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No Offense Intended [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Seranella
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Past loves and past mistakes come back to haunt Munch Mancini, and send her on a journey into her own dark history.

“Wonderful … You can’t help but take Munch Mancini – and this book – to heart.” — Michael Connelly, author of THE BLACK BOX

When her ex-lover comes to see her, Miranda "Munch" Mancini has mixed feelings. On one hand, he's a reminder of the past she has willingly let go to stay sober and rebuild her life. On the other hand, he's Sleaze Garillo, the father of the baby girl Munch is now raising. When Sleaze disappears, though, Munch can't help but get involved. The police don't see foul play, but Munch is the one with the knowledge-and the friends-to get to the truth behind Sleaze's suspicious disappearance.

To find him, she'll have to take an unwelcome trip down memory lane to visit people from her shady past. There's more at stake here than tracking down Sleaze: Munch must also protect the life she's built for herself, and for the little girl she now calls her own.

“Real cause for celebration… Seranella keeps the story moving at a brisk pace, with surprises around every corner.” — Chicago Tribune

“A splendid read. Bravo again for Barbara Seranella.” — T. Jefferson Parker, author of STORM RUNNERS

“A fast-paced neo-noir thriller.” — Los Angeles Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7940 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Diversion Books (9 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GLSS39A
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format:Hardcover
In 1977 California, Jonathan "Sleaze John" Garillo visits his former lover Munch Mancini at Happy Jack's auto repair shop where she works as a mechanic. Munch is not happy to see Sleaze as he is a reminder of her past life as an addict and felon which she tries to forget with hard work. Still, she agrees to pick up Sleaze's infant child Asia and take the baby to her aunt's home.
On the way to retrieving the lass from her sitter, Munch notices Sleaze's abandoned truck on the highway. He has simply vanished. A drug smuggling gang abducted Sleaze's six-month old daughter. Forced to rescue Asia, Munch reluctantly allies herself with homicide detective Jigsaw Blackstone and Sheriff Tom Moody as the search for the truth that ties Sleaze with a drug smuggling gang.
In her second outing (see NO HUMAN INVOLVED), Munch remains a likable amateur sleuth that will enchant readers with her past and her efforts to overcome her personal history. The story line of NO OFFENSE INTENDED is fun to read and will excite fans of the sub-genre. However, as with the first novel, Barbara Seranella clearly enjoys her lead character as she dedicates the tale to her unique protagonist, who proves that reading is a worthy enterprise.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woking class heroine 5 Feb 2014
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Having thoroughly enjoyed 'No Human Involved', the first book in the Munch Mancini series, I had high expectations for 'No Offense Intended', and wasn't disappointed. These are first rate American crime thrillers if you enjoy stories that are very down to earth and have lots of pace and action.
Ms Seranella portrays the lows of low life as well as anyone else I have read. 'No Offense Intended' is a fast moving story involving bikers, drug dealing, the FBI and our likeable (but unlikely) heroine, Munch Mancini. I am already looking forward to reading the next book in the series and following Munch's adventures as she seeks to build herself a better life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un usual main female character 1 Feb 2014
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Like most modern fiction there are slight flaws with the plot line but
this is more than made up by the strength of the characterisation
I shall certainly read more in the series centred on the female character
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than No Human Involved 28 Aug 2000
By D. P. Birkett - Published on Amazon.com
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It doesn't have quite the shock impact of No Human Involved because Munch is a reformed character from the beginning. On the other hand the climactic action scene and dialogue are more plausible. Some wonderful writing about auto mechanics and descriptions like an abandoned building where " a morning glory vine flush with large purple blooms had taken over the Center's back fence and formed a web between two palm trees" Her relationships with children and religion add an extra dimension.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling as ever 17 Jun 2000
By Charlotte Vale-Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I fell in love with Munch Mancini in No Human Involved, and I love her still. Aside from the fact that Seranella writes with harrowing accuracy about drug addiction, her tinkerings with various engines--both human and mechanical--are never less than bang-on. This is a truly fine series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is Munch getting warm and fuzzy edges? Please not 1 Jan 2001
By Joseph Haschka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In NO OFFENSE INTENDED, author Barbara Seranella continues the perils of her misfit heroine, "Munch" Mancini, a recovering drug addict and ex-hooker in 1977 Los Angeles. Munch still works as an ace mechanic at Happy Jack's Auto Repair, a job she initially landed in Seranella's first novel, NO HUMAN INVOLVED, also reviewed by me ( 5 stars) on this website.
Munch just can't seem to stay out of hot water. Or, rather, it seems to find her. One day, she is visited at work by a friend from her low-life days, one Sleaze John. That same afternoon, he's shot dead, apparently by a sniper, while driving along the freeway. This murder, and two others, propels Munch into new difficulties with the local law, represented by LAPD Homicide Detective Jigsaw Blackstone, and the FBI. It also gets Munch her first-ever plane ride into the "friendly skies". (From the fact alone that she seems to enjoy the experience, the reader knows it isn't 2001!)
In NO HUMAN INVOLVED, the LAPD's lead player, Detective Mace St. John, lived in a renovated 1927 Pullman car. In this thriller, Blackstone inhabits a renovated brewery. (I'm impressed, but don't any of LA's Finest reside in normal houses like us regular citizens?) This notable eccentricity aside, NO OFFENSE INTENDED doesn't measure up, in my opinion, to Seranella's first offering. Even though she remains a sympathetic character, Munch has lost some of the antisocial edginess that made her so endearing the first time around. Moreover, the latest storyline hasn't the same sort of humorous elements or ending plot twist that so impressed me in the previous. However, I do plan on reading Seranella's third novel in the Mancini series, UNWANTED COMPANY, and hope for the author's return to unqualified excellence, and Mancini's re-acquisition of a bad attitude.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only an Inhuman could not be involved with the Munchkin 20 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In 1977 California, Jonathan "Sleaze John" Garillo visits his former lover Munch Mancini at Happy Jack's auto repair shop where she works as a mechanic. Munch is not happy to see Sleaze as he is a reminder of her past life as an addict and felon which she tries to forget with hard work. Still, she agrees to pick up Sleaze's infant child Asia and take the baby to her aunt's home.
On the way to retrieving the lass from her sitter, Munch notices Sleaze's abandoned truck on the highway. He has simply vanished. A drug smuggling gang abducted Sleaze's six-month old daughter. Forced to rescue Asia, Munch reluctantly allies herself with homicide detective Jigsaw Blackstone and Sheriff Tom Moody as the search for the truth that ties Sleaze with a drug smuggling gang.
In her second outing (see NO HUMAN INVOLVED), Munch remains a likable amateur sleuth that will enchant readers with her past and her efforts to overcome her personal history. The story line of NO OFFENSE INTENDED is fun to read and will excite fans of the sub-genre. However, as with the first novel, Barbara Seranella clearly enjoys her lead character as she dedicates the tale to her unique protagonist, who proves that reading is a worthy enterprise.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very fun read 7 Jan 2000
By K. Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book, and I plan to get the first one to see how it all started. The character is very interesting, overall I found the mystery to be somewhat weak, but the character developement and the pace of the story still made it a very enjoyable and worthwhile read. I would definately recomend it.
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