Murder and Marinara
Author: Rosie Genova [Website] [Facebook] aka Rosemary DiBattista [Website]
Publisher: Obsidian Mystery
Series: Italian Kitchen Mystery, Bk 1
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.