Casino Royale - Ian FlemingHe likes his martini shaken not stirred and he frequents the casino at the Royale-Les-Eaux where he aims to bankrupt the treasurer of a French union and a member of the Russian Secret Service. Ian Fleming’s James Bond first made his debut in this stunning casino themed novel and the glamour and intrigue of the casino sets the tone for stylish and seductive sleuthing. Now an iconic work of fiction and a major motion picture, Casino Royale captures the glitz, glamour and intrigue of the casino where James Bond takes down his first conquest.

A different, rather grittier tale based on casinos was the fictionalized account of Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi. Casino was written in the 1970s and is based on the rather warped memoirs of an actual Vegas casino operator who ran with the mob. The twisted tale of the Stardust casino is the backdrop for this book and it shows a different side to the glitz and glamour associated with gaming. The book is unputdownable and the story of skimmed cash, betrayals, robberies and government investigations gone awry is captivating.

Oscar and Lucinda is possibly one of the best works of fiction that combines a sort of love affair with casino-style mystery and intrigue. For games of a similar calibre only top sites like offer the same kind of entertainment as this great book. Written by Australian Peter Carey, the novel won the 1988 Booker Prize and it tells the story of two gamblers who meet on a ship and take a bet that will change their lives forever. It’s the diverse backgrounds of the gamblers that make the book so intriguing and show how a simple bet can change everything.

Cindy Blake enters the gambling arena with a charming novel called It’s My Party that features a hard and fast look at the competitive worlds of gambling, love and business. The main character is a successful businesswoman by day, and a ruthless poker player at night, but her bets on love have always been a flop. The novel is a light-hearted, riotous look at gambling and how keeping your cards close to your chest isn’t always better.

There are hundreds of great casino stories out there but these are definitely the best novels of all time. Classic or contemporary, they offer gripping reading and are unputdownable .

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Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

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