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- File Size: 604 KB
- Print Length: 284 pages
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- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (12 Jun. 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00XCZ5EE2
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"In A Season for Killing Blondes," author Joanne Guidoccio introduces a bevy of Italian friends and relatives who are loving, clever, talented, overbearing, overprotective, erratic, abusive, etc., and who try to “help” Gilda manage her life, whether she wants their input or not. Some of the characters have double names—think of "The Waltons" 2.0—that in combination with some cousins, a few Aunts, and an Uncle, may initially seem confusing, but the author handles it with a deft touch. The names and behaviors add depth, texture, and suspects to the story.
When lead detective, Carlo Fantin, comes onto the scene with a lot of pressure from the city to solve the crimes, he's all business until he realizes that he knows Gilda from high school...30 years ago. On the plus side, she accepts his dinner invitation to reconnect. On the negative, she’s a prime suspect who has a huge problem with alibis.
But honestly, who wouldn’t love a relative willing to create a handy alibi on the fly?
“Relax, Gilda. You’re not going to jail. I provided you with an alibi for last night. All those times that Roberto and I rehearsed worked.” Sofia (her mother) glanced over at me. “Aren’t you pleased? You’ve said very little since we left the station.”
or how about this:
“I called Detective Fantin and left a message on his machine,” Uncle Paolo said. “When he calls back, I’ll make sure that he knows you and Sofia were with us Saturday night.”
Talk about a support network.
"A Season for Killing Blondes" is well crafted with solid character and setting descriptions that do not get in the way of pacing. For those readers who enjoy a good humorous mystery whodunit, along with Italian food, Guidoccio's cozy does not disappoint. Clues, hints, and some foreshadowing are mixed in with a few curve balls (and meatballs) that keep you guessing until the end.
"When I agreed to import the pastries, I had no idea I would be subsidizing the failing Italian economy and helping Silvio Berlusconi stay in power for a few weeks longer."
The book made me hungry. Good Italian food is always on the table,"...amaretto cookies, stuffed figs, biscotti... capicola, mortadella, prosciutto, provalone..." Need I say more?
And then there's the suspense. As the body count rises, the list of suspects grows and terror festers. It has to be someone she knows. But who?
If you like books by Cleo Coyle and Diane Mott Davidson, you'll love Joanne Guidoccio's, A Season for Killing Blondes.
My Favorite Line:
"Even with a dead body in the Dumpster, thousands of euros of pastries wasting away, and policemen swarming about, my mother and aunt could still indulge in their favorite hobby - trying to find me another husband."