Posted in 4 paws, Blog tour, contest, Giveaway, mystery, Review on February 20, 2014


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Limoncello Yellow
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (January 4, 2014)
E-Book File Size: 1904 KB
Print Length: 250 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1493690817


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From debut author, Traci Andrighetti, comes a tale of murder, mayhem, and meddling Sicilian grandmas…

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 aging 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.

Praise for Limoncello Yellow

“Traci Andrighetti’s Limoncello Yellow had me tickled pink! Her smart, sassy heroine wacky cast of characters, and vividly original settings had me glued to the page. I can’t wait to read more from this author!”
– Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

“Traci’s writing is sharp and funny; the world she paints leaps off the page and makes the reader laugh out loud…. A thoroughly enjoyable new voice in fiction!”
– Kristin Harmel, Internationally bestselling novelist (The Sweetness of Forgetting)


This is a fun new series set in New Orleans, well actually the book starts in Austin where Franki lives, but she decides that being on the police force is not for her after she is stuck with a partner that is not a good mentor to Franki.  So she packs it up and moves to New Orleans with her best friend and goes to work for Private Chicks Inc.  Luckily Veronica has a place for her to stay, with Glenda, a former stripper who has kept every costume she ever wore…and Glenda is no spring chicken!  To top it off, the house is decorated like a bordello.  This brings up one of my favorite quotes from Franki talking about her dog Napoleon:  “The bordello chic decor is really bringing out the animal in him.  Last night when I came home from the bar, I found him lying on his back sound asleep on the zebra print chaise lounge with his legs splayed wide open.”

Franki and Veronica have a great friendship and they both have skills that helps them with their PI business.  And by moving to NOLA, Franki can (sort of) get away from her crazy Italian family and overbearing parents and Nonna.  Nonna insists on setting her up on blind dates which puts Franki in a uncomfortable situation.  The men that she is being set up crack me up, they live with their mothers!  Then there is the body builder from NJ….I don’t want to give away too much so I’m going to stop there.

Here is another one of my favorite quotes in the book, this one is from Glenda: “I’ve got a reputation to protect, and I sure as hell don’t want people to think I’m running a home for wayward nuns”.  You’ll have to read the book to understand what this means, can’t tell you everything!

We give this book 4 paws up and suggest checking out this new series.


About This Author

Traci Andrighetti-11bTraci Andrighetti is the author of the Franki Amato mystery series. In her previous life, she was an award-winning literary translator and a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a PhD in Applied Linguistics. But then she got wise and ditched that academic stuff for a life of crime–writing, that is.

If she’s not hard at work on her next novel, Traci is probably watching her favorite Italian soap opera, eating Tex Mex or sampling fruity cocktails, and maybe all at the same time. She lives in Austin with her husband, young son (who desperately wants to be in one of her books) and three treat-addicted dogs.

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Tour Participants

February 10 – Darla King Series – Review
February 10 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview
February 11 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Guest Post – Giveaway
February 11 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Review – Giveaway
February 12 – A Chick Who Reads – Review
February 12 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
February 13 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Guest Post – Giveaway
February 14 – Socrates’ Book Review Blog – Review – Giveaway
February 15 – off
February 16 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
February 17 –  readalot – Review
February 18 – Community Bookstop – Review – Giveaway
February 18 – A Date with a Book – Guest Post
February 19 – Mystery Playground – Interview – Giveaway
February 20 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review – Giveaway
February 21 – Books-n-Kisses – Review, Guest Post – Giveaway
February 22 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review, Guest Post – Giveaway
February 23 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview