Book Review: Desert Moon by Maria Grazia Swan


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.

Available on Amazon.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Desert Moon is about Lella and Larry who have been dating long distance for several years. They’re both in their fifties and it was nice reading about a couple who are in a more mature dating relationship.

When Lella’s cat, Flash, stows away in Larry’s car, she has to go to Phoenix to pick up Flash. She only plans on staying in Arizona for under 24 hours but she ends up staying a while longer because of an accident.

Larry is an ex-Homicide detective and he ends up working on an old case in Phoenix. He and Lella decide to stay there for a few days and they end up with a mystery on their hands. There are some twists and quite a few occurrences that made me giggle.

It was easy to follow Maria Grazia Swan’s writing as it flowed well. It did get slow at times when detailing Lella’s boring days while Larry was at work, but I still definitely recommend it for anyone who enjoys a mystery.


About the Author

298316Maria Grazia Swan was born in Italy, but this rolling stone has definitely gathered no moss. She lived in Belgium, France, Germany, in beautiful Orange County, California where she raised her family, and is currently at home in Phoenix, Arizona—but stay tuned for weekly updates of Where in the World is Maria Grazia Swan?

As a young girl, her vivid imagination predestined her to be a writer. She won her first literary award at the age of fourteen while living in Belgium. As a young woman Maria returned to Italy to design for—ooh-la-la—haute couture. Once in the U.S. and after years of concentrating on family, she tackled real estate. These days her time is devoted to her deepest passions: writing and helping people find happiness.

Maria loves travel, opera, good books, hiking, and intelligent movies (if she can find one, that is). When asked about her idea of a perfect evening, she favors stimulating conversation, spicy Italian food and perfectly chilled Prosecco—but then, who doesn’t?

Maria has written short stories for anthologies, articles for high profile magazines and numerous blogs tackling love and life. She engaged her editorial and non-fiction skills for Mating Dance Rituals for Singles Who Weren’t born yesterday. Her romantic suspense novels Love Thy Sister,Bosom Bodies and Italian Summer are available at
Her new series, published by Gemma Halliday is also available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the first book is title Gemini Moon

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Singing Wind Bookstore, Benson, Arizona

d2c66ec1-ec6d-43a8-a666-cf44e8c9a394-1020x765Winifred Bundy has been selling books here for 40 years. It’s a little tricky to find, situated on a working cattle farm four miles from the nearest town. It doesn’t have a website, Twitter, Facebook or email address. “It doesn’t even have opening hours: you just have to turn up and hope for the best.”

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