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Beate Boeker is a USA Today bestselling author with a passion for books that brim over with mischief & humor. She writes sweet sophisticated romantic fiction and mysteries, many of them set in beautiful Italy. Her novels were shortlisted for several awards (Golden Quill Contest, the National Readers' Choice Award, 'Best Indie Books of 2012').
She's a global marketing manager with a degree in International Business Administration, and her daily experience in marketing provides her with a wide range of fodder for her novels, be it hilarious or cynical.
Widely traveled, she speaks German, English, French, and Italian and lives in the North of Germany together with her husband and daughter. While 'Boeker' means 'books' in a German dialect, her first name Beate can be translated as ‘Happy’ . . . and with a name that reads ‘Happy Books’, what else could she do but write novels with a happy ending?
You can learn more about Beate at her website happybooks.de
on March 24, 2015 :
I enjoyed this 'cozy' mystery. It offers a light romance budding amongst the murders. The Mantonis are an eccentric, quirky, large Italian family living in Florence. Almost all relatives live in the same home on different floors/apartments. It starts with the death of Uncle Nico and Emma's wedding. Carlina or Caroline is the heroine who is the prime suspect. She is a feisty, at times tearful, 32 year old businesswoman, who is not married. Her lingerie shop is Temptaton, which the series is named after.
I liked Carlina a lot, and her family grew on me as the story unfolded. The Commissario was a distant character at first, but slowly Stefano became human. As 'the bad past' stories are revealed, each family member seems capable of murder. There were false leads and clues to distract me. But once the killer is discovered, I enjoyed how the mystery was solved.
There is no sex in this story. The violence is simply for the murders, but not graphic. It's an enjoyable, not complicated, murder mystery that relies on characters that feel like real life relatives, to me.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Sandra Carey Cody
on Jan. 12, 2015 :
Delayed Death seems to prove the cliché that no good deed goes unpunished. Carlina was only trying to help when she decided to delay the news of her grandfather's death for a day. Her generous impulse results in a series of misadventures for the close-knit, unpredictable Mantoni family and a laugh-out-loud funny read for the rest of us. This cozy mystery is set in Florence and told with good-natured charm and an eye for detail that makes you feel you're in that beautiful city. Once I started reading it, the dust bunnies under the bed had to wait. I couldn't put it down.
(reviewed the day of purchase)