Posted in cooking, Cozy, Monday, mystery on January 20, 2014

Today I am featuring the first book in another cozy mystery cooking series…yes, I LOVE food and eating and reading about it.  Sometimes I think I should have been a chef…probably just a personal chef because doing it large scale in a restaurant is just mind blowing!

Anyway, so today I’m showcasing author Shelley Costa and her first book You Cannoli Die Once.  The second book, Basil Instinct, is due out in June 2014.  Shelley also has an older mystery series called The Bad Medicine Lake Mysteries and they are currently available as an eBook on Amazon and Smashwords.



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.