Sylvia Massara is a definitely talented author. When you finish the whole book, you will definitely fall in love with Mia (the Main Character). Unlike other detectives or private investigators for most of murder mysteries, Mia is like us but at same time, she is very funny, cheeky and adventurous. So when you read this book, you feel that you are next to Mia. 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.
Mia Ferrari, a duty manager of the Rourke International Hotel in Sydney, Australia, is paged with news that a hotel guest had fallen from the tenth floor within the hotel atrium onto a baby grand piano. Was it a suicide or was something more nefarious behind this woman's death? Mia, who is in the middle of an ugly divorce and still blames the lead police detective in the investigation for her rejection to the police force twenty years earlier, believes the latter and has no problem interjecting her own investigation, regardless of the danger or proper procedure. The mystery is light, but the characterizations are brash, as Mia handles the case and her relationships as if she always has something to prove. A perky little mystery.
Thoroughly enjoyed 'Playing With the Bad Boys'. 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.