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For Love of Livvy

(Esposito Mysteries #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,796 ratings  ·  181 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 8th 2009 by Lachesis Publishing, Inc. (first published December 21st 2007)
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Dec 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ruth Hill
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
When it comes to well-written mysteries, I am always a fan. Add a little romance and some light-hearted humor, and I am hooked. Indeed the first book in this mystery series meets the criteria to become a fan favorite. Vinnie is a strong woman, but she seems to be somewhat flighty at times, much to the chagrin and delight of those around her--especially the two men in her life. The charm of the story more than makes up for any portions of the story that come across as being less engaging. By in l ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, nook-e-books, series
Okay, so this struck me as a very poor attempt at reproducing Stephanie Plum. This book is difficult to follow and the relationships are completely unrealistic. Oh, and I just about pulled my hair out every time I read abiut the "Julia smile", " the two dummies" and " the creep". I will not be continueing on with this series.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Hmmm. I read this several weeks ago and I can't even remember how it ended. I do remember that it irked me throughout the book that the police detective kept getting touchy-feely, groping, kissy with the main character while investigating the case and in uniform and on duty. Really?
Evelyn Wilson
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook-books-read
I had to get used to how J.M. Griffin began this book inasmuch as I felt there might have been a prior book but no, this is the 1st of the Series. It was a good mystery but I think you will realize who the culprits are pretty quickly.
Ted Tayler
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it

This doesn't have the depth of character, or unique plot that would propel it into the stratosphere, but it's an enjoyable read all the same. It's cozy, and a mystery; exactly what it says on the tin. So dive in and enjoy it for what it is; a few hours of escapism.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Italian connection

Brilliant. Sassy, brash and confident, Vinnie has taken over the house that her aunt left her when she died. She certainly didn't expect an anonymous package to be left on her doorstep. Calling the troopers in (she feared it might contain explosives) has her meeting her hunky hero. Cut gems are in the package. Was her aunt involved in smuggling? Was her aunt's death natural? More packages come to light. With a new tenant, her BFF and her hunk she starts to investigate. Can
This writer really needs an editor, for both grammar/word choice and help with realistic, believable dialogue. Both weaknesses are a big distraction from what I think may be a decent plot. Hoping the rest of the series is stronger. I like light romance, but only if it's truly readable and clever. Writer would greatly benefit from a strong editor as partner.
Donna Huber
I think this was a case of "It's me, not you" - I've read too similar books this summer. I would give another book in the series a try as the main character Vinnie grew on me.
Sep 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a new author and a new series for me - I liked the story and the characters. I also liked the author's language.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Not my favorite type of mystery, too much romance.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a fun mystery, not complex but an easy and entertaining read...
Sandra Lopez
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
A strange package arrives to Vinnie after the recent death of her Aunt Livvy. Ever since then, something has been nagging at her about the strange death. But what? The death was not violent; she was found dead in her car. It is weird that we still don’t know how she died.

The story had a slow and unamusing start with too much talk on the small Rhode Island town and the ancient Victorian house Vinnie inherited. The mystery was a little drab and it took a long time to get to it. It seems to be all
Penny Post
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just What I Needed

I loved the characters and could easily picture Vinnie and Marcus fussing back and forth, her embarrassment at all the clumsiness. The exasperation at her talking back to him and the way they were drawn together while he tried to solve the puzzle of the gems mysteriously being delivered for Aunt Livvy months after her death. Throw in the "Romeo" hunk, the tiny fireball best friend and Vinnie's Italian parents and good food and you have a delightful story with relatable characte
Marg Siegler
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed every minute.

I really liked this character and encourage the author to write more about her mysteries
Who has two gorgeous hunks in her life? Although, I think she choose the right guy, I would encourage a mystery with her best friend and the other hunk This story could have Vinnie involved because her friend asks for help. TA TA
Ellen White
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vinnie is a criminal justice instructor, when a package addressed to her deceased aunt arrives on her doorstep. Inside was jewels, what were they about, and did they have anything to do with her aunt’s untimely death. For Vinnie and trouble seem to go hand and hand. As she investigates on her on, curiosity to get answers. Intriguing mystery, with death threats.
Julie Gansler
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impetuous heroine and great storyline

Great read. Fast moving and well developed characters made this a book I couldn't put down. Vinny is quite the impetuous heroine and the men in her life have a difficult task trying to control her.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although I thought it started off a little slow, I did end up enjoying the story.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For Love of Livvy

A very entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your book and look forward to reading your next book. 👍👍👍👍 !recommend it.
Sandra Burns
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable

I just discovered these cozy mysteries last year. Nice to read a book, with humor & miminal romance. Also, no graphic violence.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
A Stephanie Plum wanna be. Vinnie Esposito, meets hunky men and solves a crime. EH!
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty light weight in terms of sex or romance/attraction.
It needed more of either one to keep your interest and make you want to read the next in the series.
Delia Papas
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Love the characters and story. Amazing what family will do to each other for material possession. New adventure with best friends.
Marcia Frederick
Fantastic story, fantastic read!!

Loved the characters and I'm looking forward to following Vinnie through her next adventures! And of course, Trooper Marcus Richmond!
Kristine Brezenski
Fun light read!

Witty, descriptive, and predictable! An overall fun read. A love story with a mystery that will make just about anyone smile.
J.M. Jeffries Jeffries
First off, on the plus side, this book has a killer cover which attracted me first. Secondly the dialogue sparkles. It's both smart and funny in places. The writing is surprisingly skilled. The problem: the silly, stupid heroine and a story that makes no sense.

Remember the old horror movies where the heroine hears a mysterious sound from the second floor and goes up to investigate rather then fleeing despite the many attempts already made on her life. We know going up those stairs is going to ma
Amy Cox
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read. Interesting Characters and original mystery story line. Would like to see how the characters progress. Will read the next book. Kind of wordy in places.
Vivian (Vivi) McCormack
You will do anything for family

I found myself loving cozy mysteries, and paranormals, especially this one . I loved Lavinia. This author really was witty,and gave her story an ending ,but not a ending of our lovely main character, to my pleasure there are more stories of lavania.. Thank you , J.M. Griffin
Travel Cocktails
Mar 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is giving me a massive headache from rolling my eyes. I love mystery stories. But this? It's a mystery why I purchased a bundle of three books. I liked the writing on the preview. But why didn't I look further?

No offense with the writing. Griffin writes good. But the start of this book; well.. it's confusing.
The story doesn't make sense and I don't like the heroine.

She's stupid. Even though she teaches criminal investigative techniques at a university. A fact that the writer keeps say
Cheryl Landmark
I love cozy mysteries, but this one just did not do it for me.

The biggest drawback was the overworked, tiresome love triangle involving two impossibly gorgeous, hunky guys who had the main character swooning and going weak in the knees like a love-struck teenager every time they looked at her. Just for once, could we not have ONE main male character who is not movie-star handsome with tight buns and smoldering bedroom eyes? Just an average guy with a great personality and maybe even a wart on hi
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JM Griffin grew up in the Maine countryside. Inspired by the Nancy Drew mysteries, JM wrote her first story at age twelve.

With 5 books written and more in the works, JM's first book in the Vinnie Esposito series published in February of 2009. The first and second Vinnie Esposito novels have been re-released through Lachesis Publishing. The third novel in the series, Dead Wrong, was released in ebo

Other books in the series

Esposito Mysteries (7 books)
  • Dirty Trouble (Esposito Mysteries, #2)
  • Dead Wrong (Esposito Mysteries, #3)
  • Cold Moon Dead (Esposito Mysteries, #4)
  • Season for Murder (Esposito Mysteries, #5)
  • Death Gone Awry (Esposito Mysteries, #6)
  • Deader Than Dead (Esposito Mysteries #7)

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