Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Shoot the Breeze - by Gina LaManna

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Available at: Amazon
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
Another wild bang of a series starter for Gina LaManna! Shoot the Breeze is everything you're looking for and more! Our leading lady, Detective Kate Rosetti, brings about all of LaManna's past humor (that we know and love) and craftily turns it into a full-length crime thriller! I was happily reminded of J.D. Robb's "In Death" series and can easily see Kate's cases taking us on some wild and thrilling adventures!

For me, I feel like, if nothing else, 2020 has been full of 5, and 4, star reads... the world could use a bit more of this! When life gets crazy, and we find ourselves losing control, there's a peacefully satisfying bliss associated with losing yourself inside of a book! Shoot the Breeze was precisely what I needed to finish off this last week! While facing the latest pandemic news, three elementary-aged kids home from school (for the unforeseeable future, and at each other's throats I might add) and moving, combined with worrying about my husband's job as a trucker... immersing myself in Gina LaManna's latest novel hit the sweet spot quite literally! Can I just stop here and say #bookporn in the most innocent way possible?! The comedic relief alone would have been worth it, yet what I found most exciting was the progression from cozy to straight-up thriller! I can't recommend this book enough!

Shoot the Breeze takes on the role of assumed familiarity, making the journey all the more enjoyable. As with any heroine, Detective Kate Rosetti makes it her mission to take on the world - she can sleep when she's dead. Hopefully, the dead part won't be anytime soon, though, as she has more than enough on her plate with a serial killer on the loose! I sure got a kick out of her character - feisty and can't stop threatening to shoot everyone. She has my favorite kind of take-charge, take no crap attitude. Kate's carefree older sister and meddling means-well, coffee-shop owning mom make the perfect addition to her chaotic family. Sprinkled mentions of her father's law enforcement past and mob ties have me eagerly looking forward to finding out more about the Rosetti family history. Add to that the inviting and believable banter between Kate and her partner, as well as friends/colleagues. Finally, let us toss in one good-looking FBI agent and one billionaire, and we've got ourselves a page-turning gem of a read!

Many thanks go to the author Gina LaManna for providing me an advanced reader's copy of this title in exchange for my honest review! I'd recommend this to fans of her previous works as well as fans of Janet Evanovich and J.D. Robb! A cozy mystery favorite for sure! This is one you won't want to miss; order now on Amazon or check it out on Kindle Unlimited!

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Book Blurb:
A brand new thriller by USA TODAY Bestselling Author Gina LaManna

For fans of Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg, and Kendra Elliot...

Welcome to St. Paul, Minnesota—home to strong coffee, deadly winters, and Detective Kate Rosetti—a rising star in the local homicide department. When a young woman turns up dead along the Mississippi River in her latest assignment, Detective Rosetti quickly realizes it’s the work of a notorious cross-country serial killer.

To complicate matters, Kate’s troublemaking sister turns up out of the blue in need of a place to live. A strikingly handsome FBI Agent appears at the crime scene, convinced this case belongs to him. And a certain British billionaire is a little too interested in the murder… and in Kate.

As she begins to close in on the killer, the investigation takes a turn for the personal. It’s one riddle after the next, and if Kate can’t sort out the murderer’s identity before his next kill, she’ll be up next on the autopsy table.

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Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Gina LaManna has also called Italy and Los Angeles home. At the moment, she lives nine blocks from the beach and sometimes runs marathons. After studying numbers and equations in college, she realized multiple-choice tests were “just not for her” and began writing books instead. She loves cappuccino foam and whipped cream and would subsist solely on sprinkles if possible. She has one imaginary dog.

Gina also writes the Mini Pie the Spy! books, under the pen name, Libby LaManna, a children’s series featuring an over-enthusiastic little detective, similar in style to Junie B. Jones.

Upcoming novels in the Detective Kate Rosetti Series:
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