Today, I’m spotlighting “The Seven-Course Christmas Killer” by Rosie Genova!
Rosie Genova, author of the Italian Kitchen Mysteries, serves up a new dish this week with the release of her e-book holiday novella, The Seven-Course Christmas Killer: A Holiday Novella from the Italian Kitchen. Priced at .99, the e-book will be available on Amazon and most other retailers.
The story takes place on Christmas Eve, as Vic and the gang prepare the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes for their annual holiday party. But before you can say “shrimp scampi,” Mayor Anne McCrae takes a nasty fall that may not be an accident. Add a nosy reporter, guests with grudges, and a missing kitchen knife—and Vic suddenly has all the ingredients for murder!
The synopsis according to the “jacket” is as follows:
On Christmas Eve, someone might be sleeping with the fishes. . .
It’s December at the Casa Lido, which means only one thing: the Rienzi family’s traditional Christmas Eve celebration, including wine, song, and seven Italian seafood courses. As Victoria and Tim prep scungilli and calamari, Nonna directs the cooking until all is in readiness for the big night.
But the holiday cheer is interrupted by the attempted murder of Mayor Anne McCrae, who asks Vic to investigate. Trouble is, there are as many suspects as there are fishes on the Christmas Eve menu . . .
I had hoped to have this novella finished so I could post a thorough review, but I’m still in the middle of reading it.
Ms. Genova’s writing style is wonderful. The story moves along at a good pace (which is rather quickly since it’s a novella). The characters are delightful and I’m enjoying the story quite a bit. The only thing that I’m not enjoying so much is that due to the circumstances in the story (no spoilers – you’ll just have to read it!), our heroine seems to think she needs to take extra chances. She seems to react without thinking at times; that tends to annoy me in a heroine. It’s a very well written story, it’s just my personal preferences and pet peeves that are causing me not to enjoy it as well as I might otherwise. I don’t want that to stop any of you from going out, buying it, and reading it though! It’s a great story line and engaging. I think anyone who enjoys culinary cozy mysteries would enjoy this novella.
About the Author
A Jersey girl born and bred, national bestselling author Rosie Genova left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for her cozy series, the Italian Kitchen Mysteries. Her debut, Murder and Marinara, was voted a Best Cozy of 2013 by Suspense Magazine and was a finalist for a 2014 Daphne Award. Her books have been described as blending “mystery with comedy, romance, family drama, a vivid and affectionate portrayal of the Jersey shore and…oh yes, cooking.”
The proud mama of three grown sons, Rosie still lives in her home state with her husband and a charming mutt named Lucy. She also writes women’s fiction as Rosemary DiBattista.
You can connect with her online at the following places…