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Stand By Your Man by Bobby Hutchinson_ - Copy

A week ago, when I was making my first visit to Story Cartel I discovered “Stand By Your Man” by Bobby Hutchinson. I have to confess, I met Bobby Hutchinson 25 years ago when I was attending writers conferences and had dreams of being an author myself. Through time I lost touch with her and most of the other members of the writing community. I was delighted to see her work again so I downloaded it for free. For the record, I read widely and I know I can give this review with no bias.

I used to be an avid reader of simple romances and while my tastes have changed more toward woman’s contemporary works through the years, I absolutely loved “Stand By Your Man.”

This is by no means a simple romance; it has mystery, as well as the depth of contemporary elements that include a dysfunctional family and Maddy the PI, whose secondary job seems to keeping the whole Bertusso family from falling apart or destroying itself. Add to that, hunky Finn Fisher who has his own emotional baggage, plus Zoe, his adorable daughter and the rest of his dysfunctional family; top it all off the undeniable attraction that leads to the steamy sex that he and Maddy share with no promises or commitments and you have a great read.

I loved the snappy dialogue, the quirky and sometimes hackneyed little lines, the notes she tacked up everywhere, the farting dog; it was a refreshing, fun filled read with a depth I don’t always expect to find in this genre. I have to admit that as I read I smiled often, even giggled out loud.

Snap this one up! Don’t miss a treasure!

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5 stars for The Gay Mardi Gras Murders (A Mia Ferrari Mystery) by Sylvia Massara’s

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I became a fan of Sylvia Massara’s writing when I read The Soul Bearers.  Since then, I have read all of her books, including Playing with the Bad Boys, the first book in the Mia Ferrari series.

This second book in the series did not disappoint me. The Gay Mardi Gras Murders convincingly portrays the world of the Mardi Gras,  transsexuals, drag queens and violent family vengeance.   I enjoy Mia Ferrari’s smartars attitude and her unflagging determination and ability to solve the problems she encounters.   She exhibits skills that help her deal with people on a sensitive, personal level, earning their confidence and getting them to open up to her.  She also has an irrational dislike for Phil Smythe from the police department, and wilfully defies him,working behind his back to gleefully prove that  she can achieve what his department can not.  In the end she tacks down the murderer, but finds she is not invincible and cannot do everything on her own.  Friends can be enemies, and enemies may turn out to be friends.

I liked Mia’s personal growth in this book; while she is still bitter about her ex, she is comes to realize how important friends are, and understand that she does not need a romantic relationship to be complete.

I am waiting for the next book in the series.  This book shines a glimmer of light on new possibilities.  I’m sure Mia will never lose her fire and determination, but will we see changes in her?

Don’t miss a great read.  To purchase The Gay Mardi Gras Murders go to Amazon.

Once you’ve enjoyed this great read, it would be appreciated by the author if you went to Amazon and left a review!