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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
A Season for Killing Blondes is a mystery/sleuth by Joanne Guidoccio. Lottery winner Gilda Greco’s grand opening of her counselling practice gets off to a bad start when the body of Carrie Ann Godfrey is found in a nearby dumpster. The victim’s family, especially temperamental Anna May, accuses her of murdering their relative and vows revenge. Detective Carlo Fantin, whom Gilda has admired for years, investigates the case, but she soon becomes the main suspect when another body is discovered. In an effort to clear her name, Gilda decides to play detective and stumbles upon more than she expected. Most people in her small hometown know everyone and almost everything personal about each other, including her, and that bothers Gilda. She also begins to realize that some people aren’t too happy about her lottery success.
I was constantly reminded of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding while reading A Season for Killing Blondes. Gilda’s Italian family is just as entertaining with their love of gossip, passion for cooking, protectiveness and bossy attitudes. Gilda is very mild mannered and extremely laid back, which irritated me at times because it made her appear weak. However, Joanne Guidoccio developed her characters with care and that worked well for the charming plot. She also included a few of her family recipes for the mouthwatering dishes that were often mentioned in the story. The book’s cover illustration is eye-catching and the author’s writing is moderately paced. A Season for Killing Blondes is a recommended cozy mystery.