Francesca “Franki” Amato is a tough-talking rookie cop in Austin, Texas—until an unfortunate 911 call involving her boyfriend, Vince, and a German female wrestler convinces her once and for all that she just isn’t cut out for a life on the police force. So Franki makes the snap decision to move to New Orleans to work at her friend Veronica’s detective agency, Private Chicks, Inc. But Franki’s hopes for a more stable life are soon dashed when Private Chicks is hired by the prime suspect in a murder case to find out what really happened to a beautiful young boutique manager who was found strangled to death with a cheap yellow scarf. When she’s not investigating, Franki is hoping to seduce handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, but most of her time is spent dodging date offers from a string of “good Italian boys”—make that not-so-good aging Italian men—that her meddlesome Sicilian grandma has recruited as marriage candidates. As Mardi Gras approaches and the mystery of the murdered shop girl gets more complicated, Franki must decipher the odd ramblings of a Voodoo priestess to solve both the murder and the mystery of her own love life.
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (January 4, 2014)
E-Book File Size: 1904 KB
Print Length: 250 pages
After finding her boyfriend in a compromising situation with a female wrestler, and having serious issues with her partner on the force, Franki decides to take her friend, Veronica's, offer to partner with her at her detective agency....taking Franki from Texas to New Orleans. And right into a former stripper's apartment complex, complete with furnishings that would make your mother blush.
The first case at Private Chicks, Inc. after Franki's arrival is in the form of a pompous ass, who's being accused of murder. He's hired the Chicks to find out who really killed his girlfriend in a high end boutique with a scarf (almost sounds like it could be a line from the boardgame Clue). Getting icky vibes off of the client, Veronica and Franki are almost certain that he's guilty.
As per usual in a cozy mystery, stupidity abounds in the form of trespassing, concealing of evidence, and all that jazz. Speaking of which, did I mention that stripper central is across from a cemetery? Anyway, this tendency to be dumb lands Franki into the lobby of a high profile bank and into the path of hunky CEO, Bradley Hartmann - a blessing actually - since her very traditional Italian grandmother is trying to hook Franki up with the sons of any friends that are in the area.
It would appear, however, that Bradley has some secrets of his own. He has a big secret that he not only hides, but then brings her right into the middle of without warning. This causes Franki to lump him with every other man she's been interested and figures she's determined to live alone with just her dog as a companion.
Limoncello Yellow is a fantastic cozy mystery that is also full of humor. I enjoyed every part of the book from beginning to end. I could totally relate with the main characters and sympathize with Franki's love life. It was really easy to become emotionally invested in not only the romance department but in the emotions surrounding the main mystery of the novel.
Limoncello Yellow was a quick and entertaining read that keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting to know where each clue or plot thread was going to lead. The murderer is never really revealed until the last minute, ramping up the suspense in a great way. The case is solved in a very unorthodox fashion, which just makes the book that much better.
I enjoyed the author's writing style and amount of humor included. The entire book is descriptive without going totally overboard and boring the reader to death. The romantic mishaps don't overpower the main intentions of the novel but are balanced nicely, and humorously. I highly recommend this to readers who love the cozy, humorous, quick, and easy reads.
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Traci Andrighetti is the author of the Franki Amato mystery series. In her previous life, she was an award-winning literary translator and a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a PhD in Applied Linguistics. But then she got wise and ditched that academic stuff for a life of crime–writing, that is.
If she’s not hard at work on her next novel, Traci is probably watching her favorite Italian soap opera, eating Tex Mex or sampling fruity cocktails, and maybe all at the same time. She lives in Austin with her husband, young son (who desperately wants to be in one of her books) and three treat-addicted dogs.