Book Review: Marsala Maroon by Traci Andrighetti

Posted August 14, 2021 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Marsala Maroon by Traci AndrighettiMarsala Maroon (Franki Amato, #6) by Traci Andrighetti
Narrator: Madeline Mrozek
Series: Franki Amato #6
Published by Self-published on 07-12-21
Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-half-stars

A Private Investigator Comedy Mystery
Jazz Fest is in full swing in The Big Easy, but PI Franki Amato is singing the blues. The owner of an historic Italian grocery and deli is murdered in a manner eerily reminiscent of the Axeman of New Orleans, a notorious serial killer who hasn’t struck in over a century, and someone Franki knows has been arrested for the crime. Adding to her distress, Franki, her mom, and her meddling Sicilian nonna finally meet her fiancé’s family, but the tone of their encounter is decidedly downbeat. And just as her personal life strikes a sour note, the killer jazzes up his techniques. The pressure is on Franki to decipher an odd assortment of clues—an old gramophone record, a stolen trumpet, and a bottle of marsala wine. If she doesn’t, she could be the next one to get the axe.
Marsala Maroon is book 6 in the Franki Amato Mysteries, but it can be read as a standalone. If you like zany characters and laugh-out-loud humor with a splash of suspense, then you’ll drink up this fun series by USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Andrighetti. Cheers!

This is the sixth instalment in the Franki Amato’s series. This time, Franki is investigating the murder of the owner of an Italian grocery in New Orleans. The fact that Franki’s family is somehow connected to the deceased, and that the murder felt similar to the ones perpetrated by an old famous serial killer in the region, adds to Franki’s worries. This was a fun and exciting listen, a book where we meet again characters that we learned to love from previous books. Nana’s attitude towards Franki’s and Bradley leaves its mark on Franki, who starts to second guess things and to worry about things external to the case. Family reunions are always hilarious in this series, and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Franki, but also guilty for laughing at some of the situations.

There’s no book set in New Orleans that is complete without some voodoo and cemetery walks. I simply loved the boat journey through the swamp and the people they found there. I think these details made this book unique and added depth to an already good story.

The murder investigation was also so interesting and convoluted that I was so intrigued that I couldn’t stop listening. Andrighetti surprised me again with her creativity and her skills to keep track of so many details.

This audiobook is narrated by the wonderful Madeline Mrozek. She did an excellent job at translating the characters’ personalities into voices, accents, styles, and different quirks. Each character had a unique touch, and the interpretations were so well done that I was able to feel the characters’ emotions. Mrozek is one of my favourite female narrators, who is not only able to interpret female characters but also voice male characters very convincingly. I had a lot of fun listening to this book, and a big part of that was thanks to the outstanding narration. I love the fact that Madeline includes bloopers at the end of audiobooks, I really enjoyed laughing with her!

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