Saturday, May 1, 2021

Review: A Villa in Sicily: Olive Oil and Murder by Fiona Grace

About The Book

Cozy Mystery

Audio Book

Lukeman Literary Management

Release Date
November 3, 2020

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Audrey Smart, 34, is a brilliant vet—yet fed up by her demanding clients who think they know more than her and who don’t care about their animals. Burnt-out with the endless hours, she wonders if the time has come for a new direction. And when her 15th year high school reunion (and her hopes for re-sparking on old flame) end in disaster, Audrey knows the time has come to make a change.

When Audrey sees an ad for a $1 home in Sicily, it captivates her. The only catch is that the house requires renovation, something she knows little about. She wonders if it could be real—and if she may really be crazy enough to go for it.

Can Audrey create a life and career—and the home of her dreams—in a beautiful Sicilian village? And perhaps even find love while she’s there?

Or will an unexpected death—one that only she can solve—put an end to all of her plans?

Are some dreams too good to be true?

A laugh-out-loud cozy packed with mystery, intrigue, renovation, animals, food, wine—and of course, love—A VILLA IN SICILY will capture your heart and keep you glued to the very last page.

My Review

Audrey Smart has had more than enough of her current life.  She loves being a vet and loves animals, but not their owners.  She’s done with the vet she works for.  Then, she attends her high school reunion and becomes even more desperate to change her life choices.

She stumbles upon a chance in a lifetime opportunity.  For only $1, she can buy a home in Sicily.  The home needs some renovations, but Audrey is ready to take on the challenge.  She leaves her life and her job in Boston and heads to Italy.  

Unfortunately, not everyone in the small town in Sicily is welcoming.  She gets into an argument with a worker and then discovers his dead body.  Naturally, she’s the number one suspect.  Being the newcomer in town, the police look no further.    Audrey is determined to prove her innocence.

This is the first book in the Cats and Dogs Cozy Mystery series.  It’s a fast-paced, light hearted mystery.  I liked Audrey, but I kept shaking my head at the choices she made.  The characters are quirky and a little fox grabbed my heart .  I won’t say more as I don’t want to spoil things.

The audio book is charming to listen to and the narrator did a wonderful job.  I’m looking forward to reading or listening to the next book in the series.

For reading challenges:
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2021
Craving for Cozies Reading Challenge 2021
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2021

Disclosure:  This one is from my own audio book collection. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. My library has this one on audio and I will definitely be getting it. Sounds great!

  2. I love that she bought one of those $1 homes and that she's a vet. I am gonna have to read this one.


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