Series: A Lella York Mystery
Genres: Mystery, Romance
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Italian-born Lella York leads a very predictable life as an average housewife in Southern California... until a strange encounter on the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy predicts a very different future.
Upon returning from her vacation, Lella is shocked to find that her best friend, Ruby, has not only accidentally shot her own husband, but also mysteriously disappeared. To Lella's horror, her son Kyle is accused of kidnapping the missing woman. And the fact that he is driving around in the dead husband's Ferrari Testarossa is not helping his case. With her son in jail, her best friend vanished, and her life turning into a soap opera, the last thing Lella expects to encounter is a police lieutenant who gets her heart racing in more ways than one. Homicide Lieutenant Devin stirs feelings in Lella that she hasn't felt since becoming a widow four years ago. But can she trust his agenda? Lust, guilt, and confusion mix together in a dangerous game of cat and mouse as Lella tries to untangle the web of lies and deceit that's quickly closing in around her.
So I went for this book because it came from Gemma Halliday’s publishing house, and I love Gemma’s books so I was very intrigued to see what kind of books this publishing house would be publishing. I do love a good mystery book, but I also like them to fast paced, have some elements of funny in them, and to have a side of romance going on, so that’s really what I was looking for when I opened this book. I would say this book did a pretty decent job of meeting my expectations.
The first thing I want to mention about this book is the pacing of it. The writing and the writing style of this book really worked for me. The book itself is a little on the shorter side then I normally prefer, but I think it works for this book, if it had been any longer I don’t think the pacing would have been as fast and I don’t think it would have been as enjoyable. It really works as a quick and easy read.
So on to the main character. Lella is an interesting character to say the least, and she also has a hell of a lot going on in her life when this story starts. Her best friend has gone missing, her best friend’s husband has been killed, and it looks an awful lot like Lella’s son might be involved and has been arrested for whatever it was that happened. As with most mysteries that I review, I don’t want to tell you too much about the storyline because I don’t want to ruin anything for the readers. But I will say this, while I did like her as a character, I did find one particular thing about her a bit on the annoying side. She apologizes for everything. I mean everything. I hate women who do that. If you have done something wrong, apologize. If you haven’t don’t. I think when people say I am sorry to everything it doesn’t mean anything anymore, and even worse when people expect you to apologize for things you haven’t even done wrong it makes you a bit of a doormat.
There is one other thing I want to mention, the romance in the book was more creepy that swoon worthy. I have seen a lot of books like this lately, where the guy in the so called romance is someone I would have slapped in the face or called the cops about rather than fallen head over heels. I don’t know what that trend is all about, but I hope real women aren’t falling for this kind of thing.
That being said I thought that it was a book that without a doubt kept my attention. I think if you are looking for a mystery, especially a short mystery for like a plane ride or beach read then this book is definitely your book. It’s a quick read, but it’s also a fun read.