Today it’s also my turn on the BlogTour A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller by Cheryl Denise Bannerman.
Don’t forget to enter the Giveaways below. If you are a US resident you can enter the first rafflecopter to win a Paperback copy of the book. UK residents can enter the second rafflecopter to win a Kindle copy. (see bottom of post for the rafflecopters)
Writing under pen name, Cheryl Denise Bannerman, Ms. Powell is an author of two self-published books, and an owner of a 22-year-old Training and Development company, specializing in eLearning, called Learn2Engage.
In her personal life and relationships, Ms. Powell has learned how to turn tragedies into triumphs through her strong will, faith, tenacity and most importantly, her quirky sense of humor. She now turns that keen knowledge of relationships and people, along with her various degrees and experience in Training and Development, into fun, engaging online courses for ‘Corporate America’, and, of course, in her works of fiction.
Within each of her works of fiction, a topic of social concern is addressed. From addictions to domestic violence, and suicide to molestation.
Her writings inspire people to live, laugh, love, learn and grow. She believes that when the world laughs at you, laugh harder. In Ms. Powell’s real and fictional world, she has learned how to create her own ‘happy ending’…one day at a time.
About the book
In this second installment of The Anna Romano Mystery Series, Anna gets herself into a mess that lands her in hot water with the prime suspect and her new Bo, Detective John Solace. Their new romance was going great, when all in the sudden, a simple trip to the grocery store turned into wrestling match between two scorned women.
Peeking her interest for a juicy story, Anna’s snooping to find out more about the seemingly ‘innocent’ love triangle, catapulted her into the middle of a murder investigation. The murder weapon of choice? A red stiletto…conspicuously pointing the police in the direction of a female assailant.
No one knows whether the adulterating husband killed his wife to avoid a costly divorce, or if his mistress killed her in a fit of jealous rage. While the detectives are convinced the husband is the ‘killer’, it seems Anna’s faith in his innocence may be in vain, as additional bodies, and mistresses, keep piling up.
Meanwhile, Anna’s publicist, Shirlene, tries to convince Anna to leave the detective work to the police, but, as usual, falls on deaf ears.In the end, not even a pan of lasagna and a neighborly smile could save Anna!
Find out in A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller if Detective Solace will be able to handle Anna’s crazy antics, or if he will make her vow to stay OUT of the realm of ‘Murder and Mayhem’ once and for all.
This is the second book in the Anna Romano Mystery series.This can be read as a standalone novel and it’s also a short read (170 pages).
Anna has a serious Miss Marple meets Nancy Drew affliction. She just can’t help herself when it comes to any kind of mystery or anything that looks like a crime. Instead of leaving the sleuthing and police work to her new beau, detective John Solace, she spends her time inserting herself into plenty of situations she doesn’t belong in.
I’m not sure if it’s her need to be in the spotlight all the time or if the writer in her is keen to experience things she can then write about. It would definitely explain her impulsive acts and lack of self-awareness when it comes to her own safety. I think it is fair to say she drives John slightly up the wall with her behaviour.
I think the chapters end and restart quite abruptly. It sometimes gives the reader the sense of starting a new story each chapter or a new short story. Not sure if that was intentional or not. It just gives the book a slightly staccato feel.
It’s a light-hearted cosy crime with a subtle layer of humour. The main character definitely finds herself quite charming and very amusing. Think Hallmark crime. Nothing too heavy, just a fun vibe with a spontaneous, curious main character.
Buy A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Published in paperback and ebook on 28th February 2019. Buy at Amazon com,
Enter the US rafflecopter to win a Paperback copy of A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller
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*Terms & Conditions: Both the US paperback giveaway and the Non-US Kindle ebook giveaway will run until midnight (GMT) on Sunday 31st March 2019. Three winners will be selected at random for each giveaway (US & Non-US). The winners of the US giveaway will need to provide their name and postal address which will then be passed onto Cheryl Denise Bannerman for her to send the copies. The winners of the Non-US giveaway will need to provide their Kindle email address (instructions on how to do this can be provided by damppebbles blog tours on request). There is no cash alternative. Names, addresses and email address will not be stored. Good luck!*