First, whoever said “There’s no business like showbusiness” is dead wrong; they simply haven’t worked in the crazy and often insidious world of international hotels. Second, older women rock!
Hello, my name’s Mia Ferrari and I’m the Senior Duty Manager at Rourke International Hotel in Sydney, Australia. I love working in hotels—I also love solving mysteries, especially murders, but more about this later.
First, I want to tell you that I’ve recently come off an eighteen-year marriage because my cheating ex dumped me for no good reason and took off with a younger woman. Unfortunately, this happens to many women in my age group. I’m in my late 40s.
When things like this happen to women late in life, they often look back and have regrets about something. Mine regret is that I should have stuck with my intuition when I was thirty, and should have pursued the very brief love affair I had on one magic night in Venice with my now boss, David Rourke, CEO of Rourke Hotels, who is ten years younger than me.
I always loved younger men, and I seem to be especially attracted to the “bad boys”. This is my weakness aside from drinking loads of coffee, cooking scrumptious Italian food, and driving a Ferrari. Anyway, when I was with David, I thought him too young and I pursued my present ex who was younger than me but closer to my age group, and who at the time, represented security for me. Well, what a huge mistake I made with him. Talk about defining moments in life!
The other regret I have is I didn’t keep trying to get into the police force. This was my one and only dream for a career. I had been turned down by the cops when I’d first applied because of my archenemy, Detective Sergeant Phil Smythe. Oh, but he’s a piece of work! He somehow convinced the recruitment panel that I was unsuitable, not to mention my height of 5 ft nothing. In those days, the height restrictions were just being abolished, even so, Smythe managed to keep me off the force.
And now, some twenty years later, I’m the constant thorn on his side. I call it revenge for him being an arsehole to me. You see, crime seems to follow wherever I go, and I take delight in pitting my investigative skills against the police, especially my archenemy.
It’s a shame Smythe looks like a young version of Tom Selleck minus the moustache, because that’s the type of look I like. Well, I also like the exotic bad boys, however, Smythe reminds me of my ex, so not only do I think he’s rather good-looking, I also hate him all the more for it.
My life is complicated enough as it is, and after the disillusionment of my broken marriage, I’ve become somewhat harder, stronger, and I don’t suffer fools gladly. Defence mechanism, ladies! This doesn’t stop me, though, from torturing myself with the “what ifs”. What if I had married David instead of my evil ex; what if I made a play for David now, etc, etc; you get the point.
These days, I focus on rebuilding my life as a single person. Right after my break up, I went into huge retail therapy and purchased myself a Ferrari. Why not? Now, I get looks from those luscious, younger men I like so much. Mmm.
Oh, but I was going to talk about murder, right? Well, I hope you come and stay at the hotel where I work and meet with me. I’ll be happy to buy you a nice cappuccino and tell you all about the murder and mayhem I come across.
You’ll probably find you love the world of hotels just as much as I do. Hotels are where you see it all—illicit love affairs, trouble-making celebrities, temperamental chefs, sinister characters planning shady business deals, suicides, drama, and the list goes on. As I said before, the world of hotels is a world of its own, very much like the world of showbusiness.
I hope you will drop by and chat with me if you don’t mind meeting an older chick, wannabe investigator with a smart mouth and an attitude. And if I like you, I’ll take you on a ride in my Ferrari.
Ciao for now!
Sylvia Massara is a multi-genre novelist based in Sydney, Australia, who dabbles in wacky love affairs, drama and murder (or all three) over coffee. Sylvia has been writing since her early teens and her work consists of screenplays and novels.
As with most authors, Sylvia draws on her varied experience from having worked in the field of human resources across a number of industries including the glamorous world of international hotels.
In the romance genre, Sylvia reveals a soft spot for older female protagonists who are on the cusp of 40 and beyond. One of her novels, The Other Boyfriend, is loosely based on her own life experience whilst she lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her other romance novel, Like Casablanca, is a romantic comedy about internet dating.
On a more serious note, Sylvia wrote a very touching contemporary fiction drama, The Soul Bearers, which explores issues of child abuse, repressed sexuality, AIDS and gay rights; a story inspired by real life events and filled with hope and inspiration when overcoming fear, loss, and betrayal. At present, the novel is under consideration for adaptation into a feature film.
An avid fan of classic black and white Hollywood movies of the 40s including film noir, Sylvia has recently embarked on a contemporary mystery series whose protagonist is an older, spunky and smartarse female of 48 who works in the international world of hotels. The theme is comedic, sprinkled with a little bit of style from the film noir era; the stories are fast-paced and set in the modern day world. The first two novels in the series are Playing With The Bad Boys and The Gay Mardi Gras Murders.
Sylvia is currently working on her 3rd Mia Ferrari mystery, Murder On The South Pacific.
Connect with Sylvia in the following places:
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sylviamassara or @sylviamassara
I hope you’ll take the time to connect with Sylvia and explore her fictional world.
Come back on Friday to meet Randall Lee from the Randall Lee Mystery Series by Charles Colyott.
Thanks for reading.
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