A Season for Killing Blondesby Joanne Guidoccio
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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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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite A Season for Killing Blondes is a mystery/sleuth by Joanne Guidoccio. Lottery winner Gilda Greco’s grand opening of her counselling practice gets off to a bad start when the body of Carrie Ann Godfrey is found in a nearby dumpster. The victim’s family, especially temperamental Anna May, accuses her of murdering their relative and vows revenge. Detective Carlo Fantin, whom Gilda has admired for years, investigates the case, but she soon becomes the main suspect when another body is discovered. In an effort to clear her name, Gilda decides to play detective and stumbles upon more than she expected. Most people in her small hometown know everyone and almost everything personal about each other, including her, and that bothers Gilda. She also begins to realize that some people aren’t too happy about her lottery success. I was constantly reminded of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding while reading A Season for Killing Blondes. Gilda’s Italian family is just as entertaining with their love of gossip, passion for cooking, protectiveness and bossy attitudes. Gilda is very mild mannered and extremely laid back, which irritated me at times because it made her appear weak. However, Joanne Guidoccio developed her characters with care and that worked well for the charming plot. She also included a few of her family recipes for the mouthwatering dishes that were often mentioned in the story. The book’s cover illustration is eye-catching and the author’s writing is moderately paced. A Season for Killing Blondes is a recommended cozy mystery.
This was a fun read that included recipes at the end- love that. The story centers around Gilda, a 50+ woman who has recently moved back to where she grew up after winning the lottery. She is setting up a career center and on the day of her open house to launch the new business a dead woman is found in her trash. I enjoyed reading about all the Italian food, I wanted to be sitting at the table with them. And Gilda's extended family & friends are a fun mix of crazy. The only problem I had was with so many characters I had trouble keeping track of who was who. And I also feel the ending was a little rushed. But overall a great read & it was exciting to read about a middle age character- not too many of those these days. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Guidoccio creates her latest mystery with stylish yet easy to follow writing and a plot that keeps you on your toes, without becoming convoluted. The sense of community that runs alongside the mystery of the novel was quite engaging. I enjoy the way that Guidoccio subtly develops her setting while furthering the storyline itself. The characters in this novel definitely made me giggle more than once. They combine with the mysterious plot in a way that makes the story fun, while also suspenseful. I couldn’t help but like these individuals as they invited me into their lives. This was definitely a unique and fun novel. Guidoccio has created a mystery with a sense of irony that I really enjoyed. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Dollycas’s Thoughts This is an exceptional debut! Winning the lottery has changed Gilda’s life and she has helped quite a few people too. Gilda has decided to open a career counseling office to help others desiring to make a job change or find the first job in their field. A big open house is planned with a huge Italian theme, Gilda has a big Italian family. It is almost time for the doors to open when someone starts screaming in the back alley. Everyone rushes out and sees a beautiful blonde woman lying in the dumpster and it is not hard to tell she is no longer breathing. Gilda recognizes the woman immediately. They attended high school together and she stopped to visit Gilda at the office the day before. Gilda could have been the last one to see her alive. She knows this doesn’t look good and knows she is going to have to find the real killer to save herself. I dove right into this book and couldn’t put it down. Joanne Guidoccio tells one heck of a story. More than one blonde ends up dead and there is a surplus of suspects. We also meet Detective Carlo Fantin, who Gilda wouldn’t mind getting to know better. Her family fully supports this and they could have a wedding planned before the killer is caught :) Gilda begs them to please let them at least have a date or two first. I love Gilda and her family. They are tightly knit and always come bearing food and advice whether needed or not. Gilda’s cousin Sofia handles the elders better than Gilda but she is learning how to handle them. I have not read many books set in Canada. Guidoccio describes the area beautifully and Gilda’s trip to a cabin had me wishing for my own quiet place to escape to. I hope we get to visit there again soon. This was a very quick read for me with just the right level of suspense, humor, and romance. There is also yummy Italian food and the author has included recipes!