Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Muffalettas and Murder by Jann Franklin

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Muffalettas and Murder book review

Muffalettas and Murder by Jann FranklinMUFFALETTAS AND MURDER by Jann Franklin
Small Town Girl Mysteries #1

GENRE: Cozy Mystery (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Rougarou Press
RELEASE DATE: January 30, 2023
PAGES: 238

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.


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Before I talk about anything else related to Muffalettas and Murder, I must give Shorty his due time. In fact, I could probably do an entire review just about Shorty because he is quite the character, this newly-minted private investigator who idolizes Jim Rockford, eats everything in sight, charms all the ladies, and is honestly a pretty good guy when it comes down to it. If you’ve read any of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Stoney Ridge books, you’ll have a good idea of Shorty’s personality when I say that he and Hank would either be the best of friends or drive each other crazy. I adored Shorty from the safety of the pages and I laughed out loud more than once at his quirky antics, theories, and turns of phrases, but I think in real life he would be better in small doses haha! Poor Evangeline ends up clocking lots of time with Shorty in this book, but fortunately she has a high level of tolerance (and a fond affection) for him and he does end up being a solid friend. So even though she periodically wants to choke him (like when he eats her out of house & home or comments on her bad breath), she won’t actually act on it. At least not in this book – who knows if her patience will last through the other three books LOL.

When I wasn’t guffawing at Shorty or praying for Ev’s sanity, I enjoyed watching this unlikely sleuthing duo work on a local cold case. They actually make a great team. After all, there’s a lot more to Shorty than just a bottomless stomach and a pretty face, and Ev’s past as a detective’s wife and mystery writer (and fan of Murder She Wrote) serve her well. The prologue from the victim’s perspective had me instantly invested in finding the culprit(s) and trying to figure it out before Ev & Shorty did. (I didn’t. lol.) The suspects do pile up though, as they work through Ev’s brother’s case notes, and while their interrogations often went comically awry (thanks mostly to Shorty) they ended up getting the job done just fine.

Bottom Line: Muffalettas and Murder by Jann Franklin is an often-hilarious and layered small town mystery with endearingly quirky characters, a sweet new canine sidekick, and loads of Louisiana charm (and food). Ev’s inner monologue had me giggling (when I wasn’t laughing at Shorty’s antics), but I also appreciated how naturally her thoughts slipped into a prayer from time to time. It’s clear that her faith in God affects her life but it’s not done in a preachy way, and I even loved watching Shorty be affected by Ev’s faith too. The cold case murder mystery they’re solving kept me guessing and held my interest, and I can’t wait to read the next book at my first opportunity to see what these two unlikely friends get up to next.

(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I purchased for my own collection. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / enjoyed it!

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Jann Franklin

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. Visit her at

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9 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Muffalettas and Murder by Jann Franklin

  1. Roxanne C.

    I love faith-included stories that make me laugh, and a good mystery makes it all the better.

  2. Denise

    I enjoy cozy mysteries, and the fact that this one naturally weaves in faith is a plus. Now I’m dreaming of some good Louisiana food to eat while reading!

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