on Nov. 30, 2016 :
PI, ex-cop, NOLA, stripper, stress buster, humor, no gratuitous erotica,
What's not to like? Franki really wanted to be a cop, but her mentor was a sleazebag and her lover seemed to prefer lady wrestlers, so she packed up and left Texas for NOLA and her best friend's PI agency. The smothering Italian family had her phone number, though. The verbal humor is great, but the situational humor is guaranteed to have you snorting your caffeine! The publisher's blurb gives hints, but can't really do justice to things like the eccentric ex-stripper who still dresses for pole dancing, or some of the antics the characters get up to. A fun escape read!
I had the ebook, but forgot about it until I got the audio. Glad I waited, because Madeline Mrozek gave an absolutely stellar performance! She really enhances any book that she narrates.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on April 28, 2014 :
Limoncello Yellow is the first book in the cozy-murder-mystery Franki Amato Mystery Series. The protagonist, Francesca (Franki) Amato, is a first generation Italian-(Sicilian)-American in the United States. She grew up in Houston, Texas, with her parents, brothers, and her very-Sicilian paternal grandmother. All that wonderful Italian ethnicity enriches Limoncello Yellow.
The private detecting firm that Franki joins is run by Franki's old friend, Veronica Maggio, another hyphenated Italian. The two women bonded in college over "all things Italian", and they enjoy joking together about their ethnicity.
The cover of the book is very cute, as is the title Limoncello Yellow. The review-copy e-book I read had a very clear layout and is well-edited, with distinct paragraphs that begin with indents.
Franki's parents and grandmother (nonna) like to play an active part in Franki's life, especially her love-life. When Franki informs the family she is moving to New Orleans, nonna likes the idea of her spinster (a zitella at twenty-nine) grand-daughter going to the city where nonna lived previously: "There are still a lotta nice Sicilian boys in New Orleans..." Italian culture has a central role in Franki's and Veronica's identities.
Cozy murder mystery romance humor chick-lit: all these terms fit Limoncello Yellow, a promising start to a fun Italophile series.
Please read my full review at Italophile Book Reviews.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)