These 2 Books Offer a Dose of Fiction and Reality in Westchester

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Whether you are looking for expert advice on buying the home of your dreams or just want a page-turning mystery novel, there’s a local tome for you.

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Courtesy of Irene Amato

Home at Last!

By Irene Amato

The founder and CEO of New York-based A.S.A.P. Mortgage Corp., author Irene Amato knows her stuff, and it shows when perusing this book, which deconstructs every step of the homebuying process. The informative text includes convenient checklists, do’s and don’ts, and detailed descriptions of how to navigate mortgages and loans. The goals of Home at Last! is to serve as a motivational real estate/ mortgage/homebuying guide that “empowers existing homeowners, those considering buying a home, or those who are still sitting on the sidelines, renting,” explains Amato, who has grown her company to eight branches since 2001. The text explores many different types of loans, including single applicants, married applicants, veterans, and even Section 8 housing. But the key distinguishing factor, says Amato, is that the book is fundamentally motivational. “It educates people on the process, but it also holds everyone else to a higher standard because the consumer is now educated on what to expect from a true professional.”

Irene Amato (2021); 183 pages (pbk, Kindle)

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Courtesy of Permuted Press

Morris Pi

By Dion Baia

If you’ve been yearning for a pulse-pounding mystery novel, Dion Baia is here to make your beach days a bit more exciting. Entangling the glitzy New York City of the mid-1940s with a reclusive millionaire, a hardened detective, and a Nazi, the Westchester author’s new book, Morris Pi: The Men from Ice House Four, offers a unique take on a well-trodden genre. When an eccentric tycoon tasks Harlem-based private detective Walter Morris to find the missing daughter of his maid, Morris begins an odyssey into the seedy underbelly of the Big Apple. As he wends his way through a world of serial killers, double agents, and black-market surgeons, Morris uncovers a plot by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele that will change his life and the course of history forever. Full of snappy writing and surprising set pieces, the novel makes for an enjoyable way to while away the hours.

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Permuted Press (2021); 320 pages (pbk, kindle, audiobook)

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