A Season for Killing Blondes

Joanne Guidoccio introduces readers to a fabulous, mature amateur sleuth in this romantic suspense.

Gilda Greco is an interesting leading lady, a lotto winner with the ingrained personality of a dedicated teacher, who has returned to her hometown and is adjusting to being so close to her family. I enjoyed how big a part high school played in the relationships in this story, sometimes people act as if what happened during these years do not affect our lives. I would have liked to get a deeper glimpse in to Detective Carlo Fantin because everything I did see was quite intriguing. I loved the confrontational and embarrassing scenes because they added a sense of urgency and uncomfortableness to the entire situation.

My favorite thing about this entire story was the amazing mixture of personalities and ages of the characters. I enjoyed watching Gilda interact with so many different people. I loved the nuances of all her relationships and the consequences of some of her actions. This was an entertaining mystery with a colorful cast that I sincerely enjoyed. I cannot wait to read Gilda's next adventure.

Gilda Greco has won the lotto and returned to her hometown to set up a career counseling practice but on the morning of her Open House a body is discovered in her dumpster. Turns out it's Carrie Ann Godfrey, the "it" girl from high school and Gilda was the last person to see her alive. Her former crush Detective Carlo Fantin is in charge of the investigation but then more dead blondes show up and Gilda is the prime suspect.

Book Blurb for A Season for Killing Blondes

Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the body of golden girl, Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside Gilda’s office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation. When three more dead blondes turn up, all brutally strangled and deposited near Gilda’s favorite haunts, she is pegged as a prime suspect for the murders. Frustrated by Carlo’s chilly detective persona and the mean girl antics of Carrie Ann’s meddling relatives, Gilda decides to launch her own investigation. She discovers a gaggle of suspects, among them a yoga instructor in need of anger management training, a lecherous photographer, and fourteen ex-boyfriends. As the puzzle pieces fall into place, shocking revelations emerge, forcing Gilda to confront the envy and deceit she has long overlooked.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2015 4.00