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A Season for Killing Blondes by [Guidoccio, Joanne]
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Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the body of golden girl, Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside Gilda’s office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation. When three more dead blondes turn up, all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders.

Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends.

As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 604 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (12 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XCZ5EE2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #525,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars With friends & relatives like these trying to help, who needs enemies? Guidoccio's Italianflavored humorous whodunnit entertains 17 February 2017
By Chanticleer Book Reviews - Published on
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Gilda has been absent from her hometown for 30 years, and when she returns with a pocket full of cash (19 million from a lottery win), she opens up a business. Everything is ready for the opening night - except the dead blonde in the dumpster out back wasn't part of the plan. What's worse, that dead blonde was Gilda's first client! This is just the start - dead blondes seem to drop everywhere Gilda goes!

"In A Season for Killing Blondes," author Joanne Guidoccio introduces a bevy of Italian friends and relatives who are loving, clever, talented, overbearing, overprotective, erratic, abusive, etc., and who try to “help” Gilda manage her life, whether she wants their input or not. Some of the characters have double names—think of "The Waltons" 2.0—that in combination with some cousins, a few Aunts, and an Uncle, may initially seem confusing, but the author handles it with a deft touch. The names and behaviors add depth, texture, and suspects to the story.

When lead detective, Carlo Fantin, comes onto the scene with a lot of pressure from the city to solve the crimes, he's all business until he realizes that he knows Gilda from high school...30 years ago. On the plus side, she accepts his dinner invitation to reconnect. On the negative, she’s a prime suspect who has a huge problem with alibis.

But honestly, who wouldn’t love a relative willing to create a handy alibi on the fly?

“Relax, Gilda. You’re not going to jail. I provided you with an alibi for last night. All those times that Roberto and I rehearsed worked.” Sofia (her mother) glanced over at me. “Aren’t you pleased? You’ve said very little since we left the station.”

or how about this:

“I called Detective Fantin and left a message on his machine,” Uncle Paolo said. “When he calls back, I’ll make sure that he knows you and Sofia were with us Saturday night.”

Talk about a support network.

"A Season for Killing Blondes" is well crafted with solid character and setting descriptions that do not get in the way of pacing. For those readers who enjoy a good humorous mystery whodunit, along with Italian food, Guidoccio's cozy does not disappoint. Clues, hints, and some foreshadowing are mixed in with a few curve balls (and meatballs) that keep you guessing until the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Cozy with a Distinct Italian and Foodie Flavor 1 September 2015
By Jo-Ann Carson - Published on
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It's a warm, sweet cozy with a distinct Italian and foodie flavor. Vivid characters immediately make you not only like them, but feel like you've known them all your life. The writing is tight and well paced. Guidoccio's gentle humor laces every page.

"When I agreed to import the pastries, I had no idea I would be subsidizing the failing Italian economy and helping Silvio Berlusconi stay in power for a few weeks longer."

The book made me hungry. Good Italian food is always on the table,"...amaretto cookies, stuffed figs, biscotti... capicola, mortadella, prosciutto, provalone..." Need I say more?

And then there's the suspense. As the body count rises, the list of suspects grows and terror festers. It has to be someone she knows. But who?

If you like books by Cleo Coyle and Diane Mott Davidson, you'll love Joanne Guidoccio's, A Season for Killing Blondes.

My Favorite Line:

"Even with a dead body in the Dumpster, thousands of euros of pastries wasting away, and policemen swarming about, my mother and aunt could still indulge in their favorite hobby - trying to find me another husband."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters shine in this mystery 23 June 2015
By Jessica F. - Published on
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I loved this book! LOVED IT! This is my type of mystery - not a lot of blood and gore, just enough suspense to keep me interested, but totally character driven. I felt like I knew this family. Ms. Guidoccio excels at painting a portrait of a family and by the end of the book, I felt as if I was joining them at the dinner table. Gilda was terrific as a leading lady and I love how Ms. Guidoccio creates really wonderful women in her books. I can't wait to read more mysteries from this author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Win a personal lottery with this book 6 June 2016
By Ashantay - Published on
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Older heroines call to me, and Gilda answered. Ms. Guidoccio has written a fun romp of a story that is not only well-plotted, it has wonderful - and believable - characters. Reading this book is almost better than eating a homemade cannoli. Almost. I'm looking forward to the next Gilda adventure!
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 17 July 2016
By Millie Unger - Published on
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I liked this book . Liked the plot and carracters.