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A True-Life Murder Mystery with a Connection to Author Maria Grazia Swan

Gemini Moon: Murder under The Italian Moon (Lella York Mysteries Book 1)A True-Life Murder Mystery with a Connection to Author Maria Grazia Swan!

Most of my stories are inspired by real events and Gemini Moon is not only inspired by something nefarious that really happened, but more so because the victim was a personal friend. She died of a gunshot to the head. Her death was ruled accidental. The shooter? Her husband. This happened in 1990, in Southern California. I knew I had to write about it, I also knew I wanted to do it right.

Gemini Moon: Murder under The Italian Moon (Lella York Mysteries Book 1)

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 In my book, Gemini Moon, the roles are reversed, the wife shoots the husband. Because of my strong friendship with the woman whose death inspired the story, I describe her as she really was in life, pretty, smart, funny, bubbly and full of love. R.I.P. Yvonne. Yvonne was the Editor of a monthly magazine, she freelanced on the side. The day she was shot, she fell face first, on top of the manuscript she was editing. It was my first mystery. Love Thy Sister.

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Gemini Moon: Murder under The Italian Moon (Lella York Mysteries Book 1)Gemini Moon: Murder under The Italian Moon (Lella York Mysteries Book 1) $0.99

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When her eyes were finally opened to the truth, she couldn't recognize her own life...
Italian-born Lella York is trying to figure out who she is. Her husband has died. Her son is grown and gone to chase fame and fortune in the movie business. And now, her best friend is missing. Upon returning to Southern California, Lella is shocked to learn the mysterious circumstances of Ruby's disappearance as well as the death of Ruby's husband. And Lella's son is the prime suspect. It doesn't help that he is driving around in the dead man's Ferrari.
Caught in the middle of it all, Lella stumbles across the perfect topper–namely, a sexy police detective who keeps secrets from her while he's setting her pants on fire. Nothing like a little romance to distract a girl while she's trying to locate a missing person, solve a possible homicide, get her son out of jail and stay two steps ahead of the firing line.


Venetian Moon: Death Under the Venice Moon (Lella York Mysteries Book 2)Venetian Moon: Death Under the Venice Moon (Lella York Mysteries Book 2) $3.99

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She flew to Venice to hide, until the paparazzi found her and tore her life to pieces.

An Italian in California, Lella York proves that you can take the woman out of Italy, but you can't take Italy out of the woman. Convinced her lover is cheating on her with his ex-wife, Lella is hiding out in Venice, Italy, where her son Kyle is wrapping up a film. Passionate, impulsive, and menopausal, she sees her romance hiatus cut short when the papers name her the femme fatale lover of an iconic Italian actor who disappears without a trace. Lella and Kyle criss-cross European borders to escape the rabid Italian paparazzi, but her complications grow thanks to her son's seemingly serious relationship with a spicy little Italian dish, and the hurt feelings of her lover who's shown up half way around the world facing his own crisis as well as Lella's rejection. Never one to lose her sense of humor despite the flare up of danger and hot flashes, Lella must once again face down evil with her illimitable Italian flair.


Desert Moon: Death Under the Desert Moon (Lella York Mysteries Book 3)Desert Moon: Death Under the Desert Moon (Lella York Mysteries Book 3) $3.99

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When her cat hitched a ride without her, she had no choice but to tail the furry creature...

From award winning author Maria Grazia Swan comes a story of suspense, romance, and one mischievous cat... How does a domestic black cat from Southern California become a stowaway and end up in Phoenix Arizona? That’s what Lella York wants to know as she crosses the desert, pedal to the metal, to bring her cat, Flash, back home. But something about a full desert moon bewitches Lella into staying in Arizona longer than she planned and playing house with the sexy Detective Lawrence Devin who is in Arizona as a special witness for an old murder case. The desert is a land of extremes so it’s no surprise that Lella and Larry brave the heat to chase after a cold case. Throw in a hint of Russian mafia, some attractive flight attendants, and a ferret named Lucy, and Lella realizes what a dangerous place the desert can be under a full moon.


Weeping Moon (Lella York  series Book 4)Weeping Moon (Lella York series Book 4) $0.99

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Lella York has a way of getting herself into trouble, even when she’s doing volunteer work. Who is the mysterious storyteller, and what is going on at the senior living center? And will Lella find out before it’s too late?