Neri introduced amateur sleuth Tracy Eaton in an award-winning short story entitled "L.A. Justice." Now Tracy merits a full-length adventure as she and her husband, visiting New York for a family wedding, become involved in various far-fetched schemes. A black sheep uncle appears, the bride-to-be goes missing, police drag Tracy in for questioning, and someone delivers a quirky ransom note involving a trendy restaurant. In a chatty, rambunctious, and wryly humorous style, Tracy narrates a tale that will captivate readers with sharply drawn characters, continual action, and unlikely circumstances. A real treat.
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" . . . an enjoyable, light read with an engaging protagonist. Recommended." -- Lincoln NE Star Journal 7/99
" . . . the contrast between the lively Tracy and her repressed in-laws produces some one-liners that would make Fran Liebowitz proud. A fine first novel and a nice complement to Marissa Piesman's Nina Fischman series. " -- Booklist - American Library Association, 7/99
" . . . the sunrise of what will be many capers that amuse, intrigue and captivate -- bet you can't put it down! . . . characters are masterfully vivid . . . word pictures that creep inside your mind. Everyone is suspect; everyone is friend. Don't miss the next Carolyn Hart in her debut fired straight at our hearts!" -- Barbara Lakey, publisher, FUTURES Magazine 8/99
". . . a light romp, reminiscent of the books by Donna Andrews and G. M. Ford. . . . a delightful read, one I can heartily recommend. . . . a book I kept trying to cast as a movie. What potential this would have on the big screen! Imagine Marisa Tomei as the errant bride who's actually named Marisa and Alec Baldwin as Tracy Eaton's rock solid, blue-blood husband, Drew. What fun! Rush to your local bookstore and demand they order REVENGE OF THE GYPSY QUEEN by Kris Neri. And tell them to get a few extra copies in for the other readers, too. Try it, you'll like it! I sure did." -- Geraldine Galentree, The Mystery Book Store, Dallas, TX 7/99
"Neri introduced amateur sleuth Tracy Eaton in an award-winning short story entitled 'L.A. Justice.' Now Tracy merits a full-length adventure . . . In a chatty, rambunctious, and wryly humorous style, Tracy narrates a tale that will captivate readers with sharply drawn characters, continual action, and unlikely circumstances. A real treat." -- Library Journal, 8/99
"Set in New York City, this witty debut novel follows wacky protagonist Tracy Eaton . . . as she searches for her husband's sister, who has been kidnapped right before her wedding." -- Publishers Weekly, 7/99
"Take a curious wanna-be detective (Tracy), a rather straightlaced husband, inlaws too unreal for words, with a wedding that doesn't happen. Add the missing bride-to-be and the mafia -- stir well. What you get is a fun romp through New York with these crazyquilt characters as the mystery is solved with lots of suspenseful twists and turns. Neri brings an exciting new voice to the mystery scene. Encore!" -- Margo Power, Murderous Intent Mystery Magazine 9/99
"This book is laugh-out-loud funny. It is a classic 'light' mystery in the cozy category. . . . This is a first in the series and we will be sure to look for more!" -- The Snooper, Snoop Sisters Bookstore, FL 8/99
"This is a light, zany read for the light-at-heart. More humor is a GOOD thing. . . . Look for the next installment from Kris Neri. She is developing a delightful character, and I am looking forward to finding out more." -- Vicki Dickerson Ball, Books 'n' Bytes 8/99
"Well-known for her intricately plotted short stories, Kris Neri has now turned her hand to the mystery novel with fabulous results. . . . With a healthy dose of nosiness and an equal amount of nerve, Tracy surmounts every obstacle with elan and a sense of humor that will tickle the reader's fancy . . . in this delightful series debut." -- Mystery Time FALL/WINTER 99