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A Season for Killing Blondes

(A Gilda Greco Mystery #1)

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Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the body of golden girl, Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside Gilda’s office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation. When three more dead blondes turn up, all brutally strangled an ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published May 20th 2015 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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Steph
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes suspense stories are so over the top that you either guess who the villain is within the first 5 minutes, or the plot twists are too numerous to easily follow. Not so in A SEASON FOR KILLING BLONDES, an excellent mystery that's easy to read but still leaves you guessing.

Lottery winner Gilda Greco is excited to open her career counseling center for boomers...until the dead body of an old friend turns up in the alley behind her office. Gilda's high school crush, detective Carlo Fantin,
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Jane Reads
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, reviewed
I read a really good book, y'all — A Season for Killing Blondes by Joanne Guidoccio. Let me tell you a little about it.

A Season for Killing Blondes is a cozy mystery starring Gilda Greco, a former school teacher, who is changing careers four months after winning a $19 million lottery jackpot. As the book opens, Gilda is about to have an Open House to kick off her new career counseling office in Sudbury, Ontario, to help other Baby Boomers re-evaluate or change careers. Her mother, Aunt Amelia, U
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Georgianna Simpson
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Season for Killing Blondes is a murder mystery with a touch of light romance. This is a delightful read if you like mystery/murder stories with a feel of community people. This takes place in October of 2011 in Sudbury, Canada, so for me, who has never been there, it’s already excitingly located.
The story begins as Gilda tells the story of why Carlo a detective is in the back alley of her newly opened re-careering office (I’m leaving out last names on purpose). On the day that was to be her gr
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Elizabeth Horbaczek
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
this book was given to me for an honest review

4 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery. It was such a great book, it had so much intensity and mystery and all the food that was going through this book made me giggle at the same time. I loved how the Italians always brought food into everything that was going on. It was pretty awesome and not only that they play matchmaker as they are all involved in a murder case. It was pretty amazing how they were able to bring all of that in and it did
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LORI CASWELL
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
Dollycas’s Thoughts
This is an exceptional debut!

Winning the lottery has changed Gilda’s life and she has helped quite a few people too. Gilda has decided to open a career counseling office to help others desiring to make a job change or find the first job in their field. A big open house is planned with a huge Italian theme, Gilda has a big Italian family. It is almost time for the doors to open when someone starts screaming in the back alley. Everyone rushes out and sees a beautiful blonde woma
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Marian Thorpe
Aug 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
An extended Italian family, lots of food, and four murders are at the heart of Joanne Guidoccio's A Season for Killing Blondes, a cozy mystery set in Sudbury, Ontario. While followers of my blog and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads know that this is not my usual genre to review, every so often, I like to read something different, just as while my preference in cinema is for small, independent, international films, once in a while I watch with complete enjoyment a rom-com, or a Hollywood blockbust ...more
Michelle Stanley
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-murder
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite

A Season for Killing Blondes is a mystery/sleuth by Joanne Guidoccio. Lottery winner Gilda Greco’s grand opening of her counselling practice gets off to a bad start when the body of Carrie Ann Godfrey is found in a nearby dumpster. The victim’s family, especially temperamental Anna May, accuses her of murdering their relative and vows revenge. Detective Carlo Fantin, whom Gilda has admired for years, investigates the case, but she soon becomes th
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Susan James
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of a Season for Killing Blondes in return for an honest review.
This is from the blurb:
Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the body of golden girl, Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside Gilda’s office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation. When three more dead blondes turn up, all brutally strangled and deposited near Gild
...more
Jo-Ann Carson
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's a warm, sweet cozy with a distinct Italian and foodie flavor. Vivid characters immediately make you not only like them, but feel like you've known them all your life. The writing is tight and well paced. Guidoccio's gentle humor laces every page.

"When I agreed to import the pastries, I had no idea I would be subsidizing the failing Italian economy and helping Silvio Berlusconi stay in power for a few weeks longer."

The book made me hungry. Good Italian food is always on the table,"...amarett
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Carol Balawyder
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Season for Killing Blondes is the kind of quick paced light mystery novel that you want to pack with you to read on your holidays.
The main character, Gilda, in her early fifties, is a delightful character. Not only does the author, Joanne Guidoccio, provide the reader with an intriguing mystery to solve but she throws in an entertaining romance between Gilda and Detective Carlo Fantin, a man whom years ago she’d spent fantasizing over.
The intergenerational interaction between the characters,
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Misslill
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once I started reading this murder mystery with a touch of romance
I could not put it down. The characters were believable, likable, and their gentle humor engaging. The story was exciting and had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing until the very end. The sense of community was inviting and the foodie/recipe angle enticing! All these characters NEED to appear in another book simply because I really want to know what happens next. Great job on a story that I believe could become a much lo
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Judy Sheluk
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery debut by Joanne Guidoccio. At times it made me laugh out loud (I was reminded of Melodie Campbell's Goddaughter series) as Joanne writes about a large Italian family with love and humor. If you're looking for a light, fast-paced mystery with humor and a well thought out plot, this book is for you!
Debra Doggett
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Read

I was caught up in Gilda's life from the start. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. My only wish was to see more contact between Gilda and Carlo.
Philip
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a little break from my Xmas reading list and read this 1st book in this series by Joanne Guidoccio, a Canadian author who is new to me, and I really liked this story. I thought this was a well written and fairly character driven mystery with Gilda and Carlo being pretty good and definitely likeable characters and Gilda’s close and extended family all a bit quirky. There’s lots of murders and lot’s of suspects and, with the Italian connection, of course lot’s of good food especially those ...more
Bikram
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobookboom
I had requested and received audiobook version of this book for free from the author, in exchange for an unbiased review.

I would say this "cozy mystery" novel is just an okay read. The characters are mostly forgettable. There isn't too much suspense or thrill, which is fine for a cozy read on a beach etc. The culprit was kinda predictable halfway through, so the "whodoneit" quotient wasn't there for me. Still, it kept me interested to keep listening and finish the book.

The narration was the wea
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Susan Berger
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of a Season for Killing Blondes in return for an honest review.
This is from the blurb:
Hours before the opening of her career counseling practice, Gilda Greco discovers the body of golden girl, Carrie Ann Godfrey, neatly arranged in the dumpster outside Gilda’s office. Gilda’s life and budding career are stalled as Detective Carlo Fantin, her former high school crush, conducts the investigation. When three more dead blondes turn up, all brutally strangled and deposited near Gild
...more
Rebecca Austin
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-magic
Gilda Greco, 51, is opening a career counseling office after winning the Lotto 6/49. But on opening day nothing surprises her more than her family finding a dead body beside the dumpster out back and that it was her first client, Carrie Ann Godfrey.

As Gilda cooperates with her high school crush turned detective, Carlo Fantin, more dead bodies keep showing up and Gilda is under suspicion. Will they be able to figure out who the killer is before she herself becomes the next victim?

I enjoyed this b
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Liz
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read that included recipes at the end- love that. The story centers around Gilda, a 50+ woman who has recently moved back to where she grew up after winning the lottery. She is setting up a career center and on the day of her open house to launch the new business a dead woman is found in her trash. I enjoyed reading about all the Italian food, I wanted to be sitting at the table with them. And Gilda's extended family & friends are a fun mix of crazy.

The only problem I had was
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InD'tale Magazine
This quick-paced cozy mystery from Joanne Guidoccio will leave audiences who want an easy weekend read very satisfied.

Read full review in the 2015 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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In 2008, Joanne retired from a 31-year teaching career and launched a second act that tapped into her creative side. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Canada, a ...more

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