Welcome to my review of the AudioBook version of Sparkled by Gina LaManna, book two in her Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries series, a cute, fun and humorous cozy series with a heroine that just can’t quite ‘get it right’.
Lacey and her ‘crew’ are back and there is another mystery that may involve ‘The Family”. Her grandfather, the “Godfather of the Twin Cities” has called her in to discover who killed Leo, a trusted street soldiers. Could it be the Russians, a friend, or perhaps even one of ‘The Family’ who was responsible? Oh – and please solve the case before your Cousin Vivian’s wedding, in just under a week. No Biggie.
Well, actually, despite her often falling into and over clues and correct answers, she does have friends and a crew that are very on her side, and even calling on friends and family to help out doesn’t seem to stretch her resources or her ability to finally get the job done. Toss in a kidnapping (or maybe a staged one) add several laughs, the stress of family and weddings and then toss the ‘Family’ into the mix and what emerges is completely over the top story that just grazes the line of plausible, but is so much more fun for the outré scenarios.
Caitlyn Kelly returns to narrate this title as well, again her voice captures the spirit of Lacey with her youthful perky performance with a touch of sass and chirp. She navigates accents, delivery and presentation for the other characters giving distinct and notable voices to match characters and whatever backstory is presented for them. It is a wonderful listen, full of moments to laugh and as realistic as an I Love Lucy episode, but all the more fun for it.
Stars Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Author: Gina LaManna
Series: Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries #2
Also in this series: Sprinkled
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Narrator: Caitlin Kelley
Published by: Self-Published, Self-Produced
Published on: 21 October, 2015
Source: Audio Producer
Audio Length: 5 Hours: 56 minutes
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Synopsis: Lacey, Clay and Meg are back—this time headed to...a wedding?
Assignment Numero Dos for Lacey comes straight from the Godfather himself. When one of the Luzzi Family’s low-ranking associates is found dead, Carlos believes it may be the doing of the rival Russian mob, and he orders Lacey to find the killer. But every detail about the assignment is a little too neat, a little too tidy, and a little too good to be true. Could this really be an open and shut case, complete with a confession from the murderer?
When Lacey's pumpkin-colored, body-building cousin Joey starts making trouble at his ex-fiance's wedding, the case starts unraveling from the inside out.
Lacey's not sure which is worse: going face to face with a vicious murderer, ditching Auntie Nora's attempts to fill in the 'plus one' on her invite, or finding herself locked in the same hotel as the hot, unavailable, but increasingly drool-worthy Anthony.
Lacey Luzzi never knew that wearing sparkles could be so damn dangerous.
Lacey Luzzi: Sparkled, is a full-length, laugh-out-loud, humorous cozy mystery with a strong female protagonist in the spirit of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, albeit one working for the wrong side of the law…
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A copy of this title was provided via Audio Producer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.