Playing with the Bad Boys: A MIA Ferrari Mystery (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/1/1
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A woman plunges ten floors down an atrium and lands on a baby grand piano in the luxurious Rourke Hotel Sydney. The police rule this as a straight case of suicide, but 48-year-old hotel duty manager and wannabe investigator, Mia Ferrari, thinks otherwise. As Mia sets out to unravel the mysterious death and prove the cops wrong, especially her archenemy, Detective Sergeant Phil Smythe; she comes up against an unsavoury cast of characters who will do anything to shut her up. But with a little help from her friends, Mia will not stop until she unearths the truth. Mia Ferrari is a wiseass, older chick with determination and an attitude, and she never takes "no" for an answer.
Sylvia Massara is a multi-genre author based in Sydney, Australia, who dabbles in wacky love affairs, drama and murder (or all three) over coffee. Sylvia has been writing since her early teens and her work consists of novels and screenplays. As with most authors, Sylvia draws on her varied experience in the sometimes-puzzling tapestry of life. These days, however, Sylvia has resigned from the human race, and she lives both in the animal kingdom, with her kitty cat, Mia, (a much better place to be), and vicariously, through the many characters in her head. Sylvia has a soft spot for older female protagonists with an attitude who are on the cusp of 40 years and beyond. This is seen in her wacky, romantic comedies, and most recently, in her mystery novels. An avid fan of classic black and white Hollywood movies of the 40s including film noir, Sylvia has placed her protagonist, Mia Ferrari, in a contemporary mystery series with a bit of a "film noir" flavour. Mia Ferrari is an older, spunky, smartarse female who works in the international world of hotels. The theme is comedic, sexy, and peppered with that film-noir-hero type of attitude. The stories are fast-paced and set in the modern day world. On a more serious note, Sylvia's work in literary fiction brings forth The Soul Bearers, an inspirational story filled with hope, overcoming fear, loss, betrayal, and discovering the healing power of unconditional love. At present, the novel is under consideration for adaptation into a feature film. For more information please visit Massara's website at: www.sylviamassara.com
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Even though the book is considered as category of murder mystery, lots of other essences such as love and foods (I have to warn you that you will crave for Italian Food during reading) are in this book.
Because of Sylvia's amazing writing and story telling skills, I will grantee that you will not be able to stop reading once you start this book.
This is definitely one of the best novels I have ever read.
Really didn't want to put it down once I'd started. Believable main character and a good supporting cast. Mia Ferrari came across as a strong, independent woman who's still battling with some personal issues, but chooses to rise above them and live in the present. Without wanting to give anything away, I also liked the lack of stereotypical, romantic-style ending one often sees in murder mysteries involving women in lead roles - this feisty investigator is her own woman, and knows it. She doesn't play second-fiddle to anyone... and why should she?
I also liked the fact that there was more than one layer to the story, and that, even when you thought perhaps you had the whole thing worked out, there was still the occasional surprise hiding around a corner here or there.
Seeing another good Australian author getting out there is also very refreshing.
Would heartily recommend this book to anyone.
Mia Ferrari is a hotel executive, a frustrated detective and a woman in the midst of a divorce. The daughter of a cop, Mia always wanted to follow in his footsteps. But all is not lost. Mia has a real life murder mystery to solve, or maybe not; the police think it was suicide. Determined to prove them wrong, she enlists the help of her family friend, co-worker and ex-cop. Is she right or does her animosity against the police chief cloud her judgement.
As if investigating foul play isn't enough on her plate she has to deal with a temperamental chef, an ex-boyfriend who is the owner of the hotel and his 18 year old son who does IT on a part-time basis. Emotional complications abound.
So do drug deals, love affairs, internet intrigue, international criminals, sexy cars and younger men.
Mia is a wonderful character who at 48 has a take-no-prisoners attitude. She is witty, gutsy, brave and headstrong. To ease her mind and relax, she cooks. Italian food. For that alone she has my vote for Hotelier of the Year.
The writing is tight with good flow and character development. The dialogue moves the plot forward effortlessly without needless narration or explanation. The twists and turns in the story are well done and the clues are inserted with seamless ease.
Although the author is Australian and the book is set in Sydney, Australia the novel has been re-edited to American English and vernacular for the U. S. market. Very well edited I might add.
Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book