Book Review: Tuaca Tan (Franki Amato Mysteries #8) by Traci Andrighetti

Posted August 5, 2023 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Tuaca Tan (Franki Amato Mysteries #8) by Traci AndrighettiTuaca Tan: A Private Investigator Comedy Mystery (Franki Amato Mysteries Book 8) by Traci Andrighetti
Narrator: Madeline Mrozek
Series: Franki Amato Mysteries #8
Published by Self-published on 07-22-23
Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Narrator
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Overal Rating: four-stars

Parading for Mardi Gras is no party...

When PI Franki Amato was invited to watch her sixty-something landlady, Glenda, compete at the French Quarter’s annual kickoff to Mardi Gras weekend, she had reservations. After all, the event is called the Greasing of the Poles, and Glenda is an ex-stripper. But she never expected the fun event to turn her world upside down—and, literally, the victim’s. Now instead of hunting for a wedding venue with her honey, Franki’s hunting for a killer. The trail seems to lead to the wealthy board of the Krewe of Clotho, a carnival organization of women whose character is nowhere near as impeccable as their blonde hair, tan outfits, and old New Orleans ancestry. As members begin dropping like beads from Bourbon Street balconies, Franki has to crack clues as murky as the krewe’s signature milk punch brunch drink. Otherwise, this Mardi Gras parade could be her last.

Tuaca Tan is book 8 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.

Set against the backdrop of New Orleans’ lively festivities, this cozy mystery blends light humor and a touch of quirkiness, creating a charming atmosphere that keeps the tone lighthearted and enjoyable throughout.

The story unfolds with the intriguing premise of a man being poisoned during the vibrant tradition of greasing the poles in preparation for Mardi Gras. As the plot thickens, readers are introduced to a captivating array of characters, each adding their unique flair to the narrative. From the witty detective with a penchant for solving mysteries to a colorful cast of suspects, the diverse personalities lend depth and excitement to the unfolding events.

While the humor may venture into the raunchy territory, it is balanced with a sense of playfulness that keeps the tone engaging. However, it is worth noting that some instances of body shaming may deter sensitive readers.

Despite these occasional distractions, the core mystery remains compelling, enticing listeners to join Franki on her quest to unravel the truth behind the poisoning.

The audiobook benefits greatly from Madeline Mrozek’s exceptional narration, where she skillfully brings a diverse cast of characters to life. With her remarkable talent, she seamlessly embodies each character, lending them distinct voices and vibrant personalities. Her interpretations add a level of depth and immersion to the story that truly enhances the overall experience.

In conclusion, this audiobook offers a delightful blend of cozy mystery, an enchanting New Orleans backdrop, a diverse cast of characters, and an atmospheric setting. While it might not suit every taste, the combination of an engaging storyline, quirky humor, and a compelling mystery is a treat worth savoring.

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-stars