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#BlogTour: A Bloody Stiletto, Cold Lasagna, and a Bestseller by @cbannerman01 #AnnaRomanoMysteries #damppebblesblogtours


About the Book

In this second installment of The Anna Romano Mystery Series, Anna gets herself into a mess that lands her in hot water with the prime suspect and her new Bo, Detective John Solace. Their new romance was going great, when all in the sudden, a simple trip to the grocery store turned into wrestling match between two scorned women.

Peeking her interest for a juicy story, Anna’s snooping to find out more about the seemingly ‘innocent’ love triangle, catapulted her into the middle of a murder investigation. The murder weapon of choice? A red stiletto…conspicuously pointing the police in the direction of a female assailant.

No one knows whether the adulterating husband killed his wife to avoid a costly divorce, or if his mistress killed her in a fit of jealous rage. While the detectives are convinced the husband is the ‘killer’, it seems Anna’s faith in his innocence may be in vain, as additional bodies, and mistresses, keep piling up.

Meanwhile, Anna’s publicist, Shirlene, tries to convince Anna to leave the detective work to the police, but, as usual, falls on deaf ears.

In the end, not even a pan of lasagna and a neighborly smile could save Anna!


My Review:

4/5 Stars, a super-fun romp full of delicious treats!

First, this is the second book in the series, but can be read as a standalone – I had no problems picking up the story or the characters.

This book was a super-quick read that kept me interested the whole way through. Anna, the main character, is a funny, quick-witted character who seems to find more trouble than anyone I’ve read about in awhile. She’s worth rooting for, as is her relationship with Detective Solace.

I also liked that the ending was not as expected – there’s some nice twists at the end, which added nicely to the whodunnit atmosphere of the book. But the real star of the book is the cozy setting and charming characters, who will keep you turning pages.

Also, do not read this book when you’re hungry! Some of those food descriptions had my mouth watering! Fans of cute cozies will definitely enjoy this delightfully yummy book!

About the Author

5AC0599D-2707-4E86-A248-82F59163D62FWriting under pen name, Cheryl Denise Bannerman, Ms. Powell is an author of two self-published books, and an owner of a 22-year-old Training and Development company, specializing in eLearning, called Learn2Engage.

In her personal life and relationships, Ms. Powell has learned how to turn tragedies into triumphs through her strong will, faith, tenacity and most importantly, her quirky sense of humor. She now turns that keen knowledge of relationships and people, along with her various degrees and experience in Training and Development, into fun, engaging online courses for ‘Corporate America’, and, of course, in her works of fiction.

Within each of her works of fiction, a topic of social concern is addressed. From addictions to domestic violence, and suicide to molestation.

Her writings inspire people to live, laugh, love, learn and grow. She believes that when the world laughs at you, laugh harder. In Ms. Powell’s real and fictional world, she has learned how to create her own ‘happy ending’…one day at a time.



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