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Gia in the City of the Dead

(Gia Santella #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  500 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Kicking off a new series from Anthony, Barry & Macavity finalist Kristi Belcamino ...

When Gia Valentina Santella's parents died four years ago, she fled small town Monterey to pursue the high life in the big city where she could smother her grief by playing house in a luxurious high-rise apartment with sweeping views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published September 19th 2017
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Want a fast paced story that you can't put down until you're finished, go with Gia Santella. It took me a few chapters, but once I was hooked, I could do little else. I have the first four in a collected ebook, and held off the temptation to jump right into book 2, only because I have a few other things I need to finish before the year ends.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“This is a suspenseful captivating story filled with realistic characters. I was drawn into Gia’s world immediately from page one and could not wait to finish which was bittersweet because I was finished. Gia is a fierce, gusty woman who is willing to sacrifice and do everything and anything to not only protect but avenge her family and friends. She is a spoiled, rich Italian American Princess, who is thrown into a run for her life and the truth about her parents death. Her personal discoveries ...more
Whoa! Kristi Belcamino has done it! She has created yet another take-charge, intoxicating character who is a fierce protector of those she loves. The new girl in town is named Gia Valentina Santella, and she is smoking awesome. Belcamino's first kick-ass series' character was Gabriella Giovanni, and I have been such a fan of Gabriella that I was a bit skeptical of falling quickly for another contender. But, when this author writes, this reader falls, into storytelling and characters compelling t ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I discovered Kristi Belcamino, thanks to IG, and let my curiosity get the better of me. So, I decided to check out the first book in her Gia Santella series. Gia is a completely new heroine for the modern era. She's not a cop, a private investigator, or even a psychic. She's an Italian/American heiress who just discovered that her parents' deaths weren't the accident she was led to believe; they were murdered. Aw, HELL NO! Gia is going to find out who had her family killed, even if it kills her ...more
Chris Norbury
I'm not well-read in this genre (sexy, kick-ass female amateur sleuth--I guess a subset of Chick Lit), but I was entertained by the breakneck pace, unique character, tight editing, and imaginative plot. The ending had a twist I didn't expect, but it made sense by the last page. I'd call this an excellent start to a series with a protagonist who can undergo a lot of personal growth along the way, as well as catching lots of bad guys or solving some crimes.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not a bad read, still adjusting to first person narrative. Still story back building in this book to bring the reader up to date on Gia Santella and the direction her life is heading.

Gia is a very complicated and damaged woman who manages to make some daring decisions that lead her and anyone that knows her into danger.

The book is fairly well written and very fast paced.

Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A new feisty, smart heroine and an exciting beginning of a new series! Kristi Belcamino writes non-stop these days and her action-packed books have great appeal to a large audience. Although Gia Santella is only 23 she has already had life-changing and near-death experiences which keep the reader glued to the pages. I had the good fortune to read an ARC of Gia in the City of the Dead, and am looking forward to more books featuring this strong female character who minces no words and kicks butt w ...more
Douglas Cronk
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gia is wealthy young woman who is having problems dealing with the death of her parents three years after the fact.
She tries to bury her pain in shopping sprees, heavy drinking, and casual sex.
When she decides to investigate the death of her parents, she puts herself, and those around her, in mortal danger.
Gia in the City of the Dead is an exciting start in new series by Kristi Belcamino.
Lee Hauser
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I admit it, I bought this book based on the title (and it was on sale). I'm sorry to say I was disappointed. The book reads like a first draft, certainly not something an award-winning author would publish.

The main character, while likable, is too good to be true (young, beautiful, rich, with nothing to do with her days but drink and stare at the San Francisco skyline while waiting for the next boy-toy to appear, jetting off around the world on a moment's notice). She makes horrible decisions f
Mike Cullen
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Gia in the City of the Dead is the first novel I've read by Kristi Belcamino. For the most part, I enjoyed the story. Gina, whose parents were killed in a house fire in Geneva, discovers a conspiracy that covers her entire life and runs the risk of ending with her death. After her only living relative is found dead in suspicious circumstances, Gina runs away from her life as bored, drunk, drug using heiress in San Fransico and sets off to find out who exactly wants her dead.

My major gripe with
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
This book has a great story and strong feisty female lead, although her Budo Karate talk becomes tiresome (like that friend who’s started a fad diet and won’t stop banging on about it) and doesn’t really bear much relevance to the story. Would still recommend.
Nancy Harmon
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The story was okay, but not compelling. I felt like the protagonist cried “poor me” too many times to earn my investment.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it

Gia is the main protagonist in this novel. Characters are a little weak, but it was an entertaining read. Enjoy!
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
The book was okay. Didn't start getting interesting til chapter nine.
Maryann Forbes
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I read that Kristi Belcamino was releasing a book with a new character I was taken a bit back. As a long time fan of her Gabriella Giovanni series, I thought she would never be able to top those books. I quickly discovered that she definitely could as I read Gia in the City of the Dead. Belcamino's new book features a twenty three year old passionate, feisty and somewhat lost protagonist, Gia Santella.
Gia is still grieving the death of her parents as a result of a tragic fire in which they
Ruby Bibi
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
-In a story that goes at a breakneck speed, we follow the first in a series of books about Gia Santelli. In a prequel, we had learned that she was a 23 year old Italian American, whose parents had been very successful, but who died in a fire years before. She has only one brother who was just a little younger than her, but he had a violent streak. The two of them never got along, even to the current day. Her only other family, though not by blood, was her godfather, Vito, who was a friend of her ...more
J Earl
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Gia series from Kristi Belcamino combines the best of the thriller genre with a character that can vacillate from caring to not giving a, well, I'll just say not caring quickly depending on the object of that attention. Yet this does not represent a person unsure of her beliefs, in fact, it is the opposite. She is so focused on doing what she considers the right thing that what she cares or doesn't care about makes perfect sense from her worldview.

In this, the first volume of the series, we
John W.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
GIA IN THE CITY OF THE DEAD is a murder mystery featuring Kristi Belcamino’s new protagonist Gia Valentina Santella. Belcamino's storyline is full of the action. The author introduces Gia to her readers. She is describing the carefree lifestyle of a wealthy American Italian woman who loves to party. Drinking and partying was Gia way of dealing with the grief of the loss of her parents. Belcamino describes how Gia’s life suddenly takes a life-altering change in direction when someone kills her b ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kristi Belcamino hits the jackpot once again with a striking new protagonist. Meet Giada Santella, a fast-driving, hard-drinking, Budo karate-trained free spirit, who is gorgeous, sexy, and a young heiress. She is also on a mission: her parents have been killed in a mysterious fire at their estate in Switzerland, her bother has fallen out of her life, her Sicilian godfather and protector is wasting away from effects of MS and Gia feels compelled to unearth the haunting secrets of her family's pa ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall I really enjoyed this book. I definitely had trouble putting it down!
I liked the characters, especially Gia. She's interesting, strong, and the perfect amount of flawed. I really enjoyed her as a protagonist and am looking forward to seeing her grow through more books.
The plot was really interesting and I had a lot of fun trying to solve the mystery as we went on. There were enough different leads to keep me guessing. I also really enjoyed that the main mystery was solved, but there are
Dec 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Was not my cup of tea,,, too descriptive ( pages and pages ) and she gets drunk all the time and casual sex all the time then pages of trying to figure out if she used a condom,, Brother was a problem child and Gia goes through the book wondering why her mother loved the brother more than her, ( so she thinks) she is in a mafia family and parents are murdered/fire. I usually read end of days and zombie books, this had little action although she works out at local marial arts gym, she never gets ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just couldn't put it down, I really love strong female lead characters and Gia Santarella is stronger than most, she is also a true survivor and never gives up even in the darkest times.

I'm not sure if I love Dante or want to kick his ass as a best friend he kinda sucks with his honesty lol but he is loyal so he gets points for that but then so does a dog....

Django is awesome but then I just love a good dog all of Gia's side characters are great after loosing her family she as b
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Some things to smile, some things to think and some things to wonder. A bit of a funny, but sad and anyway unbelievable mafia/mob story with a 23 year old girl which is a drunk and a sexiest ......sometimes anyway! How often she survived even when she was lying at the side of the road....hmmmm.
And for the author ....... a million euro is not a few bucks american .... I guess you wanted to mention LIRA from another time when Italy was Italy and not part of Europe and the Euro, right ?
Keith McDonagh
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent book

This was good but not great in my opinion. some elements were repeated way to much, like the fact that mom loved her brother more. Also, the constant reference to Budo training, yet I only recall one instance where she uses it, and that was to great up a guy kicking his dog. Yrs, he deserved it, but you expect the training to be used against the bad guys, who she either gets great up by, or runs from... Some will love the book, I just thought it was okay.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, have-read
I just love a no nonsense woman who can take care of herself and any situation! Gia gets a letter that her parents were murdered.This sets her off on a journey to find the truth. Along the way there are many secrets uncovered and some of them are dangerous. Gia may get more than she bargained for, but that won't stop her. Great story!!!!
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Gia in the City of the Dead was a free download from the author Kristi Belcamino. I write this review voluntary. A first time read, it certainly will not be the last. Great storyline, wonderful characters and plenty of thrilling action. Kristie Belcamino is up there with the best. Loved it. Highly recommend.
Robert C. smith
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spellbinding Addictive from Start to Finish!

Belcamino is a masterful story teller, using her amazing creativeness and exceptional sensitivity of people to instantly draw readers into this most entertaining tale of surviving the mafia after losing nearly all family, only to discover real love! Enjoy this benchmark of a truly riveting action-packed story!
Jay Williams
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Extremely Good!

I usually only buy books at great discounts or free. This is the first book I have read that induced me to pay full price for the sequels. Gia is an exciting and interesting character, and her story is told in brilliant prose. Suspense and danger follow her through the story, with several exciting twists. I really loved this book.
Gloria Kojakanian
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High action thriller XXX

I liked the story but seemed too condensed....more like a summary. I am elderly,still physically active but I read to get to visit someplace I will Never be able to go. I think if you could slow it down just a little that might help. Loved your characters and will follow you.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kristi's books were recommended to me and I acquired several as I worked on my reading queue. I enjoyed the prequel so much I binged my way thru 6 of Gia Santella's adventures. A kick ass female on her way to finding her true self and her place in the world. Great characters and story. Non-stop action and layers of intrigue will keep you reading long after you should have been asleep.
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Kristi Belcamino is a USA TODAY bestselling author, an Agatha, Macavity, Barry, and Anthony award finalist, a newspaper cops reporter, and an Italian mama who makes a tasty biscotti.

She writes books featuring strong, fierce, and independent women facing unspeakable evil in order to seek justice for those unable to do so themselves.

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Gia Santella (9 books)
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