Limited Release "Rhinestone Ransom" A Gemstone Mystery novella By Jennifer Fischetto: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Kathleen Costa

Gemma Halliday Publishing is doing a “limited” release of some of their fun novellas originally part of the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection (now out of print). The next up is the novella Rhinestone Ransom A Gemstone Mystery stand-alone by Jennifer Fischetto. It is available on Amazon only from April 11 to May 31 for the low price of 99¢ … or better yet, enter to win an eCopy by making a comment below about jewelry and pets (1) favorite jewelry stone, (2) most precious piece of jewelry, or (3) dog person or cat person? More details at the end of this post & a link to purchase it.

Logan Moretti is a jewelry designer selling her more traditional creations on Etsy, but she’s been known to take on more out-of-the-ordinary projects. She lives in a converted beach ball factory with her roommate, a black cat named Onyx, and pals around with her best friend, Quinn, a fashionista fashion designer who’s always ready with advice or criticism about Logan’s choice of clothing. But, when trouble hits, Logan and Quinn make a formidable, smartly dressed pair.

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The snow has finally given way to blooms of spring creating the perfect opportunity for friends Logan and Quinn to have a picnic in the park. Quinn’s multi-tasking skills are masterful, but she almost misses seeing the daughter of a co-worker running toward her. Shelby Potter has a bathroom emergency and hopes Quinn will watch her little Shih zu, Reba, for just a few moments. Quinn is reluctant due to her limited free time, but Logan knows it’s also about her feelings about animals, so Logan speaks up and agrees. She takes Reba off on her own bathroom emergency noticing how picky she is when it comes to just the right tree, however, Logan losses her attention for just a second giving the dog the opportunity to slip her grasp and run away. Logan finds the leash, but at the end, it’s missing the dog. While the three frantically look for the runaway pooch, Shelby receives a disturbing text … $50,000 or dog’s dead!

Short, But Sweet Fun! Jennifer Fischetto offered a fun and clever tale of dognapping, a unique ransom twist, and a surprise arrest. Logan is a creative woman, loyal to her friends, old and new, and very capable in perilous predicaments to come out unscathed… well, partially. The crime didn’t include any dead bodies, but it was still compelling and easy to follow. The suspects were an obvious bunch — a lazy nephew, a suave gentleman, a masked figure, but I was still pleasantly surprised at the final solution. It’s well-written, includes extraneous fun with friends, and I enjoyed the jewelry designer premise and a fashionista best friend, but it’s sadly a one off: no black cat antics, no additional stories, no series. I would love to read more!

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USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Fischetto pens the delightful Gianna Mancini Mysteries with an “I see dead people” twist. She also co-writes the model turned private investigator series, Jamie Bond Mysteries, with Gemma Halliday and pens Death by Scones in the GHP Danger Cove multi-author series starring Riley Spencer, new owner of Cinnamon Sugar Bakery. All are entertaining, clever with a strong female lead. A cozy for everyone’s taste.

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Gemma Halliday Publishing is a “small, boutique publisher of quality women's genre fiction.” There library of stories have “laughter, heart, and lots of clever plot twists,” with no graphic descriptions, their books perfect for eighteen-year-olds to eighty-year-old.

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 Enter to win an eCopy of Rhinestone Ransom by making a comment below about jewelry and pets (1) favorite jewelry stone, (2) most precious piece of jewelry, or (3) dog person or cat person? Or simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "ransom." A winner will be chosen May 13, 2023. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter.  If entering via comment please include your email address so we can contact you. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
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  1. I guess I'm more of a dog person, even though I've had both cats and dogs.

  2. I am absolutely a dog person though my first pet was a cat. My favorite gemstone is opal and my favorite piece of jewelry is an antique coral necklace and earrings that were my mother's and her three strand pearls that daddy gave her. I would love to win this novella.

  3. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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