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Truth Kills: PI Angelina Bonaparte Crime Thrillers, Book 1 is a private sleuth murder mystery written by Nanci Rathbun. Angie had a client with a problem. Her husband, mobster Anthony Belloni, had a girlfriend on the side, a hot young woman named Elisa Morano. Gracie Belloni had gradually come to this conclusion after seeing credit card statements for gifts of perfume, lingerie and other sexy items she definitely had not received. Angie was perfect for the undercover job. The diminutive, fifty-something, former librarian was able to assume disguises that made her virtually invisible. The nature of her investigation was soon to change dramatically, however, following an early morning call from an attorney, Bart Matthews, who informed her that two police officers were on the way to see her and stating that he wanted to hire her in his defense of Belloni. Someone had brutally murdered Elisa Morano the night before, and Belloni was the chief suspect. Gracie’s anger over infidelity was nothing compared to her desire to see her husband cleared of a murder she was sure he hadn’t committed.
Nanci Rathbun’s Truth Kills introduces an engaging and credible new private eye who’s determined to live life by her rules for a change. The former librarian and mom is still not at all sure she wants another man in her life after having finally given up on her philandering husband of far too long. She’s doing the job she always wanted to do and, backed with her training, fitness, and resolve, she presents herself as a formidable private eye indeed. Rathbun’s characters are marvelous -- especially Angie’s old-style Italian poppa, the two policemen assigned to the case and attorney Matthews -- all working perfectly as foils for Angie Bonaparte, and the plot offers the armchair sleuth any number of red herrings to consider. Truth Kills is well-written, fast-paced and a lot of fun to read. It’s most highly recommended.