Jun 202014
 

basil instinctBasil Instinct (Miracolo Mysteries)
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Pocket Books (June 24, 2014)
A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476709369
E-Book File Size: 1853 KB
ASIN: B00BSBR1RU
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When Chef Eve Angelotta’s grandmother, Maria Pia, is invited to join Belfiere, a secret all-female Italian culinary society, Eve is concerned. Rumor has it that membership is lifelong—whether you like it or not. Eve and her cousin Landon try to research Belfiere, but all they come up with is a two-year-old blog entry warning against the two-hundred-year-old society that centers around meals inspired by famous female poisoners.

Soon after, Eve’s new sous chef turns up dead just inside the front door of Miracolo, Eve’s restaurant. When they discover the sous chef had connections to Belfiere, Eve and her Italian cousins start a mission to find out what happened—before Maria Pia is made an offer she can’t refuse.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This crazy Italian family is back and with their new sous chef dropping dead in the restaurant foyer and a big party coming up the story turns into scenes similar to the movie Weekend at Bernie’s. Oh my, this story was hilarious. Add to that a strange group of chefs and their weird rituals, Eve’s community college delinquents and murder investigation and you have a fantastic story.

Some of these characters take eclectic to a whole new level. Mrs. Crawford, the pianist that sets the restaurants atmosphere, continues to crack me up again and again. Maria Pia with her nightly Three Coins in the Fountain performances just add to the fun. “You have to give the people what they want.” Eve and Landon try to keep the eatery under control but let’s face it they are fighting an uphill battle.

Costa has woven a very creative mystery amongst all the humor. Eve really has the best intentions but she sure gets herself in trouble. She follows those clues wherever they lead and always thinks if she gets caught  she can talk her way out of it but that doesn’t always work. She gets herself into the pesto several times and keeps the reader on their toes.

This was a fun read  and I was truly craving Italian food when I finished it. Too bad there isn’t a restaurant like Miracolo nearby sans the dead body, of course.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas

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Aug 222013
 

YOU CANNOLI DIE ONCEYou Cannoli Die Once
(Miracolo Mysteries)

New Series
Cozy Mystery
Pocket Books (May 28, 2013)
A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476709352
E-Book File Size: 890 KB
ASIN: B00A6CM4YC
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From Back Cover

At Miracolo Northern Italian restaurant, one can savor brilliantly seasoned veal saltimbocca, or luscious risotto alla milanese, but no cannoli. Never cannoli. Maria Pia Angelotta, the spirited seventy-six-year-old owner of the Philadelphia-area eatery that’s been in her family for four generations, has butted heads with her head chef over the cannoli ban more than once. And when the head chef is your own granddaughter, things can get a little heated.

Fortunately, Eve Angelotta knows how to handle what her nonna dishes out. But when Maria Pia’s boyfriend is found dead in Miracolo’s kitchen, bludgeoned by a marble mortar, the question arises: Can a woman this fiery and stubborn over cream-filled pastry be capable of murder?

The police seem to think so, and they put the elder Angelotta behind bars, while Eve, sexy neighborhood attorney Joe Beck, and the entire Miracolo family— parenti di sangue and otherwise—try every trick in the cookbook to unravel a tangle of lies and expose a killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
What a tasty debut!!  Eve and her Nonna don’t agree with what’s on and not on the menu but she knows her grandmother didn’t kill anyone. Eve pulls her friends and family together to do whatever they have to so she is cleared of the crime and back at the restaurant where she belongs. Even if it means breaking and entering!

When you pick up this book be prepared to laugh and laugh a lot. This is a true group of quirky characters and I was surprised at their depth for this being the first book in the series. This is a big Italian family so there are many characters to keep straight but as the story progresses they each come into their own and are very easily pictured in the reader’s mind. Don’t be scared off by the hard to pronounce or long Italian names, soon you will feel right at home at Miracolo’s.

The story unfolds slowly with delectable dialogue, a few bites of tongue in cheek moments,  some crumbs of sarcasm, and references of some great operas.  Then it picks up steam as the clues start to come together. There is also a little romantic tension we all love too.  All together a yummy cozy mystery.  I can hardly wait for my next reservation at this wonderful Italian eatery.

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4 STARFISH

Dollycas

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