A Deal with a Stranger

A Romantic Mystery Novel set in Sardinia

Romance - Contemporary
353 Pages
Reviewed on 08/26/2013
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Author Biography

I was born and brought in Sardinia (Italy). After studying languages, I moved to the UK and worked as a secretary for the University of London.
Later, I was offered a similar job in Sardinia, so I moved back there for a few years.

At the age of 28, I decided to come back to the UK, in Cambridge, and carried on working as a PA at Director level for another ten years.

In 2007, I founded my own Company, I now offer freelance secretarial services.

I am married to Philip. As well as being a wife, I’m also a mother to a four year old daughter who keeps me busy, sometimes more than work itself. As I pick up potentially lethal objects scattered on the floor, or discover new stains on the sofas or walls, I try to get my little girl to speak Italian, preferably without an English accent.

Like any other woman, I’m good at multi-tasking, so while I’m doing all the above, I also dream about those lovely characters who cannot wait to make their appearance in my future books.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

After her boyfriend dumps her on her birthday, Clara is having the inevitable break up blues like a normal person would. However, a mysterious woman, who introduced herself as Lucilla, is having none of it. She criticizes Clara's old car and gives her a new one – a Ferrari. In return, Clara has to help Lucilla to stop people from committing suicide. To be specific, four people will try to commit suicide in Sardinia, where Clara lives. Lucilla also promises that Clara will get her boyfriend back. A Deal with a Stranger is an exceptional romance story by Martina Munzittu.

Instead of feeling sympathy, I found the break up scene between Clara and Paolo hilarious. Paolo may be being horrible, dumping his girlfriend on her birthday, but at least he’s being honest and admits that he’s no longer in love with Clara. There’s no sense of continuing a relationship that is one-sided in the end. Lucilla is the type of mysterious person who can be charming and scary at the same time. Throughout the story, I couldn't wait to find out who this woman really was. I love when Clara argues with her during their special missions. The ending is perfect; I’m still not sure who Lucilla really is even though Clara has an idea of her identity.

Quirky, hilarious and surreal, A Deal with a Stranger is an enjoyable read with its tight plot and readable prose. I’m more than happy to recommend this well-crafted story from Martina Munzittu to my fellow readers.