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Private investigator Franki Amato has just turned thirty, and she feels anything but festive. For starters, she can’t have cake because she’s given up sweets, and one of her teeth is torturing her. To add insult to birthday injury, she has to investigate a surreal strip club homicide—with her sixtyish ex-stripper landlady. Then her Sicilian grandma crashes the New Orleans non-party and insists that she steal a lemon to land a husband. Unfortunately for Franki, the man she has in mind has his mind somewhere else, and their relationship seems to have soured. Adding to her troubles, she has to figure out what a missing amber pendant and a mysterious amaretto bottle have to do with the murder, not to mention why she’s being followed. When a second dancer goes down and a third is threatened, Franki turns to a weird witch to crack the case and cancel a curse before someone blows out her candles for good.

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eBook Review: Rosolio Red by Traci Andrighetti

RosolioRedSynopsis: With Christmas around the corner, Franki Amato’s got visions of her sugarplum, Bradley Hartmann, dancing in her head. Now that she finally has some time off from her PI job, she’s cooking him up a special holiday treat, and it’s not figgy pudding. Her Yuletide plans are dashed, however, when her meddlesome Sicilian grandma goes missing, and she has to hurry home to Houston to investigate. All the evidence points to foul play, but then there’s a bizarre break in the case—one that makes her wonder whether her notorious nonna has been naughty or nice.

My thoughts: Andrighetti is a bona fide comedian and if you want to assess that theory, please grab a copy of Rosolio Red and from the first paragraph you will know what I mean.

Andrighetti’s dialogue is genuine yet uproarious, and her glowing characters animatedly leap off the page.

Andrighetti’s sparkling wit keeps the hijinks brimming with merriment.

A mirthful, feisty heroine, a fun mystery exploration, diverting secondary players, ubiquitous comicality, sharp one-liners, and some famiglia make this Franki Amato holiday short story a definite homerun.

Rosolio Red is highly addicting, highly amusing, highly uplifting…and highly recommended.

Rosolio Red is engaging, robust and a must-read for bibliophiles looking to lose themselves in an inventive snack bite read!

 

Review first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.

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