1 Apr 2014

Review: Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti

From debut author, Traci Andrighetti, comes a tale of murder, mayhem, and meddling Sicilian grandmas...
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.
I devoured this novel in less than a day. I just couldn't put it down. Murder mysteries aren't my usual genre of choice but this one has a twist - it's hilarious, more chick lit than anything really. Sort of The Shopaholic series meets Castle. I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly Franki's crazy Sicilian family (I mean, Nonna was just wonderful!) and Glenda... well, what can I say about her? She's probably the coolest, craziest, quirky character I've ever read about.
The author had me guessing almost all the way to the end (actually, I admit that I did figure out who the killer was before it was actually revealed!) and the way she tied things (no pun intended) in the finale was perfect.
If I had to say anything negative about the book, it would only be (and this is my former editor self coming out here) that the author has a tendency to over describe things. But I can look past that for a wonderfully-told story. I'm definitely a fan and I'd love to read anything else Traci Andrighetti writes in the future.
Review by Suzy Turner

Traci’s bio:
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.
Twitter: @TAndrighetti

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