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Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Had me guessing until the last chapter." Gemini Moon by @scrittrice #mystery




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Gemini Moon

Lella York

Written by Maria Grazia Swan

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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From acclaimed author Maria Grazia Swan comes a story of suspense, romance, and psychological games that will leave you breathless... 


When widow Lella York has her best friend’s astrology chart cast by a gypsy in Florence, Italy the last thing she expects to hear is that the chart belongs to a dead woman. But the prediction might already be true. 

When Lella arrives home to Orange County, California, she learns that her best friend Ruby’s husband is dead and Ruby’s gone missing. Suddenly Lella’s whole world turns upside down. Her own son is arrested for kidnapping Ruby, no one knows if her friend is dead or alive, and no one is giving Lella the answers she so desperately needs.

She’s forced to rely on a sexy on-leave homicide detective, who is quietly investigating the case. But when his interested in Lella seem to go far beyond the case, she can’t help wondering at his motives. Is he on her side... or is he seducing her to keep her in the dark?

Lella follows her heart and is forced to face reality when the past and present collide, and seemingly unrelated deaths all fall into a sinister pattern. Has her soul always known the truth? Can her heart heal from the brutal wounds? And will Lella survive her connection to the exotic, dangerous woman born under a Gemini Moon? 



An excerpt from

Gemini Moon


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Here's what

Fans are saying


I have been a fan of Maria's works since she first started publishing, but Gemini Moon, in my humble opinion, is probably her best. I found myself reading it SLOWLY because I didn't want it to end.

Usually I can "figure things out" before the end but this one had me guessing until the last chapter. Her characters come to life as vividly as her descriptions of the settings and what is not to love about Italy and Southern California.



I am a fan of this author and as always, she delivers. This is a wonderful fast-paced mystery. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Is Ruby who Lella believes she is? What about Lella's movie star son, Kyle? How did he get involved in this mystery? And will Lella and the charming detective find happiness?

If you like mysteries and romance, don't miss this one.

Plus,the author definitely knows whereof she speaks - the setting of Southern California is spot on. I, too, have traveled across a few lanes where the 405 and the 5 merge. If the author pays that much attention to details of setting, you can rest assured that detail to plot and characters is just as accurate.

Recommend this one? Absolutely. There are no disappointments in this book. Another excellent book from you Ms. Swan. Thanks!



Author Bio

Maria Grazia Swan


Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy, but this rolling stone has definitely gathered no moss. She lived in Belgium, France, Germany, in beautiful Orange County, California where she raised her family, and is currently at home in Phoenix, Arizona--but stay tuned for weekly updates of Where in the World is Maria Grazia Swan? 

As a young girl, her vivid imagination predestined her to be a writer. She won her first literary award at the age of fourteen while living in Belgium. As a young woman Maria returned to Italy to design for--ooh-la-la--haute couture. Once in the U.S. and after years of concentrating on family, she tackled real estate. These days her time is devoted to her deepest passions: writing and helping people find happiness. 

Maria loves travel, opera, good books, hiking, and intelligent movies (if she can find one, that is). When asked about her idea of a perfect evening, she favors stimulating conversation, Northern Italian food and perfectly chilled Prosecco--but then, who doesn't? 

Maria has written short stories for anthologies, articles for high profile magazines and numerous blogs tackling love and life. She engaged her editorial and non-fiction skills for Mating Dance: Rituals for Singles Who Weren't Born Yesterday. Her romantic suspense novels Love Thy Sister and Bosom Bodies are available at Amazon.com.

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