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The Case of the Missing Botticelli by @MarilynBaron is a Book Series Starter pick #cozymystery #win

Title: The Case of the Missing Botticelli, A Massimo Domingo Mystery, Books 1 and 2

Author: Marilyn Baron

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Book Blurb:

In this cozy mystery, American art history major Hadley Evans joins an art detective agency in Florence, Italy, working for Massimo Domingo, once a major player, now the ‘Inspector Clouseau’ of the art world. Determined to save the flailing agency and prove her worth, Hadley and her sexy Carabinieri boyfriend, Luca Ferrari, take on a mysterious client behind her boss’s back. Hot on the trail of a missing masterpiece, they discover a hidden cache of stolen Nazi art in a Venetian villa and encounter an enemy with a link to an evil past.


Matteo took out a knife and held it against his sister’s throat, teasing out a spot of blood.

“I swear I will kill her if you don’t all leave,” Matteo threatened.

Isabella froze.

Luca went for his weapon, itching to use it. “Just give me a reason.”

“Luca, don’t,” Isabella cried. “He won’t hurt me. I’m his sister. He loves me.”

“He’s already hurt you,” Luca reasoned softly his eyes never leaving hers. Focusing like a laser on Matteo, he raised his voice to her captor. “Let her go or I will have no choice but to use this weapon.”

“I hold all the cards,” Matteo cackled.

“Sir,” Massimo said, stepping forward. “We can resolve this peacefully. No one needs to get hurt. We have a woman here or claims she’s the proper owner of this painting and perhaps others in the house. The courts will have to weigh in.”

“I’ve already made arrangements for Amore and the rest of the paintings to be picked up today by buyers, so I’m afraid the matter is out of your hands.”

Hadley felt a headache coming on. She feared for Isabella and for Luca. If Luca shot Matteo he would be committing a crime. If not, and Matteo carried out his threat, his sister would be the victim. Isabella didn’t deserve to die. Something had to be done to break the stalemate. She reached into her purse and pulled out a metal nail file.

“If you harm your sister, I will slash this painting and it won’t be worth anything to anyone.”

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What makes your featured book a must-read?

The Case of the Missing Botticelli whisks you away to exciting locations—Florence, Venice and Lake Como, Italy. Tracking stolen art in gorgeous Italian villas…secrets and danger. The novel contains Book 1 and Book 2 (The Case of the Vanishing Vermeer) so you get two Massimo Domingo mysteries. The author studied art history in Florence, Italy, for six months in college and has visited the settings in the book numerous times.

Giveaway –

Enter to win a $40 Amazon gift card:

Open Internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon Canada account to win.

Runs January 11 – January 20, 2022.

Winner will be drawn on January 21, 2022.

Author Biography:

Marilyn Baron writes in a variety of genres from women’s fiction to historical romantic thrillers and romantic suspense to paranormal/fantasy. She’s received writing awards in Single Title, Suspense Romance, Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and Paranormal/Fantasy Romance. She was also The Finalist in the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) in the Romance Category for her novel, Stumble Stones, and The Finalist for the 2018 GAYA Awards in the Romance category for her novel, The Alibi. Her latest novel, The Case of the Missing Botticelli: A Massimo Domingo Mystery, which releases January 24, 2022, is her 28th work of fiction. A public relations consultant in Atlanta, Marilyn is past chair of Roswell Reads and serves on the Atlanta Authors Series Committee. To find out more about what Marilyn writes, visit her website at:

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Jan 12, 2022

Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing your book in our Book Series Starter Event!

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