Minnie Santangelo's Mortal Sin Author:Anthony Mancini Minnie Santangelo, an Italian mama, widowed and living in New York's Little Italy, turns supersleuth to solve single-handedly a series of violent murders in this fast-paced suspense novel that introduces the most enterprising and unlikely detective since Miss Marple. — It's festival time in Little Italy--religious pageantry and music, cannoli and... more » chianti, and laughter . . . and murder. For Minnie Santangelo, the joy of the festival is heightened by her son REmo's return. But his plan to enter local politics as a reformer offends the local Mafia don--once Minnie's suitor, now her sinister antagonist.
When the community finds itself overwhelmed by a series of savage killings, strikingly similar to Minnie's husband's death some years ago, the widow vows to fight the Mafia and murderer alike.
Overnight Minnie comes to fear that Little Italy may harbor a psychotic killer whose own survival means Minnie's death. Friends and neighbors seem suddenly sinister, and even the parish church proves snare, not sanctuary.
The pressures on Minnie increase until she is left with only her saints to rely on, plus a shotgun and her inborn courage. Minnie is a detective who gives "moxie" a fresh meaning, and her charming story announces a new heroine in suspense literature.« less