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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Rosie Genova--Murder and Marinara Review and Giveaway

Murder and Marinara:
An Italian Kitchen Mystery (Italian Kitchen Mysteries)

New Series

Publisher: Signet (October 1, 2013)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451415141
ASIN: B00BC255Y6

Hit whodunit writer Victoria Rienzi is getting back to her roots by working at her family’s Italian restaurant. But now in between plating pasta and pouring vino, she’ll have to find the secret ingredient in a murder….
When Victoria takes a break from penning her popular mystery series and moves back to the Jersey shore, she imagines sun, sand, and scents of fresh basil and simmering marinara sauce at the family restaurant, the Casa Lido. But her nonna’s recipes aren’t the only things getting stirred up in this Italian kitchen.
Their small town is up in arms over plans to film a new reality TV show, and when Victoria serves the show’s pushy producer his last meal, the Casa Lido staff finds itself embroiled in a murder investigation. Victoria wants to find the real killer, but there are as many suspects as tomatoes in her nonna’s garden. Now she’ll have to heat up her sleuthing skills quickly…before someone else gets a plateful of murder.
My Review:
This was an awesome cozy.  I really liked Victoria Rienzi/Vick Reed.  The setting of this story was great also.  Who doesn't love the beach and the boardwalk.  This book had a great cast of characters, a close-knit Italian family.  When a big time producer eats in the family restaurant, Casa Lido, and is later found outside dead, Victoria's grandmother wants her to find the killer.  So Victoria and her sister-in-law Sofia start and investigation.  They have several close calls, but  in the end, they figure it out.  My attention was held from the beginning till the end, this was a great story and a great start to a new series that I look forward to.  Great job Rosie.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
About This Author:
A Jersey girl born and bred, Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. The atmosphere of the Jersey shore is present in the details, whether it’s the smell of the sea, the sound of a Springsteen song, or the taste of a frozen custard from the boardwalk. And no summer is complete unless she has sand in her shoes.
A bookworm from the time she could sound out words, Rosie spent many happy hours in her home town library where she hid behind the stacks reading the titles she was too young to check out. She earned two degrees in English from Rutgers University, where she discovered to her delight that reading Jane Austen was actually considered homework. Though she’s always considered herself a writer, she didn’t pen her first novel until ten years ago, and she hasn’t stopped since.
Her new series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her deep appreciation for good food, her pride in her heritage, and her love of classic mysteries, from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. An English teacher by day and novelist by night, Rosie also writes women’s fiction as Rosemary DiBattista. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, two of her three sons, and an ill-behaved fox terrier.
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Rosie has generously offered a print copy of the book and one of these great spoons as a giveaway.  Please leave a comment about why you want to read this book and leave your email address (please respond to any emails from me, I have been getting a lot of winners not responding).  No email no entry, Open to US residents only.  I will pick a winner on the 8th.


  1. Great review. I think the book sounds wonderful. Have restaurant with good food, small town problems with a reality show and murder-definitely sounds like a good mystery. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway. Please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson

  2. Hi Melina,
    Thanks so much for featuring my book and for the terrific review. It's much appreciated! And to those stopping by today, I wish I could send you all a jar of sauce! But take a chance on the cute spoons. (There's also an easy sauce recipe in the book.)

  3. Thank you for being part of this tour!!!

  4. Wonderful giveaway, the book sounds great. I love cooking and cozy mysteries about or with cooking in them are so much fun.
    I hope I;m lucky :)

  5. I always enjoy food based cozy mysteries. I'm looking forward to reading this book. Great review!

  6. Thanks for this great feature. The book sounds memorable and like a treasure. Best wishes and much happiness. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. Murder and Marinara sounds unique and mouthwatering as well as captivating and special. What a delightful giveaway. Thanks for this chance. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. Sounds very cute!!! I will add to the "to be read" pile! (may even put it ahead of some others)

  9. I love cozy mysteries! This one sounds yummy! I would like to give it a try.

  10. I would like to win this for my daughter as she loves cozy's, she has a whole book case full of them I think, lol.


  11. This new series sounds like it has a couple of elements I'd find appealing, a restaurant setting and a reality show taking place in book 1. I just like cozies in general but they are light, quick reads and tend to have interesting, likable characters.

  12. The book sound good and I enjoyed your review. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!

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