Book Review: Galliano Gold by Traci Andrighetti

Posted December 31, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Galliano Gold by Traci AndrighettiGalliano Gold (Franki Amato Mysteries, #5) by Traci Andrighetti
Narrator: Madeline Mrozek
Series: Franki Amato Mysteries #5
Published by Self-published on 11-15-19
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-half-stars

It’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, but PI Franki Amato has too many problems to celebrate. A proven Sicilian lemon tradition hasn’t landed her a proposal, so her nonna has amped up the meddling to get her married, and pronto. Franki’s also under pressure to solve the strange murder of a family friend’s nephew, Nick Pescatore, who was found on a Mississippi River steamboat rumored to be haunted. When the sinister old boat sets sail on an overnight gambling cruise, Franki goes undercover with a motley crew, including a Mark Twainophile captain with a murderous past and a slimy galley chef with a mobster brother, not to mention an ex-stripper landlady with a newfound career as a memoir writer and all-too public speaker. Franki has to figure out what missing Civil War gold, a playing card, and a mysterious woman on roller skates have to do with Nick’s death. If she doesn’t, it’s anchors aweigh for Franki—down to Davy Jones’ locker.
Franki Amato Mysteries: Limoncello Yellow (book #1) Prosecco Pink (book #2) Rosolio Red (holiday short story) Amaretto Amber (book #3) Fragolino Fuchsia (Rome short story) Prugnolino Purple (spring short story) Campari Crimson (book #4) Cannellino Caramel (holiday short story) Galliano Gold (book #5)
"Andrighetti’s dialogue is genuine yet uproarious, and her glowing characters animatedly leap off the page. Her sparkling wit keeps the hijinks brimming with merriment." —Long Island Book Reviews
"Traci Andrighetti's Franki Amato Mysteries have me tickled pink! Her smart, sassy heroine, wacky cast of characters, and vividly original settings had me glued to the page. I can’t wait to read more from this author!" —Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author
"Traci's writing is sharp and funny; the world she paints leaps off the page and makes the reader laugh out loud…. A thoroughly enjoyable voice in fiction!" —Kristin Harmel, Internationally bestselling novelist (The Sweetness of Forgetting)

In the middle of the Mardi Gras season, Franki finds Nick Pescatore dead aboard an old haunted steamboat called the Galliano. Nick is a nephew of her nonna’s boyfriend, so this almost feels personal to Franki, who is dealing at the same time with her nonna’s obsession with Franki’s spinsterhood.

This was a rollercoaster of emotions, adventure, and never-ending humor! We are dealing with a very serious case here, as there is already a murder to investigate, but the side stories made the book more enjoyable, as they added humor and depth to the main story. This book can be read as a standalone, but it would be much more enjoyed if read in the right order in the series, as there are a couple of backstories regarding Franki’s love life her nemesis Sullivan worth knowing. Also, after four books, the characters are already quite familiar and reading about them is like revisiting old friends.

As with previous books, there are several twists and turns that I did not see coming, keeping my attention until the end. The plot was well-paced, incorporating some action scenes and lots of witty comments. I had a lot of fun listening to this audiobook!

But the best part of this audiobook was Madeline Mrozek’s narration. Madeline has a great talent to bring the characters to life, providing each one with a distinctive voice and style. The dialogs sounded natural and were easy to follow, and she had me laughing more than once at how matter of fact some sentences sounded. This was a good book, but Madeline’s narration definitely made it terrific!

There are some outtakes added by Madeline at the end of the audiobook that absolutely cracked me up. I would like to see more of this in other audiobooks. It is a fun detail and also shows how much work goes into an audio production.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: four-half-stars