Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Mystery and Chocolate Joanne Guidoccio #Giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 9 comments
All About Baci Perugina
When a book blogger asked me to compare the Gilda Greco Mystery Series to chocolate, I had no problems coming up with the perfect answer: Baci Perguina, the most famous chocolate brand in Italy and popular with Italians worldwide.
Perugina’s signature recipe includes whipped milk chocolate, gianduia filling, and chopped hazelnuts all in bittersweet chocolate. Each bacio (kiss) comes individually wrapped in silver and blue packaging and hugged by a poetic love note.
The three books in the series—A Season for Killing Blondes, Too Many Women in the Room, A Different Kind of Reunioncontain romantic elements, humor, and bittersweet moments…A perfect fit for Baci Perugina!
While researching the history of this famous chocolate, I discovered an intriguing back-story.
In 1922, a young chocolatier named Luisa Spagnoli fell in love with Giovanni Buitoni, one of the founders of the Perugina Chocolate Company. He felt the same way but couldn’t pursue the relationship. Luisa’s husband was the other founder!
Luisa decided to create a special bonbon to honor her beloved. She came up with a rounded shape, an entire hazelnut in the center, covered by a dark chocolate exterior. She named it a cazzotto (punch) but Giovanni changed the name to bacio (kiss).
Each chocolate was wrapped in a billet-doux—a love note—that Luisa would send to Giovanni.
That simple gesture between the star-crossed lovers spread throughout Italy (and the world), continuing for decades afterward. In the 1960s, English and French translations were added to the original text in Italian. Today, more than 390 inspiring messages can be read in six languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, and Chinese.
Here are some examples:
In dreams as in love all is possible. (J. Arany)
I loved you at first sight. And you smile because you know it. (A. Boto)
Love is like luck: it doesn’t like to be chased. (T. Gautier)
Loves can live on kisses and water. (English proverb)
Till I loved I did not live enough. (Emily Dickinson)
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. (William Shakespeare)

About the Gilda Greco Mystery Series

A cross between Miss Marple, Jessica Fletcher, and Cher (Moonstruck), protagonist Gilda Greco brings a unique perspective to the amateur female sleuth.

The teacher-turned-lottery winner returns to her hometown, only to find herself embroiled in a series of murder investigations. Before you start imaging thrillers with high stakes and police chases, pause and take a yoga breath. The three novels in the series—A Season for Killing Blondes, Too Many Women in the Room, A Different Kind of Reunion—are cozy mysteries, written in the Agatha Christie tradition. All the crimes take place “off stage” with very few graphic details provided.

While the pace may be more relaxed than that of thrillers and police procedurals, there are no steaming cups of herbal teas, overstuffed chairs, or purring cats in these contemporary cozies. Prepare yourself for interfering relatives who don’t always respect boundaries, adult mean girls, deserving and undeserving men, multiple suspects, and lots of Italian food.

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Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win a copy of A Season for Killing Blondes, the first book in the Gilda Greco Mystery Series. 

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Susan Note: I read and enjoyed this so much. And if you actually buy the eBook for 2.99 you can add the audiobook for 7.49. 
A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne Guidoccio writes cozy mysteries, paranormal romance, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
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  1. Thanks...Good luck with the giveaway!

  2. I really enjoy cozy mysteries. And this sounds intriguing. Thanks for this opportunity.

    1. You're very welcome, Nancy. Best of luck with the giveaway. :)

  3. Love cozy mystery. Looks like a good book. Thanks for a chance to win. Tina

    1. Good to see you here, Tina. Good luck with the giveaway. :)


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