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Book Review: Murder and Marinara by Rosie Genova

Updated on November 17, 2014
Come on down to the Jersey shore for some murder and mayhem
Come on down to the Jersey shore for some murder and mayhem

The summer tourist season is just around the corner as bestselling mystery writer, Victoria Rienzi decides to leave New York and heads to the Jersey shore.

Victoria wants to do research for another book (primarily one about her family) and thinks going home to learn her family's restaurant business will be a great boost for the story. What she's not prepared for is dealing with her feisty grandmother on a daily basis and murder.

In Murder and Marinara, a new reality TV show is set to start filming in town and the residents are up in arms. That is until the producer has his last meal at the Casa Lido.

With this murder, the restaurant starts to lose business and her parents begin to worry that they'll have to close the doors for good. The only one who doesn't seem to be worrying is her grandmother and she's also a prime suspect.

While she has promises her brother Dan (a cop) she won't start snooping around, but receives help from her sister-in-law and the two of them start their own investigation. Her sister-in-law Sofia wants to quit her business and become a cop, but Dan is dead set against it. Of course Sofia's career goals have estranged the couple.

As far as first installments go, this was a good entry in what might become a long series. The characters are believable and who wouldn't want to be in an Italian family? I thought the tension between Victoria and her grandmother was especially well written because, really, who should be afraid of their grandmother? She truly is a driving force in this book.

At the end of the book, there are a couple of recipes to try out.

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