Posted in 5 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, mystery, Review on August 8, 2015

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A Dish Best Served Cold: An Italian Kitchen Mystery (An Italian Kitchen Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: NAL (August 4, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0451415165


The national bestselling author of The Wedding Soup Murder returns to the Jersey Shore where a killer is stirring up trouble during a hurricane…

At the Casa Lido, the end of summer means a party, and hit whodunit writer Victoria “Vic” Rienzi and her family are cooking like crazy for the restaurant’s seventieth anniversary celebration. As they chop onions and garlic, old family friend Pete Petrocelli stops by, saying he knows something that would make for a good mystery novel. Curious, Vic asks Nonna to elaborate on Pete’s claim and learns of a relative who mysteriously disappeared back in Italy…

The night of the party brings a crowd—and a full throttle hurricane. When the storm finally passes, everyone thinks they’re in the clear—until the first casualty is found, and it’s Pete. Remembering his visit, Vic isn’t certain Pete’s death was an accident and decides to dig deeper into his story. What she finds is meatier than Nonna’s sauce…


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I think this is my favorite book in this series so far! In this book we learn more about Vic’s ancestry despite the fact that Nonna doesn’t want to talk about it much. I’m always fascinated by genealogy so this focus grabbed my attention.

Of course there is a murder and the choices for killer aren’t large and I have to admit that I guessed everyone but the person that did it! The author does a good job of leading you in many directions without really giving away the killer in clues.

There is even some developments with Vic’s love life but I don’t want to spoil anything!

We give this 5 paws up!


About the Author

rosie genovaA 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.

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