The Gay Mardi Gras Murders: A Mia Ferrari Mystery (The Mia Ferrari Mysteries) ペーパーバック – 2013/5/6
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Mia Ferrari, smartarse, older chick, super sleuth, is back in her 2nd murder mystery, and this time, she is up to her neck in drag queens, a rare diamond with a curse and murder most foul against the backdrop of Sydney's world famous Gay Mardi Gras.A female impersonator is found dead in her hotel suite bathtub, and a rare diamond worth twenty million dollars is gone. The Gay Mardi Gras is fast approaching and Mia Ferrari, senior duty manager of the exclusive Rourke International Hotel Sydney, has to juggle a bunch of drag queens, a number of fabulously handsome gay men, a transsexual with a dark mystery, a young cop with sex on his mind, a close friend from the UK who is having marital problems and a mounting body count.As Mia pits her investigative skills against her archenemy, Detective Sergeant Phil Smythe, to solve the case, she not only becomes embroiled in the life of the people around her, but it looks like she is the next target for a serial killer with a grudge against gay men.
Sylvia Massara is a multi-genre author based in Sydney, Australia. She loves to dabble in wacky love affairs, drama, murder, sci-fi (or anything else that takes her fancy) over good coffee. Born in Argentina from Italian and Spanish descent (with a bit of Swiss thrown in) and transplanted to Australia at age 10, Sylvia describes herself as a bit of a "moggie" cat by way of mixed pedigree. She is also a citizen of the world as she has travelled widely throughout most of her life and she's the proud owner of three passports. From a creative perspective, Sylvia has been writing since her early teens and her work consists of novels, screenplays and freelance writing. She has also dabbled in acting on and off, songwriting and even had her own band during her teens/early 20s where she performed at various venues. As with most authors, Sylvia draws on her varied experience from the often puzzling tapestry of life. A few years ago Sylvia resigned from the human race because she discovered the animal kingdom was a much nicer place to be. Currently, Sylvia lives with her cat, Mia; and always vicariously through the many characters in her head. Occasionally, Sylvia ventures into the world of humans, and she cherishes genuine friendships as they are a rare find. Sylvia has recently released her 7th novel, The Stranger, a sci-fi apocalyptic romance with moralistic issues that involve the fight of love vs evil in the cosmos.
This second book in the series did not disappoint me. The Gay Mardi Gras Murders convincingly portrays the world of the Mardi Gras,transsexuals, drag queens and violent family vengeance. I enjoy Mia Ferrari's smartars attitude and her unflagging determination and ability to solve the problems she encounters. She exhibits skills that help her deal with people on a sensitive, personal level, earning their confidence and getting them to open up to her. She also has an irrational dislike for Phil Smythe from the police department, and wilfully defies him,working behind his back to gleefully prove that she can achieve what his department can not. In the end she tacks down the murderer, but finds she is not invincible and cannot do everything on her own. Friends can be enemies, and enemies may turn out to be friends.
I liked Mia's personal growth in this book; while she is still bitter about her ex, she comes to realize how important friends are, and understand that she does not need a romantic relationship to be complete.
I am waiting for the next book in the series. This book shines a glimmer of light on new possibilities. I'm sure Mia will never lose her fire and determination, but will we see changes in her?
Don't miss a great read.
In this one, a collection of drag queens in town for a gay Mardi Gras (um, is there any other kind?!?! LOL) find themselves targeted by what appears to be a serial killer - except for one seeming suicide. Mia Ferrari contends with her ongoing enmity with Smythe, a cop, and her attraction to his young bad-boy partner Sean Webb, all while she's trying to solve the mystery of the murders, as well as what happened to a large jewel that has mysteriously disappeared at the same time.
There are hints in the first book that at least some of the enmity between Smythe and Ferrari may have an underlying sexual tension, but this is brought out more clearly in the novel, and was the piece I enjoyed the most. It's well-handled, including when Mia's friend begins an affair with Smythe which fuels Mia's hostility, but she herself is not quite certain why. I hope this continues in the next book as Smythe has become more of an interesting character for me (I'm not much moved by David, with whom Mia is seemingly still in love).
The plot complexities are greater in this novel than in the previous novel, although there are multiple murders in this one compared to a solo murder in "Playing With The Bad Boys." All in all, a good solid read and an excellent continuation from Book 1.
The murderer who has the misfortune of enacting their crime within striking distance of Mia Ferrari is brought to justice, but not without the reader experiencing a thrilling ride that takes you through the world of drag queens, transsexuals, and family dramas.
If you haven't read the first novel in this series, I suggest that you start your adventure with Mia Ferrari by reading "Playing With The Bad Boys" first and then following the Queen of Sassy into "The Gay Mardi Gras Murders." The energy that Ms Massara has invested in this series shows clearly in her writing style and quality of presentation.
The plot here kept me guessing, and I enjoyed solving the case with Mia as she uncovered the clues. There are a lot of characters roaming about, but Massara does a good job of keeping them straight for readers.
While this book can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone, I recommend starting with [book:Playing With The Bad Boys|13520277], the first book in this series. This will give you a better understanding of the relationships between some of the characters as the series evolves.