Friday, February 14, 2014

Blog Tour: Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti (Review and Giveaway)

About the Book

Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (January 4, 2014)
E-Book File Size: 1904 KB
Print Length: 250 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1493690817

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.

“Traci Andrighetti’s Limoncello Yellow had me tickled pink! Her smart, sassy
heroine wacky cast of characters, and vividly original settings had me glued to
the page. I can’t wait to read more from this author!”
- Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author
“Traci’s writing is sharp and funny; the world she paints leaps off the
page and makes the reader laugh out loud…. A thoroughly
enjoyable new voice in fiction!”
- Kristin Harmel, Internationally bestselling novelist (The Sweetness of Forgetting)

My Review

When police officer Francesca “Franki” Amato finds her boyfriend in bed with another woman during a 911 call, her whole world turns upside down. With her cop partner not very helpful, she decides police work isn’t for her. She leaves her family, her job and Texas and heads to New Orleans. Her best friend Veronica offers her a job in her private detective agency, Private Chicks, Inc. Much to her family’s dismay, Franki sees this as the perfect opportunity to change her life around and far away from them.

Of course things don’t go quite as smoothly as she plans. First, her grandmother plays a long distance matchmaker sending Italian suitors Franki’s way. They aren’t exactly the best candidates, but after all, zitella’s (Italian word for “old maid”) can’t be too picky. However, Franki has met a handsome banker and intends for Bradley to be part of her life.

Franki and Veronica’s first case involves the murder of a young woman, but it turns out to be more complicated than they thought. They come up against a Voodoo priestess, the victim’s arrogant boyfriend, and the craziness of Mardi Gras. They quickly realize, all is not as it seems.

I absolutely loved this story! What a fun and enjoyable read! Franki Amato is my new favorite heroine! She’s feisty, strong and had me laughing throughout the entire book. I can’t tell you how many times I LOL. The mystery itself was very well crafted and took many twists and turns. I totally loved every minute of this book. I can’t say enough about this one. It made my week!  Chick lit and cozy mystery all rolled into one fun story - what more can I ask?

For reading challenges:
2014 ARC Reading Challenge
2014 E-Book Reading Challenge
Where are you reading? Challenge (Louisiana)
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

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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How would you like to win a print copy of Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti? Thanks to the author and Great Escapes Tours, I have one to giveaway to one lucky winner.

Just a few simple rules...

1) You must fill out the form below.

2) US Residents Only, No P.O. Boxes

3) All you need to do is enter!

The giveaway begins on February 14th (midnight est) and ends on February 21st (midnight est).

The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

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  1. It sounds like a fun book and the cover is very colorful. :D

  2. It sounds like a really fun read, and what a nice review. And the necklace is lovely.


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