emotion and ethics - like, why does she not tell the police detective in charge of the case she's inadvertently drawn into that she's taken what comes to be a crucial bit of evidence? But the variety of male ploys in love games are humorously and affectionately well observed. In fact, characterisations are really the strong point of this one and also the vibrancy of the writing style - really great fun and I will look out for others of her books in future.
“An arrow can't fly without shaft and feathers. But you were the arrowhead.”
This book was okay and easy to read but it wasn't terribly exciting. Perhaps this is due to the overwhelming amount of drama in the protagonist's life. Shit was flying around left, right, and centre (metaphorically, but sometimes literally *exploding* as well).
There was just so much going on that I sometimes found it difficult to pay attention to a single thing. It was hard to fully immerse myself into the story or the characters because everything else was just screaming for my attention. That's just me though. In theory, these overlapping conflicts should have resulted in a complex plot where all of the character storylines converge... It just fell a little short for me.
Also, if you want to read this book because you think there might be some romance mixed into things--don't. I wasn't feeling the love. I honestly rolled my eyes every time a potential love interest was introduced.
All in all, this was still a good book. The author's writing is great. It's concise and witty and easy to follow. However, the story is not scary or traumatizing (and not even that manipulative) if that's the kind of mystery you're into. Otherwise a solid read. Simply not my cup of suspenseful tea.
On a side note, I spent the majority of the time wondering what on Earth the title meant, and then it all made perfect sense somewhere near the ending. That was pretty satisfying.
3.5 stars for Oscar, because Oscar deserves his own story.
I had no idea I was reading Book I in what will undoubtedly become a new series. The main character is a delightful, intelligent cub reporter who will certainly get into many exciting situations in years to come.
The setting is Las Vegas, always an exciting town. The Author has given us the right number of characters, not so many that we could be confused, but enough to engage us in the adventures and the family which, hopefully, will return and allow us to visit often.
I love reading, I love Las Vegas and I loved this book. Looking forward to reading lots more about Copper and all the interesting folks around her.
I truly enjoyed this book. It was the first book that I have ever read by Megan Edwards.
It was a fun easy read with plenty of twists and turns.
Quirky characters and I enjoyed reading about Las Vegas, having been there plenty of times, it was fun to go back.
The characters were easy to get to know and kept me turning pages
My standard on a book is when the plot stays in your head when your not reading - as this one did.
Good read, Do your self a favor and read it today - you won't be disappointed.
Keep writing Megan!
I enjoyed the plot lines and twists. These characters had believable lives but she sure has troubles with men.
Looking forward to the next book and possibly seeing if tortoise shows up. I was intrigued by the title and enjoyed the Vegas setting and references. It good to see another side of Vegas.
I requested this book purely on the title, it was witty. The book was far better than I was expecting. It is a light hearted thriller and it kept me guessing right up to the end. I normally read physiological thrillers this was a nice easy read and no nightmares.
Copper Black is an interesting and entertaining addition to the detective roster. Stylistically, there are definite shades of Janet Evanovich here and the bizarre circumstances of Las Vegas and the variety of characters encountered reinforce that impression. The plot has many interesting twists and turns and the style is very readable indeed. I felt that more Evanovich-style humour would have leavened the mixture - but, hey, Evanovich's first book in the Stephanie Plum series was definitely not her funniest, and I'd like to see how this series develops. So, very readable, well-plotted, and intriguing characters. Maybe a few more laughs in the sequel?
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Okay, let's be honest. Getting Off on Frank Sinatra is a trite, humorous mystery. The protagonist, Copper Black (I hate cutesy names!) is a junior journalist in Las Vegas. Her behavior and attitude reminds me of Grafton's Kinsey Millhone but better-educated with a classier family. Cooper lives in her pastor-brother's garage apartment and she longs to move up in her professional world. Through luck, she scores a meeting with and writing assignment from Marilyn Weaver, a wealthy and generous woman. This writing assignment and an opportunity to house-sit a famous house in Vegas come at her introduction to Marilyn and her husband, Curtis. Marilyn is not long for this world and it is the intrepid Cooper who discovers her body.
Cooper's involvement with a married man, David Nussbaum (soon-to-be-divorced but his wife is pregnant) is indicative of the way Cooper's life is not quite on solid ground. Things just happen. She just keeps going from one disaster to another, determined to make her mark in journalism. A fun romp.
Excellent, intriguing story, loved reading this book, will recommend to others.
A very quick mystery set in contemporary Las Vegas, focusing on a journalist who starts to discover bodies in unlikely places. The ARC I read was still in need of a bit of polishing, but I would re-rate. Enough ideas and liveliness to the Las Vegas setting for a whole series of books...
Really good novel., Very interesting characters, dysfunctional but loving family. Enjoyed the Las Vegas scenes, having spent quite a bit of time there.
I might have gone into this expecting a bit more because of the synopsis. Don't get me wrong, I loved the protagonist, and she was funny and entertaining, and I enjoyed her throughout the book. The pace of the book was fast and easy to read. Once I sat down and decided to read it, I was done with quite quickly.
But I don't think this type of mystery was for me in particular. I wanted to be mind-blown, left captivated and craving more. I'll admit the the mystery behind the title and how it was all revealed made gave this book a higher push.
So overall my problem was with the mystery itself. The author's writing itself was good and I liked the characters (especially Oscar).
WHAT A PAGE TURNER. I loved the humor in this. I also loved the relate-able relationship dynamic of being with somebody you love but know isn't good for you. Although there is a death in this, I like how the book remained relatively light!
This book was quick and easy to read, but the story wasn't that exciting. Copper Black is an underappreciated journalist who loves her job and is willing to do anything to get her story. She was invited to stay at a famous house which was rumored to be hiding a body from many decades ago, and from there all hell broke loose. Stumbling over a dead body, explosion, attempted murder, and getting tangled up in a love triangle, or should I say love rectangle. The writing was witty, and there are some humorous parts, but there's too much going on it's hard to keep track of it.
I think that this is my new favorite book! Copper Black is an aspiring journalist who can't seem to catch a break. First, her boyfriend gets his ex-wife pregnant, she discovers a dead body and is house sitting a house with a colorful past! This book is an easy read, I read it in two days and have been recommending it to everyone! This book is funny and exciting and completely worth the read!
I was initially intrigued because of the title as I'm a huge Frank Sinatra fan. But I was sucked in from the first page as narrator, Copper has such a unique and humorous voice! Set in Las Vegas, there were lots of fun references to localities and the mystery had several nice twists and turns as well. I enjoyed Copper's quirky relatives and family dynamics as well as her on-again, off-again, on-again relationships. Simply a fun and engaging ride to be savored! I look forward to more of Copper's antics solving difficult cases!
Light, fast paced and well written with a likeable central character.
'Getting Off On Frank Sinatra' has it all - wit, mystery, romance, an hysterical Modern Family and outright laughs. Megan Edwards descriptions were so skilled that I felt the Las Vegas heat as I read. Once I started I literally could not put it down. The next book in the series is already in the works, and I for one am elated!
Getting off on Frank Sinatra is a cute, light mystery. The mystery portion was entertaining if a little obvious and convoluted. I liked the main character, Copper Black, a lot but wanted her to get rid of the men she chooses to date and find someone much better for her. While I liked the title and its subsequent explanation in the book, it played such a small, inconsequential role in the story which left me wondering why that title was chosen ultimately.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
3 stars because I don't like romance novels, or angst. In whatever order. If you do, this might be the book for you.
Copper Black is a journalist trying to male her mark in Las Vegas. Author brings to life Las Vegas. Copper finds her boyfriend isn't quite telling the truth about his wife and she discover wife is pregnant.
Copper is researching a story about an exclusive school when she discovers the body of the school's founder. She tries to solve the murder getting in the way of a highly suspicious detective,
She also tries to help her pastor brother who is trying to get a refuge for the homeless built but a medicine man claims the site is a sacred burial ground.
Wasn't really all that engaging. There's plenty of drama just not enough plot thickening drama. I have enough problems and it was daunting to read about someone else's
This was my first book when I joined a month ago and I chose this because it was a 'read now' book. I liked the cover and the title, thinking it might be set in the 40s or 50s during Frank Sinatra's heyday. I haven't finished this as it's really not my kind of read. I don't want to publish a review as it seems very unfair when I haven't finished it.
I was hooked in from the start and couldn't wait to find out what happened.
This first Copper Black mystery is fun and zany. Set in the not-based-on-reality world of Las Vegas, it starts out with a few crazy tidbits (like the fact that the main character's boyfriend cheated on her with his almost-ex-wife and got her pregnant) and gets weirder with every chapter.
Copper is a very likable heroine who makes even her nutty family (both her mother and father have boyfriends) seem ok. The mystery itself has a few interesting twists and turns and if the story doesn't quite hang together sometimes, there are enough distractions to cover.
I received an ARC of this novel via Net Galley in return for my honest review.
Getting Off on Frank Sinatra
What a fun and quirky read. A mystery, set in Las Vegas and centres around Copper Black, an aspiring journalist who accidentally finds herself involved in a high profile murder investigation.
There's a lot going on in this story and sometimes it's hard to keep up but it's a great little read. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book, with thanks to Netgalley and the publisher. 3.5*
The author had me at the title. It's why I grabbed the chance to read this book when I saw it offered on Netgalley. And when our heroine, Copper, explains WHY she uses the phrase, I fell even deeper in love. Yes, I love Las Vegas. In all its tawdry glamour and excess; with slot machines at the airport and in grocery stores; whose showgirls and servers are unionized; as a visitor, a local resident, a tourist and an employee; in its excessive heat and overly chilled rooms, I love Las Vegas. Exploring and exploiting the Hollywood East flavors, savoring the sometimes unsavory past while toying with modern hopes, dreams, schemes and political correctness, Ms. Edwards has created a modern heroine whose talents seem to leave her as beaten up as Sam Spade as she haplessly finds herself in the center of one escapade after another. Why am I not describing more of the plot? That's the part where you pick up the book and read it for yourself--no spoilers here! Just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Getting Off on Frank Sinatra sounds really sexy with its double meaning but its actually just a play on words. Its also the theme for Copper Black's life, budding investigative journalist which was just in theory until she stumbles upon a dead body. It all started with her boyfriend getting his soon to be ex-wife pregnant (the soon to be should have warned her). Copper swallowing her disappoint and her sad love life, went on a charity trip for her brother which led her to meeting Marilyn Weaver, prominent personality, which led her to a possible news story, which led her to meeting her son, which led her to a kind of a date with that son, which basically led her to a dead body. The dead body happens to be Marilyn Nash. All the while juggling her love life, while trying to decide on what story to run for her boss so she can get a shot at a new position at her paper. In other words Copper Black is confused and still being dragged unwillingly to solve a murder.
Getting Off On Frank Sinatra is a cozy murder mystery with a female protagonist that is just trying to live her own life drama's without the complication of a little murder. Its pacing is steady, its heroine clueless and its plot is well developed. Its a fun quick read for those who love cozy murder mysteries with an unwilling heroine.
While researching a story about an exclusive girls school, aspiring journalist Copper Black, discovers the body of the schools founder. Now Copper is involved in a high profile murder investigation.
This is an easy book to read but there is a bit too much going on in the storyline. There is some humour along the way. A decent enough read.
I would like to thank NetGalley, Imbrifex Books and the author Megan Edwards for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I read this book in one sitting and LOVED it. This is a lighthearted, entertaining mystery that is sharp, funny and engaging. And that cover!!!! SWOON!!!! Copper Black is a Las Vegas based journalist attempting to rise in the ranks of her profession. While conducting research for a story that she hopes will launch her career, Copper finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and accidently discovers the dead body of the woman she is writing about. A tangled mess of suspects and near misses ensue, as Copper tries to solve the murder while staying out of harm’s way. Megan Edwards writes with wit and spunk and I am hooked. Looking forward to the next installment in the Copper Black Series! 4 out of 5 stars for me.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and huge thanks to Imbrifex Books for an advance copy of this wonderful debut mystery in exchange for my honest review.
Since I am neither a fan of Frank Sinatra or Las Vegas, I was expecting not to like this book. Something in the synopsis caught me enough to give it a try. I am so glad I did. The protagonist is young with unusual family dynamics. She accepts all the craziness and plows on through life despite her bruises. I hope there will be another story about Copper Black. She has potential.
Sinatra and Vegas are undeniably forever entwined. This title may throw you but you'll have a grand time figuring it out. The book starts with a quirky sense of humor which hopefully prepares you for the unsettled ride that follows.
A combination of crime and journalistic pursuits, altruism and the familial entanglements behind the headlines, and several versions of romance gone wrong, there is plenty in this novel for readers of different genres. When things appear at their bleakest, keep on hoping for that silver lining.
An off beat novel of strife and survival, Getting Off On Frank Sinatra is an unexpectedly delightful gamble.
I think I must start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book. We're introduced to Copper Black; our aspiring journalist, just as her boyfriend announces that he is leaving her. Not only does Copper need to find a news story if she has any hope of securing the news column job she so desperately craves, but now she's newly single and trying to piece everything back together in her life..
A house-sitting opportunity offers Copper the perfect escape. A change of scene would do her good and as luck would have it, things seem to slot into place with her work too. A spotlight piece on a local school could be just what she needs, but when she sets up a visit, she ends up getting more than she'd bargained for. Suddenly thrown into the midst of a murder enquiry wasn't quite what Copper had bargained for, but at least it might make a good story...
As someone who has visited Las Vegas and kind of loved it, I enjoyed the references to things I'd seen on my visit, such as the Neon Boneyard, and the Old Hollywood glamour which is woven into the story.
The book is fast-paced and written in an amusing way and was right up my street in terms of the level of humour, so I'll be searching out more Copper Black mysteries for sure.
This is a pretty darn entertaining cozy that benefits not only from the Las Vegas setting but also from a good character in Copper. My quibble would be that there's an awful lot going on in her life. The mystery is not that difficult but that's ok because that's how cozys go. Edwards has a pleasant writing style and a nice sense of plot and timing (always important when there's comedy Involved.) Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC- I'd like to see more from Edwards.
Great cozy with interesting folks. Please see my full review on my blog: http://kathyloves2read.blogspot.com/2017/03/getting-off-on-frank-sinatra-by-megan.html
A promising start to a new series. A fun blend of mystery, romance with Copper and her slightly dysfunctional family! I am looming forward to more Copper Black Mysteries.
*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
A very interesting tale that held my attention all the way through. Great plot, plenty of smiles & the writing kept me hopping! Thanks for the opportunity with this ARC!
Copper Black is not your typical Vegas girl, and this is not your typical cozy mystery! Copper Black is an up-and-coming journalist, who is quick-witted, smart, and has delightful spunk ... and she has just uncovered the murder of the decade! This was an immense joy to read, and I just could not put it down! You have a fan for life, Megan Edwards!
This was a real surprise find. I'm a lover of the mystery and crime genre and this is a welcome addition to my collection of fun fast paced crime reads. Edwards has written a well-structured story that keeps you turning the pages as the backstory of Copper Black is woven into the narrative.
This is one of those books where the setting is as much a character as the protagonist Copper Black. Vegas is well drawn as are the human characters and I can't wait to read more about this amateur sleuth!
I received a copy of this from NetGalley. This is my honest review. I adored this book! Copper Black is my new hero! The zany hi-jinks that abound in this book as well as the twists and turns kept me chuckling and smiling throughout! I can't wait to read more about Copper Black.
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