A Villa in Sicily: Olive Oil and Murder (A Cats and Dogs Cozy Mystery—Book 1)

A Villa in Sicily: Olive Oil and Murder (A Cats and Dogs Cozy Mystery—Book 1) Summary

"Very entertaining. Highly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who appreciates a well-written mystery with twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!"
--Books and Movie Reviews (regarding Murder in the Manor)

A VILLA IN SICILY: OLIVE OIL AND MURDER is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by bestselling author Fiona Grace, author of Murder in the Manor, a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews (and a free download)!

Audrey Smart, 34, is a brilliant vet—yet fed up by her demanding clients who think they know more than her and who don’t care about their animals. Burnt-out with the endless hours, she wonders if the time has come for a new direction. And when her 15th year high school reunion (and her hopes for re-sparking on old flame) end in disaster, Audrey knows the time has come to make a change.

When Audrey sees an ad for a $1 home in Sicily, it captivates her. The only catch is that the house requires renovation, something she knows little about. She wonders if it could be real—and if she may really be crazy enough to go for it. 

Can Audrey create a life and career—and the home of her dreams—in a beautiful Sicilian village? And perhaps even find love while she’s there?

Or will an unexpected death—one that only she can solve—put an end to all of her plans?

Are some dreams too good to be true?

A laugh-out-loud cozy packed with mystery, intrigue, renovation, animals, food, wine—and of course, love—A VILLA IN SICILY will capture your heart and keep you glued to the very last page.

Books #2 and #3 in the series—FIGS AND A CADAVER and VINO AND DEATH—are now also available!

Book Reviews

cosy reader

A fun read5 star

I enjoyed this book more than I expected. The main character is willing to battle against adversity and what is her as she can with no hope of success or at least no real hope. And I love a happy ending!55


Fun read5 star

Packed with humor, a dash of intrigue and big dreams. This is a well written book, charming and easy to read. Highly recommended55

elysse 522

Sweet Sicily5 star

This was a delicious mystery story full of interesting characters and best of all highlighting Italian life on the island. A must read55


So, so…3 star

Like a Hershey bar instead of rich, Belgian chocolate: it’ll do the trick if you’re craving chocolate, but you won’t be as satisfied. The Sicilian setting is appealing, as are the assorted pets and other animals, especially Nick, the fox. The concept of moving to an ancient Sicilian village to fix up an old dwelling is a fun idea. Overall, I have the impression that the author was more interested in cranking out books quickly, rather than taking more time to perfect them. As for the Audiobook versions: The narrators often had the wrong tone of voice for the passage they were reading. They also mispronounced many words, in both English and Italian. And the narrator that took over after Book 3 absolutely ruined the image of Mason with the voice that she used: instead of sounding like a sexy, Southern man, she made him sound like a whiny nobody.35

Beutipool Piling

Well written, easy read5 star

Enjoyed every page! Looking forward to reading more of her books.55


Villa in Sicily5 star

Easy light reading. Very entertaining.55


A Villa in Sicily4 star

Enjoyable easy read.45

J Trout

From Security to Sicily5 star

Original setting combined with creative storyline keep this book interesting. The mystery is actually secondary in this first installment. Easy read plus surprise ending. I’m anxious to read next in series.55

full of unanswered puzzles

Awesome!5 star

A wonderful first book in an exciting new series!55


A Cozy Mystery - A Villa in Sicily3 star

Cute and entertaining35

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