Dec 142016
 

The Seven-Course Christmas Killer: A Holiday Novella from the Italian Kitchen (An Italian Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
Setting – New Jersey
Beyond the Page (November 27, 2016)
Print Length: 77 pages
ASIN: B01NBDVUCX

 

 

On Christmas Eve, someone might be sleeping with the fishes . . .

It’s December at the Casa Lido, which means only one thing: the Rienzi family’s traditional Christmas Eve celebration, including wine, song, and seven Italian seafood courses. As Victoria and Tim prep scungilli and calamari, Nonna directs the cooking until all is in readiness for the big night.

But the holiday cheer is interrupted by the attempted murder of Mayor Anne McCrae, who asks Vic to investigate. Trouble is, there are as many suspects as there are fishes on the Christmas Eve menu . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

There are many tense moments as the community comes together for the Rienzi family’s traditional Christmas Eve celebration. The mayor  pulls Victoria aside and tells her someone is trying to kill her. Then she basically blackmails her into finding out who by the end of the dinner. Since the mayor is not that well liked one just needs to look around the room and see that everyone is a suspect, but she comes up with a list of 7 that may actually be guilty of attempted murder. Seven people, seven courses, with a little help she may be able to pull this off.

This is a fun, fast read from Rosie Genova, just in time for the holidays. It is a nice companion story to go with the series. You do not need to have read the previous books to enjoy this novella. The author does a wonderful job of introducing all the characters all while giving the reader a nice little mystery.

This series does have 3 previous books but was cancelled by Penguin Random House. I was so excited to see this novella that gives you just a taste of Casa Lido, the family that owns it and the community it serves. An introduction for new readers and something to hold fans of the series as we hope the author continues the series on her own. She is thinking of making holiday releases an annual event. That would make this reader very happy.

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About the Author:

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 series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her appreciation for good food and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. Her debut novel, Murder and Marinara, was named a 2013 Best Pick by Suspense Magazine and was a finalist for a 2014 Daphne Award. The proud mama of three grown sons, Rosie still lives in her home state with her husband and a charming mutt named Lucy.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Sep 132014
 

special guest blueRosie just wrapped up the stops of her official Great Escapes Book Tour and I decided to tag myself on to the end. Yesterday I reviewed the first Italian Kitchen Mystery, Murder and Marinara and today you can find my review of The Wedding Soup Murder below my interview with Rosie. The Tour Rafflecopter Giveaway ends tomorrow night at midnight. My giveaways of my review copies will run the usual 2 weeks.

Now without further ado Let’s Chat with Rosie!

Genova head and shoulders high resHi Rosie!

Hi Lori!

Let’s start with the basics – Where are you from?

I grew up in a small town with a big name–Kenilworth. It’s in central New Jersey, and my parents still live there.

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember–stories and songs when I was little, and lots of bad poetry when I was in high school. A big part of the reason I started writing has to do with my mom, who encouraged me from the time I was very young. She now serves as my first draft reader.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I suppose I have always considered myself a writer, but didn’t feel entitled to say it out loud until I finished my first manuscript, which was about ten years ago.

What inspired you to write your first book?

My first book, which is unpublished, is a romantic comedy, an update of Much Ado about Nothing set at the Jersey shore. But my first published book, Murder and Marinara, was inspired by a number of things: the Golden Age mysteries of Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, as well as my deep love for good Italian cooking and the Jersey shore.

Do you have a specific writing style?
That is an interesting question. Well, I aim to give readers some laughs while they are puzzling out the mystery, so I would hope my style is humorous. (Reviewers have described it as “breezy,” which I hope is not code for “lacks seriousness.”)


Tell us about your new book.

My new release, The Wedding Soup Murder, Book 2 in the Italian Kitchen Mysteries. In it, my main character Victoria is put in charge of catering the soup course at a fancy country club wedding. But when there’s a murder after the reception, Vic once again has to put her sleuthing skills to work.
How did you come up with the title?
My titles usually carry some reference to food or a specific Italian dish. I generally work with my agent and editor and we brainstorm ideas.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The story in The Wedding Soup Murder is driven by the theme of family, but that’s as much as I can say without spoilers!

How much of the book is realistic?
I would say that the setting is realistic and that the characters themselves are realistic, and I like to think that their dialogue sounds natural. Some of the situations in which they find themselves, however, owe an awful lot to my writer’s imagination.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
To a certain extent, the characters in the Italian Kitchen Mysteries are inspired by people I know, but they are composites of various character traits. Nonna, for example, is an amalgam of my two Italian grandmothers. In terms of setting, I have spent every summer of my life visiting the Jersey shore, and it’s a milieu I know very well. I also worked in Italian restaurants when I was in college. Like Victoria, when I was a thirty-ish woman I felt the pull between family and work, so here and there my own experiences do sneak through.

What books have most influenced your life most?
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf changed my life, or at the very least my thinking about what it means to be a writer. We all need a room of our own!

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I look at how certain writers have reached out to those starting out–particularly Kristan Higgins and Stephanie Evanovich, both of whom have been kind and supportive to me–and I try to model that behavior myself. Writing and publishing is not for the faint of heart, and we need all the support we can get.

What book are you reading now?
I recently read Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling and hope to get my hands on Silkworm soon.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Well, Galbraith is certainly not a new author–the whole world knows “he” is really J.K. Rowling, but her work as a mystery writer is new to me, and somewhat of a revelation. Her books as Galbraith remind me of one of my favorites, P.D. James.

What would you like my readers to know?
That I love hearing from them! My website is www.rosiegenova.com and I am also on Facebook and Goodreads.

Thank you so much Rosie for taking the time to visit with us.

About Rosie Genova

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.

Find Rosie on the internet:

Website: www.rosiegenova.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RosieGenova

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6462450.Rosie_Genova

Wedding Soup Murder fullThe Wedding Soup Murder: An Italian Kitchen Mystery
Series: An Italian Kitchen Mystery (Book 2)
Obsidian(September 2, 2014)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451415158
E-Book File Size: 1886 KB
ASIN: B00IOE4JOW
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Victoria Rienzi came home to the Jersey Shore to write a new book, learn the family restaurant business, and practice the fine art of Italian cooking. But when delicious dishes are paired with murder, Vic has a little too much on her plate…

When Vic asked her nonna for more responsibility in the kitchen, she didn’t mean making a thousand tiny meatballs by hand for the family’s famous wedding soup. The dish is to be served at the reception for a close family friend at the exclusive Belmont Country Club. And once there Vic has to deal with a demanding bridezilla and clashes in the kitchen—between the staff and servers, between two egocentric head chefs, and between the country club president and…well…everyone.

The wedding comes off without a hitch—until the body of the club’s president is found on the beach below a high seawall. Now Vic will need to use her noodle to find out who pushed whom too far…before she’s the one who lands in the soup!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another  winner from this author.  I was spoiled by being to read both books in this series back to back.

I have fallen hard for the whole Rienzi family.  They are all back.  The romantic triangle/tension continues to evolve between Vic, her old boyfriend Tim and carpenter Cal. Nonna is still keeping her family in check and strongly guiding them to her way of thinking. All the characters are growing as we get to know them better.

In  this installment we meet the chefs at the Belmont Country Club  and let’s just say I would rather spend time with chef Gordon Ramsey:) These chefs are extremely temperamental and are not happy having outsiders in their kitchen.  When the Club President is found dead there are plenty of suspects including the chefs and the father of the bride.

I was very impressed with the way Genova weaves the mystery into the Rienzi family subplots. It is seamless. Having a mystery writer as the protagonist just blends everything together deliciously, like a masterful piece of Italian lasagna, with plenty of layers. This breathes life into the characters and makes the jump off the pages.

As with the first story the descriptions and talk of the food made me so hungry. Again I appreciate the recipes included in the back of the book.

The only part I don;t like it that now I have to wait for a whole year to visit this wonderful Italian family. Ciao Rienzi Family! I can’t wait until we meet again!!

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5 STARFISH

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Sep 122014
 

When this book was touring with Great Escapes last year I just couldn’t squeeze it into my schedule. I added it here because the next book, The Wedding Soup Murder was released this month and I will be reviewing it tomorrow!!!

Murder and MarinaraMurder and Marinara:
An Italian Kitchen Mystery

First Book in Series
Cozy Mystery
An Obsidian Mystery (October 1, 2013)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451415141
E-Book File Size: 2177 KB
ASIN: B00BC255Y6

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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.

RECIPES INCLUDED!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Rosie Genova writes what she knows, she is a Jersey Girl, an author, and she loves good food! Wonder if these characters are based on her family…

Victoria did the unexpected when she left the family business behind, moved to New York and became a very successful mystery author. Now she is back to do a little research to write a non-fiction book about her heritage but she is barely unpacked before she is wrapped up in a murder investigation. Everyone thinks because she writes mysteries she can solve this one. The man died in her family’s restaurant so she feels obligated to do what she can but putting herself in danger was never on the menu.

Victoria is a strong protagonist and with her sister-in-law (SIL) as her sidekick what could go wrong….

The entire family dynamic is what makes me love this story. Her Nonna is quite a woman and she is not letting Victoria off easy when she returns. Victoria wants to learn to cook the family recipes and she finds herself planting tomatoes and working as a waitress. Her parents are involved with the restaurant but leave all the decisions to Nonna. Victoria’s brother, Danny, does not work at the restaurant either, but he is a police officer and Nonna finds that a reputable profession unlike that of being an author. I think she hates her family being separated more than anything.

In addition to the family there is sous chef Tim who just happens to be Victoria’s old boyfriend and is an honorary family member. Victoria thinks her Nonna loves him more than her own grandchildren. 🙂 And there is Cal, a carpenter doing work at Casa Lido. He is not from Jersey and he is very secretive about his past but there is nothing secret about his feelings for Victoria.

Genova takes this characters and places them on the beautiful Jersey shore and stirs them all together in a very tasty story. The mystery is complex and keeps the reader engaged with each twist and turn. But I can’t forget the food. I swear I could smell the marinara sauce emanating from the pages and I was so hungry by the time I finished. Thankfully she includes recipes!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

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About The Author

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

Website: www.rosiegenova.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RosieGenova

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6462450.Rosie_Gen

 

I am giving away my review copy!!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US or Canadian mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 5 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

Contest Will End September 26, 2014 at 11:59 PM CST
Winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

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Sep 042014
 
wedding soup murder large banner640I was just added to this tour at the end of last week to fill in for another blogger. I will be posting my reviews of both The Wedding Soup Murder and Murder and Marinara next week! 

 
 
 

The Wedding Soup Murder
by Rosie Genova

 
 
 

The Wedding Soup Murder gave me everything I could wish for in a cozy mystery and more. My one complaint is that I have to wait a whole year to find out what else Vic and her family get into.
~Read Your Writes Book Reviews
 
 
 

Wedding Soup Murder fullThe Wedding Soup Murder: An Italian Kitchen Mystery
Series: An Italian Kitchen Mystery (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Signet (September 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451415159
ISBN-13: 978-0451415158
E-Book File Size: 1886 KB
ASIN: B00IOE4JOW
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Synopsis:

Victoria Rienzi came home to the Jersey Shore to write a new book, learn the family restaurant business, and practice the fine art of Italian cooking. But when delicious dishes are paired with murder, Vic has a little too much on her plate…

When Vic asked her nonna for more responsibility in the kitchen, she didn’t mean making a thousand tiny meatballs by hand for the family’s famous wedding soup. The dish is to be served at the reception for a close family friend at the exclusive Belmont Country Club. And once there Vic has to deal with a demanding bridezilla and clashes in the kitchen—between the staff and servers, between two egocentric head chefs, and between the country club president and…well…everyone.

The wedding comes off without a hitch—until the body of the club’s president is found on the beach below a high seawall. Now Vic will need to use her noodle to find out who pushed whom too far…before she’s the one who lands in the soup!

About The Author
Genova head and shoulders high res

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

Website: www.rosiegenova.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RosieGenova

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6462450.Rosie_Genova

 

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