A Dish Best Served Cold:
An Italian Kitchen Mystery (Italian Kitchen Mystery, An)
3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: NAL (August 4, 2015)
The national bestselling author of The Wedding Soup Murder returns to the Jersey Shore where a killer is stirring up trouble during a hurricane…At the Casa Lido, the end of summer means a party, and hit whodunit writer Victoria “Vic” Rienzi and her family are cooking like crazy for the restaurant’s seventieth anniversary celebration. As they chop onions and garlic, old family friend Pete Petrocelli stops by, saying he knows something that would make for a good mystery novel. Curious, Vic asks Nonna to elaborate on Pete’s claim and learns of a relative who mysteriously disappeared back in Italy…
The night of the party brings a crowd—and a full throttle hurricane. When the storm finally passes, everyone thinks they’re in the clear—until the first casualty is found, and it’s Pete. Remembering his visit, Vic isn’t certain Pete’s death was an accident and decides to dig deeper into his story. What she finds is meatier than Nonna’s sauce…
What I Thought:
I enjoyed going back to Oceanside Park and visiting with Vic and her eccentric Italian family, especially her Nonna. Vic always seems to get herself in some sticky situations. She is a mystery writer, but she loves to solve mysteries/murders herself. This cozy was great because it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. It was very interesting because Vic is trying to find out what happened to her long, lost Zio Roberto besides trying to find out how Stinky Pete really died, she has to wonder if the two mysteries are intertwined. This leads Vic on a journey and she suspects a lot of people of doing the deed. Throw in a hurricane and a power outage, which makes for a very interesting read. I look forward to visiting Vic and Oceanside Park again, it is always a wild ride.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
A Jersey girl born and bred, national bestselling author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. Her new series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her appreciation for good food, her pride in her heritage, and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. Her debut novel, Murder and Marinara, was named a 2013 Best Cozy by Suspense Magazine and is a finalist for a 2014 Daphne Award. An English teacher by day and novelist by night, Rosie also writes women’s fiction as Rosemary DiBattista. She still lives in her home state with her husband and the youngest of her three Jersey boys.Author Links
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