Meet Tracy Eaton, mystery writer, detective wannabe, and the offspring of reality-challenged Hollywood stars. Trouble always knows how to find Tracy, but she never expects it to pop up at her sister-in-law's wedding - until the bride is kidnapped. When her snooty in-laws would rather meet the bizarre ransom demand than call the police, Tracy knows if justice is to prevail, it will definitely need her help. But the whole Eaton clan begins behaving suspiciously. The groom takes to riding around in a gangster's bulletproof limo…the bride's loveable con man uncle disappears under mysterious circumstances…there are also strange doings at the engaged couple's trendy restaurant, The Gypsy Princess, which the world's richest man is obsessed to own. Even the family legend of the evil Gypsy queen comes under Tracy's scrutiny - is it the childhood fable her sister-in-law claimed it to be, or a dark prediction of things to come? It will take all of Tracy's innate noisiness and wacky crime-fighting approach to get to the truth. But not even she could have predicted the curious path her debut case would take, or that she'd become the keeper of the Eaton family's most closely guarded secret.
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When mystery author Tracey Eaton heads to New York for her sister-in-law's wedding, she finally gets her first real life mystery. The bride has vanished and the family wants to cover it up. Why? This is my third time through the book, and I enjoy it each time. Still have a couple of small issues with the ending, but they are minor
Since we both currently live in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, the name Kris Neri is one I'd heard often among literary circles, which put her on my radar. I'd been planning to read one of her books for months before finally visiting the Well Read Coyote in West Sedona, where her books can be found on prominent display. Besides working as one of Sedona's most well known authors, Neri is co-owner of the popular bookstore and a noted writing instructor for UCLA in Los Angeles. With those credentials, I looked forward to reading “Revenge of the Gypsy Queen,” the first in three books featuring fictional author/sleuth Tracy Eaton. “Gypsy” follows the mystery writer, and amateur detective, who also happens to be the daughter of two Hollywood legends, as she visits New York for her sister-in-law, Marisa's, wedding. Intrigue soon follows, however, when the bride vanishes into thin air. Eaton dives into the New York-based mystery with all the relish of a die hard crime solver and soon finds herself in the middle of a family mystery bigger than she could have imagined. At times I wondered why Eaton would bother with so much snooping around and found myself doubting her motivation, despite the urgency of the kidnapping, particularly when it came to her own doubts about her husband Drew, but overall, the book felt alive in my hands. It had a pulse all its own and a flavor I'll remember for some time to come. I particularly looked forward to scenes featuring Marisa's boyfriend, Tony, and his humorously stereotyped Italian accent. Fans of the television show “Castle” may find a female version to enjoy within this series. Like the popular drama, Neri has an knack for snappy banter. While normally a fan of more hard-boiled stories when it comes to my mystery tastes, Elizabeth George and Ellery Queen have also spent time on my nightstand. Neri's writing follows among those lines more than it does Chandler, Spillane or Ellroy. And even fans of tough guy fiction, at times, like something a little lighter in their brains. Neri's Eaton novel brings humor as easily as it brings memorable characters, which can be a daunting combination for some authors. You don't find much to giggle over when it comes to Mike Hammer. Neri's other books include two additional mysteries featuring crime-solver Tracy Eaton; “Dem Bones' Revenge” and “Revenge for Old Times' Sake.” Revenge of the Gypsy Queen has been nominated for three awards, including the Agatha Award, the Anthony Award and the Macavity Award. Revenge for Old Times' Sake was nominated for a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. Her other books include Magical Alienation and High Crimes on the Magical Plane, two that ring close to home with Sedona undertones. Neri's also the author of the book “Never Say Die” and the digital book “Devil's Gambit - Devil's Due.”