Sunday, December 8, 2013

Murder and Marinara

Title: Murder and Marinara

Author: Rosie Genova [Website] [Facebook] aka Rosemary DiBattista [Website]

Publisher: Obsidian Mystery

Series: Italian Kitchen Mystery, Bk 1

ISBN: 9780451415141

Length: 309 + "Recipes from the Italian Kitchen"

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

It caught my interest.


Victoria is a popular mystery writer who has decided to write her "novel of the heart" - a historical fiction piece based on her family.  So she's gone back home for research, work in the family restaurant, and to learn to cook from her Nonna.  But there's a murder that's driving away business, she's receiving pressure to use her knowledge as a mystery writer to solve this thing quickly, and she's romantically confused to boot.

I found this book interesting - and not in the negative way that word is described as meaning in the book.  I liked the characters for the most part.  I was invested in the rush to figure out who did it (even though the victim himself was obvious).  And the setting was interesting as well.  I haven't read many books set in Jersey that I can think of.  Excepting Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, of course.  But I do have ancestors from the area.

Anyway, I intend to read the 2nd book in the series, Wedding Soup Murder, due out September 2014.


  1. I have not read a lot of cozies but just did read one I really liked, and the wity titles and covers often appeal to me when I'm perusing the mystery section. This one sounds like fun and the cover was one of those that jumped out at me, I recognized it. I'll bet the recipes aren't half bad either...

    1. Ah, Well. I wouldn't know about the recipes as I am strongly opposed to cooking. But the cover is inviting. Perhaps that's why I picked it to read...


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