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A Conversation with Sofia Rienzi by Rosie Genova

A Dish Best Served ColdSince my sister-in-law the writer is too busy to check in with you guys, I’m here today to dish on the latest happenings around the Casa Lido Restaurant in Oceanside Park, New Jersey. I’m Sofia, wife of Vic’s brother Danny, but also her highly valued investigative partner. But you can’t tell Danny because he thinks I stopped helping Vic with her “research.” He happens to be a cop and a real straight arrow, but he’s also very cute, which is why I keep him around.

So Vic and I have solved two murders already, and it looks like we might end up with one more—if you’ll pardon the expression—on our plate. You see, my in-laws, Frank and Nicolina Rienzi, along with Nonna Rienzi (who’s really a doll, despite what everyone says about her) are planning a big party to celebrate the Casa Lido’s anniversary. Trouble is, there’s a hurricane headed up the coast, and Nonna won’t hear of moving the party inside. My father-in-law Frank has his generator all ready to go, but Danny’s worried and thinks we should cancel altogether.

And to top it off, there’s been this homeless guy hanging around the restaurant. His name is Pietro Petrocelli, but everybody calls him Stinky Pete. (For obvious reasons.) He comes around asking for wine, and even though we’re not supposed to give him any, he manages to get his hands on a bottle. Or two. So Vic’s wondering if he found a way into the wine cellar. But I’m thinking someone gave him the wine to deliberately get him good and drunk—dangerously drunk. You see, Pete makes a habit of collecting information on people and brags about “knowing things.” Things that maybe somebody doesn’t want out there in public.

So right now, the Casa Lido is ripe for a perfect storm of unfortunate events, and if the worst happens, you can be sure that Victoria will be on the spot to solve the mystery. And her loyal sidekick will be right there beside her. Because, c’mon—where would she be without me?


You can read more about Sofie in A Dish Best Served Cold, the third book in the “Italian Kitchen” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first two books in the series are Murder and Marinara and The Wedding Soup Murder.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on August 21 for the chance to win a print copy of A Dish Best Served Cold. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
A Jersey girl born and bred, national bestselling author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which RosieGserves 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. Her current release is Book 3 in the series, A Dish Best Served Cold. Rosie still lives in her home state with her husband and the youngest of her three Jersey boys. Visit Rosie at rosiegenova.com or on Facebook.

A Day in the Life with Nonna by Rosie Genova

The Wedding Soup MurderI don’t know how my granddaughter gets herself into these things. Trouble seems to find her wherever she goes. First, that producer ends up dead in my tomato garden. Then that woman from the country club gets pushed over a seawall. And of course, Victoria can’t help but stick her nose into things.

The first time, I actually wanted her help, God forgive me, because our restaurant, the Casa Lido, was threatened, and I, Guilietta Rienzi, have a reputation to uphold. (Just because a man happens to die after eating at my restaurant doesn’t mean we poisoned him.) But why she has to go around asking questions and driving all over New Jersey for “research,” instead of working in the kitchen where she belongs is beyond me.

It all started when Chickie, that no good buddy of my son Frank–a good boy, even if he does like to play the horses–got involved in some things he shouldn’t have. All because that spoiled daughter of his, Roberta, had to have a fancy wedding at the Belmont Beach Country Club. Then she insisted that we do some of the catering to serve our famous Italian Wedding Soup. (Oh, you should have seen Victoria’s face when she found out she had to make a thousand little meatballs!)

It goes without saying that everyone loved my Wedding Soup. But not everyone loved that snob, Elizabeth Merriman, who was president of the country club–emphasis on the word was. She ran that place with an iron fist, and there were plenty of people who wanted her out of the way, including Chickie. And because Victoria was there, she starts to get ideas in her head about who did it. And she’s stubborn, that one. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get her to mind her own business when it came to who killed Elizabeth. But there’s another reason I don’t want her digging around too much, and don’t expect me to tell you what it is. I say, let the past stay buried–where it belongs. . .


You can read more about Nonna in The Wedding Soup Murder, the second book in the “Italian Kitchen” mystery series, published by Obsidian. The first book in the series is Murder and Marinara.

The Wedding Soup Murder
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!

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on September 10 for the chance to win a print copy of THE WEDDING SOUP MURDER. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Meet the author
A Jersey girl born and bred, national bestselling author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as Rosiethe 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 was 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.

Visit Rosie at her website or on Facebook.

Murder and Marinara by Rosie Genova

Murder and MarianaMurder and Marinara by Rosie Genova is the first book in the new “Italian Kitchen” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, October 2013

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.

Have you ever been behind the scenes of a family restaurant? Well, in this new debut series, the author takes us there and let the good time roll as Victoria is gently forced to save the family business by any means necessary and if that means she plays detective like the character she writes, then so be it. I love the comfortable atmosphere of this story as every scene depicted made me feel like I was right there alongside this eccentric cast of characters lead by our heroine, Victoria with support from her BFF who adds comedic relief throughout this charming drama. With a nicely done plot, great conversations and a mystery that kept me entertained from beginning to end, this was especially enjoyable and I look forward to the next book in this appealingly fresh new series. Bonus recipes are included.

FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book, in hopes I would review it. I later read my kindle edition.

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

Blog Tour With Victoria Rienzi by Rosie Genova

Murder and MarianaI’m a nice Italian girl. I kiss all my relatives, I listen to my mother, and I only kill people in print. I’m a mystery writer for the Agatha Press, with a series featuring a detective named Bernardo Vitali. (You may have heard of my books—Molto Murder? How about Ciao, My Darling?) Not long ago, I decided to take a break from the mysteries and write a historical novel based on my Italian family. But to do that I had to go back to our family restaurant, the Casa Lido. It’s in a small beach town at the Jersey shore—the perfect setting to work on my new novel. Or so I thought.

My first challenge was dealing with Nonna, my very formidable grandmother. When I got there, she wasn’t even speaking to me. Apparently I don’t visit enough. Then my mom and dad got me involved in a town protest against a reality show that wanted to film in our town. Unfortunately, the producer of that show ended up dead in our tomato garden, which wasn’t very good for business. That’s when Nonna started speaking to me again, because she insisted I find out how said producer met his end.

That’s also when my sister-in-law Sofia got into the act, appointing herself as my assistant, only she’s a whole lot smarter than Dr. Watson. After that, I got locked in a pantry with my former boyfriend Tim, faced down a drunken suspect, and ran afoul of a preppie thug named Fredo. Just to complicate things further, there’s a very attractive guy named Cal who’s restoring our antique bar; he’s from New Orleans and has an accent like sugar syrup. Or does he? Cal’s one mystery I haven’t solved yet, but I think I’ll probably have fun trying.

All I wanted to do when I came home was to learn how to cook Italian and write my new book, but instead I stumbled into a murder. When it was all over, I warned Sofia that I’d never get involved in anything that crazy again. In fact, right now I’m busy making meatballs for our famous Wedding Soup, specially requested by friends of ours for their daughter’s wedding. So things are nice and quiet now, and once I’m done making a thousand meatballs, I can get back to my writing.

Because I can’t imagine anyone getting murdered at a wedding reception. Can you?
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You can read more about Victoria in Murder and Marinara, the first book in the new “Italian Kitchen” mystery series, published by Obsidian.


Thanks to Penguin, I have one (1) copy of MURDER AND MARINARA to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. Contest ends October 2; US entries only per publisher’s request.


Meet the author
A Jersey girl born and bred, Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her Rosiework. Her new series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, is informed by her deep appreciation for good food, her pride in her heritage, and her love of classic mysteries from Nancy Drew to Miss Marple. An English teacher by day and novelist by night, Rosie also writes women’s fiction as Rosemary DiBattista. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, two of her three Jersey boys, and an ill-behaved fox terrier.

Visit Rosie at her website or on Facebook.

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