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Limoncello Yellow (Franki Amato #1)

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Francesca "Franki" Amato is a tough-talking rookie cop in Austin, Texas—until an unfortunate 911 call involving her boyfriend, Vince, and a German female wrestler convinces her once and for all that she just isn't cut out for a life on the police force. So Franki makes the snap decision to move to New Orleans to work at her friend Veronica's detective agency, Private Chick ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 4th 2014 by Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Christian Louboutin, the world-famous French footwear designer, has quoted about "heels" as:

The higher the better. It's more about an attitude. High heels empower women in a way.

You must be wondering that I'm going to tell you about a book which portrays about women and their high-heels. Well, you're wrong! Traci Andrighetti, an Italian author, has penned her debut book, named, Limoncello Yellow which is about female private investigators with a lot of Italian flare, glamour, glitz and some ba
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was really a roller coaster of a good mystery! When the solution came, it hit me out of nowhere as I had no idea who the perp would be, definitely was not the person I was thinking.

Franki Amato has left the police force to go work with her friend Veronica at her Private Chicks Investigation firm. After all, she's an ex-cop, so how hard can it be to investigate divorces, cheating husbands and stuff like that?

She finds out how hard when they get involved solving a high profile murder case wh
Tracie Banister
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was instantly intrigued by the title, cover art, and blurb for this book, so I downloaded a copy, not even bothering to read the sample first, and I was rewarded with a fun, fast-paced story that was an absolute blast to read! Honestly, I haven’t enjoyed a debut novel in a mystery series this much since One For the Money by Janet Evanovich. Franki Amato, the heroine of Limoncello Yellow, is every bit as sassy, entertaining, and calamity-prone as Stephanie Plum.

When the book opens, Franki’s a
Margaret Madden
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Thanks to Samantha March at for inviting me along on this Book Tour.......

Franki Amato is a PI working for her friend Veronica in the wonderful city of New Orleans. Private Chicks Inc. has all kinds of clients. Suspecting Spouses, missing dogs and a murder suspect hoping to clear their name. All in a days work for the girls! Franki has left behind her life in Texas, her job on the police force, her cheating boyfriend and her overpowering Sicilian family who are dead set on findi
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When police officer Francesca “Franki” Amato finds her boyfriend in bed with another woman during a 911 call, her whole world turns upside down. With her cop partner not very helpful, she decides police work isn’t for her. She leaves her family, her job and Texas and heads to New Orleans. Her best friend Veronica offers her a job in her private detective agency, Private Chicks, Inc. Much to her family’s dismay, Franki sees this as the perfect opportunity to change her life around and far away fr ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Francesca “Franki” Amato is fed up with the way her partner is treating her, and then she finds her boyfriend in bed with a female wrestler, so she abruptly quits her job as a cop and joins her best friend, Veronica, in the private detective agency, Private Chicks, Inc. in Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti. Soon after Franki arrives in New Orleans from Austin, TX, the pair get hired to investigate the murder case of a manager of a high-end fashion store strangled with a cheap yellow scarf. ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book and was happy to start to read a light fun novel. When I first started reading it, the first chapter, I was very disappointed and really thought I disliked it. Ahh but, in this case, persistence paid off! I found it to be exactly that light, funny book I was hoping to read!

Frankie Amato is an accident waiting to happen! When the story opens she's a rookie cop called out with her experienced partner to a hotel room where neighbors are complaining. She walks in, weapon at the ready
Glynis Astie
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of mysteries and adding romantic comedy to the mix only makes the story better! When the book opens, we find Franki Amato's life in a less than ideal state. A dead-end job, cheating boyfriend and meddling family have left her with wounds which will take time to heal. Cue her move to New Orleans to join her best friend's PI firm, Private Chicks, Inc. (Love the name!) Franki's new life is filled with colorful characters, a new and exciting city to explore and mysteries to solve. You ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Limoncello Yellow portrays feisty ex-police officer Franki Amado as she moves to New Orleans to escape her cheating husband & overprotective Italian family in an entertaining & humorous way. The characters are so full & vivid, they appear ready to step off the page, ready for life. Glenda, retired stripper, is not the good witch of the North, maybe a Southern naughty witch. She has a heart of gold, but the taste of a street walker with a drag queen's wardrobe (on a thin, aging body). ...more
Chelsea Drescher
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's highly entertaining, fast-paced and a wonderful read! It's funny, realistic, and the characters were great.

The plot wasn't predictable and was realistic and fun. I loved the story but also loved how it was written. I highly recommend this book, you won't be able to put it down!
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-kindle
A little chick lit, a little cozy, a little romance. Throw in a few dogs and you've got me. (There's even voodoo, a stripper, and some sleazy men.)

A delightful debut and I can hardly wait until she writes another!
Mary Drayer
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An instant "hit" with me! The author has a GREAT way of telling the story and you will laugh your ass off reading....
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
After finding her boyfriend in a compromising situation with a female wrestler, and having serious issues with her partner on the force, Franki decides to take her friend, Veronica's, offer to partner with her at her detective agency....taking Franki from Texas to New Orleans. And right into a former stripper's apartment complex, complete with furnishings that would make your mother blush.

The first case at Private Chicks, Inc. after Franki's arrival is in the form of a pompous ass, who's being a
Annabel Krantz
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
New Orleans (or 'Nola' as it is apparently known by locals) is the perfect setting for this quirky mystery. Against a setting of Mardi Gras madness, a voodoo priestess, serenading Italian men and a retired stripper, it's hard for detectives Franki and Veronica to tell a suspects from the eccentric locals.

After leaving her over-bearing family and cheating ex in Texas, Franki is looking to start over and finally find her niche. Solving a high profile murder seems like the way to get things off on
Love/Hate Books
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it

Limoncello Yellow is a fun, sassy mystery novel. The lead character Franki starts out in beautiful Austin, TX as a rookie cop who responds to a 911 call that involves her boyfriend and a German female wrestler. (That's right people you will be giggling by pg 11). This discovery leads to her decision to move forward with her life in New Orleans right around Mardi Gras. She is going into business with her cute fashion savvy friend Veronica who owns a detective agency named Private Chicks
Once Upon a Romance Reviews

Sexual Content: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content: Mild/Moderate
Violent Content: Minimal

Franki Amato is like many of us; determined, unsure of ourselves, intelligent, cautious. She makes a life-changing decision to uproot herself and begin life in a new profession, in a new city, as a PI. With her first case with new PI partner and BF, she's thrown into a murder case.

The leg work takes Franki through the French Quarter and Garden District of New Orleans. It's quite an adventure for the read
Italo Italophiles
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Limoncello Yellow is the first book in the cozy-murder-mystery Franki Amato Mystery Series. The protagonist, Francesca (Franki) Amato, is a first generation Italian-(Sicilian)-American in the United States. She grew up in Houston, Texas, with her parents, brothers, and her very-Sicilian paternal grandmother. All that wonderful Italian ethnicity enriches Limoncello Yellow.

The private detecting firm that Franki joins is run by Franki's old friend, Veronica Maggio, another hyphenated Italian. The t
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, march-2014
**4.5 out of 5 Funny Zitella’s **

This is one of the funniest books I have read in along time. Franki is leaving the Police Force after her not so spectacular partner is more worried about finding the closest bathroom, than he is teaching her the ropes of the streets. Not to mention on one of the calls she finds her Fiance in a very compromising position with another woman. She has had it and is ready for a new start.

After leaving Texas and her old life behind, she is headed for New Orleans to st
Authors & Readers Book Corner
In Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti readers are introduced to Francesca Amato, a cop that is questioning her job until her boyfriend is the cause of a 911 emergency call. Francesca decides to get away so she moves to New Orleans to work for a friend. Francesca’s takes a job with Private Chicks, Inc a detective agency, which she believes will be a better fit.

After starting with Private Chicks, Inc she is thrust into a murder case about a boutique manager. As she investigates, Francesca’s fi
Paula Ratcliffe
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Julie Valerie
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fast-moving plot, gun-drawing action, conflict revealed on the second page of the book. Perfect for lovers of mysteries and detective stories.

Main character Franki is fun, spirited, and she's packing heat. Her partner, Officier Stan Stubbs, provides comic relief during tense situations and the two of them together make a great pair that readers will enjoy very much. I enjoyed the many colorful characters that cross paths with Franki Amato and liked the handling of dialogue from characters who d
Andrea Guy
The words Gemma Halliday presents were what drew me to this book because I love The High Heel Mystery series. I loved this book too. Its like Stephanie Plum and Sophie Metropolis all rolled into one.

I absolutely adore books like this that are full of fun and funny.

You will laugh out loud reading this, which at times can be embarrassing, but hey! Everyone needs a good laugh and when you get one from a book, that's twice as nice.

Oh and toss in a wacky grandma! Move of Grandma Mazur, that's all I c
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it


Limoncello Yellow is an entertaining P.I. detective story. It is full of loveable characters, interesting settings, humor and dating woes.

The plot Franki's life is falling apart so she decides to move to New Orleans and become a P.I. with college roommate Veronica. They get a case to work on a murder to solve.

Franki's family is trying to find her a husband, especially her grandmother. Franki likes a banker she has just met. Her dating life is full of laughs and drama.

The setting is N
Nash Norden
Francesca "Franki" Amato caught her boyfriend, Vince, with a German female wrestler and convinced that life with the police force isn’t for her. Franki moved o New Orleans to work with her friend, Veronica at her detective agency, Private Chicks, Inc. Her first case was to investigate a murder case, where a woman was found strangled to death with a yellow scarf.

Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti is a fun, quick read. Franki Amato was fun and sassy. I loved the characters around Franki, espec
Vanessa Di Stefano
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was racy, fun and just so, well, wonderful! I couldn't put it down and finished it in about three or four days, which is pretty good going for me at the moment! It really reminded me of Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City", which I totally loved, but set as a crime story, which is my favourite genre. The main character is the newbie private eye Franki, who's just brilliant and funny (and I wish I could eat as many cakes and things as she does!!), and the scenes of New Orl ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Limoncello Yellow has ex-police officer Franki Amado's moveing to New Orleans from Jersey escaping her cheating husband. She's adding distance from overprotective Italian family who direct her love life in an entertaining, humorous way. The characters are flawed but vivid they appear larger than life. Her landlord, Glenda, retired stripper, has a heart of gold, With the wardrobe of a drag queen's wardrobe. Franki's grandma, Nonna' calls regularly & provide gut-busting humor that makes one sy ...more
Samantha March
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Traci Andrighetti is on tour now with Limoncello Yellow and CLP Blog Tours

Ah, mystery chick lit, one of my fave genres! This book has all the crucial chick lit elements – relationship woes, job foes, and a spunky heroine to root for. There’s also plenty of comedy (between Nonna and Glenda I’m not sure who made me laugh more!), and then that bonus aspect of a mystery to solve. Mix it all together to get Limoncello Yellow and a book that I highly recommend! The mystery was fun to try to solve with
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been to New Orleans countless times. After reading Limoncello Yellow, I want to go back. Ms. Andrighetti really touched on the best parts of the town-the people and ... the food. The book opens with Franki Amato, a patrol woman with a disgusting, gassy, condescending idiot of a partner. I liked her from that scene on. She goes on to join her best friend Veronica in a PI firm in New Orleans. I enjoyed the mystery as it traveled through the worlds of fashion, Italian families, Catholicism and ...more
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
Limoncello Yellow by Traci Andrighetti is such a great book! I absolutely loved it. Franki Amato is sassy, funny and smart. I felt a connection to her right away, like someone that I would love to be friends with. The mystery that Traci Andrighetti weaves is awesome. I was enthralled and guessing clear until the end. I loved Franki’s crazy family and her friends.

The characters and the settings were well-developed. I really felt transported to NOLA while I was reading. Traci definitely has me hoo
Patsy Sauls
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Limoncello Yellow begins with a cheating boyfriend and a useless police partner. Franki has had enough. She decides to leave the police force and Texas and move to New Orleans and work for her best friend Veronica as a Private Investigator. Franki gets her first case which is a big one – a murder by scarf. But things are going so smoothly with Franki in her new home. She has an interfering grandmother who is trying to get her married. Your landlady is a former stripper. But the worse is finding ...more
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Traci Andrighetti is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Franki Amato mysteries and the Danger Cove Hair Salon mysteries. In her previous life, she was an award-winning literary translator and a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a PhD in Applied Linguistics. But then she got wise and ditched that academic stuff for a life of crime—writing, that is.

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