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Book Review and Giveaway--> Delayed Death (Temptation in Florence #1) by Beate Boeker

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Welcome to my tour stop for Delayed Death by Beate Boeker. This is the first book in the Temptation in Florence cozy mystery series.
This tour runs March 23-April 3 with reviews only. Check out the tour page for more information.

 About the Book:
delayeddeathDelayed Death is Book #1 in the Temptation in Florence Series, a cozy murder mystery romance series with a strong dose of humor and romance.

The title of the series comes from the lingerie store that the protagonist, Carlina, owns and runs, Temptation, on one of Florence, Italy's, premier shopping streets. The Temptation in Florence Series follows the life, adventures and loves of Italian-American Carlina, and of her extended eccentric Italian family, many of whom live in apartments in the same building in central Florence.

The family's eccentric members and their whims and wishes are a never-ending source of amusement for Carlina. While often treated like the family's Cinderella, Carlina is also a sexy, saucy, funny thirty-two-year-old woman.

When a crisis occurs, right at the beginning of Delayed Death, and Carlina gives in to her domineering cousin's wishes, Carlina sets herself on a collision course with police Commissario Stefano Garini.

Book Review
This was the first book by Beate Boeker that I read and I enjoyed reading it. The cover is simple and doesn't look very appealing but once you have started reading the book, you start to understand the cover photo better. I was attracted towards this book by the blurb which is intriguing and engaged my love for mysteries and suspense.

The plot is conceived and executed meticulously and the author throws sudden twists and turns with unexpected clues and throws  suspicion on new people every time you think yourself coming near to a solution to the mystery! Her writing style is simple and yet engaging and I was kept interested in the story right till the end.

The characterization is admirably done which is no small task considering the huge Italian family of our heroine Carlina. Each and everyone has their own quirks and eccentricities which added fun as well as a new level of complication in solving the mystery. I loved Carlina's character. She is sensible, independent and completely loyal towards her family. I enjoyed the scenes between Carlina and the Commissario Stefano Garini.
Stefano is a good detective and his intense and methodical approach to solving the murder mystery has me appreciating his mystery solving skills, not to mention his growly bear attitude towards Carlina had me giggling and then sighing like a hopeless romantic that I am.

The only thing that I didn't like and which somewhat ruined my complete satisfaction with the story was the abrupt ending which although solved the mystery, gave no closure to Carlina and Stafano's angle.

All in all, Delayed Death is an engaging mystery which will exercise your brain cells thoroughly and also provide you plenty of entertainment. Had the Carlina-Stefano angle been closed, this would have been a 5 star rated book from me but for now I give Delayed Death 4 out of 5 and hope to read more from the author in the future. She is a talented writer and I wish her the very best.

I received the book from the author and the tour organizer and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

Delayed Death costs only $0.99. For a limited time, you can also download it for free at the retailer Kobo or at Smashwords with the  voucher FY29F 


Some reviews:

  • "This is cozy mystery writing at its finest." - Jane Ormerod
  • "She has created a marvelous little world full of zany characters and fun plots and subplots." - David H. Bailey
  • "Delayed Death is a hilarious murder mystery with unexpected twists and turns." - bookworm
  • "Great series - Each book is better than the last one!" - mystery lover
  • "She has me hooked and wanting more." - night reader
  • "This Indie series is handsomely presented, well-written, true to the genre, and well-edited" - C. Martinelli
  • “I can’t get enough of Carlina and her fabulous family – you’ll love them, too!” - D.A. Sarac

Author_Picture_Beate_Boeker_at_waterAbout the Author:

Beate Boeker is a USA Today bestselling author with a passion for books that brim over with mischief & humor. Several of her contemporary romance novels were shortlisted for the Golden Quill Contest, the National Readers' Choice Award, the 'Best Indie Books' contest, and the RONE Award. In 2013, she hit the Amazon bestseller list in the category "international mystery & crime" with “Delayed Death”, the first in the series “Temptation in Florence”.
By day, Beate is a global marketing manager with a degree in International Business Administration, and her daily experience in marketing provides her with a wide range of fodder for her novels, be it hilarious or cynical.
Widely traveled, she speaks German, English, French, and Italian and lives in the North of Germany together with her husband and daughter.
While 'Boeker' means 'books' in a German dialect, her first name Beate can be translated as ‘Happy’ . . . and with a name that reads ‘Happy Books’, what else can she do but write novels with happy endings? You can contact Beate via her website www.happybooks.de

Contact Beate:

Website | Newsletter – to learn about brand new releases! | Facebook | Twitter @BeateBoeker | Tsu | Goodreads author page | Amazon

Each tour stop is giving away one ebook of A New Life by Beate Boeker. Fill out the rafflecopter for each blog you visit and comment on (one entry per day). 
Open worldwide
Ends April 9, 2015

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  1. The romance progresses in the second book! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!

  2. Welcome Candace..I will be checking out the second book..Thanks :)

  3. Hi Nikita, Thank you for hosting me and my book! I'm glad that you enjoyed the mystery . . . and yes, the romance between Carlina and Stefano will develop . . . keep on reading :-) !

  4. Welcome Beate..Will surely read the second book.. :)

  5. Enjoyed the review and thanks for the giveaway! :)

  6. Sounds interesting! Mystery combined with romance always makes the best reading material.


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