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A Season for Killing Blondes by [Guidoccio, Joanne]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (12 Jun. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XCZ5EE2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #950,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an exceptional debut! 2 July 2015
By Lori Caswell/Dollycas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Winning the lottery has changed Gilda’s life and she has helped quite a few people too. Gilda has decided to open a career counseling office to help others desiring to make a job change or find the first job in their field. A big open house is planned with a huge Italian theme, Gilda has a big Italian family. It is almost time for the doors to open when someone starts screaming in the back alley. Everyone rushes out and sees a beautiful blonde woman lying in the dumpster and it is not hard to tell she is no longer breathing. Gilda recognizes the woman immediately. They attended high school together and she stopped to visit Gilda at the office the day before. Gilda could have been the last one to see her alive. She knows this doesn’t look good and knows she is going to have to find the real killer to save herself.

I dove right into this book and couldn’t put it down. Joanne Guidoccio tells one heck of a story. More than one blonde ends up dead and there is a surplus of suspects.

We also meet Detective Carlo Fantin, who Gilda wouldn’t mind getting to know better. Her family fully supports this and they could have a wedding planned before the killer is caught :) Gilda begs them to please let them at least have a date or two first.

I love Gilda and her family. They are tightly knit and always come bearing food and advice whether needed or not. Gilda’s cousin Sofia handles the elders better than Gilda but she is learning how to handle them.

I have not read many books set in Canada. Guidoccio describes the area beautifully and Gilda’s trip to a cabin had me wishing for my own quiet place to escape to. I hope we get to visit there again soon.

This was a very quick read for me with just the right level of suspense, humor, and romance. There is also yummy Italian food and the author has included recipes!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and lighthearted 10 July 2015
By The Romance Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed by Delta
for TheRomanceReviews.com

Sometimes suspense stories are so over the top that you either guess who the villain is within the first 5 minutes, or the plot twists are too numerous to easily follow. Not so in A SEASON FOR KILLING BLONDES, an excellent mystery that's easy to read but still leaves you guessing.

Lottery winner Gilda Greco is excited to open her career counseling center for boomers...until the dead body of an old friend turns up in the alley behind her office. Gilda's high school crush, detective Carlo Fantin, is on the case, and even though she's 51 now, Gilda still stammers in his presence. But now that Gilda is a suspect and the bodies keep piling up, she'll need to investigate on her own if she's got any chance of clearing her name.

Good chick-lit/suspense stories are tough to find, but Ms. Guidoccio does an exceptional job in A SEASON FOR KILLING BLONDES. This book is like sitting around the table with your Italian relatives and hearing them tell a good story from the old country…you know, except that this is set in modern Canada and is told in Gilda's first person perspective. The entire cast of characters were just sketchy enough that any one of them could be a viable suspect, from jealous cousin Sophia to the dramatic Sicilian mamas, the not so zen yoga instructor or the "mean girl" family of blondes.

I liked that this wasn't your typical story about a woman taking matters into her own hands to investigate a case, especially since Gilda really just bounced ideas off of people and hired someone to do the undercover work. She also wasn't your typical 26-35 year old MC, and at 51 her life experience and thoughtfulness toward others set her apart. Although this book can't be considered a "romance" by any stretch of the imagination, it was a well-written, character-driven murder mystery that genuinely had me scratching my head until the very end wondering who dun' it!?

Bottom Line: Fun and lighthearted murder mystery with an MC you can relate to.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters shine in this mystery 23 Jun. 2015
By Jessica F. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this book! LOVED IT! This is my type of mystery - not a lot of blood and gore, just enough suspense to keep me interested, but totally character driven. I felt like I knew this family. Ms. Guidoccio excels at painting a portrait of a family and by the end of the book, I felt as if I was joining them at the dinner table. Gilda was terrific as a leading lady and I love how Ms. Guidoccio creates really wonderful women in her books. I can't wait to read more mysteries from this author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing mixture of personalities and ages of the characters 31 July 2015
By Night Owl Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Joanne Guidoccio introduces readers to a fabulous, mature amateur sleuth in this romantic suspense.

Gilda Greco is an interesting leading lady, a lotto winner with the ingrained personality of a dedicated teacher, who has returned to her hometown and is adjusting to being so close to her family. I enjoyed how big a part high school played in the relationships in this story, sometimes people act as if what happened during these years do not affect our lives. I would have liked to get a deeper glimpse in to Detective Carlo Fantin because everything I did see was quite intriguing. I loved the confrontational and embarrassing scenes because they added a sense of urgency and uncomfortableness to the entire situation.

My favorite thing about this entire story was the amazing mixture of personalities and ages of the characters. I enjoyed watching Gilda interact with so many different people. I loved the nuances of all her relationships and the consequences of some of her actions. This was an entertaining mystery with a colorful cast that I sincerely enjoyed. I cannot wait to read Gilda's next adventure.

Gilda Greco has won the lotto and returned to her hometown to set up a career counseling practice but on the morning of her Open House a body is discovered in her dumpster. Turns out it's Carrie Ann Godfrey, the "it" girl from high school and Gilda was the last person to see her alive. Her former crush Detective Carlo Fantin is in charge of the investigation but then more dead blondes show up and Gilda is the prime suspect.

Review by: PaulineMichael of Night Owl Reviews

Disclosure: Free review copy from the publisher/author for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Cozy with a Distinct Italian and Foodie Flavor 31 Aug. 2015
By Jo-Ann Carson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It's a warm, sweet cozy with a distinct Italian and foodie flavor. Vivid characters immediately make you not only like them, but feel like you've known them all your life. The writing is tight and well paced. Guidoccio's gentle humor laces every page.

"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."
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