Victoria Rienzi is back for her second go-round in Rosie Genova’s Italian Kitchen mystery series. This time out she’s helping cater a wedding reception for a close family friend at the exclusive Belmont Country Club, dealing with clashes in the kitchen between the staff and servers, between two egocentric head chefs, between the country club president and the father of the bride, and of course, between herself and her ex, who also works at the restaurant. It all takes a back burner, though, when the body of the club’s president is found on the beach below a high seawall. The bride’s father is suspect number one, and since he’s a close friend (and gambling buddy) of Vic’s father, he urges her to get involved in the case.
The mystery is well thought out and the characters well developed. I especially like the way the interpersonal relationships are headed. Does Vic still carry a torch for her onetime fiancée? Or will she lose him to his new love? I’m sure all will be answered in forthcoming volumes of this entertaining series, which also includes (YUM) recipes!
FOUR PAWS – ROCCO LO TEMPIO
Victoria Rienzi came home to the Jersey Shore to write a new book, learn the family restaurant business, and practice the fine art of Italian cooking. But when delicious dishes are paired with murder, Vic has a little too much on her plate?
When Vic asked her nonna for more responsibility in the kitchen, she didn’t mean forming 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!