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Private investigator Franki Amato has just turned 30, and she feels anything but festive. For starters, she can't have cake because she's given up sweets, and one of her teeth is torturing her. To add insult to birthday injury, she has to investigate a surreal strip club homicide - with her 60ish ex-stripper landlady. Then her Sicilian grandma crashes the New Orleans non-party and insists that she steal a lemon to land a husband. Unfortunately for Franki, the man she has in mind has his mind somewhere else, and their relationship seems to have soured.
Adding to her troubles, she has to figure out what a missing amber pendant and a mysterious amaretto bottle have to do with the murder, not to mention why she's being followed. When a second dancer goes down and a third is threatened, Franki turns to a weird witch to crack the case and cancel a curse before someone blows out her candles for good.
Franki Amato Mysteries:
Limoncello Yellow (Book One)
Prosecco Pink (Book Two)
Rosolio Red (Holiday short story)
Amaretto Amber (Book Three)
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By Jan on 07-08-17
Even better with this narrator!
murder-investigation, stripper, italian-customs, nola, pi, witches, voodoo, snarky
It's her thirtieth birthday, she thinks that she is cursed, and that feeling is borne out by being descended upon by her mother and Italian grandmother hassling her about her unmarried state. Then there is a murder at the strip club favored by sexagenarian landlady, and her boyfriend being sabotaged at his bank! The publisher's blurb gives hints and clues but can't begin to prepare you for all the situational and verbal humor. No spoilers here, but the investigation is so convoluted, and each suspect is so easily believable. The antics of family, friends, and the crazy landlady would be unbelievable anywhere but in NOLA.
Madeline Mrozek really brings each character alive and can snark with the best. I'm still totally amazed that she doesn't crack up narrating this author's books!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Christina on 07-03-17
A cozy mystery with a twist of humor
Warning: this book contains topics of witchcraft, voodoo, spells etc. That can be problematic for some, so I wanted to mention that these are a main theme.
This book is an adventure with the funnest cast of characters! Glenda becomes an honorary PI to help solve a death at a strip club, and it's truly comical. Madeline does such a wonderful job narrating & bringing all these characters to life. She had quite a task with this book & it was done perfectly. I could picture each and every character & it was such a treat to transport into this wild and funny world. This is a cozy with a twist of humor & I highly recommend it! I can't wait to see what Frankie is up to next!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Inishowen Cailin on 08-30-17
This instalment was quite good. It had loads of humour involving a strip club. I would have enjoyed more story involving Bradley. I also really liked the new detective. I hope to see more of him in future stories.
The mystery involved two murders and a missing necklace. I would have liked more suspense as the process of solving the crime wasn't overly exciting.