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For Love of Livvy (Book 1): A Cozy Mystery with bite (the Esposito series) [Kindle Edition]

J. M. Griffin
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Book Description

After her favorite aunt is found dead and an alarming box is mysteriously left on the doorstep of her aunt's house now legally hers, Lavinia Esposito wants explanations. But, having cleared the package of explosives, the local cops are dumbounded by the precious stones which came without an explanation, just an address, her Aunt Livvy's. Frustrated by the cops' refusal to share their theories, criminal justice instructor Lavinia Esposito, a.k.a. Vinnie, takes investigation matters into her own hands. Vinnie is soon dragged into situations beyond her control, finding herself in hot water with the law, the crooks, and her Italian father. Willing to put her life at risk to find out what really happened to her beloved Aunt Livvy, and why jewels would be addressed to her aunt, Vinnie plunges ahead with her usual tenacity, bravery, and keen wits to solve and survive this mystery.

Editorial Reviews


I read, I loved and can't wait for more of Vinnie's antics. Warm, funny and interesting story. -- Jamie Millis

About the Author

J. M. Griffin is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to stimulate the imagination much like she wields her paint brush. The pages are a blank canvas on which JM draws vivid characters. For Love of Livvy is the first in a series of novels featuring Lavinia Vinnie Esposito's story. JM lives in rural Rhode Island, a state she considers colorful and interesting.

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  • File Size: 282 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1897562454
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCPF88
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really fun read! February 17, 2012
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This is my first time reviewing a book. I loved the characters and felt absorbed in the plot, so much so that I couldn't put it down. I am also a Rhode Island native and was pleasantly surprised at the setting and mention of so many familiar places. There was also a nice amount of romance woven right into the story, keeping Lavinia "Vinny" quite busy while she is trying to solve a family mystery. It was refreshing to read a book that did not have the violence, expletives, and gore that is in most novels.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money March 29, 2013
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"If I was a writer, this would make a hell of a story. Since I'm not and this was happening to me, then it wasn't such a fun series of events."
This is a line straight from the book. Emphasis on "If I was a writer", "Since I'm not" and "it wasn't such a fun series of events" could not have said it better for me.

This book was like chewing on cardboard. Dry and uneventful. The plot and the characters were uninteresting, unappealing and unlikeable. The physical descriptions were sorry. The trooper for instance had chocolate eyes and a great body. Really? That sure as hell does it for me, NOT. He waltzes in on day one, kisses her on day two and then, on day three, makes himself at home by going into her frig and fixing himself a sandwich like he's known her all his life and they've been dating forever. On day four they're madly in love and can't resist each other. The boarder, who she constantly referred to as WWF, looked like The Rock and they supposedly have some kind of heat between them. There was no relationship development. It was just in your face and there with no reasonable explanation. I can't even figure out why the guys are attracted to Vinnie. She is a clumsy klutz who's supposed to teach some kind of criminal class and even that falls short. She was sensible enough to call the police to check out a suspicious package that had been left on her porch under suspicious circumstances but did not have enough sense to do a background check on the man she was renting a room to in her own house! Her friend Lola has a Julia Roberts smile that made people look at her like a movie star. Just what does that mean anyway? She'd flashed those pearly whites and instantly store clerks would respond with "May I help you miss?" Or car dealers would say "Would you like the keys to that?
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Characters straight out of Stephanie Plums seires November 23, 2012
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It was pretty clear almost right from the beginning that this author loves Janet Evonovich's Stephanie Plum and friends. Livy is almost an exact replica, right down to the two hot men in her life (and one is a cop, the other secretive) to the mother who loves to cook and feed everyone and even her overall bad luck and getting into unusual situations. I hung on despite all this b/c the plot seemed interesting. Unfortunately, it didn't end with any fun twists or tense moments. So sorry, I will not be back for more Livy Esposito novels.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Bad Book April 19, 2012
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The supposed main idea of this story was what happened to Livvy. Not much was written about this. In the last chapter we find out - sort of.

Mostly, we're inundated with what the characters ate, where it came from, how it was prepared, (microwaved, mostly), what it was eaten off of - (plate), and Vinnie's sexual fantasies and exploits. Most, not all, of the characters were unrealistic. Vinnie was crude, rude, immoral and a major potty mouth. She spent very little time trying to find out what happened to Livvy. Actually, someone else finally did. Probably while she was making whoopee, which she spent most of her time doing.

A worthless book, in my opinion. Don't waste your time.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "For Love of Livvy" Is Captivating! I'm hooked! February 22, 2012
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I'm glad to see that this book is part of a series because I really want to see what happens next! I'm a new reader of J.M. Griffin's work, but I'm already a hooked reader! I just bought this book and am already looking forward to the next one. Thanks for the great read.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and frustrating... September 8, 2013
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First of all, how many times must the narrator refer to her boyfriend's Mr. Winky? She is supposed to be an educated college professor, not a sixth grader.

Second, this is the first book in the series, and the narrator's father is upset with her for always getting involved and trying to solve the mystery. Huh? If there were previous mysteries, we are not told about them. It seems this should be a scene in book four or five, not book one.

Third, for an intelligent woman, the main character does stupid things, like rent her second floor apartment to a perfect (but, of course, good-looking) stranger just because he says he knows the local police chief. She is a criminology instructor, and she never checks on this.

Fourth, the storytelling is irritating. The same scenes happen over and over again. They eat, they heat up food in the microwave, she goes to her mother's to get more food, repeat. Or her friend who owns the deli down the street brings over the food, but same plot. Yawn.

Bottom line -- if this is a first effort, it could have used a lot of editing and polishing before being published.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Love of Livvy January 5, 2012
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"For Love of Livvy" by J.M. Griffin is a sparkling debut to the sassy and saucy Vinnie Esposito series. Vinnie is a memorable heroine in the spirit of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. I am loving "For Love of Livvy" as well as Vinnie's other adventures!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun mystery
Enjoyed it ever so much. Liked all the good "guys". I am already reading #2
Published 3 days ago by Clara
5.0 out of 5 stars It's one hot mess after the other.
When Vinnie finds herself in trouble, it's one hot mess after the other in this cute mystery/romance. Read more
Published 8 days ago by TRACIE ELKINS
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an awesome book and I look forward to reading more stories...
This was an awesome book and I look forward to reading more stories by J M Griffin. I would recommend this book without hesitation to any avid reader. I absolutely loved it!
Published 10 days ago by Tammy Gilberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good read, would buy others in this series.
Published 10 days ago by monica
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Overly unrealistic, even for a light comedy
Published 13 days ago by Leslie long
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute story /light reading
It kept me interested ! I Will definitely read book 2! It has funny parts too!
Sexual parts light and funny!
Published 14 days ago by jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery, lots of laughs!
Vinny is of Italian descent, and works teaching criminal investigation technique in a college near her Rhode Island home that she inherited from her Aunt Livvy. Read more
Published 15 days ago by DiF
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was a cute book. I am ...
I thought it was a cute book. I am now getting ready to read some more of this authors books.
Published 19 days ago by Debbie Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.....
Great read.....
Published 20 days ago by Dianne
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