Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Season for Killing Blondes by Joanne Guidoccio

Title:  A Season for Killing Blondes
Author:  Joanne Guidoccio
Publication Date:  June 12/15 by The Wild Rose Press
Length:  284pgs
Genre:  mystery/suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

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.

My 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.

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