Friday, October 4, 2019

Galliano Gold (Franki Amato Mysteries) by Traci Andrighetti

Galliano Gold
(Franki Amato Mysteries)
by Traci Andrighetti

About Galliano Gold

Galliano Gold (Franki Amato Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Limoncello Press (October 1, 2019)
Print Length: 327 page
Digital ASIN: B07XXDC6X9

It’s Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, but PI Franki Amato has too many problems to celebrate. A proven Sicilian lemon tradition hasn’t landed her a proposal, so her nonna has amped up the meddling to get her married, and pronto. Franki’s also under pressure to solve the strange murder of a family friend’s nephew, Nick Pescatore, who was found on a Mississippi River steamboat rumored to be haunted. When the sinister old boat sets sail on an overnight gambling cruise, Franki goes undercover with a motley crew, including a Mark Twainophile captain with a murderous past and a slimy galley chef with a mobster brother, not to mention an ex-stripper landlady with a newfound career as a memoir writer and all-too public speaker. Franki has to figure out what missing Civil War gold, a playing card, and a mysterious woman on roller skates have to do with Nick’s death. If she doesn’t, it’s anchors aweigh for Franki—down to Davy Jones’ locker.

About Traci Andrighetti

Traci Andrighetti is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Franki Amato Mysteries and the Danger Cove Hair Salon Mysteries. In her previous life, she was an award-winning literary translator and a Lecturer of Italian at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics. But then she got wise and ditched that academic stuff for a life of crime--writing, that is. Her latest capers are teaching mystery writing for Savvy Authors and taking aspiring and established authors on intensive writing retreats to Italy with LemonLit.

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Every book in the Franki Amato mysteries features an Italian liqueur or wine and a matching color—in the title and in the mystery. For my latest release in the series, I chose a liqueur that I remember from my parents’ parties in the seventies, specifically in the Harvey Wallbangers they served—Galliano. Hence the title Galliano Gold.

Galliano also makes me think of my mother’s Bananas Foster because, like a lot of people, she substitutes Galliano for the banana liqueur in the recipe. The famous dessert is perfect for a Franki Amato mystery because Franki is a PI—and Bananas Foster has a crime connection.

In the 1950s, New Orleans was a major port of entry for bananas, so Owen Brennan, the founder of Brennan’s restaurant, asked Chef Paul BlangĂ© to create a dessert with the fruit. Brennan named the dessert after his good friend Richard Foster who served with him on the New Orleans Crime Commission, a civic group created to clean up the French Quarter. Incidentally, Franki thinks the commission needs to finish the job, so she doesn’t have to.



¼ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup banana liqueur (or Galliano)
4 bananas cut in half lengthwise then halved
¼ cup dark rum
4 scoops vanilla ice cream


Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé pan or skillet. Place the pan over low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the Galliano, then place the bananas in the pan. When the bananas soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum. Cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum. When the flames subside, remove the bananas from the pan and place four pieces over each scoop of ice cream. Generously spoon warm sauce over the ice cream and serve.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for being part of the book tour for "Galliano Gold" by Traci Andrighetti.

    The recipe for Banana Fosters sounds yummy. I'll have to give it a try.

    Can't wait for the opportunity to read this book on my TBR list.
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