Loretta Giacoletto divides her time between the St. Louis Metropolitan area and Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks where she concentrates on writing fiction, essays, and her blog Loretta on Life while her husband cruises the waters for bass and crappie. Their five children have left the once chaotic nest but occasionally return for her to-die-for ravioli and roasted peppers topped with garlic-laden bagna càuda. An avid traveler, she has visited numerous countries in Europe and Asia but Italy remains her favorite, especially the area from where her family originates: the Piedmont region near the Italian alps.
Loretta’s novels are filled with bawdy characters caught up in problems they must suffer the consequences for having created. In LETHAL PLAY a grieving widow is suspected of killing her son’s coach, a man with more enemies than friends. FAMILY DECEPTIONS follows two generations of earthy characters who learn to thrive and/or survive through a series of misdeeds, the worst against those they love the most. FREE DANNER features a cynical young man whose troubled past and deadly encounters hinder his search for the father he has yet to meet. THE FAMILY ANGEL is an Italian/American saga about the Americanization of an immigrant family of bootleggers, coalminers, winemakers and priests, and a mysterious black angel who enjoys sticking his nose in the family business. CHICAGO’S HEADMISTRESS, a prequel and partial parallel to THE FAMILY ANGEL, follows a 1905 Italian street urchin’s notorious rise to wealth and power as the headmistress of Night School, Prohibition Chicago’s most popular and innovative men’s club in the 1920s. Loretta is also the author of A COLLECTION OF GIVERS AND TAKERS, an anthology of twisted stories about the good, the bad, the self-centered and the disillusioned
In addition to the horror anthologies, Damned in Dixie and Hell in the Heartland, Loretta’s short stories have appeared in a number of publications including The MacGuffin, Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, The Scruffy Dog Review, Allegory and Literary Mama, which nominated her story “Tom” for Dzanc’s 2010 Best of The Web.
An associate editor for Allegory ezine, Loretta is also a member of Backspace Writers.
A soccer mom mystery that fans of Pat Conroy’s novels about dysfunctional families might enjoy. Newly widowed Francesca Canelli would do anything to help her 15-year-old son Matt, an ambitious soccer player determined to honor his dad’s memory. Financially strapped and emotionally devastated, Francesca accepts a sexual proposition from the coach of Pegasi United who promises to secure Matt a starting position on his premier St. Louis team. Their bargain quickly sours when the coach abuses Francesca, demeans Matt, and threatens to renege on the deal.
The coach with more enemies than friends soon winds up dead, his battered and naked body hanging from a goalpost crossbar. In the ensuing investigation Francesca becomes the prime suspect. Now she’s playing games with a team of hard-nosed detectives, her vulnerability fading as she fights to keep herself out of jail and her family intact. But then Francesca discovers she’s not the only person who really knows what happened that night the coach died. She has no choice but to strike a new bargain but will this one resolve her growing problems.
“An interesting story. One that will have the reader turning the pages as it did me. The ending? Well, let’s just say it was a surprise. It did have me wondering `Huh?'” – In My Opinion
“I really enjoyed the twists and turns of this novel and look forward to more reading enjoyment from Loretta Giacoletto.” – Cecelia Fox
“Lethal Play has plenty of complexity to keep readers off-guard. Giacoletto has created characters the reader can pull for or against and also recognize. It’s a good read, and we look forward to seeing other books from her.” – Bill Furlow