Monday, March 23, 2015

Delayed Death - Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to my tour stop for Delayed Death by Beate Boeker. This is the first book in the Temptation in Florence cozy mystery series.
This tour runs March 23-April 3 with reviews only. Check out the tour page for more information.

 About the Book:
delayeddeathDelayed Death is Book #1 in the Temptation in Florence Series, a cozy murder mystery romance series with a strong dose of humor and romance.

The title of the series comes from the lingerie store that the protagonist, Carlina, owns and runs, Temptation, on one of Florence, Italy's, premier shopping streets. The Temptation in Florence Series follows the life, adventures and loves of Italian-American Carlina, and of her extended eccentric Italian family, many of whom live in apartments in the same building in central Florence.

The family's eccentric members and their whims and wishes are a never-ending source of amusement for Carlina. While often treated like the family's Cinderella, Carlina is also a sexy, saucy, funny thirty-two-year-old woman.

When a crisis occurs, right at the beginning of Delayed Death, and Carlina gives in to her domineering cousin's wishes, Carlina sets herself on a collision course with police Commissario Stefano Garini.

Delayed Death costs only $0.99. For a limited time, you can also download it for free at the retailer Kobo or at Smashwords with the  voucher FY29F 


Some reviews:

  • "This is cozy mystery writing at its finest." - Jane Ormerod
  • "She has created a marvelous little world full of zany characters and fun plots and subplots." - David H. Bailey
  • "Delayed Death is a hilarious murder mystery with unexpected twists and turns." - bookworm
  • "Great series - Each book is better than the last one!" - mystery lover
  • "She has me hooked and wanting more." - night reader
  • "This Indie series is handsomely presented, well-written, true to the genre, and well-edited" - C. Martinelli
  • “I can’t get enough of Carlina and her fabulous family – you’ll love them, too!” - D.A. Sarac

My Review:

I love a good cozy mystery but I'm not always a fan of the cutesy side of cozies.  However, every once in awhile I find a cozy that is just so much fun that the cutesy just really works and I think I've found that in Delayed Death.  It reads a bit like a contemporary romance with crazy characters and lots of banter.  However, mystery itself is very good and there's an endless list of suspects and motives.  I really had no idea of the who until close to the end and I was entertained the entire time.  If you like dark and gritty this probably not the book for you.  However, if you are looking for a fun mystery or are usually a romance reader but are wanting to read something a bit different this would definitely be a great choice.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes and seeing more of Carlina, her beautiful store and her wacky family.

Author_Picture_Beate_Boeker_at_waterAbout the Author:

Beate Boeker is a USA Today bestselling author with a passion for books that brim over with mischief & humor. Several of her contemporary romance novels were shortlisted for the Golden Quill Contest, the National Readers' Choice Award, the 'Best Indie Books' contest, and the RONE Award. In 2013, she hit the Amazon bestseller list in the category "international mystery & crime" with “Delayed Death”, the first in the series “Temptation in Florence”.
By day, Beate is a global marketing manager with a degree in International Business Administration, and her daily experience in marketing provides her with a wide range of fodder for her novels, be it hilarious or cynical.
Widely traveled, she speaks German, English, French, and Italian and lives in the North of Germany together with her husband and daughter.
While 'Boeker' means 'books' in a German dialect, her first name Beate can be translated as ‘Happy’ . . . and with a name that reads ‘Happy Books’, what else can she do but write novels with happy endings? You can contact Beate via her website

Contact Beate:

Website | Newsletter – to learn about brand new releases! | Facebook | Twitter @BeateBoeker | Tsu | Goodreads author page | Amazon

Each tour stop is giving away one ebook of A New Life by Beate Boeker. Fill out the rafflecopter for each blog you visit and comment on (one entry per day). 
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  1. You got me at the "crazy characters" and "banter" - adding it to my list, thanks !

  2. I was tempted by this one but it sounded like it might be too zany. I may have to give this a try. I like your description of it as "a bit like a contemporary romance with crazy characters and lots of banter."

  3. Thank you for featuring my novel, Katherine! I'm glad you had fun. Bea, do you happen to know Murder with Peackocks by Donna Andrews? It's a bit similar to my mystery.

  4. Excellent review! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for hosting a tour stop and reviewing!

  5. This sounds really good, Katherine. I enjoy a mixture of romance and mystery.

  6. Sounds good! I like it when I'm kept guessing like that :)

  7. I love cozies that have a nice dollop of humour to them! This one sounds like a fun read.

  8. I, too, loved the book and it will be exciting to see how the other books in the series pan out. Lovely review, Katherine :)

    Checkout my review here: