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Featured Review: Bella Vita by Susan Lynn Solomon

Post by LivreAmour217 » 11 Aug 2016, 12:36

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Bella Vita" by Susan Lynn Solomon.]
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A man is found dead in his flaming car behind the Bella Vita hair salon, and evidence left at the scene lead the authorities to believe that a Wiccan coven might be involved. Emlyn Good, writer and faithful Bella Vita customer, hopes to get her creative juices flowing by doing some investigating of her own, and she isn't about to let the handsome Detective Roger Frye get in her way. However, Emlyn is motivated by much more than a writing deadline: the possible involvement of witches touches Emelyn on a personal level, and she wants to make certain that innocent people are not falsely accused.

A classic mystery with a supernatural twist, Bella Vita: An Emlyn Good Murder Mystery draws the reader into the fascinating world of the title character, who is a descendant of one of the victims of the Salem Witch Trials. With the aid of her ancestor's journal, a friend schooled in the art of witchcraft, and an unusually intelligent cat, Emlyn dives head-first into the peculiar circumstances surrounding this mystery.

Although only sixty-one pages in length, Bella Vita delivers a well-crafted and satisfying mystery. Light, humorous, and thoroughly engrossing, this book is perfect for both avid and reluctant readers. Susan Lynn Solomon's writing style makes the little town of Niagara Falls come alive, and populates it with characters that are surprisingly detailed for the short length of the book. Emlyn herself is a realistic protagonist who I found to be both likable and relatable.

In addition to providing an entertaining story, Bella Vita also rekindled my interest in the history of Salem, Massachusetts. Ms. Solomon provided a few interesting tidbits about the infamous witch trials that made me curious to know more, and I've spent a fair amount of time Googling certain things within the book that captured my interest. I love a good story, and I love learning new things, so I commend Ms. Solomon for letting me have both!

My absolute favorite aspect of Bella Vita is the relationship between Emlyn and Elvira, her domineering albino cat. I don't want to spoil the fun of it by providing details, but I loved the interaction between these two! Elvira is an enigmatic creature, and I do wonder if there is much more to her than meets the eye. Fortunately, Bella Vita is not the author's only story about Emlyn Good, and I'm hoping that she reveals a little more about Elvira in other books.

I found Bella Vita to be fun and entertaining, and I am giving it 4 out of 4 stars. This book will be a treat for those who enjoy mysteries, and I believe that female readers in general will relate well to Emelyn.

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Post by CrescentMoon » 15 Aug 2016, 13:55

Ooooo this book sounds really good. I've always been really interested in the Salem Witch trials and reading books about them. I'm also a huge fan of mystery so the fact this book has both elements makes this a must-read for me. Great review!
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 15 Aug 2016, 14:01

CrescentMoon wrote:Ooooo this book sounds really good. I've always been really interested in the Salem Witch trials and reading books about them. I'm also a huge fan of mystery so the fact this book has both elements makes this a must-read for me. Great review!
Thanks! I hope that you enjoy this book!
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Post by bookowlie » 17 Aug 2016, 09:24

Great review! Glad you enjoyed the book. I read the first book in the series, The Magic of Murder, although it was a full-length book. Like you, I became interested in looking up information about the Salem Witch trials after finishing it.
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 17 Aug 2016, 16:25

bookowlie wrote:Great review! Glad you enjoyed the book. I read the first book in the series, The Magic of Murder, although it was a full-length book. Like you, I became interested in looking up information about the Salem Witch trials after finishing it.
Thanks, Bookowlie! I am reading The Magic of Murder right now!
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Post by bookowlie » 19 Aug 2016, 19:08

Great! I think you will enjoy The Magic of Murder very much, especially since it gives a good backstory for the series.
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 19 Aug 2016, 19:18

bookowlie wrote:Great! I think you will enjoy The Magic of Murder very much, especially since it gives a good backstory for the series.
So far, I am really enjoying it! I should finish the book this weekend :)
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Post by hsimone » 23 Aug 2016, 16:08

Wonderful review! I absolutely love this concept! I've lived in Salem, MA for a few years, so this definitely has peaked my interest! I've heard of this author before actually, so I might this out. :)
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 23 Aug 2016, 18:24

hsimone wrote:Wonderful review! I absolutely love this concept! I've lived in Salem, MA for a few years, so this definitely has peaked my interest! I've heard of this author before actually, so I might this out. :)
Thank you! It must be so cool to live in Salem! I've always wanted to go there on vacation--I bet that it's a very interesting place!
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Oh wow this does seem like a really interesting book. Great job on the review!
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 30 Aug 2016, 19:10

Kia wrote:Oh wow this does seem like a really interesting book. Great job on the review!
Thank you! :D
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Post by rssllue » 31 Aug 2016, 08:01

What a very enticing review of what is apparently a very engrossing book. You definitely made it sound like a must read for mystery fans. Great job!
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 01 Sep 2016, 16:24

rssllue wrote:What a very enticing review of what is apparently a very engrossing book. You definitely made it sound like a must read for mystery fans. Great job!
Thank you so much! I always appreciate your feedback!
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 24 Sep 2016, 22:54

Awesome review! Adding to my TBR! I just love these types of mystery novels!
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 25 Sep 2016, 12:29

TrishaAnn92 wrote:Awesome review! Adding to my TBR! I just love these types of mystery novels!
Thank you, TrishAnn! I hope you enjoy the book! :)
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