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Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping by Cheryl Denise Bannerman #AnnaRomanoMysteries @cbannerman01 @damppebbles #BookReview #Giveaway

Happy Wednesday all! Off to a later start than usual today, I had a killer headache last night that is still lingering, but.,.. life is tough, so get tougher!

Thrilled to be part of the blog tour today for this fun book! Many thanks to Emma for my invitation! 😻

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Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping” is the first novel in the Anna Romano Mystery Series. It is a funny, whimsical, murder mystery series that appeals to ‘mystery readers’ of all ages.

Anna Romano is a middle-aged, Italian woman who is also a successful published author, a lover of cats, and an excellent cook with a hankering for Italian cuisine. She lives by herself in her quaint house, in a quiet community, with a white picket fence in Central New Jersey.

When she is not writing her next book or hosting book-signing events with her publicist, she is cleaning litter boxes and baking Cannolis…but never at the same time, of course!

In this first installment, on a typical day in Anna’s somewhat-perfect life, a book-signing event turns her world upside down. Is it a case of mistaken identity or was she just being paranoid?

My Thoughts

Cats! Cannolis! Kidnapping!

This was a short fun packed read…. and just as the title implies it was filled with cats, Italian cuisine, and ultimately a kidnapping…. this is the first book in what looks like is going to be a wonderful new series!

Anna is a middle-aged author living in New Jersey with her seven cats… as a cat person myself I appreciated the part the cats played in this book they all had their own unique names and personalities…. someone is following Anna, and Anna is smart enough to call the police about this ( unlike lots of other Book characters in the same situation)…. and it’s a good thing she did, not only were they ultimately helpful, but there is now the possibility of romance in the next book!

This is a short book that you can read in a single sitting… books of this length have some drawbacks though…. it’s hard to have well developed characters and a well developed mystery in so few pages…. I think Anna was introduced to us well, and seeings though this is a series we will just get to know her better in future books…. The mystery did feel a bit rushed at the end, it was tied up a bit too neatly for me…

All in all a good start to a new series, recommend to cat lovers, food lovers, and people who enjoy quick easy reads!

*** A big thanks to the author for my copy of this book ***

Cheryl Denise Bannerman author photoAbout Cheryl Denise Bannerman:

Writing under pen name, Cheryl Denise Bannerman, Ms. Powell is an author of two self-published books, and an owner of a 22-year-old Training and Development company, specializing in eLearning, called Learn2Engage.

In her personal life and relationships, Ms. Powell has learned how to turn tragedies into triumphs through her strong will, faith, tenacity and most importantly, her quirky sense of humor. She now turns that keen knowledge of relationships and people, along with her various degrees and experience in Training and Development, into fun, engaging online courses for ‘Corporate America’, and, of course, in her works of fiction.

Within each of her works of fiction, a topic of social concern is addressed. From addictions to domestic violence, and suicide to molestation.

Her writings inspire people to live, laugh, love, learn and grow. She believes that when the world laughs at you, laugh harder. In Ms. Powell’s real and fictional world, she has learned how to create her own ‘happy ending’…one day at a time.

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International Giveaway!

US residents:  There are two prizes up for grabs; entrants can win either a $10 B&N voucher or a signed paperback copy of Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping.  To enter the giveaway to win one of these prizes click here:

Terms and conditions: One US winner will receive a signed paperback copy of Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping and one US winner will receive a $10 B&N voucher.  The draw will be random and you cannot choose your prize. There is no cash alternative. The giveaway will close at midnight BST on Saturday 29th September 2018.  The winner of the paperback will need to provide their postal address.  The winner of the B&N voucher will need to provide their email address. These addresses will be passed onto Cheryl Denise Bannerman for her to distribute the prizes.  The addresses will not be kept. Good luck.

Non US residents: For your chance to win a Kindle copy of Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping please click the following link:

Terms and conditions: One non-US winner will receive a Kindle copy of Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping.  The winner will need to provide their Kindle email address and add as a Safe Sender to their Kindle account (information on how to do this can be provided upon request).  There is no cash alternative and the winner’s name will be selected at random. The giveaway will end at midnight (BST) on Saturday 29th September 2018.  Good luck.

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Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨


We are Berit and Vicci... two girls from different parts of the world who were brought together by Goodreads and a love of all things books 💕📚

6 thoughts on “Cats, Cannolis and a Curious Kidnapping by Cheryl Denise Bannerman #AnnaRomanoMysteries @cbannerman01 @damppebbles #BookReview #Giveaway

  1. I hope you feel better, Berit. I get those headaches too.
    I love the book’s cover. It sounds pretty good. I read a short cozy a while back and you’re right about the length with regard to character development. Hopefully with each new installment more details will come to light. Thanks for sharing.


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