The Princess of Las Vegas Book Review

The Princess of Las Vegas Book Review

Title: The Princess of Las Vegas
Author: Chris Bohjalian
Published: March 19, 2024, Doubleday
No. of Pages: 378
Cover Price: $23.99 Paperback, $14.99 Kindle

Bestselling author Chris Bohjalian has done it again in his novel, The Princess of Las Vegas, where Crissy Dowling, who stars in a show as Princess Diana at a second-rate casino, The Buckingham Palace, off the strip in Las Vegas Both of the owners of the casino are murdered, and her estranged sister comes to live in Las Vegas with her rich boyfriend who apparently has ties to organized crime. Crissy knows that her job is threatened when a crypto-currency company connected to her sister’s boyfriend, buys the casino and a new boyfriend of Crissy’s is also murdered.

One of Bohjalian trademarks is that when he writes a novel, he does enough research to make the setting real. In this novel, he introduces readers to behind the scenes of Las Vegas entertainment. It is very believable, and the scenarios ring true. The prose is well-written, albeit a bit wordy, and the story is easy to follow. This is one where the reader knows who the bad guys are, and hope that the protagonist discovers it before she is killed.

The author does an excellent job of developing the characters. Crissy lives a shallow life in her own world, and is happy with it. The sub-characters are also believable and there are sub-plots that are woven in the main plot.

While this isn’t a fast read, it is a good read. The dénouement is at the very end, so readers will be on the edge throughout the novel as the suspense builds. This is another winner from Chris Bohjalian, and readers will definitely enjoy this novel.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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