Set in a small town, Muffalettas and Murder is a fun, cozy mystery with characters who grow on you.


The Description

Small Town Girl Mysteries: Book 1
Publication Date: January 30, 2023

Evangeline Delafose is finding Graisseville, Louisiana just as she remembered—boring and uneventful. Until her brother Nate asks her to help solve a murder.

Follow Ev as she navigates clues, dead bodies, and quirky small-town residents to solve a mystery. And of course, show her little brother that she’s still got it.

If you like cozy mysteries with twists and turns, deep South settings, and a hint of romance, you’ll love this series! Let’s not forget quirky yet charming characters who remind you of family—sometimes you want to hug them, and sometimes you want to disown them. Enjoy small town Graisseville with Ev as she solves crime with help from her family and friends. This is a clean faith based read with no profanity, sex, or graphic violence.

This book is the first of the Small-Town Girl Mystery Series.

The Review

Ev wrote a detective series and is an adjunct professor and a widow in Muffalettas and Murder by author Jann Franklin.

Ev’s side-kick PI is a farmer with a lot of time on his hands. They are amateur sleuths looking at a cold case murder that happened in their small town in Louisiana at the request of her brother on the police force as well as the chief. We all know that small towns are filled with gossips and their town is no exception.  Everyone is willing to be interviewed, even those on the suspect list.

Several smaller stories are played out as we get to know the many characters. There are twists and turns in the story and a lot of clues to sift through.  Suspects are ruled out, then are front and center once again.  All details are important and one major element was almost missed but I always held it in the back of my mind. There are family and friends, small businesses, secrets, reminiscences and dangerous situations The crime is solved in the end and the whodunnit is revealed. There’s a sneak peek at the next book, and it only whets my appetite for more.

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About The Author

Jann Franklin is a faith-based cozy mystery writer living in Grand Cane, Louisiana with slightly less than three hundred other people. Many of her stories are based on the tales she hears from residents.

She and her husband John enjoy Sundays at Grand Cane Baptist Church, dinner with family and friends, and watching the lightning bugs in their backyard. Their kids come to visit, when they aren’t too busy living their big-city lives.


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JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for - and which is on hiatus. Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


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Set in a small town, Muffalettas and Murder is a fun, cozy mystery with characters who grow on you.4-STAR REVIEW: MUFFALETTAS AND MURDER by Jann Franklin