Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review & #KateSpade Wallet #Giveaway: Prosecco Pink (Franki Amato Mysteries, Book 2) by Traci Andrighetti

Prosecco pink
by Traci Andrighetti

Prosecco Pink
(Franki Amato Mysteries Book 2)
Kindle File Size: 1520 KB
Print Length: 274 pages
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (October 29, 2014)
Paperback: 274 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1502974945

About Prosecco Pink:

**Now in development for a TV movie!**

For Franki Amato, life in New Orleans is anything but “The Big Easy.” When she met handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, she knew she’d finally found a man she could trust. But she can’t say the same for his sexy new secretary, who is about as trustworthy as Mata Hari and every bit as seductive. Meanwhile, Franki’s best friend and employer, Veronica Maggio, has named her the lead investigator in the murder of a gorgeous cosmetics CEO who was found lying dead in the master bedroom of a historic plantation home.

Now the pressure is on Franki to figure out what a bottle of pink lip gloss and the legend of a pink diamond have to do with the bizarre killing. The problem is that the plantation is notorious for being haunted, and Franki is less than enthusiastic about the prospect of meeting a ghost. Adding to her stress, her Sicilian grandma is up to her usual meddling antics—this time planning Franki’s engagement to Bradley before he’s even considered popping the question. As Bradley grows distant and plantation employees begin dropping like Southern belles during a sweltering summer, Franki turns to a psychic with a phobia of ghosts to solve the mysterious murders and her own relationship fears.

Franki Amato Mysteries Reading Order:

Limoncello Yellow (book #1)
Prosecco Pink (book #2)

My Review of Prosecco Pink:

Franki and Veronica are back and business is booming at the Private Chicks Detective Agency.  So much so that when a Cruella DeVille look-alike, Delta Dupre, hires the agency to look into a death at the Oleander Place, and antebellum plantation, Veronica gives Franki lead.

Ivanna Jones, cosmetics CEO, was found dead in the bed inside the plantation.  A spitting image of one of the descendants, Delta, wants the murder solved immediately so as not to ruin her business.  It's up to Franki to figure out what the police haven't.  Then the bodies start piling up at Oleander Place and Franki starts getting death threats.

Add into the mix Chandra, the medium that Franki encounters, and Prosecco Pink is one wild ride through the south.  The best part about Chandra?  She's a medium that's scared of ghosts.  Her character is great.  She's able to assist Franki in ways that freak them both out but they work very well together.  I hope we see more of Chandra in future books.

Let's also not forget former stripper, Glenda.  She is a hoot in book 2 - of course, I would expect nothing less since she was a hoot in book 1, too.  Out of her mouth flies some of the best one-liners in the entire book.  Glenda's outlook on everything just cracks me up.  And when Franki wakes up in a giant champagne glass - OMG, I couldn't stop laughing.

Woven between the deaths and threats, we are still apprised of Franki's romance.  She caught the eye of hunky bank CEO Bradley Hartmann in book 1 and they are dating in book 2.  Only, Bradley has a new executive assistant that has Franki's jealousy meter maxed out.  Pauline is doing everything and anything that she can to cause tension between Franki and Bradley - and unfortunately, it's working.

Franki's meddling Nonna also has some tricks up her sleeve in Prosecco Pink.  The antics cause undo stress on Franki and her parents are completely unwilling to stop the intrusions.  I realize Nonna is just trying to help in the traditional Sicilian ways but I feel so bad for Franki.

Prosecco Pink 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 both the romance department and the problems between Franki and Bradley, as well as in the emotions surrounding the main mystery of the novel.

Prosecco Pink is a quick and entertaining read that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know where each clue or plot thread was going to lead. The entire book is engaging without a dull moment.  The murderer is cleverly kept under wraps, ramping up the suspense in a great way.

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. I highly recommend this to readers who love the cozy, humorous, quick, and easy reads.

How I Rate Prosecco Pink:

About This Author:

Traci Andrighetti is the author of the Franki Amato Mysteries. 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.

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Traci Andrighetti said...

Thanks for the great review! Sometime you'll have to tell me what your favorite Glenda line was. I have to admit that she cracks me up too. ;)

Sapphyria said...

You're welcome. I love this series. I'm not sure I have a "favorite" since everything she says is great. I do love the whole Gunpowder Glenda scene - and the dress she puts Franki in - hysterical.

Mary Jo Burke said...

Love Traci's books!!

Sapphyria said...

Me, too!

StaceyW said...

I absolutely adored this book! Cute Kate Spade wallet, too.

Traci Andrighetti said...

Thanks, ladies! Yeah, I had a lot of fun with the pirate/Southern Belle theme. I hope I can top that in Amaretto Amber.

Jean MP said...

this sounds like such a fun story, look forward to reading it.

Squenn said...

I love these books! Such fun reads.

ceblain said...

Will look forward to reading Prosecco Pink very soon. Thank you for the lovely item for the giveaway; one can only hope to win it...... Thank you for being such a fun and interesting author, Traci.


Sapphyria said...

Thank you all for stopping by today!!

bn100 said...

would be an interesting show

Betty Woodrum said...

Your book sounds great! I had included it along with several others of yours on my "want to read" list on Goodreads. Thank you so much for the great contest with fabulous prizes!

jodi marinich said...

thanks for the the cover

Traci Andrighetti said...

Thanks, all! I probably shouldn't admit this, but it's so much more fun to give away fabulous accessories than it is to give away books. LOL

Betty Woodrum said...

Well, I LOVE winning books but you're right that wallet is a FABULOUS accessory! Thank you for the contest!

Rebecca Prazak said...

Thanks for the chance to win

Bonny McDevitt said...

Thanks for the chance :D

Betty Woodrum said...

I love the characters and they really are characters! A medium who is afraid of ghosts--gotta love her! Thank you again for the great contest! I can't wait to read the book and fill my new wallet with ALL of my money...sigh, if only:)

Sapphyria said...

Thank you all for participating. I hope you enjoy the books by Traci. Franki, Glenda, Veronica, and Bradley are fantastic characters.

Betty Woodrum said...

Thank you for hosting! I think Prosecco Pink would make a great movie-
I hope it happens!

Betty Woodrum said...

I have added all of your books on Goodreads to my "want to read" list!
Thanks again for the contest!

felicia sidoma said...

I like to find new writers. I like the sound of this book.

Betty Woodrum said...

I love finding new writers and finding new worlds to explore!

Betty Woodrum said...

I love the cover and the title~thank you for the contest!

Betty Woodrum said...

I've always heard that persistence pays off so I'm persisting in entering this GREAT contest! Thank you!

Sapphyria said...

Thank you all for stopping by. Good luck with the contest :)

Betty Woodrum said...

Thank you for hosting the contest! Great site!