Zara Romano sees dead people. New England’s best mortician, Zara and two of her older brothers own Romano Funeral Home in Salem, Massachusetts. Zara is a mingling of two nationalities, Irish and Italian. She’s Irish on the outside, complete with red hair, blue eyes and freckles, but she’s Italian on the inside, with a temper to match.
The youngest sibling of seven and the only female, Zara loves her brothers but thinks they’re too bossy. Two of her brothers serve on the Salem Police Force, one is police chief and the other a detective. Zara’s two widowed nanas live next door. She can always rely on a home-cooked meal, unless her nanas are trolling funerals for new boyfriends.
Another bossy man in her life is Zara’s ex-boyfriend, Marcello Ponti. A sinfully gorgeous police detective, Marcello makes a habit of appearing on her doorstep unannounced even though they broke up two years earlier when he wanted to “date” other women. Zara refuses to be a member of the Marcello Dating Club. Good thing she has her beloved dog Smooches to keep her company. Thankfully, Smooches is with her the night she finds the mayor hanging from a tree at a local park. Definitely a homicide, the mayor’s blood was drained via two puncture wounds on his neck. When she discovers two more bodies in the same condition, Zara’s own investigative instincts kick in, and she searches for the link between the three victims.
Does Salem have a vampire in its midst or a serial killer with a fetish for fang marks? More importantly is Zara marked as the murderer’s next victim or is she merely flirting with death?
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Great Series Starter
What a great start to a fun new series with lovable, quirky and awesome characters. The interaction between Zara the mortician, her brothers in blue, a lunk of an ex-boyfriend, feisty nanas and her faithful dog named smooches is fabulous.
This story has a little bit of everything for readers of all genres. There is mystery, suspense, romance and humor. I would recommend it to any reader who enjoys this type of book. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book in this incredibly fun series.
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I absolutely loved this book!! A great mystery with a fabulous cast of characters. Zara Romano is a mortician, the youngest child and only daughter of an Italian-Irish family. She is a quirky, intelligent, funny and resilient woman. She stumbles upon a body while walking her dog in the early morning and becomes involved in the investigation much to the chagrin of her elder brothers the police chief & a detective & her ex boyfriend also a detective. A lovely ensemble cast helps her navigate this mystery highlighted by her two nanas. I wish they would adopt me lol! Mystery kept me guessing til the end. Quite a shocking twist. I hope there are many more mysteries with Zara in the works!!
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Flirting With Death
I’m not interested in books with a lot of swearing or using the Lord’s name in vane. Having said, that I loved this book. Difficult to put down. Did not guess until the last couple of pages “whodunnit.” I laughed, cried, and was entranced at her turn of phrase. Zara’s grandmothers are super. Marcello (I think that is the correct spelling) sounds promising. Zara talks about 6 brothers but we are only introduced to 4. A few cliff hangers: will Bella win the election? Will Regina and Mike go on more dates? What happened to the trial? Who’s the second murderer? Or is there one? Will Bella and Tony continue to date? Patricia already has the next book sold to satisfy these few questions. I hope she has started it!
I highly recommend Flirting With Death.
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