There are also big changes coming up for Mia in her new mystery. First of all, she's going to be transferred to manage a hotel outside of Sydney city; so she's going to have to move. Second, she's going to have to deal with her adversary cop friend, Phil Smythe. Mia has a feeling he's not going to like her moving away from the "big smoke" even though she knows he secretly admires her investigative skills, among other things. Lastly, Mia is going to meet a new adversary to contend with. But more about him later.
In the meantime, in order to celebrate Mia's comeback, and to remind you of the day Mia's creator launched the first Mia Ferrari mystery, below is a short blog to commemorate Mia, getting in touch with her roots--you know, all things Italian, including art.
Mia's "first release" blog post: Hi all, Mia Ferrari has a lot to celebrate this month. First and foremost, her creator, multi-genre novelist, Sylvia Massara, has unleashed her smartass, wise-talking, older-chick, wannabe investigator protagonist out into the world. To celebrate, Sylvia then took over as Mia's alter-ego and went off to our country's capital city, Canberra, to catch the Renaissance Exhibition that was showing for a limited time, all the way from Bergamo, Italy.
Mia Ferrari and friend, Marie Giovenco, both super-cool chicks (pictured above) went off on a propeller plane (of all things) and flew from Sydney to Canberra, just a 30-minute flight, to go back to their roots and see some "hot" paintings by some "hot" Renaissance artists (not stolen hot, but hot as in fantastic). Poor Marie wasn't sure whether to call her friend Sylvia or Mia. So she made the best of it and didn't call her by name; she simply enjoyed the day!
Below is another gorgeous painting to whet your appetite. This one by Lorenzo Lotto. Ah, la bella Italia! What more can I say? We're all about creativity, pasta, pizza, coffee, Vespas, and Ferraris!
Sylvia was terrified when she asked Darcia to be brutally honest (no matter what), and this is what Darcia came back with:
"Mia Ferrari is a fun and adventurous woman in her late forties. In this first book in the series, she leads us through a tangled web as she plods along in her quest for answers. I really enjoyed Mia's character, as well as her supporting cast. At times, this book made me laugh. Other times, I'd find myself nodding in understanding. The pace is quick, the mystery a bit of a whodunit that allows readers to figure things out along with Mia."
Sylvia immediately wrote back and told Darcia that getting this kind of review from her, an author she highly esteems, is akin to getting a blessing from the Pope. LOL. Thank God we're not living in the Renaissance period; otherwise, if Sylvia said something like this back then she would have been burned at the stake for being a heretic!