A set of 3 stand-alone mysteries, which can be read separately, of course, but they will be even better when read in chronological order as per this trilogy.
Mia Ferrari is a feisty, smart-talking, determined woman working in the international world of hotels, and aside from her love of younger men and a good Ferrari car – yes, a bit corny, but hey! – Mia loves nothing more than to pit her investigative skills against her archenemy, the sexy Detective Sergeant, Phil Smythe.
Amidst a world of illicit love affairs, trouble-making celebrities, temperamental chefs, sinister characters planning shady deals, suicides, drama, and the list goes on; where better to tackle a good murder for a busybody duty manager like Mia, who fancies herself to be able to solve mysteries faster than the police.
Mia doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and after a nasty divorce, which left her feeling rather bitter, she doesn’t trust men. Men, on the other hand, cannot help being drawn to this smart-talking, attractive, older woman. But can anyone capture Mia’s heart?
In a world where older women (anyone over 40) tend to be labelled as “untouchable”, unless they look like Michelle Pfeiffer or Demi Moore, it’s refreshing to see an older woman protagonist determined to help those who cannot help themselves—the victims of crime.
Mia’s character tends to reflect some of the qualities found in the film noir genre of Hollywood’s 1940s. Characters like Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe have inspired these mysteries: Mia is a flawed protagonist who sometimes has to bend the rules to get what she wants, and who doesn’t necessarily have a happy-ever-after ending to her story. It’s rather like a mirror of real life; and Mia, while a fictitious character, has to face the obstacles we sometimes face in life. Like in film noir, the stories are comedic, but also dark in that they deal with everyday problems, though they tend to be peppered with smart-talking characters.
The Mia Ferrari mysteries are set in contemporary times and they deal with modern problems. They are fast-paced, too; so don’t expect to find long descriptions and pretty prose in the novels—the author’s writing is very much like Mia’s character: impatient and wanting to get to the point.
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About the Author
Sylvia Massara is a multi-genre author based in Sydney, Australia. She loves to dabble in wacky love affairs, drama, murder, scifi (or anything else that takes her fancy) over good coffee.
Born in Argentina, from Italian descent (with a bit of Spanish and Swiss lineage thrown in), and transplanted to Australia at age 10, Sylvia describes herself as a bit of a "moggie" cat by way of mixed pedigree. She is also a citizen of the world as she has travelled widely throughout most of her life and she's the proud owner of three passports.
As with most authors Sylvia draws on her varied experience from the often puzzling tapestry of life. Sylvia loves nature and communing with the animal kingdom (as her pampered kitty, Mia, will attest), and vicariously through the many characters in her head. Occasionally, however, she will venture into the world of humans, albeit for a limited time, as she prefers the unconditional and genuine company that animals bring to this planet. Having said this, Sylvia enjoys the time she spends with her five-year-old niece immersing herself in their many creative projects. She believes the artistic creativity that comes from a child is both spontaneous and direct from the soul.
Sylvia's most recent novel, The Stranger, is a scifi apocalyptic tale of moralistic issues that explores the fight of love vs evil in the cosmos. The novel was inspired by David Bowie (Sylvia's lifelong idol) and much to her pleasure and excitement, Mr Bowie's own management company had agreed to pass on the novel to him as he was a voracious reader. But, alas, this was never to be as the super talented and gifted David Bowie passed away prior to the release of the novel, breaking the heart of millions throughout the world, including Sylvia's own heart and dashing her hopes that she may have met him in person and even worked with him on the adaptation of The Stranger into a screenplay. With great sadness for the loss of her idol, Sylvia dedicated the novel in his memory.