Murder and Marinara: An Italian Kitchen Mystery Book 1

Murder and Marinara: An Italian Kitchen Mystery Book 1

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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. First in a new series! RECIPES INCLUDED!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 107 x 170 x 23mm | 194g
  • New American Library
  • United States
  • English
  • 0451415140
  • 9780451415141
  • 77,500

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Praise for Murder and Marinara "The tastiest item on the menu with colorful characters, a sharp plot, and a fabulous Jersey setting. I enjoyed every bite."--Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author "Clever and intriguing....It definitely left me hungry for more."--Livia J. Washburn, author of the Fresh Baked Mystery series
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About Rosie Genova

A Jersey girl born and bred, Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for the Italian Kitchen Mysteries. 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, her two younger sons, and an ill-behaved fox terrier.
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563 ratings
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I believe I may have found the perfect modern cozy mystery! When I think of mysteries, I think of the way they used to be prior to gore and other garbage, I think of stories just like this one. Rosie Genova has added everything into this story to make is enchanting and extremely smart. There is some romance, incredible mystery, and a delicious humor. From the opening page of the book, I was hooked. I found very little that bothered me within the book. There is some profanity, but it didn't really bother me. I am so grateful there were no bedroom scenes! Each one of the characters in this book is developed well, but Victoria was my favorite (I'm not even sure why). The author has set the scene in an expert fashion, and her logic comes across in an amazing way. I never found myself lost, bored, or horrified. I halfway figured out "who done it" (My ego is always bolstered when I do this!), but I have to admit that I wasn't certain I was correct as I devoured the pages of the story! I look forward to the next installment of this book. Victoria has quickly become a favorite character of mine. In some ways, she reminds me of "Jessica Fletcher" ("Murder She Wrote"), but this character still has a fresh, modern outlook that keeps her from being mundane. If you delight in mysteries, this book should migrate to the top of your list! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent more
by Ruth Hill
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