Title: A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna and a Bestseller (An Anna Romano Mystery)
Author: Cheryl Denise Bannerman
Publisher: Independently published
Publication Date: 28 February 2019
Amazon Author Page: Cheryl Denise Bannerman
Today is my stop on the blog tour for A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna and a Bestseller (An Anna Romano Mystery) by Cheryl Denise Bannerman.
In this second installment of The Anna Romano Mystery Series, Anna gets herself into a mess that lands her in hot water with the prime suspect and her new Bo, Detective John Solace. Their new romance was going great, when all in the sudden, a simple trip to the grocery store turned into wrestling match between two scorned women.
Peeking her interest for a juicy story, Anna’s snooping to find out more about the seemingly ‘innocent’ love triangle, catapulted her into the middle of a murder investigation. The murder weapon of choice? A red stiletto…conspicuously pointing the police in the direction of a female assailant.
No one knows whether the adulterating husband killed his wife to avoid a costly divorce, or if his mistress killed her in a fit of jealous rage. While the detectives are convinced the husband is the ‘killer’, it seems Anna’s faith in his innocence may be in vain, as additional bodies, and mistresses, keep piling up.
Meanwhile, Anna’s publicist, Shirlene, tries to convince Anna to leave the detective work to the police, but, as usual, falls on deaf ears.
In the end, not even a pan of lasagna and a neighborly smile could save Anna!
Find out in A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller if Detective Solace will be able to handle Anna’s crazy antics, or if he will make her vow to stay OUT of the realm of ‘Murder and Mayhem’ once and for all.
This second instalment in the Anna Romano Series is a quick, lively and fun read.
Author and columnist Anna Romano is a likeable protagonist. She may be nosy and she may have a knack of getting herself in trouble, but she’s warm, caring and a great cook. I did find myself feeling a bit sorry for her boyfriend, Detective John Solace – he certainly has his hands full with Anna and her antics!!
The plot itself is well-paced and interesting, with a twist or two that may catch a reader by surprise. The book is relatively short at 200 pages, and the author uses every available word to ensure that the reader is quickly invested in the story. I finished it in one sitting, keen to reach the end and find out whodunnit!
Despite a grisly murder to two, there is a lot of humour running through the book and some great comedy moments (such as a cat fight in the supermarket) which prevent this mystery from becoming too serious.
A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller is a lighthearted and entertaining romp through murder scenes and supermarket brawls – a perfect choice for those of us who like our grisly murders served with a side of humour.
The book can be read as a standalone, however reading the series in order will give the reader that little bit extra insight into the characters.
About the Author
Writing under pen name, Cheryl Denise Bannerman, Ms. Powell is an author of two self-published books, and an owner of a 22-year-old Training and Development company, specializing in eLearning, called Learn2Engage.
In her personal life and relationships, Ms. Powell has learned how to turn tragedies into triumphs through her strong will, faith, tenacity and most importantly, her quirky sense of humor. She now turns that keen knowledge of relationships and people, along with her various degrees and experience in Training and Development, into fun, engaging online courses for ‘Corporate America’, and, of course, in her works of fiction.
Within each of her works of fiction, a topic of social concern is addressed. From addictions to domestic violence, and suicide to molestation.
Her writings inspire people to live, laugh, love, learn and grow. She believes that when the world laughs at you, laugh harder. In Ms. Powell’s real and fictional world, she has learned how to create her own ‘happy ending’…one day at a time.
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Cheryl is kindly running a giveaway throughout the blog tour, giving 3 US residents the opportunity to win a paperback copy and 3 non-US residents the chance to win a Kindle copy of the book.
Click here for the US competition – http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/995da7e517/?
Terms & Conditions: Both the US paperback giveaway and the Non-US Kindle ebook giveaway will run until midnight (GMT) on Sunday 31st March 2019. Three winners will be selected at random for each giveaway (US & Non-US). The winners of the US giveaway will need to provide their name and postal address which will then be passed onto Cheryl Denise Bannerman for her to send the copies. The winners of the Non-US giveaway will need to provide their Kindle email address (instructions on how to do this can be provided by damppebbles blog tours on request). There is no cash alternative. Names, addresses and email address will not be stored. Good luck!
Why not take a look at the other stops on the blog tour for A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna and a Bestseller – details as listed below: