REVIEW: ‘Limoncello Yellow’ Traci Andrighetti

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Traci Andrighetti

Francesca "Franki" Amato is a tough-talking rookie cop in Austin, Texas-until an unfortunate 911 call involving her boyfriend, Vince, and a German female wrestler convinces her once and for all that she just isn't cut out for a life on the police force. So Franki makes the snap decision to move to New Orleans to work at her friend Veronica's detective agency, Private Chicks, Inc. But Franki's hopes for a more stable life are soon dashed when Private Chicks is hired by the prime suspect in a murder case to find out what really happened to a beautiful young boutique manager who was found strangled to death with a cheap yellow scarf.

When she's not investigating, Franki is hoping to seduce handsome bank executive Bradley Hartmann, but most of her time is spent dodging date offers from a string of "good Italian boys"-make that not-so-good ageing Italian men-that her meddlesome Sicilian grandma has recruited as marriage candidates. As Mardi Gras approaches and the mystery of the murdered shop girl gets more complicated, Franki must decipher the odd ramblings of a Voodoo priestess to solve both the murder and the mystery of her own love life.

I received a copy of Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti in exchange for my honest opinion.

New Orleans (or ‘Nola’ as it is apparently known by locals) is the perfect setting for this quirky mystery. Against a setting of Mardi Gras madness, a voodoo priestess, serenading Italian men and a retired stripper, it’s hard for detectives Franki and Veronica to tell a suspects from the eccentric locals.

After leaving her over-bearing family and cheating ex in Texas, Franki is looking to start over and finally find her niche. Solving a high profile murder seems like the way to get things off on the right foot.

Personally, I found this book refreshing. Traci Andrighetti focused on the crime, not the men! Sure, as in real life, Franki has her run ins with cute guys, and not-so-cute ones (thanks to her Nonna, who is worried she’ll die alone and keeps sending men to her ‘spinster’ grand-daughter). However, the mystery definitely remains in the forefront at all times.

I liked the way the main mystery was interwoven with a second crime, and both incorporated the unique characteristics of New Orleans – the story wouldn’t have worked anywhere else, and it definitely gave the story more depth. Plus, I could sympathise with Franki’s frustration at her family’s feeling that she’s not doing the right thing with her life, and her insecurity at being the loud Italian alongside her perfect, petite best friend and partner. So, triumph was all the more sweet, because I was really rooting for her!

Andrighetti set this up to be the first in a series, and left just enough loose ends to tie up the main story but keep the reader’s interest aroused for the next story. I really felt that the author’s personality, and Italian heritage, influenced and added to the feel of the book, and steered it clear of being a cookie-cutter chick lit mystery.

If, like me, you like to delve into something a little different from the same-same chick lit that we so often read, I would definitely suggest picking up a copy of Limoncello Yellow – you can get yourself a copy here or here. I must admit, it was pretty exciting to get an author signed copy of a book in the mail; but I promise that I didn’t let that sway my opinions!

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