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Sweet Delicious Madness and the Many Mysterious Deaths of Silvio Berlusconi (A Kissed in Italy Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Julie Sarff , Angela Rose
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Praise for Sweet Delicious Madness and the Many Mysterious Deaths of Silvio Berlusconi:

- A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy with a twisting plot that pulls your forward. Characters that are easy to love. - Ann Mc Gregor, Book Reviewer

-A slightly wicked social commentary on both Italian and American culture and what it is like when the two worlds collide. -Nancy Gregory


Lily Bilbury is about to be fabulously happy, because she has a theory: economic independence = divorce = happiness! To this end she takes a job at Villa Buschi, a lavish estate that harbors more than a few secrets. But when she can't make ends meet or obtain a divorce or acquire the object of her affection, she briefly contemplates running around ranting drivel and frightening the whole reserved population of Arona, Italy.

Only when a friend falls on hard times will Lily forget her own problems and align herself with a self-proclaimed psychic to mount a search of Villa Buschi for one of the most famous diamonds ever known - the French Blue.

Bridget Jones meets Nancy Drew with a dash of Indiana Jones-style archeological mystery (no whips, though). Sweet Delicious Madness readers want more!

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*** Peekaboo, God is now available in kindle storee. Publish date 10/08/12!

A gently, spiritual bedtime book. A little boy goes on a trip to the zoo and sees the hand of creation in everything.

***Sweet Delicious Madness and the Hordess of Lydias, when two museums fight over and lose a treasure of the ancient world, Villa Buschi and its intrepid maid Lily Bilbury are at ground zero in a mystery that spans four countries and two continents. Book is at the editors and due out next Spring.

Editorial Reviews


A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy with a twisting plot that pulls your forward. Characters that are easy to love. -Ann Mc Gregor, Book Reviewer

The strong sense of place is the best thing about this intriguingly titled ebook. You get a really good feel for the country’s culture-clash of modern and traditional values, as well as discovering its colourful people. -The BronteSister

About the Author

The author is an unabashed animal lover. She has fostered over 200 cats and closed down a puppy mill that housed 66 dogs in a warehouse in Denver. Currently she and her girl scouts are trying to end cat dissection at her local high school. She has to admit she receives a lot of help from animal lovers around the world and she would like to ask the animal lovers out there on Amazon to sign her petition on titled End Unnecessary Cat Dissection. To receive a link to this petition, or to chit chat about the weather, etc. email

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically Unexpected! May 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
First, let me admit that I don't typically read romantic comedy-type books. Second, I'll also admit I am a man. However, I consider myself a voracious reader, and have become tired of my usual genres. After searching around the internet for a different reading experience, something about the title of this book caught my attention. Perhaps it is the adjectives used to describe a typically dreadful experience (i.e. `going mad'). Perhaps it is the fact I am going through a period of madness in my own life, and have learned some fantastic things about myself in the process. Perhaps it was simply dumb luck. Whatever the reason may be, I'm glad I had the chance to read it.

The main character, a mother of twin boys in her late 20s, is an American expatriate living in Northern Italy after a failed attempt at attending a now-shuttered art restoration school. Her estranged, cheating husband will not grant her a divorce, nor pay her a living alimony/child support wage, so she is forced to take a housekeeping position at a large Villa in the town of Arona, which has been recently purchased by an American A-list movie star. To add insult to injury, her boss, Alice, is her husband's Aunt - and she is a `driven woman', to say the least. Think along the lines of an `anti-Under the Tuscan Sun' with a bit of mystery sprinkled in for good measure, and you'll have a fairly good handle on the basic premise.

However, where this book really shines, is the author's delivery. After being introduced to the main character over the first couple chapters, we learn she is someone who is hanging on to the rope of sanity by the tips of her un-manicured nails. The author allows you to understand her plight - to really walk in her shoes, or to roll around in her head for a while.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Lily Bilbury April 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book during a promo and I loved it. I would have paid full price.
This book crosses several genres including chick lit, rom com and mystery. That sounds like a lot to pull off but Sweet Delicious Madness and the Mysterious Deaths of Silvio Berlusconi had me smiling from the time I read the title. And I never stopped.
There was something lovingly familiar about the plot, but the author gave it a few spins to create a modern day heroine with whom you'll fall in love. As it is, Lily Bilbury is badly in need of a husbandectomy, she can't get rid of the one that's done her wrong. And now, several years after the separation, she finds herself a bit down but not out. She takes a job working as a maid under the supervision of her Italian husband's strict aunt, hoping to fulfill her theory that economic independence will lead to a divorce which will ultimately lead to happiness. She is optimistic that working at Villa Buschi will only lead to good things, but that optimism is cut short when she receives daily task lists that are long enough to stretch from the hamlet where she lives on Italy's Lago Maggiore `all the way to the Swiss border.'
At Villa Buschi, we are introduced to a whole host of supporting characters, a grizzly old gardener who seems to have no desire to do his job, a maid/psychic who continues to forecast preposterous deaths for the poor prime minister and a cook and a laundress with big hearts and a penchant for gossip. But the most important people Lily meets at Villa Buschi are the owners, past and present. Through word of mouth, and through Francesca the maid/psychic, some curious secrets are revealed about the past owner of Villa Buschi. Enough to send them on a hunt for some missing diamonds. (Now, I admit, the set up sounds a bit rich.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming heroine and a bathroom full of kittens April 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A delightful tale for independent women, mothers and cat-lovers alike (or all three at the same time). I believe the true charm of this novel by first-time author Julie Sarff is the thoroughly developed main character, Lily Bilbury. We live Lily's adventure right along with her, privy to every thought and emotion --many of which are utterly hilarious.

For those who love romantic comedy, and are not afraid of scooping a litter box, this novel will not disappoint.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Charming! June 29, 2012
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I really enjoyed this read - excellent characterizations, great plot twists and turns, enough description to give the reader a real sense of "being there", and an absolute lack of glaring, distracting typos! This was a hard book to put down because you just plain cared about what would happen to the hapless heroine and her friends (and foe!). More fun than eight kittens in a bathroom!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun! September 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A little bit chick lit, a little bit mystery and a lot of lovable characters, this is one of my favorite reads for a long time. The main character, Lily, reminds me of some classic chick lit characters, while at the same time being unique and unpredictable in a good way. With a romantic hopefulness and good nature that remains intact even while struggling with raising young twins, a bathroom full of cats, and a new and somewhat strange job, she's an easy one to root for. Another truly funny character, Francesca, reminds me of Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books -talking to dead people and barely making sense, but at some points, making more sense than anyone else - and she is always good for a solid laugh out loud!

And if you've ever been to Italy or want to go to Italy, it's a bit of a love letter to the northern part of the country. It made me want to pack up and go on a vacation there asap, even if I would need to bring an umbrella and sturdy boots.

All in all, a fun read by an author who I hope keeps on writing. And such a bargain on the kindle!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
This book made me chuckle, and I loved to delve deep into the Italian way of life with this romantic comedy / mystery. Read more
Published 18 minutes ago by Beate Boeker
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Silvio! Not only does the Italian Prime Minister ...
Poor Silvio! Not only does the Italian Prime Minister have political problems (most of which he brought on himself), maid Francesca keeps predicting his imminent demise. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Never Enough Books!
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Summer Read
This is a fun read that kept me interested through the whole book. Kittens, a psychic, movie stars, and a treasure hunt... the ingredients to a fun and light summer book!
Published 29 days ago by ClayCat
5.0 out of 5 stars That's AMORE
A friend recommended the book and I wish it had a better title so I could remember it. I also had a problem getting past the first 20 pages, found myself skipping, but then I got... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
This book kept me hooked. I couldn't put it down. I laughed out loud. The Italian flair an added plus.
Published 3 months ago by Virginia R. Fiorey
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortlessly funny - Make you feel good! - Italophile fun
After having read books 1 through 3 in this series I have to say that the humor is consistently and effortlessly funny. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Martinelli
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than it sounds, really a great read!
I didn't think I'd like this book, since it seemed to have the classic young-stupid-woman-cleaning-lady-meets-handsome-billionaire-and-falls-in-love-forever, but it somehow sucked... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Saboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracked Me Up!
This indie book truly had me laughing aloud! Such a quirky, well written light-hearted gem. Makes for a nice vacation read.
Published 6 months ago by kim M
5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy and fun read
I really did enjoy this book. It reminds me of classic romantic comedy meets suspenseful treasure hunt. Lily's character is hilarious. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read!
Normally attracted to mystery novels and psychological thrillers, I have always been slightly turned off by the thought of reading “chick lit” – I often find it to be a bit... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lauren Elizabeth Gemske
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I am a happily married mother of two. Although, I do suppose there is some give and take when it comes to marriage, if you know what I mean. For instance, I did not know about the DISHWASHER OPTIMIZATION RULE before I was married. Here's the thing, if I put a fork in the dishwasher, my beloved will come along behind me and remove the fork, and then put it back in the dishwasher in some sort of OPTIMIZED fashion. Not only does he do this, but he will give me a disbelieving look and may even grunt as if to say, "What the hell? Seriously, what the hell, by now you should know EXACTLY where the fork goes in the dishwasher." I find him in the kitchen at ten thirty at night rearranging all the dishes I have already put in the dishwasher. In the deepest, darkest recesses of my mind it does not even occur to me that there is an optimization plan for the dishwasher. You put the dishes in, poof, they come out clean. Now that is not to say that I am not down with the Obsessive Compulsive Thing. I am down with it. I steal chalk. That's right, chalk. It's not that I want the chalk per se, it's that when I am done lecturing I swoop up everything in my path and deposit it into my bag out of fear of losing my keys. When I get home after a class,I look in my bag and it is FULL of chalk. I take the chalk back, free it and go on about my business...

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