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An Extra Virgin Pressing Murder Paperback – April 5, 2012
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"Like Agatha Christie, this simple mystery with slightly inexplicable characters turns out to be a much more complex exploration of manners. Like a good pasta sauce, it's full of the subtle flavorings of multiple spicy accents!" Never Enough Books, Writer and Blogger
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"An old-fashioned who done it with plenty of suspicious characters, set in modern day Italy. I took my time and lingered in Tuscany as long as I could." Julie L. Sarff, Author
About the Author
Candida Martinelli is a technical and creative writer, and most-importantly, she is a confirmed Italophile. To share her love of Italian culture, in 2003 she established the Italian culture website CANDIDA MARTINELLI'S ITALOPHILE SITE at Italophiles.com. The website has grown into a popular entertainment and reference site. In 2014 she began the ITALOPHILE BOOK REVIEWS site, which has grown quickly into a source for honest reviews about books Italophiles may enjoy.
She is the author of the cozy-murder-mystery novel AN EXTRA VIRGIN PRESSING MURDER, and the young-adult/adult mystery novel series THE VIOLET STRANGE MYSTERIES. She is the editor of A COLLECTION OF SHORT MYSTERIES.
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Martinelli ticks all the boxes for a cozy mystery with quirky characters, romance, a whodunnit which keeps the reader guessing and frequent descriptions of delicious food.
If you like amateur female sleuths, alla Miss Marple, you will enjoy meeting Martinelli's Julie.
As a middle-aged woman with diabetes, my main criticism is that none of the book's characters seem to think about the consequences of their frequent high-carb meals. Devouring this book in a day made me feel I should be checking my glucose between chapters, yet none of the women in the book seem concerned about health or weight issues. The result of all that olive oil, perhaps.
I loved the loyal friendships portrayed in the book which served as counterpoint to the selfish, manipulative relationships of the "bad guys."
I was impressed with the way the author accurately structured her Italian characters' English phrases. These seemed familiar to me from my conversations with my Italian daughters-in-law, granddaughters and their Italian families and friends during my visits to Italy. In my experience, even those most fluent in English give a charming Italian twist to our language.
For a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience, I say, "Bravissima."
The eponymous murder turns the crack into a canyon. All thoughts of a joyous wedding go out the window as everyone, except Julie, appear to have a motive. As an outsider, Julie has a unique perspective. This former high school librarian is observant and a good listener with a knack for getting people to tell her things they probably shouldn't. The local 'Marshal', Massimo Novelli, enlists Julie's help to solve the crime.
There is a lot to enjoy in this cozy mystery: the cast of characters, the plot twists that I didn't see coming and the everyday rituals concerning food and modes of behaviour that are part of life in Italy. What I most enjoyed was the fact that Marshal Novelli didn't act like the usual policeman in many crime novels (I'm thinking Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), and assume that a mature woman wasn't capable of helping solve the crime -- in fact, he positively encouraged her.
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