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  • Murder is a Family Affair

    Banker's Death starts with a family birthday celebration and soon morphs into a rowdy murder investigation. When a sleazy banker turns up dead in Carlina's apartment, her helpful relatives add to the confusion by trying to manipulate the evidence. The setting is delightful-Florence, Italy, brought to life by someone who obviously knows and loves the city. The cast is a quirky mix of characters, including an opera singer, a couple of jugglers and a handsome police investigator. To top it all off, there's a budding romance. This book is fast-moving and pure fun, the next-best thing to a trip to Italy.

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  • A great series for Italophiles!

    Banker's Death is the third book in this fun cozy mystery series set in Florence, Italy, Temptation in Florence. There is plenty of romance between Carlina Mantoni, a lingerie shop owner, and Stefano Garini, a homicide detective. As per the genre, we have humor, situational humor more than wise-cracks, that keeps the mood light. I actually enjoyed this book more than the previous two books in the series, and I enjoyed them, too! The author knows how to construct a clever puzzle for the mystery part of the story, but it is really the romance side of the story that excels. We get to see the characters' emotions with sweet, subtle touches. The reader quickly learns about Carlina's past, her late American father, her moving to Italy with her Italian mother at the age of thirteen. We also learn that Carlina's relationship with Stefano is still at a very early, fragile stage, and we are kept guessing about their level of intimacy in this clean romance. It is indeed the Mantoni family who are the biggest danger to the lovers. The banker in the title is of the Mantoni clan, and he sets his sights on breaking up Carlina and Stefano in a funny ploy that goes terribly wrong. The family's reaction to the man's death is even funnier, in a macabre way. The story builds to a point in which Carlina, once again, has to choose between her loyalty to her family and her loyalty to Stefano. This time Carlina wants to run away from her family and hide from their lax morals and entitled airs. Carlina is much closer to choosing Stefano over the Mantonis, which we understand will be the only way she will be able to keep the strictly moral detective's love. There is an unexpected ending, with a clever and satisfying conclusion to the mystery, and to Carlina and Stefano's latest test of their love. This Indie series is handsomely presented, well-written, true to the genre, and well-edited. The author is on her way to creating a lasting and entertaining series that will please many Italophiles!

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  • Banker's Death

    I’ve bought the entire series and look for more. The stories are a nice relaxing read. The characters become friends. I will be posting the same review on each book. I am not a robot.

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