Francesca “Franki” Amato is fed up with the way her partner is treating her, and then she finds her boyfriend in bed with a female wrestler, so she abruptly quits her job as a cop and joins her best friend, Veronica, in the private detective agency, Private Chicks, Inc. in Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti. Soon after Franki arrives in New Orleans from Austin, TX, the pair get hired to investigate the murder case of a manager of a high-end fashion store strangled with a cheap yellow scarf. Franki goes undercover at the store to talk with the employee who discovered the body. With the help of the computer specialist, they discover that there is much more to this murder than anyone expected, with the murdered woman having a fake identity and a history connected to a previous murder.
In between pieces of investigation, Franki deals with a grandmother who is determined to marry off her “old maid” 29- year-old daughter and keeps sending the most loser men to date Franki. But Franki really cares for Bradley, who has issues of his own. She also encounters a voodoo priestess whose prophecies eerily seem to come true. And then there is Glenda, her landlady, once the premier stripper of New Orleans who has the most complete collection of stripper outfits ever.
This book is a fun ride throughout. I really enjoyed the creative characters drawn by Andrighetti, as well as the powerful women shown in the book. The women express their personal identity in unique and different ways. For example, the crazy but delightful Glenda creates stripping routines to symbolize the liberation of women and their freedom to use their sexuality as they desire. Franki gains self-enlightment through the examples of the women she encounters in her job. One thing I found bothersome, though, is that she takes offense at Bradley and refuses to let him try to explain or make things right despite her obvious desire to be with him. And I also got annoyed at how much Franki binges on alcohol and junk food almost every night as her means of coping with life. She often doesn’t even have any recollection of anything from the night before.
I enjoyed the narration of Madeline Mrozek. She suits the style of the book in her voice and vocal inflections. She helps to bring to life the character of Franki, from whose perspective this book is told from the third person.
This book was a lot of fun, and I think the readers of Fangirl Nation are likely to enjoy the read, which transports us to New Orleans just before Mardi Gras. The flavors of the city as well as the personal interactions make things fun. I give this book four stars.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free by the author, but that in no way influenced my review.
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