Dead Wrong

The Vinnie Esposito Series, #3

This delightful story opens in the somber setting of the funeral of Nate Esposito, the great uncle of Lavinia Esposito. The service is well attended by a diverse group of people. Each sub-group is quickly identified Vinnie, the mob members, FBI agents, local police and family and friends of the Esposito family. When the supposed mistress of the deceased shows and kneels at the casket to pray, Nate's wife streaks up to the casket to attack the supposed hussy with her purse. Vinnie tries to break up the fight between the two elderly women. No one comes to her aid until Aaron, her tenant and an undercover FBI agent, comes forth and moves her out of the fray. Her twin cousins come to break up the fight, each of the women dragging one of the combatants away. Everyone else leaves the funeral home safe as the local police finally step forward to bring order once more.

So sets the tone for this humorous tale in the everyday world of Lavinia "Vinnie" Esposito. Later at her parents’ home her father tells her she should have stayed out of it. While Vinnie helps with the cleanup Aaron asks her father about the different people at the funeral. When he tells Aaron about the attendees Vinnie catches his eye and shakes her head to tell him to be quiet. Her family are not aware of Aaron's true occupation. It seems the Esposito family have a slight aversion to members of Law enforcement. Strange due the fact that Vinnie teaches Criminal Justice Procedures at the University and her boyfriend, Marcus Richmond, is a highway patrolman.

When injured while participating in a charity bike ride Vinnie must have therapy on her leg. She soon becomes suspicious of the clinic and the nurse and therapist. When Marcus and Aaron promise to check into the clinic, Vinnie covers all the bases and asks one of her students to do so as well. Nurse Crisp calls Vinnie to tell her that her appointment has been changed to 4pm that afternoon. When she arrives Vinnie find her therapist dead. When the police arrive after she calls them she finds the nurse gone as is the appointment book and all files. Later that night Marcus and Aaron tell her there is no record of the clinic or the people working in it. Not only that but the doctor that sent her there was fished from the water that afternoon with a hole in his head.

Vinnie's twin brother, "Saint" Giovani, the doctor arrives in town, and after agreeing to see him the next day she learns from Aaron that the FBI believe Uncle Nate was using Gio to fence stolen artwork. Vinnie begins to believe she just might be the trouble magnet Marcus once accused her of. Follow along as Vinnie unravels the mysteries of the clinic, the doctor's death and what is going on with her brother that brings him home from now when he couldn't make for the funeral.

This is the third installment of Vinnie Esposito's series and can be read as a standalone or you can read them in order book one, "For Love of Livvy", book two, "Dirty Trouble". You are in luck because book 4 is also out, "Cold Moon Dead". J. M. Griffin's humorous series just keeps getting better.


Book Blurb for Dead Wrong

The race is on to save Lavinia “Vinnie” Esposito in the third book in the Esposito series.

After finding a dead man, Vinnie realizes she has

become embroiled in yet another crazy situation

involving stolen art, proving her twin brother’s innocence, and saving her own neck.

State trooper Marcus Richmond and FBI agent Aaron Grant are back to help Vinnie find the culprit while keeping her out of harm’s way. That's a task to try the most patient of men, because Vinnie isn't about to let a lead go stale because she's waiting for back up.

A sleuth with attitude, Vinnie Esposito is back!


Night Owl Reviews May, 2013 4.50